$151,700 In Grants To Six Local Organisations  

January 24, 2021 | 6 Comments

Premier David Burt presented grants – totalling $151,700 – to six local community clubs and organisations, the Government announced this evening.

A Government spokesperson said, “Premier the Hon. David Burt, JP, MP, presented grants to six local community clubs and organisations, totalling $151,700, which will support youth programs and assist with capital upgrades. The initiative is in keeping with the Government’s commitment to supporting the community efforts of local organisations.

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“Joining Premier Burt for the cheque presentations were, the Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports, Dr. the Hon. Ernest Peets, JP, Lovitta Foggo, JP, MP, Neville Tyrrell, JP, MP, and Kim Swan, JP, MP.

“Cheques were presented to the following organisations:

  • Pembroke Hamilton Club $6,200 [capital development grant]
  • Jiketsu Martial Arts $12,500 [support for youth programs]
  • PayAKid $12,500 [support for youth programs]
  • Western Stars Sports Club $20,500 [capital development grant]
  • St. David’s Cricket Club $50,000 [capital development grant]
  • St. George’s Cricket Club $50,000 [capital development grant]

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Premier Burt said: “In the 2020/21 budget, $500,000 in capital development funding was set aside for community clubs, to assist in the upgrade of their facilities.

“In September, the Minister of Finance, the Hon Curtis Dickinson announced as part of the Government’s stimulus plan that the $1 million set aside for this program in next year’s budget, would be brought forward for a total of $1.5 million in this year’s budget to support more economic activity and jobs.

“Additionally, due to the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on club fundraising, $250,000 has been made available from the Confiscated Assets Fund to support youth programs.”

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The Premier continued: “We certainly recognise that this has been an incredibly challenging time for our island. Our community and sports clubs have also struggled against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Even with the adversities that this year has presented, these organisations managed to provide important services to their community. We believe it is important to extend our support where possible to these organisations and their programs. They play an invaluable part in the communities they serve, and these funds will allow them to continue that work.”

“Community clubs and organisations were invited last July, to apply for grants, and detail what they needed to continue doing the important work in their communities. We received quite a few applications that identified where support was required. These financial resources will support youth programs and assist clubs in upgrading their facilities while getting community members back to work.”

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The spokesperson added, “A combination of these grants were awarded following a Chat and Chew event held last July. Community clubs were invited to discuss and identify areas of need. The Premier held the first cheque presentation in September, to eight [8] local community organisations. The second presentation was held in December, where six  local community clubs were presented with cheques.

“A total of $316,500 out of $1.5 million budgeted for capital development assistance has been awarded to date. A total of $68,700 out of $250,000 made available from the Confiscated Asset Fund has been awarded thus far to support youth programs.

“Local community clubs can request an application form by e-mailing premier@gov.bm in order to apply.”

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  1. wahoo says:

    Thank you taxpayers….

  2. Observer says:

    I could have sworn I heard only last week that the island was perched on a fiscal cliff regarding a path to financial destruction. Perhaps it must be growing on trees in the new vertical farming unit.

  3. Joe Bloggs says:

    All are worthy recipients, but this PLP Government needs to reign in spending and stop buying votes.

    • Answer says:

      That’s why you UBPERrrS had to change your name to oba. People like you remain completely out of touch with the community clubs that help black Bermudians. You know the same black voters that stopped voting for you fools.

      At the moment your party has only 6 seats and that is pathetic. Hopefully the next election the FDM party will take those from you.

      • Fisherman says:

        Best Be careful with all of these funds going out daily and weekly as Government may not be able in time to come to meet Pensions. As it is, Government has received increases but Pensioners have not. Lots of us are paying insurance from our pension and scrambling to buy food, pay bills, tithe and other.
        Be careful what you speak!

  4. Whatajoke says:

    Chronically mismanaged community clubs receive $50,000 that will be squandered at best

    It is a shame that there is no accountability for this.

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