Did you know this fall we are supporting 6 projects in our Thompson-Nicola & South Cariboo region?

Here’s the projects and programs we’re helping out this season!

  • $1500 for the Kamloops Community Volunteer Services Society(Volunteer Kamloops)’s Project – 2022 Timeraiser Event (October 29, 2022).  This funding, which comes from the Smart & Caring Fund, will assist with venue rental and promotion of the event.  “This event is part volunteer fair, part silent art auction and part night on the town. Throughout the evening, people meet with different agencies and match skills to their needs. The attendees then bid on the artwork on display. The big twist is rather than bid money, participants bid volunteer hours. Participants never know the monetary value of the art piece they are bidding, but rather contribute what they feel their time is worth. This benefits multiple charitable organizations in our community, looking for connections with individuals wanting to give back to their community and artists benefit by sales of their work as well as exposure in the community. Approximately 10-20 non-profit groups benefit from the volunteer connections they make at this event, and approximately 20 art pieces are purchased, live performers are hired and we stimulate the local economy with space rental and catering.”
  • $1500 for the BC Wildlife Park‘s Project – Innovative Education: Creating Barrier-Free Conservation Programming (November 1, 2021 – October 31, 2022).  This funding, which comes from the Carolyn Scarborough Memorial Fund, will assist with the purchase of a laptop computer. “The addition of this new laptop will greatly assist us in the creation and presentation of additional wildlife conservation programming allowing our educators to present barrier-free lessons. The laptop will allow our education department the tools needed for the expansion and further development of our in-house and virtual classroom programming as well as online videos and educational content. It will enrich the classroom and social media experiences and help us to continue our work of encouraging the appreciation of and respect for BC’s wildlife and to assist in preserving biodiversity through education.”
  • $1000 for Hope Air‘s Project – Medical Travel and Accommodation – Kamloops & Area (November 1, 2021 – October 31, 2022).  This funding, which comes from the Advocis Fund, will assist with the cost of medical travel flights for patients within the BCICF catchment area.  “Hope Air is a national charity that focuses on addressing equal access to medical care. For many people who live far from major urban centres, distance is a significant barrier to access to medical care. By providing medical travel for low-income patients, we put hope within reach for the people we assist, especially during challenging times.  Hope Air serves patients of all ages and with all medical conditions, and our services are always free to patients. Our only criteria are that patients have low incomes and are accessing medical care that their provincial healthcare coverage will pay for.”
  • $1500 for the Kamloops Film Society‘s Project – 2022 Kamloops Film Festival (March 3 – 12, 2022).  This funding, which comes from the Smart & Caring Fund, will assist with advertising & community relations.  “The Kamloops Film Festival (KFF) returns March 3 to 12 for its 25th anniversary. After a reimagined festival in 2021, taking place online and at the Twin Rivers Drive-In, we are excited to return to in-person screenings and events, within the health restrictions and guidelines of the new year. For a quarter of a century, the KFF has been an inclusive and broad event in the cultural landscape of Kamloops, hosting an audience of over 5,000 and demonstrating a lasting and meaningful impact in the community.”
  • $1500 for the Kamloops International Buskers Festival Society‘s Project – Kamloops International Buskers Festival (July 21 – 24, 2022).  This funding, which comes from the Smart & Caring Fund, will assist with the staging and equipment for the festival.  “The objective of the Kamloops International Buskers Festival is to bring free, live performing arts programming to the Interior of BC. It is not often that performances of this quality and calibre are provided free of charge in an outdoor festival setting. We want to create an event that our local and surrounding communities can take ownership of and participate in, creating a sense of community and inclusiveness. We want our local performers to have the opportunity to showcase their talents, and gain the confidence to advance and improve their skills. It is also important to us that we are providing artists with paid work, and compensating them fairly.”
  • $1500 for the Kamloops Arts Council’s Project – Art Exposed (March 3 – 12, 2022).  This funding, which comes from the Smart & Caring Fund, will assist with rental and promotion for the 2022 Art Exposed
    Exhibition.  “Artists of all skill levels and ages are called to submit 2D and/or 3D works to be displayed for an exhibit. Set in all available spaces of the Old Courthouse, we can expect to find paintings, drawings, sculpture, jewellery, pottery, photography, and more. This is the only kind of exhibit in the region, and provides an attainable, equal-opportunity, professional experience. Spectators can contemplate how up to 200 unique pieces play a part in the community landscape. A team of three jurors will also give feedback and awards to artists based on seven different categories. Open to all residents of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, Art Exposed showcases the community first by committing to an accessible, collaborative, and constructive exhibit.”

Did you know there is an upcoming spring intake for the Community Project Grant Program?  Apply today!


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