Did you know we were a part of the Emergency Community Support Fund? This great initiative is a $350 million fund implemented with Community Foundations of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, and United Way Centraide Canada, in partnership with local community foundations across the country. Its goal is to provide support to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable Canadians. Through our partnership with CFC Canada, the BC Interior Community Foundation was able to fund 22 local organizations in our region with $219,490.00 over 2 rounds of funding. You can check out the details here: Emergency Community Support Fund
BC Interior Community Foundation & The Stollery Charitable Foundation Fund partner to provide Big Bear CYAC with essential funding
The VF Capacity Building Grant was made possible by generous support from BCICF’s partner Vancouver Foundation. Within our communities, we were able to support these charities in building their capacity so they are able to better serve our citizens and make a difference:
- A Way Home Kamloops Society – Financial System Reconstruction – funding to help create a comprehensive financial reporting system with audits trail capability
- Barriere Recreation Society Facility – a grant to support upgrades for washroom fans & sanitation, ice plant motor & pump.
- Boys & Girls Club – Kamloops – Youth Hygiene Products – help for funding to purchase more hygiene products to continue to ensure we have enough supplies on hand when youth need them.
- Habitat For Humanity Kamloops – Staff Skill Upgrade – supporting funding to engage all 35 staff in diversity, equity and inclusion training, Covid safety, WorkSafe specific training on bullying and harassment, Zoom training and technology for planning and Restore management.
- Centre For Seniors Information Kamloops – Take and Bake Meals – funding to support the increased need for meals due to the pandemic – purchase a double door cooler and commercial cookware.
- Kamloops Film Society – Point of Sale upgrade – a grant for equipment upgrades Computer/laptops
- Kamloops Food Policy Council – Scaling the Butler Urban Farm – funding to purchase compost bin, tools and bins for vegetable cleaning and distributions.
- Kamloops Society For Alcohol And Drug Services – Youth Care Home Development Project – to help secure 2 family care homes in Kamloops to provide up to 4 beds for female youth attending the Phoenix Centre’s Day Treatment program.
- Kamloops Symphony Society – Technology Infrastructure Upgrades – to support the purchase of a new camera and software to bring more of their design work in-house, to increase communication through streaming platforms and provide critical upgrades to their accounting software.
- BC Wildlife Park – Large Animal Quarantine – funding in support of their Cement Pad Foundation, hoofstock quarantine building.
- Lillooet Area Library Association – Community Conversation Dialogue Online – to help with purchasing a software program – provide training on how to use the software.
- Logan Lake Wellness, Health & Youth Society – Creating a Culture of Employee Engagement – a grant helping them with providing a workshop for staff training.
- Nicola Valley Community Arts Council – NVCAC Community Activity Room – funding to help create a comfortable activity space for small groups.
- Spinal Cord Injury BC – Mental Health First Aid Training – a grant for staff and key volunteers to have mental health first aid training and be able to provide peer support.
- Ashcroft HUB Society – Care Helpline – (Spences Bridge, Ashcroft, Cache Creek & Clinton) – funding to strengthen the collaborative care by adding to the volunteer team and providing resources.
- The Mustard Seed – The Mustard Seed Men’s Supportive Living Program – a grant to help support the purchase 17 mattresses and bed bug covers.
- Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge Society – Seniors for Seniors Program – funding to help provide age and mobility appropriate activities for senior visitors – handy-ramp & deck seating and tables.
- Western Canada Theatre Company – Indigenous Inclusion & Engagement – a grant to help develop specific policy, communication and specific initiatives around Indigenous inclusion and engagement
We are so pleased to have been able to support these wonderful projects and programs with our Community Project Grants in 2020:
- BC Wildlife Park – Grant to assist with the construction of a large animal quarantine building, part of the Fawcett Family Wildlife Centre
- Big Little Science Centre – Grant to assist with a dedicated presentation space at their new facility
- GIRLS CLUB – Thompson Valley Chapter – Funding for materials for arts & crafts
- Grasslands Conservation Council of BC – Grant funding for printing “Grasslands BC” Publication
- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Canada – Funding to assist with the Kamloops Diabetic Clinics TD1 Mentorship program and “Bag of Hope” kits in the Kamloops region
- Kamloops Child Development Centre – Grant for purchase of equipment and toys for the newly developed space
- Kamloops Music Collective – Grant to assist with the purchase of a digital scenic backdrop for musical theatre
- Kamloops Food Policy Council – Grant to assist with the restoration of the irrigation system
- Kamloops Hospice Association – Funding to assist with the purchase of materials and supplies for the Willow Tree Children’s Grief Group
- Lillooet Area Library Association – Funding to go towards the Art Makerspace program – materials and supplies
- Minerva BC – Grant to support the virtual conference 2020
- Pregnancy Care Centre of Kamloops – Funding to assist the Holistic Wellness Initiative
- Zajac Ranch for Children – Funds to sponsor one camper from the Interior Region to attend the 2020 camp
- Art with Impact Canada – to host a virtual Movies for Mental Health Online (M4MHO) workshop to support mental wellness for TRU Students/Kamloops Area Residents
- Barriere Recreation Society / District of Barriere – assistance to paint the floor of the curling ice rink
- Junior Achievement BC – funding for Bright Futures for Kamloops Youth – program materials and student kits
- Kamloops Arts Council – grant to assist with rental and promotions of the annual Christmas at the Courthouse and Small/Works during Covid-19
- Logan Lake Wellness, Health & Youth Society – grant funding for their 2021 Spring Break Camp to assist with materials and supplies
- The Mustard Seed Kamloops – funding for their Advocate Program to assist with direct program cost such as bus passes, and ID cards
- Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge – grant to purchase a heated automatic water trough system for the Infirmary Building
Learn more about how to apply for Community Project Grants Here – https://www.bcicf.ca/guidelines/
Through the generosity of The Stollery Charitable Foundation, the BC Interior Community Foundation (BCICF) disbursed a $12,030 grant to the Kamloops Food Bank on October 20, 2020. The funding was provided from The Stollery Charitable Foundation Fund, which is held and administered by the BC Interior Community Foundation. BCICF is truly grateful for the incredible commitment The Stollery Foundation has to meet the health and wellness needs of Kamloops area residents.
Bernadette Siracky, Kamloops Food Bank Executive Director notes, “The Stollery Foundation is authentic, involved and truly focussed on supporting the needs of the entire community. The Directors of this foundation ensure that the needs of the charities they support are met and check in to have timely and meaningful conversations about evolving requirements – especially during challenging times. We recently experienced unprecedented vandalism and within 24 hours received a communication from the Stollery Foundation asking how they could support us through the situation. We count our organization, our clients and our community lucky to be on their radar. Their impact not just to the Kamloops Food Bank but dozens of not for profits in our community is truly immeasurable. Thank you for your commitment to our community.”
President of the BC Interior Community Foundation, Rob Lemire notes that “[We] are grateful for the financial support provided by The Stollery Foundation and the partnerships they’ve established in Kamloops. It’s through this type of cooperative response to crises that make a real difference in the lives of our friends and neighbours in need.”
Did you know you can donate to help support the Food Bank through the BC Interior Community Foundation? Make a donation to their endowed fund – The Kamloops Food Bank Endowment Fund; each year the proceeds from the invested endowment of this fund are sent to the Food Bank to assist with their mission of ‘Sharing Food, Feeding Hope’.