Did you know September is Community Foundations Month in British Columbia? As a Community Foundations of Canada member, BC Interior Community Foundation impacts our community through annual grants for local charities, community projects, & scholarships and bursaries that change lives for the better here in our region.
Throughout September we are asking you to consider the question
“What’s My Legacy?”
We invite you to learn more here: https://www.bcicf.ca/whats-my-legacy/
Did you know this spring we are supporting 8 projects in our Thompson-Nicola & South Cariboo region?
Here’s the projects and programs we’re helping out this season!
- $1600 for the Kamloops Community YMCA-YWCA’s Project – Mind Outside – youth-at-risk program. An 8-week pilot project to serve 24 at-risk youth July 6 – Sept 30, 2021. The funding, which comes from the Brandon Gives Back Fund, will help to support transportation & kayak rentals.
- $1500 for the Kamloops Music Collective‘s Project – One Big World: to bring a new genre of music to our city. Fostering collaboration among young musicians Oct 10, 2021. The funding, which comes from The Music Fund (Pamela Hughes Memorial Fund), will help to support the purchase of a set of custom marimbas and a set of global auxiliary percussion instruments.
- $1500 for the Kamloops-Cariboo Regional Immigrants Society‘s Project – The Kamloops Immigrant Services’ Mentoring and Tutoring Program for the Empowerment of Newcomer Children and Youths, which helps with tutoring and mentoring for new immigrants in our region that are transition into the Canadian school system from Sept 7/21 – June 30/22. The funding, which comes from the Noble Endeavours Fund, will help to assist with the tutoring and mentoring program.
- $1500 for the Merritt Dance Society in partnership with Nicola Valley Community Arts Council for their collaborative project – Performance of Coppelia with Covid protocols in place; performance on June 11 & 12, 2021. The funding, which comes from the Peter G. Botta Memorial Fund, will help to assist with the production of their rendition of Coppelia.
- $1500 for Project X Theatre in partnership with the Kamloops Arts Council for Project X’s X-Fest outdoor theatre – July 7 -Aug 8, 2021 (Covid protocols are in place). The funding, which comes from the Brandon Gives Back Fund, will help to assist with equipment and supplies.
- $1600 for the Sun Peaks Community Garden Society in partnership with the Sun Peaks Education Society for their project – Community Garden Society purchase of a cistern low pro tank for the community garden during summer of 2021 – June 13 – Sept 12, 2021. The funding, which comes from the Advocis Fund, will cover the cost of purchasing the cistern.
- $1500 for the Western Canada Theatre‘s Project – Adaptation in Artistic Practices – a necessary transition to digital/virtual programming due to Covid 19 for the 2021 season May 11 – Nov 27, 2021. This funding, which comes from the Smart & Caring Fund, will assist with the purchase of a laptop for their digital virtual programming.
- $1500 for the Zajac Ranch for Children‘s Program – camp for children with disabilities or serious medical conditions from May 22 – Aug 30, 2021. The funding, which comes from the Smart & Caring Fund, will support camper accommodation for participants from the BC Interior region.
Did you know there is an upcoming fall intake for the Community Project Grant Program? Apply today!
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
In partnership with The Stollery Charitable Foundation
, BC Interior Community Foundation presented a grant of $7995.00 to Tara Ettinger of Big Bear Child & Youth Advocacy Centre
. This funding will support essential improvements to their new location, including a lobby renovation. BCICF & The Stollery Charitable Foundation are pleased to support Big Bear CYAC’s mission to provide a collaborative response to child/youth maltreatment through advocacy, intervention and continued support in a child-friendly environment.
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