Kimberley & District Community Foundation has given a total of $8,000 to non-profit, registered charitable organizations in the latest round of grants. Cheques will be presented at a reception to be held at the Railway Stationhouse on Monday, November 15th.
The grants are from two of Kimberley & District Community Foundation’s funds: the Kootenay Savings Community Fund and the Winter Games Arts and Cultural Fund.
Theresa Cundiff, Community Foundation Director in charge of Grants, said, “We had some excellent grant applications, and nine local projects will get money.”
Here is an overview of the grants:
Kimberley Nature Park will receive a grant ($300) for safety equipment leg protectors, hard hats, face shields and ear muffs when cutting deadfall in the Nature Park.
- A grant ($1,260) to the Wasa area is for an interpretive, historical photo essay supported by current and archival photos with captions. This will commemorate the history of the Kootenay River, the Kootenay First Nations People, David Thompson’s early exploration, and Sternwheeler Steamers that plied the Kootenay River. A 4’ by 4‘ historical sign is to be erected at Bummers Flats. The Wasa application was a group effort headed by Cheryl Bradford on behalf of Wasa Lions Club, Valley Community Church and Wasa Historical Society.
Kimberley Arts Council Centre 64 will receive a grant ($1,260) for an accessibility renovation. This will allow user-friendly access to washrooms. This removes barriers to enjoyment and participation in the arts.
Mainstreams Environmental Society will receive a grant ($300) for online and field training for two additional members of the St Mary’s Rural Residents Association. This will allow for a baseline for water quality for St Mary River above and below the lake regarding industrial use and pre and post development over a period of 5 years.
- A grant ($1,000) to the Air Cadets Drum Corps program will provide a musical element to the Squadron they will seek out an instructor and train the cadets. This raises the level of enjoyment of the group, and might help recruit more members. We look forward to seeing the Corps perform at local functions. Drums will be made available from D.N.D.
- CBAL Early Learning Centre will receive a grant ($500) to create a stimulating, welcoming and aesthetically pleasing environment for families who use the Centre.
Wildsight’s grant ($400) goes towards the materials and delivery of an educational program called “Food for Thought” for children and parents at the Strong Start Program based at the Early Learning Centre in Kimberley.
- Kimberley Soccer will receive a grant ($1,500) to fund a grant writing workshop for various non-profit organizations and also to create an environment for networking so that shared experiences can strengthen the communities’ ability to find outside funding for Kimberley projects.
- LEES Spark Centre’s grant ($1,500) will help deliver a program where “Youth At Risk” can experience summer fun activities like hiking, camping, canoeing, swimming, biking, archery, etc. and through a cooking leadership program.
Terry Oscarson, President of the Kimberley & District Community Foundation, said, “We thank Kootenay Savings Community Foundation for a large part of this fall’s grant money. Their large capital gift last year came with a special grant of $6,600 to be disbursed this year. We have topped that up with money from the Winter Games Arts and Culture Fund, to allow for a total of $8,000 in grants.”
The Kimberley & District Community Foundation is constantly looking for creative ways to increase their funds. One way for individuals in the community to be involved is to consider a bequest from their estate. Oscarson said, “Kimberley & District Community Foundation is where you can leave a gift or legacy that will be a lasting contribution to this community.”