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Funding available for Port Coquitlam community groups

Community non-profit organizations seeking funding for a project that will benefit Port Coquitlam are being invited to apply for a grant from the city.

Between $1,000 and $10,000 in matching grants are being offered up this year and everything from schools, sports teams, art groups and environmental stewards are eligible to apply.

In 2013, recipients included Castle Park elementary, which received $8,500 to make their playground wheelchair accessible and the Port Coquitlam Minor Lacrosse Association, which received $1,500 for new lacrosse goal nets.

PoCo Minor Softball Association was granted $7,000 for a two-lane batting cage and the PoCo Kinsmen Club was given $3,000 to upgrade their facility's washrooms.

The deadline to apply is March 31 and applicants must be based in Port Coquitlam. A review committee will rank applications based on project cost, community support, project need and impacts and project design. The decision will be announced at the end ofJune.

For more information about the Self-Help Matching Grant process or to download an application form, go tow www.portcoquitlam.ca/recreation or pick one up at city hall, recreation centers, the Terry Fox Library or the Leigh Square Community Arts Village. Contat 604-927-7900 or parksrec@portcoquitlam.ca for further information.

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