Local non-profits looking for a financial boost to move their organization forward can soon apply for the latest Spirit of Coquitlam Grant funds.
Starting Thursday (Sept. 1), registered groups can apply to the city's program in hopes of continuing to serve the community through events, campaigns and projects.
This is set to be the second round of spirit grants, which will be awarded by city council in early 2023, since the original funding source, Hard Rock Casino Vancouver, closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the last intake, nine groups are splitting nearly $80,000 to help pay for events, programs and gear related to arts, sports and social services.
"Since their launch in 2002, Spirit of Coquitlam Grants have helped hundreds of organizations host events, purchase equipment or complete initiatives or capital projects that benefit Coquitlam residents," said Chris Siddaway, Coquitlam community partnerships and policy manager, in a news release.
He adds the grants are set to help those looking to host events in spring or summer next year.
And new to the latest round of spirit grants are two webinars to help interested non-profits understand how to become eligible for funds.
- Sept. 13 at 2 p.m.
- Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.
The Spirit of Coquitlam Grant program will be open for applications between Sept. 1 and Oct. 3.
For more information about Spirit of Coquitlam grants, or to apply for one, you're encouraged to visit the city's website.
The next intake after the fall is scheduled for March 2023.
The spring 2022 recipients were as follows (in numerical order):
- Tri-City Asian Arts and Culture Society = $15,394 (BC Dumpling Festival, requested $31,272)
- Stage 43 Theatrical Society = $15,000 (2022–2023 subscription play series, requested $15,000)
- Immigrant Link Society = $10,000 (expand food recovery services, requested $10,000)
- Tri-Cities Female Ice Hockey Association = $10,000 (offsetting ice costs to reduce participation barriers, requested $10,000)
- Access Youth Outreach Society = $9,069 (pilot expansion of youth outreach program, requested $10,000)
- SHARE Family and Community Services Society = $7,893 (administration support for Legal Advocacy Program, requested $10,000)
- Coquitlam Minor Softball Association = $4,384 (mascot purchase, requested $7,376)
- Coquitlam Search and Rescue = $4,034 (open house at Town Centre Park, requested $5,000)
- Theatrix Youtheatre Society = $3,500 (fall production of Alice in Coquitlam Wonderland, requested $3,500)