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More than $18K in community grants awarded to Port Moody organizations

Ten of 12 eligible applicants — all non-profits — are sharing the 2021 program’s pot and will use the money to advance unity.
Port Moody sign
City of Port Moody sign.

The latest round of Port Moody community grants has been handed out.

During Tuesday’s (June 15) regular public meeting, city council unveiled 10 recipients of the 2021 program, distributing a shared sum of $18,250 for community unity and growth.

Mayor Rob Vagramov and councillors approved the final applications presented to them by the Port Moody citizen advisory group (CAG), a team that reviewed a dozen eligible nominees for the grants available.

“The Community Grant Program provides financial assistance to community groups and non-profit organizations that contribute to the general interest and benefit of local residents and businesses,” the city explains in a news release.

It further states the city originally outlined a $20,000 budget for the community grant program with $1,750 put aside for emergency requests that would need to be approved by council.

The CAG is made up of 250 local residents of various ages, all of whom volunteer time and effort to provide public input on key city issues.

For more information about community grants and how to be considered, you’re encouraged to visit the city of Port Moody’s website.

The 10 approved applicants for this year, the amount they’re receiving and what the funds will be put towards are as follows:

Abreast in a Boat

  • $3,000
  • To help fund participation in regattas, including the purchase new paddles and life jackets, for the purpose of increasing awareness of breast cancer

Big Sisters of B.C. Lower Mainland

  • $3,000
  • To fund Go Girls!, a group mentoring program for at-risk youth aged 10 to 14

Crossroads Hospice Society

  • $3,000
  • To continue to provide compassionate, quality, end-of-life hospice care in Port Moody

Sasamat Outdoor Centre 

  • $2,600
  • To help cover the cost of a front entrance sign and five ecology interpretation signs

POCOMO Meals on Wheels Society

  • $1,950
  • To keep the price of delivered meals affordable for residents

Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society

  • $1,200
  • To reimburse volunteer drivers for vehicle-related expenses

Pacific Post Partum Support Society

  • $1,000
  • To help cover the cost of the Telephone Support Counselling program

Port Moody Aquarians

  • $1,000
  • To help cover the cost of equipment needed by a group of swimmers who have been granted scholarships

TROPICA (The Residents of Pleasantside Ioco Communities Association)

  • $1,000
  • To help cover the cost of gift baskets to welcome new families to the neighbourhood

College Park Community Association

  • $500
  • To support a community walk-a-thon that will encourage outdoor physical activity, promote good mental health, and inspire people to stay involved in their community