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More than $201K granted to help Coquitlam groups meet community goals

Hosting sports events and festivals among the projects funded by this City of Coquitlam grant program.
The World of Love Carnival took place Sept. 4 and 5, 2022, in Coquitlam's Town Centre Park, featuring and celebrating dozens of cultures. Its organizers recently received a $20,000 grant from the city to help host more events in the future.

Coquitlam has handed out more money to local organizations to help pay for hosting events and much-needed equipment for the community's needs.

In a release today (Dec. 6), a total of $201,503 was awarded to 25 groups and non-profits through the latest round of Spirit of Coquitlam grants.

This marked the second time in two years city council was able to distribute the money. The first was in August this year after its funding source, Hard Rock Casino Vancouver, closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It also brings the city's grand total to more than $9 million in Spirit of Coquitlam grants allocated since its 2022 inception to nearly 230 community organizations.

All projects that receive funding are set to improve the quality of life for local residents and visitors.

"The goal of this grant is to assist local organizations in offering community support programs, hosting events, purchasing equipment to support increased participation, and realizing capital projects to advance community goals," explained Coquitlam spokesperson Darryl Lal.

"Submissions were received during the grant program’s intake in September, and successful Spirit of Coquitlam grant projects must have outcomes that align with the City’s strategic goals, as well as meeting eligibility criteria outlined in the grant guidelines."

The next grant intake is scheduled for spring 2023.

For more information, you can visit the Spirit of Coquitlam grants page of the city's website.

Recipients from the latest round are as follows (in numerical order per category):

Capital projects

  • $6,100 = Burquest Jewish Community Association
  • $4,700 = 4th Port Coquitlam Scouts
  • $4,118 = Coquitlam Search and Rescue (SAR)
  • $2,500 = Kateslem Youth Society

Community support

  • $6,100 = Coquitlam Chorale Society
  • $3,600 = Rotary Club of Coquitlam
  • $2,600 = Tri-Cities Iranian-Canadian Mini-Soccer Society
  • $1,033 = Hoy/Scott Watershed Society
  • $1,000 = kʷikʷəƛ̓əm First Nation

Festivals and events

  • $20,000 = North American Chinese Culture Promotion Society
  • $20,000 = Tri-City Asian Arts and Culture Society
  • $20,000 = Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Society of BC
  • $15,850 = Austin Heights Business Improvement Association (BIA)
  • $15,295 = Low Entropy
  • $15,000 = Access Youth Outreach Society
  • $15,000 = Asian Impact Society
  • $15,000 = Coquitlam Skating Club
  • $10,200 = Afghan Diaspora of Vancouver
  • $6,070 = Oakdale Neighbourhood Association
  • $1,500 = Baker Drive Elementary PAC
  • $1,000 = Coquitlam Alliance Church

Sports equipment 

  • $5,000 = Tri-City Minor Ball Hockey Association
  • $4,542 = Port Coquitlam Speed Skating Club
  • $1,598 = United Rugby Club

Sport hosting

  • $3,697 = Coquitlam Lions Water Polo