Cancelled events and fewer in-person programs to offer were a direct result from the COVID-19 pandemic.
This caused a financial setback for some Coquitlam non-profit organizations that rely on those events for annual revenue, but the city has now stepped in to help ease some of those losses.
This week, eight community groups were awarded nearly $39,000 in combined grant funding as a way to make up for lost funds over the last two years.
The one-time recovery funding came out of Coquitlam's casino community capital fund.
In a news release on Tuesday (May 24), Chris Siddaway, city community partnership and policy manager, said it's similar to the former community support and recovery grants (CSRP).
That helped distribute nearly $119,700 to 25 organizations in 2020 and 2021.
"The goal of this grant was to offset some of the unanticipated financial challenges faced by Coquitlam-serving organizations, and submissions were received during the grant program’s intake in March," he explained.
"Grants will be used to replace lost revenue in 2021 and/or 2022 from cancelled events, fewer program registrants, reduced income from other sources, or other situations related directly to the pandemic."
Seven of the eight non-profits received $5,000 in revenue recovery grant funding.
For more information about community grants, you're encouraged to visit the City of Coquitlam's website.
The 2022 revenue recovery grant recipients are as follows (in alphabetical order):
- $5,000 = BC Aquasonics Synchronized Swim Club
- $5,000 = Coastal Sound Music Academy
- $5,000 = Coquitlam Foundation
- $5,000 = Grenadian Cultural Association of BC
- $5,000 = Stage 43 Theatrical Society
- $5,000 = The People’s Pantry Food Recovery Society
- $5,000 = Tri-City Iranian Cultural Society
- $3,750 = Coquitlam Amateur Radio Emergency Services Society