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Spring 'Spirit of Coquitlam' grants include $25K for Minto Cup

The Coquitlam Jr. Adanacs Society is expected to receive $25,000 in casino revenues to host the 2024 Minto Cup national championship.
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A number of groups connecting community through supports, sports and events will split $183,424 in Spirit of Coquitlam grants.

Tonight, May 27, city council is expected to greenlight the money funded through the city’s Casino Host Agreement with the Great Canadian Casino, which has a gaming venue on United Boulevard in Coquitlam.

In total, the 21 organizations requested $224,343 from the municipality’s spring intake — for $760,384 in project costs.

Since 2002, when the deal was inked with the provincial government and the casino, more than 250 local nonprofits have won Spirit of Coquitlam grants for public art, sporting activities, festivals, sports hosting, capital projects and other new initiatives.

The city awards the cash based on several factors including matching funds by the applicant, the number of Coquitlam residents benefiting from the project and its alignment with municipal goals.

Here are the organizations due to get disbursements tonight:

Capital projects

  • Kateslem Youth Society
    • $2,500 for equipment for an after-school sewing program for middle school students
  • Theatrix Youtheatre Society
    • $1,846 for equipment to replace microphones

Community support

  • Fraser North Community Volunteer Connections
    • $1,708 for Empowering Volunteer Administrations and Volunteers: A Learning Series
  • Moresports Community Development Foundation
    • $8,839 for Moresports in the Park and Inclusive Activities Program
  • STEM Camp
    • $5,100 for inclusion in STEM Camp
  • Tri-Cities Iranian–Canadian Mini-Soccer Society
    • $2,000 for Final Futsal Frenzy 2024
    • $10,000 for YMCA Summer Youth Transition Program

Festivals and Events

  • Austin Heights BIA
    • $17,200 for Hollydaze in the Heights 2024
  • Bosnian and Herzegovinian Cultural Centre Vancouver Canada Society
    • $5,098 for 15th year anniversary Bosnian annual festival
  • Centennial Secondary School PAC
    • $13,537 for three community carnivals hosted during 2024 football season home games
  • Diwali Celebration Society
    • $11,000 for 2024 Colour Fest
  • Iranian Senior Club Association
    • $6,426 for 2024 Nowruz celebration
  • North American Chinese Culture Promotion Society
    • $18,000 for World of Love multicultural carnival
  • Stage 43 Theatrical Society
    • $15,000 for 2024–25 subscription play series
  • Terminal City Roller Derby
    • $6,655 for exhibition games at Poirier Forum
  • Vancouver International Youth Film Festival Association
    • $10,000 for 7th Vancouver International Youth Film Festival (Coquitlam)

Sport hosting

  • Adanacs Field Lacrosse Association
    • $10,000 for 2024 Big Al’s 7v7 female tournament
  • Coquitlam Junior Adanacs Society
    • $25,000 for the 2024 Minto Cup national championship
  • Coquitlam Minor Softball Association
    • $3,869 for a 2024 softball tournament

Sports equipment

  • Coquitlam Lions Water Polo Association
    • $5,000 for upgraded deck clocks and controllers
  • Coquitlam Minor Hockey Association
    • $4,646 for development enhancement and promotion equipment


Does your Coquitlam group want to apply for a Spirit of Coquitlam grant for the fall 2024 intake? Go to the city’s website, email [email protected] or call 604-927-3571.