More than $78,000 in Spirit Grants are being doled out to community groups with projects and festivals in Coquitlam.
Ten applicants were selected for the cash, which is funded with money paid to the city under its hosting agreement with the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver.
The largest grant ($16,959) was given to the Coquitlam Skating Club for its annual Ice Show, while Coquitlam Search and Rescue will receive $15,000 for the replacement of its Coquitlam #2 equipment box.
Other grants included:
• $11,259 for the Austin Heights BIA's Daisy Day Festival;
• $9,000 for Coquitlam Moody Ringette to purchase arena dividers, nets, jerseys and other tournament support;
• $8,014 for Flip City Gymnastics to host the 2019 provincial championships;
• $6,285 for the Ladies Auxiliary to Royal Canadian Legion #263 for tents and barbecues for various events;
• $4,944 for the Tamburica Orchestra Kardinal Stepinac Society for its 42nd annual Western Canadian Croatian Folklore Festival;
• $4,241 for the Pacific Storm Water Polo Club's Tournament of Courage;
• $2,643 for the Tri-Cities Iranian Mini Soccer Festival 2018 event;
• and $125 for Summit Middle school's 20-year school-opening celebration.
Since the Spirit Grant program was launched in 2002, more than $8.5 million has been issued to local organizations and non-profits with initiatives or events in the city.
To be eligible for Spirit Grant funding, the projects must take place in Coquitlam or primarily benefit Coquitlam residents. Applicants must be in good financial standing with the city and the initiatives should be sustainable beyond the grant funding.
• For more information about the program, go to www.coquitlam.ca/spiritgrant, call 604-927-3547, 604-927-3556, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.