The Squamish Community Foundation (SCF) is now accepting applications for Community Enhancement Grants for 2023 projects. Non-profits and charitable organizations are invited to review the grant criteria to confirm eligibility, and apply by November 14.
Funded by the District of Squamish, the SCF has been managing and distributing the Community Enhancement Grants since 2021. These grants are specifically geared towards projects that enhance the lives of local citizens and support the overarching goals of the District of Squamish’s Official Community Plan for a Liveable, Healthy, Resilient, Connected, and Engaged community.
In 2021, the SCF allocated over $86,000 in CEG funds to 21 organizations. One of these organizations was the Mamquam River Access Society who used the funding to conduct a cleanup of industrial garbage in the Mamquam River.
They engaged 12 volunteers and recovered almost one tonne of waste from the river. Another project, the Inclusive Culture Club, worked with 15 local schools to empower kids from K-12 to diversify their libraries.
“We talked about intersectionality and selecting books that represent all of humanity. It was very rewarding and heartwarming to be a part of each school’s literary diversity journey,” said Julie Wilkins, Founder of Inclusive Culture Club, 2021 CEG Grant Recipient.
“The Community Enhancement Grants have a far reaching impact in our community. We are proud to be working with the District of Squamish to make it easier than ever for non-profits and charitable organizations to access these important funds,” said Suzie Soman, Board Chair of the SCF.
For more information on Community Enhancement Grants, including Applicant Guide and Application Form, visit www.squamishfoundation.com/grants.