Community Foundation grants $40,130 to local programs

By David F. Rooney

The Revelstoke Community Foundation reafirmed its value to local non-profit groups when it distributed $40,130 to support projects initiated by 20 organizations.

Look at all these happy faces! These men and women were presented with cheques worth between $1,000 and $2,600 each for projects their organizations are undertaking. All told, the Revelstoke Community Foundation distributed cheques wortha total of $40,130 during its annual ceremony at the Best Western on Wednesday, April 26. David F. Rooney photo

Every year the foundation steps up to assist groups that provide valuable services to the general community. This year’s fortunate grant applicants include:


ProgramPurposeAmount of GrantFund
Community ConnectionsFood BankProvides year-round food assistance, resources and services to support families$2,250Community Fund & Revelstoke Mountain Resort Fund
Community ConnectionsNutrition Education ProgramProvide low-income families with tools to improve their nutrition$1,000Community Fund & peoples Drug Mart Health and Welfare Fund
Community ConnectionsSummer Day CampProvide safe, fun and accessible camp program for kids ages 6-11$2,000Community Fund
Columbia Basin Alliance for LiteracyFamily Literacy ProgramProvide community-based literacy programs$2,000Community Fund & R Mickle Fund
Child Care SocietyHealthy Early Child Development Learning ServicesProvide a series of accessible and engaging workshops to help parents and early learning service providers$1,300Community Fund & Canadian Club Fund
Hospice SocietyHospice/PALS training, coordinator wages and special eventsOffer palliative care/PALS training for new and ongoing volunteers and special events$1,250Community Fund
Arts CouncilMiracle on MacKenzieIgnite the spirit of the season at Christmas$1,000Community Fund
Arts CouncilFamily SeriesSupport the delivery family-friendly entertainment at the Performing Arts Centre$1,000Community Fund
Arts CouncilArtStarts in SchoolsWorkshops for local students led by professional artists$2,000Community Fund
Youth Advisory Committee — City of RevelstokeYouth outreachEnables youth from low-income families to participate in arts, sports, recreation and culture programs$2,600Revelstoke Credit Union Youth Fund
BC Interior Forestry MuseumExpand AwarenessHot a booth at the Interior Logging Association’s annual show$1,000Community Fund & R Lenzi Fund
Women’s ShelterMoving ForwardOffer traditional and holistic support and mentoring to women

Moving from an abusive or isolated environment to living in an empowered and healthy environment

$2,000Community Fund
Visual Arts CentreLED LightingTransition the Centre’s overhead gallery lighting to green LED system$2,100Environmental Fund
Visual Arts CentreCanada 150 Community Arts ExhibitionMount an exhibition consisting go 1,000 tiny painting created by members of the community$2,500Community Fund & Canada 150 Fund
Museum & ArchivesBrown Bag History Book No. 2Produce the second volume in the Brown Bag History series$1,500Community Fund
Museum & ArchivesSnapshot of HistoryShare 32 weekly galleries of 20 photographs each and, through popular vote, select Revelstoke’s Top 150 historical photos$2,100Community Fund and Canada 150 Fund
Bear Aware SocietyAttractant Management StrategiesReduce human-bear conflicts through a sensible approach to managing attractants$2,300Community Fund
Heritage Railway SocietyRolling Stock RestorationComplete restoration if 2-3 pieces of railway equipment on display$1,000Community Fund & Big Bend Heritage Fund
Revelstoke Theatre CompanyAccounting SoftwarePurchase Sage 50 to improve financial record keeping$500Community Fund
Revelstoke & District Humane SocietyVeterinary CareProvide health service for animals in RDHS’s care$2,000Community Fund
Screen Smart Committee2016 Screen Smart Challenge and year-round educationPromote healthy lifestyle for families$1,000Community Fund
Columbia Valley Skateboard AssociationKovach Youth Skateboard ParkCreate a modern skateboard park at Kovach Park$1,580Community Fund & Cougar Baseball Fund
Farwell Splash ParkRestore and update Farwell Splash ParkRemake this family friendly area into an attractive and free space$1,000Community Fund
Canadian Parents for FrenchLocal French initiativeProvide extracurricular French language instruction of Kindergarten to Grade 2 classes at Begbie View and Columbia Park schools$1,000Community Fund
Folk Music SocietyRevelstoke Coffee HouseAcoustic evenings of music$1,000-Community Fund
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 46Chair acquisitionReplace old wooden folding chairs with 100 modern ones$1,150

Community Fund & Canada 150 Fund

The Foundation didn’t just handout money that afternoon. It received a $5,000 gift from thye TD Bank, too.

Ken Baker of the Toronto-Dominion Bank gives the Community Foundation’s Kevin Lavelle a cheque for $5,000 at the start of the foundation’s annual awards event at the Best Western on Wednesday afternoon. David F. Rooney photo