Four Rivers Co-op has sent out a call to registered charities, non-profit organizations and community groups to apply for grants from its Community Support Fund. The applications will be accepted from Saturday Sept. 1 until Oct. 31, 2018.
Four Rivers’ Community Support Fund started in 2016, funding 11 groups in 10 communities. Last year, 10 groups from six communities received support. Projects of varying scales have received funding in the past, with Four Rivers Co-op allocating a total of $100,000 each year. Recipients must demonstrate that they provide a service that improves the quality of life within their communities.
Co-op facilities are located throughout the central interior from Quesnel in the south to Fort St. James in the North, from Valemount in the east to Terrace in the west.
Locally, the Quesnel Lions Housing Society received $25,000 in 2016 towards its Silver Manor affordable housing project.
“The Quesnel Lions Housing Society greatly appreciates the contribution made by Four Rivers Co-operative. It is by far the largest donation we have received,” said Mitch Vik, president of the Quesnel Lions Housing Society.
“Our project is truly a community endeavor and without the support from community members like Four Rivers Co-op, it just would not have been possible. Soon Quesnel will have 30 additional affordable apartment units for seniors, and Four Rivers Co-op can feel proud that they played a major role in making it happen.”
“’Locally-invested’ and ‘community-minded’ are more than just words to us at Four Rivers Co-op. We understand the need and value of every single community group, registered charity and non-profit organization in our communities,” said Allan Bieganski, general manager of Four Rivers Co-op.
“Since starting our Community Support Fund in 2016, we have provided $200,000 in funding to over 20 organizations, helping them complete projects, purchase necessary equipment, start up programs, or complete needed renovations to their facilities to ensure they can continue to provide their services. They provide services and programs that make our communities better places to live. And as long as we are in a position to support these organizations to improve our communities, it’s our responsibility to support them, and we take that very seriously.”
Application forms are available on Four Rivers Co-op’s website at www.vhfcoop.com and will be accepted until October 31, 2018. Any questions related to the program can be directed to Renee Dick, marketing co-ordinator for Four Rivers Co-op.