Quesnel Community Foundation awards $30,000 in COVID-19 relief grants

Ten local organizations named recipients

Pictured are the Kersley Community Centre (top right), Royal Canadian Legion #94 (centre from left), Quesnel Team Roping Club, Quesnel Billy Barker Days Society and the Quesnel and District Seniors Centre (bottom), which all received grants from the Quesnel Community Foundation for COVID-19 relief. (Photo submitted)

The Quesnel Community Foundation has awarded 10 local organizations grant funding for COVID-19 relief.

The QCF recently presented $30,000 in grants from the In Our Hearts Community Response Fund from the Vancouver Community Foundation.

Receiving over $78,000 in applications, the QCF had to make some very difficult decisions, said QCF president Mary Sjostrom.

“I’m very please our Quesnel Community Foundation was able to partner with the Vancouver Foundation to support many communiyt groups who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Sjostrom said. “Thank you to all groups who applied and to the Quesnel Community Foundation diectors for volunteering their time in reviewing the many applications.”

Sjostrom said the foundation works on behalf of the entire community and region, and added she is proud to serve as its current president.

Applications, meanwhile, came from a variety of different organizations from sports facilities, clubs and community groups.

“We are very happy to have received the funds from the Vancouver Community Foundation, and we are very pleased that we could support the people of Quesnel in this very difficult time,” said Adrian Monych, grant committee chair.

This year’s list of grant recipients represents a wide variety of organizations, which all suffered because of the panemic touching various aspects of the community, working with everyone from youth to seniors.

READ MORE: Quesnel Community Foundation hands out $68,500 in grants

The QCF’s grants committee met over a two-day period to go over the one-time grant applications.

“All the organizations that applied are valuable members of our community and support so many. Monych said. “Our hope is that these funds can make a big impact for those community-minded organizations.”

The In our Hearth Community Response Fund from the Vancouver Community Foundation awarded by the Quesnel Community Foundation grant recipients are:

• Quesnel Crafters Society: for COVID sanitation supplies, and creating safe opportunities for crafters, customers and guests

• Quesnel Technics Gymnastics Club: for COVID sanitation supplies and equipment so they can continue to support aspiring gymnasts

• Quesnel Team Roping Club: for sanitation supplies and loss of income

• Quesnel Lions Club: to support their food for seniors program and health care requests

• Quesnel and District Seniors Centre Society: to support loss of income due to COVID-19 and to provide sanitation supplies and safety equipment for volunteers and guests

• Dunrovin Park Lodge: to purchase supplies for their dementia activities kit

• Kersley Community Foundation: to support their ongoing programs and events in the wake of COVID-19

• Legion: to support loss of income and to provide safety equipment for volunteers and guests

• Quesnel Curling Centre: to support loss of income and to provide safety equipment for volunteers

• Quesnel Billy Barker Days Society: to help put safety measures in place and to pay for insurance losses due to COVID-19


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The Quesnel Community Foundation awarded grants for COVID relief to multiple organizations including: Lions Club (top right), Quesnel Crafters Society (middle from left), Quesnel Curling Club, Quesnel Technical Gymnastics Society and the Dunrovin Park Lodge (bottom left). (Photo submitted)

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