The Quesnel Community Foundation is giving out $68,500 to 14 groups working in a wide variety of areas, including the arts, sports and environmentalism.
Due to COVID-19, the Quesnel Community Foundation (QCF) was not able to gather as a group and present the grants during a formal Grant Awards Night as usual, but the money is still getting into the hands of these well-deserving community organizations.
“In these trying times, it was nice to be able to hand out some grants to some excellent projects in Quesnel,” said Bruce Broughton, a member of the QCF board who is the grants committee chair.
This year’s list of grant recipients represents a wide variety of projects touching many different aspects of the community, working with everyone from youth to seniors.
The QCF’s grants committee gets together and selects projects out of the applications each grant cycle and then takes them back to the board for approval, explained Broughton.
“We had an amazing amount of applications for the grant cycle and very high-quality projects that people wanted to do,” he said.
The 2020 Quesnel Community Foundation grant recipients are:
• Quesnel Quilters Club — $2,000 for fabric purchases for the Community Quilts Project
• Quesnel Technics Gymnastics Club — $10,000 for purchasing equipment
• Quesnel and District 4-H — $5,000 for four riser seating units and an electronic auction system
• Quesnel Ski Touring Club — $9,500 for lodge improvements, including padded chairs, a projector, wall panels and a movie screen
• Quesnel and District Palliative Care Association — $2,500 for volunteer training
• Quesnel and District Seniors’ Centre Society — $1,900 for a defibrillator
• Quesnel Pickle Ball Club — $7,000 for wind screening around the courts, a first aid kit, a leaf blower, a defibrillator and a storage unit, pending approval
• North Cariboo Seniors’ Council — $3,000 for office equipment
• Royal Canadian Air Cadets 768 Jet Ranger Squadron — $2,500 for an aviation flight simulator
• North Cariboo Aboriginal Family Program Society — $2,000 for Kids in the Kitchen food preparation, support and nutrition
• Fit Pets Dog Sports Association — $6,000 for competition quality agility equipment and a used equipment trailer
• Gold Rush Cycling Club — $7,600 for the Wonderland and Dragon Mountain Development Plan
• Baker Creek Enhancement Society — $4,500 for a fish tank stand and cabinet generator and deep freeze aquatic sampling nets, children’s binoculars, magnifying glasses, clip boards and field guides
• Island Mountain Arts — $5,000 for renovations to The Nest artists’s residence
“The generosity of our donors is amazing,” said Broughton. “There’s not enough good to be said about them. Quesnel is always a very giving community, and with the efforts everyone has put forward to raise the money that we have, we are able to give out money every year to do great projects in our community.”