Castlegar Mayor Lawrence Chernoff hands over a cheque to Community Foundation of Castlegar and District vice president Jennifer Priore.

Community Foundation receives City cheque

The Community Foundation of Castlegar and District is the recipient of a $20,000 grant from the City of Castlegar.

The Community Foundation of Castlegar and District (CFCD) has received a $20,000 cheque from the City of Castlegar. “The importance of what they do and what it is going to do for the community is the key feature,” said Mayor Chernoff. “We are really happy about the Foundation. It serves a role we need to have that we have lacked over the years… Making a contribution (to the foundation) is making a contribution to the community.”

The Foundation in turn offers grants to organizations that benefit the community. This year is the second year of granting for the CFCD and the 2015 recipients were Kootenay Family Place, Trail Fair Society, West Kootenay Brain Injury Society and the Castlegar Friends of Parks and Recreation. Applications for next year’s grants will open in the spring.

Donations to the foundation can be made through their website www.communityfoundationofcastlegar.com or through Kootenay Savings. Legacy funds are also a great way to help CFCD. “The nice thing about gifting to the Community Foundation is that you know it is going to go out and get spread around a little bit, and not just go to one or two things,” said CFCD Vice President Jennifer Priore.

CFCD is looking for new members to serve on the board or in committees. Anyone interested is invited to send an email enquiry to the foundation. Their AGM is scheduled to take place on September 10, 5:00 p.m. at Kootenay Savings.