Kootenay Savings awards local ogranizations over $70,000

Sixteen local community organizations have received over $70,000 from Kootenay Savings Credit Union.

  • Dec. 18, 2015 8:00 a.m.

Sixteen local community organizations have received over $70,000.

Kootenay Savings Credit Union (KSCU) has announced that $23,000 in grants have been awarded through the Kootenay Savings Community Foundation for the fall/winter granting period. In addition, eight local community foundations have received a total of $50,000 between them.

The eight community foundations sharing the $50,000 are as follows:

  • Columbia Valley Community Foundation
  • Community Foundation of Castlegar & District
  • Community Fund of North Kootenay Lake Society
  • Kimberley & District Community Foundation
  • LeRoi Community Foundation
  • Nakusp & Area Community Foundation
  • Salmo Community Resource Society
  • Slocan Valley Community Legacy Society

“That $50,000 is divided amongst those eight, based on our membership in each of those regions,” explains Aron Burke, community liaison for KSCU.

Each community foundation will now decide how to share the funding they received in their own community.

“We gift it to them and we tell them they can in turn use that money to be awarded in the form of grants in their community,” says Burke. “The reason we do that is it’s local people living in those communities that are making decisions on where the money goes. So they’re going to know better than anyone how to portion that money out and what groups would benefit best from it.”

The eight organizations receiving grants from the Kootenay Savings Community Foundation are as follows:

  • Castlegar Hospice Society
  • Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy
  • Columbia Valley Arts Council
  • Columbia Valley Greenways Alliance
  • Columbia Valley Search & Rescue
  • Health Community Society of the North Slocan Valley
  • Kimberley Nature Park Society
  • Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation

“One of our big ones for Castlegar was the Hospice Society,” said Burke. “They’re trying to establish a regional palliative care centre in the area so that was an important one for us to support.”

The next grant deadline for the Kootenay Savings Community Foundation is March 31, 2016. For more information visit kscu.com/Community/CommunityFoundation.

 

Just Posted

Castlegar teens rescue man from river

Will Watt and Shay LaFayette helped save a fisherman from the Kootenay River.

Castlegar restaurant passes generous tip on to food bank

The owner of The Nineteenth restaurant decided the best place for a tip that big was those in need

Carfentanil found for first time in Castlegar

Killer opiod found in local illegal drug market

Help clean Castlegar during Pitch-in week

Volunteers across the country will be tidying up April 22-29.

PLACE NAMES: Columbia Heights

What was originally Columbia Heights became West Trail but then reverted back to Columbia Heights

What’s age got to do with it? B.C. couple with 45-year gap talks happy marriage

An Armstrong couple that has 45-year age gap began turning heads after being featured on show Extreme Love.

Pug life: B.C. town boasts waggish list of dog names

Freedom-of-information request lists most ‘pupular’ dog names registered in White Rock

VIDEO: Fish farming company launches $30-million vessel to treat salmon for sea lice in B.C. waters

Freshwater treatment an improvement but fish farms should be removed from sea, says conservationist

Singh says childhood abuse steeled him for scrutiny and stress of politics

He recounts the assaults for the first time in his book Love & Courage

Despite five extra weeks’ parental leave in Canada, dads still face stigma: survey

One reason people said dads don’t need leave is because they can just bond with their kids at weekend

Vintage bottles, magic cards, a 1969 Playboy: Quirky items found in historic B.C. buildings

Crews set aside some of the funkier pieces emerging from the construction rubble

PHOTOS: Inside the ‘shoe house’ in Northern B.C.

A rare look inside the famous Kitseguecla Lake Road shoe house, with a tour led by owner Toby Walsh

Thieves steal five of Seven Dwarves ornaments honouring B.C. couple’s late son

For the second time in a year, several garden ornaments stolen from Cloverdale family’s front garden

Child, 11, accidentally shot in the chest at Alberta religious colony

Child taken from Hutterite colony to nearby hospital

Most Read