the Parksville-Qualicum Community Foundation (PQCF) has two grants available for Spring 2022 – the Annual Foundation Grants (AFG) and the Small neighborhood Subsidies.

Applications will be accepted until March 31 for the AFG and until April 20 for the NSG.

For AFG, grants of up to $4,000 are awarded to organizations registered as charities with the Canada Revenue Agency or to organizations sponsored by a registered charity.

Organizations or groups seeking funds must demonstrate that they have a committed group and effective management of resources.

Preference is given to projects that encourage volunteer participation; do not duplicate services provided by other organisations; promote youth activities; promote cooperation between groups; improve community self-sufficiency; build on existing community strengths to meet locally identified needs; and innovative activities that might not see the light of day without the support of the foundation.

Annual Grants from Successful Foundations will be awarded on an annual basis in May.

The second funding opportunity, Neighborhood Small Grants (NSG), BC residents can apply for up to $500 for projects that connect people socially or share skills or talents. Through NSG, the Parksville-Qualicum Community Foundation actively helps neighbors build community and strengthen ties in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area.

“In 2021, we distributed $13,450 in funding for 35 local projects. Projects ranged from delivering care packages for hospital stays and shoreline and community cleanups, to meditation, quilting and curling programs,” a statement read.

More information about the AFG and NSG, as well as applications, can be found on the PQCF website at www.parksvillequalicumfoundation.com.

– NEWS staff, submitted

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