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Kootenay Savings Foundation gives out more than $57,000 in grants

West Kootenay-area grant recipients, along with members of Kootenay Savings Board of Directors, gathered at Gyro Park in Trail to celebrate the exciting news. Beaver Valley Age Friendly Society, Castlegar Community Response Network, Castlegar Sculpturewalk Society, Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy – Trail, Kootenay Local Agriculture Society, Lower Columbia Community Development Team, Salmo Baseball, Senior's Environmental Development Society, Trail FAIR Society, Trail Minor Baseball, Trail Youth Baseball, West Kootenay Brain Injury Association, Ymir Community Watershed Society.

Since being established in 1969, Kootenay Savings has made it a priority to make a lasting and meaningful impact in the Kootenays. One of the main ways the credit union invests back into the region is through the work of the Kootenay Savings Community Foundation, which this month distributed more than $57,000 in new grants as part of the Foundation’s Spring/Summer granting cycle.

“Year after year, through grants, donations, sponsorships, bursaries and more, Kootenay Savings invests a good portion of our profits back into the communities we serve. Profits made possible by our loyal members and hard-working employees. That’s why it’s so important for us to play a role in enriching the lives of those living, working and playing in the cities and towns we’re so proud to call home,” said Kootenay Savings Community Liaison, Aron Burke.

The 27 different and diverse community organizations benefitting from this latest round of funding include:

  1. Beaver Valley Age Friendly Society - $1,000 - Monthly Coffee & Lunch Meetings
  2. Castlegar Community Response Network - $1,000 - Increasing Recreation Involving Seniors
  3. Castlegar Sculpturewalk Society - $1,500 - 2019 Sculpturewalk
  4. Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy: Trail - $414 - LEAP Into Kindergym Program 
  5. Columbia Valley Arts Council - $980 - Community Collaborative Artwork
  6. Columbia Valley Food Bank - $5,000 - New Food Bank Facility
  7. Friends of Lardeau River -  $600 - Water Monitoring & Community Engagement
  8. Kaslo Senior Citizens Association - $1,000 - Kaslo & Area D Senior's Fall Dinner
  9. Kimberley SPARK Society for Youth - $5,000 - Youth-at-Risk Drop-in Program
  10. Kootenay Boundary Environmental Education - $2,500 - Take Me Outside Learning Challenge
  11. Kootenay Lake Independent School Society - $4,000 - Daycare Cubby Room Expansion
  12. Kootenay Local Agriculture Society - $500 - Regenerative Agriculture Education
  13. Lower Columbia Community Development Team - $2,000 - Clean Energy BC Spring Conference 
  14. MADD Kimberley-Cranbrook - $3,000 - Kootenay School Assembly Program 
  15. Nelson & District Museum & Archives - $1,000 - Auto-Video Digitization 
  16. North Kootenay Lake Community Services - $2,500 - Parent & Child Time Program
  17. Salmo Youth Baseball - $1,500 - New Batting Cage
  18. Senior's Environmental Development Society - $1,500 - SEEDS Greenhouse Relocation 
  19. Slocan Lake Gallery Society - $2,015 - Fireproof Curtain Equipment
  20. Trail FAIR Society - $5,000 - Facility Renovations & Upgrades
  21. Trail Minor Baseball - $1,500 - Storage Shed & Equipment
  22. Trail Youth Baseball - $1,500 - New Butler Park Batting Cage
  23. VISAC Gallery - $500 - Entrance Upgrades
  24. West Kootenay Brain Injury Association - $1,000 - STRIVE Project
  25. Windermere Elementary School - $5,000 - Outdoor Forest Classroom
  26. Windermere Valley Youth Centre Society - $4,500 - Summer Lunch & After School Food Program
  27. Ymir Community Watershed Society - $1,500 - Quartz Creek Interpretive Signs 

Along with the grants, Kootenay Savings is also helping local students pursue their dreams and ambitions by awarding $54,000 in education awards, bursaries and summer camp sponsorships.

Kootenay Savings Community Foundation Quick Facts.

•        Established in 2000 to support non-profit cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health and social projects.

•        Over $4.7 million in grants, endowments and bursaries distributed since inception.

•        Application form and more details available at kscu.com/Community.

•        Two application deadlines each year - March 31 and September 30.