Small Grants Program - 2022 Recipients

The Slocan Valley Co-op will provide a total of $20,000 to this year's recipients of the Small Grants Program. We are proud to announce the organizations selected for 2022 to receive a grant to support their project or program.

To view the list of this year's recipients, and to learn more about the programs being supported, select this story and click on Read more for further details.

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This year’s Co-op Small Grants Program recipients were selected from among a dozen applications for funding to support groups and organizations with their projects or programs. The following organizations were selected to each receive a grant of $5,000 from the Slocan Valley Co-operative Association for their project funding needs. Read further for information on their project or program.

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ORGANIZATION PROJECT OR PROGRAM
W.E. Graham Community Services Society Senior’s Lunch & Outreach Program
Winlaw Elementary School  Winlaw Community Garden
Bee Awareness Society      Bee Awareness Education Program
Passmore Public Community Hall    Facility and Property Upgrades

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W.E. Graham Community Service Society provides programs and services that actively engage individuals and families in the Slocan Valley. They facilitate lifelong learning opportunities for all community members. They also provide leadership in community, economic and social development.

Their Senior's Lunch & Outreach Program provides a place for seniors to access a monthly free and nutritious lunch, as well as have a social gathering and access information about other services. The program also includes meal delivery which also offers a social check-in and information sharing to identify if the senior requires additional needs. The program has served between 60 to 75 seniors in the Slocan Valley, and continues to grow.

Winlaw Elementary School has operated in the Slocan Valley rural region for generations of students, offering families more than standard early education learning opportunities. Their Community Garden project is a collaboration between the Winlaw Elementary School community, School District #8 After School Sports and Arts Initiative (ASSAI), and the Winlaw PAC. They aim to create a vibrant community focused space that invites participation from students, parents, teachers, elders, small businesses, community organizations and more to enhance a shared goal of food security, environmental sustainability, community building, and education.

Their project aims to turn a portion of their school grounds into a beautiful and productive space for community connection. It includes features such as a composting program, rainwater harvesting system, interpretive self-guided audio tour featuring Sinixt dialect, roof top pollinator project garden, indigenous species permaculture food forest, outdoor classroom, kitchen, and dining area.

Bee Awareness Society has been building and installing glass observation bee hives in schools in the West Kootenays and surrounding area for 8 years. Their program teaches the life cycle of honeybees and how they live and work in their beehive. Their education content includes basics of pollination and what students and community can do to reduce risk to pollinators in their own back yard and community spaces. They emphasize the importance of honeybees and other pollinators, as they are responsible for pollinating 35% of our food supply. The society desires expanding their program to invite and mentor people from the community to become beekeepers, building their own hives, and learning about how to care for the honeybees.

Passmore Public Hall Association has operated for nearly a century, providing a space for members of the Slocan Valley to gather for social, physical, and mental stimulation. The Passmore Seniors Branch 116, and Kootenay Slocan Lions, and Networks for New Parents utilize the hall as their meeting place, and it has served for events like pie bingo and other parties for generations. There are much needed upgrades and renovations required to the hall structure and grounds, including energy efficient enhancements like solar panels and a heat pump system. These upgrades will help to ensure the Slocan Valley community will be able to enjoy their community hall for the generations ahead.

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WHAT IS THE SLOCAN VALLEY CO-OP SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM?

The Co-op Community Development Fund - Small Grants Program was created to enhance our commitment in being a community builder. It is intended to assist non-profit groups and organizations within our operating trading area of the Slocan Valley and Castlegar with funding for projects and programs.

The Board of Directors will periodically review current priorities for funding consideration in the regions where we operate. For 2022, the priorities identified were Seniors at Risk, and Food Security. The Small Grants Program focused on applications that support development of outreach programs to aid senior citizens in isolation, as well as programs that support individuals and young families suffering from challenges in food security during difficult economic periods.

WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS?

Applicants eligible for funding include groups and organizations residing and active in our trading area in the Slocan Valley and Castlegar regions with preference given to active Slocan Valley Co-op member-owners, registered non-profit, registered charitable organizations, or a community service co-operative.

Projects or programs must offer full inclusion, being non-discriminative of any members of the general public based on background or affiliation. Funding cannot be retroactive. Projects or programs must be primarily intended to be available to the greater community, and not exclusively intended to benefit individuals.

Projects or programs that will not be eligible include those supported by groups or organizations performing third-party fundraising campaigns; those that are supported by religious, politically-affiliated, or advocacy organizations; or those that will have adverse environmental impacts.

HOW DO I APPLY?

Each year, the Co-op will have an application intake period between January 1st to February 28th. The application form will be available near the end of the calendar year. 

Applications can be submitted via e-mail (Click here for e-mail addres) - or in person at our Administration Office in Slocan Park. 

While there may be new priorities identified each year that will receive greater focus for strong consideration, the selection committee will be reviewing all applications for potential funding.