2014

Jun 24, 2014 Return to Headlines

Local Groups to Benefit from Spirit of Coquitlam Grants

by GS GS |

COQUITLAM, BC, Tuesday, June 24, 2014 –The City of Coquitlam has awarded over $112,000 to recipients of the spring 2014 Spirit of Coquitlam grants, which support local non-profits and community-based organizations.

Eighteen groups will receive funding to build community spirit through public art, sport activities and programs, festivals and events, sports hosting and capital projects. 

Selected projects range from $1,000 to over $16,000 and include, for example, festivals such as the BC Highland Games, supportfor the 5th Coquitlam Scouting Group to replace camping equipment, and support for the Burquitlam Senior Housing Society to replace a pathway. (Full list of recipients and projects in attached backgrounder.) 

Successful projects must have outcomes that align with the City’s strategic goals. A multi-departmental staff team reviews grant requests to ensure this alignment. Staff recommendations are then forwarded to Council for discussion and approval.

Additionally, the City continues to highlight support for community events, celebrations and sport hosting proposals as part of the Celebrate Coquitlam strategy, which was developed in 2011 to create a vision, structure and action plan for the definition, positioning, coordination and delivery of community and city events in Coquitlam.

In addition to the grant disbursements, an amended set of guidelines was approved to help improve the grant administration and selection process. To be implemented for the fall 2014 intake, the new guidelines will include a number of changes including:

Requests from applicants with outstanding application requirements from previous grants will be deemed ineligible;

Applicants will be required to contribute to the total “ask” by contributing to the proposal either through “in-kind” contributions, or through monetary contributions;

Requests by user groups for sports or recreation equipment (e.g. water polo nets, track and field hurdles, etc.) required for City-run programs should be evaluated for funding from City capital funds, and are deemed ineligible for Spirit Grant funding; 

Performer fees and marketing fees associated with attracting people to events and festivals through tourism will be eligible for funding.

The Spirit of Coquitlam Grant Program was created in 2002 to assist local organizations in purchasing equipment for their use and development, hosting events, and realizing capital projects to advance community goals. Since 2002, the City of Coquitlam has awarded $6.2 million to over 170 different organizations through the Spirit of Coquitlam Grant Program.

Funding for the Spirit of Coquitlam Grant Program is derived from the Casino Host Agreement revenue.

The next Spirit of Coquitlam Grant intake will occur in September 2014. More information about the Spirit of Coquitlam Grant can be found at www.coquitlam.ca/spiritgrant. 

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Media contact:
Mary Morrison-Clark
Manager, Community Recreation & Cultural Services
604-927-3590
mmorrisonclark@coquitlam.ca


BACKGROUNDER

List of successful spring 2014 Coquitlam Spirit Grant award recipients:

Name of Organization

Amount Received

Purpose

Festivals & Special Events

Baker Drive Elementary School PAC

$1,000

Community Fireworks Event

BC Highland Games

$5,000

BC Highland Games Festival

Glen Pine 50 Plus Society

$5,456

Multicultural Event

Société Francophone de Maillardville

$4,000

Flaunt your Frenchness Summer Series – St. Jean Baptiste event & 105th anniversary of Maillardville event

General Program & Project Requests

5th Coquitlam Scouting Group

$1,500

Camping equipment replacement

Access Youth Outreach Society

$3,883.20

Upgrade and replace cabinets in bus, bike replacement & accessories

BC Aquasonics

$2,175

Strategic Planning – Club leadership/Coaches three-year plan

Children of the Street Society

$7,000

Youth Art Engagement Project

Community Volunteer Services for Seniors

$8,747

Tri-Cities Grocery Program & Leisure Connections

Coquitlam Farmer’s Market

$8,606.32

“Connecting local people to local food” program / campaign

Place Maillardville Society

$4,776

Staff development and program enhancement

St. John Ambulance – Tri-Cities

$5,619.63

First Aid equipment

Theatrix Youtheatre Society

$8,480

A technical operations course to be offered to youth, covering the basics in technical lighting and sound operations

Tri-Cities Community TV

$10,000

3rd HD camera and accessories – contingent on receiving funding from Port Moody & Port Coquitlam

Capital Requests

Burquitlam Senior Housing Society

$16,500

Pathway replacement

Coquitlam Jr/Sr A Adanacs Lacrosse Club

$5,121.51

Ice machine for multiple sport groups

Coquitlam Minor Softball Association

$1,729.90

O’Connor Field upgrade to host U12 Girls Provincial Softball Championships

Our Lady of Fatima School

$12,801

Playground equipment: noodle swing and cozy dome

TOTAL: $112,395.56