2015

Jun 23, 2015 Return to Headlines

Spirit of Coquitlam Grants Continue to Benefit Local Groups

by Kevin Henkelman |

COQUITLAM, BC, Monday, June 22, 2015 – The City of Coquitlam has awarded over $170,000 in Spirit of Coquitlam grants, in support of local non-profit and community-based organizations as well Coquitlam 125 anniversary events.

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.

Through the spring 2015 intake for the City’s Spirit of Coquitlam Grant Program, 18 organizations – and 19 community initiatives – will receive funding to build community spirit through public art, sport activities and programs, festivals and events, sports hosting and capital projects. Additional Community Capital Funding is also being provided to support Coquitlam’s 2015 Communities in Bloom entry.

Projects selected for Spirit of Coquitlam grant funding range from $1,400 to over $50,000 and include, for example, festivals such as the BC Highland Games, an All Nations Festival being hosted by the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and a Multicultural Festival hosted by the Glen Pine 50 Plus Society. Other projects include, sporting events such as the 2016 FIL Men’s U19 World Lacrosse Championships and community events such as the Coquitlam Terry Fox Run and the annual public Rose Show held at the Centennial Rose Garden. An additional $4,500 has beenallocated to provide marketing and promotional support to Coquitlam 125 events that meet the anniversary celebration sanctioning criteria. (Full list of recipients and projects in attached backgrounder.)

Successful Spirit of Coquitlam grant 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.

In addition to Spirit of Coquitlam grants, Council supported an allocation of $33,500 from the Community Capital Fund to support a number of community initiatives planned in support of Coquitlam’s 2015 Communities in Bloom entry. For more information on the many exciting community events and initiatives taking place, visit coquitlam.ca/CiB .

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, through this program, the City of Coquitlam has awarded over $7.12 million to approximately 180 different organizations. 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 2015.  More information about the Spirit of Coquitlam Grant can be found at coquitlam.ca/spiritgrant.

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