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Local Groups to Benefit from Spirit of Coquitlam Grants

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, December 14, 2015 – The City of Coquitlam has awarded nearly $236,000 in Spirit of Coquitlam grants, in support of local non-profit and community-based organizations.

Through the fall 2015 intake for the City’s Spirit of Coquitlam Grant Program, 25 projects will receive $235,660 in funding. For 2015 and 2016, the City continues to emphasize projects focused on events, celebrations and sports hosting applications, as well as providing community support through funding of initiatives that have public benefits and enrich the community.

This support will strengthen the community’s experience, enhance knowledge and skills within the volunteer resource, as well as provide future support for key upcoming 2016 celebrations such as Coquitlam 125 and the Coquitlam 2016 55+ BC Games.

Successful Spirit of Coquitlam grant projects must have outcomes that align with the City’s strategic goals, as well as meeting eligibility criteria outlined in the grant guidelines. A multi-departmental staff team reviews grant requests to ensure this alignment. Staff recommendations are then forwarded to Council for discussion and approval.

Projects selected for Spirit of Coquitlam grant funding range from $400 to over $50,000 and include, for example, festivals such as Chinese New Year and Iranian New Year celebrations as well as special events tied to Coquitlam 125, such as Société Place Maillardville Society’s Family Fun Day & Coquitlam 125 Celebrations. Other projects include sporting events such as the 2016 FIL Mens’ Under 19 World Lacrosse Championships, and requests that support programs and equipment for local organizations.

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 $7.36 million to approximately 185 different community 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 March 2016. More information about the Spirit of Coquitlam Grant can be found at coquitlam.ca/spiritgrant. 

List of successful fall 2015 Coquitlam Spirit Grant award recipients

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