Dec 13, 2016 Return to Headlines

Local Groups Benefit from Spirit of Coquitlam Grants

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, Dec. 13, 2016 – The City of Coquitlam has awarded nearly $285,000 in Spirit of Coquitlam grants, in support of local non-profit and community-based organizations bringing the total award to $7.84 million since 2002.

Through the fall 2016 intake for the City’s Spirit of Coquitlam Grant Program, 27 projects will receive a total of $284,931 in funding. For 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. (See backgrounder for full list of Fall 2016 Spirit Grant recipients.)

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.

In addition to approving the 2016 fall Spirit of Coquitlam grants, Council also supported two amendments to the grant guidelines:

  • Organizations need to be in good financial standing with the City in order to be considered for grant funding; and
  • Organizations planning events or festivals are encouraged to apply for grant funding in the year prior to their event.

The next Spirit of Coquitlam Grant intake will occur in spring 2017. More information about the Spirit of Coquitlam Grant can be found on the Spirit Grant webpage

About the Spirit of Coquitlam Grant Program

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 $7.84 million to approximately 194 different community organizations. Funding for the Spirit of Coquitlam Grant Program is derived from the Casino Host Agreement revenue. Full program details are available on the Spirit Grant webpage

See backgrounder for list of Fall 2016 Spirit Grant recipients.


Media contact:
Mary Morrison-Clark
Manager, Community Recreation & Cultural Services