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Local Groups to Benefit from Spirit of Coquitlam Grants

by GS GS |

COQUITLAM, BC, Monday, December 15, 2014 –The City of Coquitlam has awarded over $260,000 to recipients of the fall 2014 Spirit of Coquitlam grants, which support local non-profits and community-based organizations.

Twenty-six 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 $200 to over $30,000 and include, for example, festivals such as the Charshabe Souri (Fire Festival) and Nowruz (New Year) celebrations organized by the Tri-City Iranian Cultural Society, sporting events such as the 2015 Senior Little Leage Championships to be hosted by Coquitlam Little League, and support for playground accessibility and safety improvements for the Step by Step Development Society. (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.

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.

As the City looks forward to Coquitlam’s 125th Anniversary and 55+ BC Games in 2016, an even greater emphasis will be placed on initiatives in 2015 and 2016 that support these celebrations, as both present opportunities under the Spirit Grant program to align and harness community capacity to support these events. 

Additionally, $10,000 will be allocated from the Community Capital Fund to support block parties and smaller neighbourhood-initiated activities in 2015. More information on this program will be advertised in 2015.

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 $6.95 million to approximately 180 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 March 2015.  More information about the Spirit of Coquitlam Grant can be found at www.coquitlam.ca/spiritgrant


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



List of successful fall 2014 Coquitlam Spirit Grant award recipients:

Name of Organization Amount Received Purpose
Festivals & Special Events
Austin Heights Business Improvement Association $8,340 Daisy Day Festival
Coquitlam Skating Club $15,000 Coquitlam Skating Club Ice Show
Evening Optimist Club of Coquitlam $1,136 Family Free Skate
Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau $3,700 36th Annual Toy Run
Stage 43 Theatrical Society $3,954 2014/15 Subscription Theatre Season Production 1, 2 & 3
Tri-City Iranian Cultural Society $30,620 Charshabe Souri (Fire Festival) and Nowruz (New Year) Celebration
General Program & Project Requests
Glen Elementary School PAC $200 School recycling implementation
Inquiry Hub – PAC $7,540 Beautification of Millside Centre
YMCA of Greater Vancouver $4,800 55+ Get Active and 5k Healthy Heart Walk
Sports Hosting Project Requests
2016 Under 19 World Lacrosse Society $9,203 2016 Under 19 World Lacrosse Championships
Coquitlam Curling Association $17,570 2016 Provincial Scotties Women’s Curling Championships
Coquitlam Little League $10,356 2015 Senior Little League Championships
Ice Evolution Synchronized Skating Organization $3,618 West Coast Challenge Championship
Capital Requests
Coquitlam 50+ Slo Pitch Club $2,775 Uniforms and equipment
Coquitlam Amateur Radio Emergency Services Society $26,710 Communications equipment for ongoing Emergency Services to support Coquitlam
Coquitlam Minor Hockey Association $4,082 Novice division jersey replacement project
Coquitlam Moody Minor Baseball Association $10,810 Equipment
Coquitlam Youth Orchestra $14,880 Equipment purchase
Coquitlam Lions Waterpolo Association $7,000 Waterpolo equipment
Coquitlam Minor Softball Association $4,847 Technical advisor, uniforms, equipment
Coquitlam Search and Rescue Society $30,000 Command Centre Technology Component-Mobile Command Centre Replacement
Coquitlam Sharks Aquatic Club $9,544 Equipment purchasing and replacement rotation
Dogwood Seniors Society “Nothin’ Dragon” Boat Team $21,247 Dragon Boat acquisition
Oakdale Neighbourhood Association $2,000 Park bench purchase
Step by Step Development Society $2,500 Playground accessibility and safety improvement project
Tri-Cities Minor Ball Hockey Association $13,806 Sports equipment
TOTAL: $266,238