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Jun 20, 2019 Return to Headlines

More than $244,000 Awarded for Coquitlam Projects and Events

by Sarah Rossi |

COQUITLAM, B.C., June 20, 2019 Coquitlam is handing out more than $244,000 to non-profit and community groups this spring, for everything from youth services and sports tournaments to festivals and Halloween celebrations.

City Council approved Spirit of Coquitlam Grants this week for 17 groups that had successfully applied for funding during the grant program’s spring intake in March. The City awards the Spirit Grants twice a year to help local organizations host events, purchase equipment or complete initiatives or capital projects that benefit Coquitlam residents.

The grant program is funded by Casino Hosting Agreement proceeds and has awarded more than $8.59 million to 200-plus organizations since 2002.

Twenty-five applications were received for the spring intake, asking for more than $572,000 for projects and events in 2019 or 2020. The grant requests were evaluated based on the grant guidelines and alignment with the City’s strategic goals, with an emphasis on events, celebrations and sports hosting that enhances the City’s assets.

2019/2020 Spirit Grant Recipients

The $244,000 in approved grants includes $48,648 for 2019 projects that range from $633 towards a Free Community Skate at Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex hosted by the Coquitlam Optimist Club, to $11,500 to the Golden Maple Culture and Arts Association for a Chinese New Year Gala.

Other 2019 recipients include Baker Drive PAC ($1,000 towards a community Halloween fireworks event); Stroke Recovery Association of B.C. ($1,116 towards PERK activity training for the Coquitlam Stroke Recovery Club volunteers ); Tri-City Iranian Cultural Society ($1,700 towards materials for the Adab Persian Educational and Cultural Centre); Access Youth Services ($1,822 for program supplies); Lightning Speed Skating ($3,326 for equipment); the Coquitlam Farmers Market ($3,614 Grow Local program supplies and equipment); Coquitlam Minor Lacrosse Association ($4,293 for the 2019 Box Lacrosse Nationals); Kateslem Youth Society ($5,000 towards a youth kayaking program); Coquitlam Minor Softball Association ($6,642 towards program equipment); and the Coquitlam Curling Association ($8,000 towards a feasibility study on a curling facility).

A total of $195,780 for 2020 projects was awarded to recipients, including Lions Water Polo ($1,195 towards their 2020 tournament and referee development); Hoy Scott Watershed Society ($1,268 for the annual Salmon Leave Home event and hatchery supplies); Hyack Swim Club ($3,100 towards the Lower Mainland Regional Championships); United Scottish Cultural Society ($82,974 towards the 2020 BC Highland Games); and Société Francophone de Maillardville ($107,242 for the 2020 Festival du Bois).

The 2019 fall intake for the grant program will take place in September. To be eligible, projects must take place in Coquitlam, primarily benefit Coquitlam residents, be sustainable beyond the grant funding and have outcomes that align with the City’s strategic goals. Applicants must be in good financial standing with the City.

More information about the program is available at

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 $8.59 million to more than 200 different community organizations. Funding for the Spirit of Coquitlam Grant Program comes from the Casino Host Agreement revenue. Full program details are available at

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