26 local groups receive grants from Comox Valley Community Foundation

The Comox Valley Food Bank
The Comox Valley Food Bank's Jeff Hampton receives a $10,000 grant from the Community Foundation to go towards buying a van
— image credit: Michael Briones / Echo Staff

The Comox Valley Community Foundation will be handing out $316,300 to local community-based organizations this year.

The annual Community Enrichment Awards ceremony was held last week and the foundation, which was established in 1996, awarded over $129,000 in community enrichment grants to 26 local organizations.

The recipients were:

Abbeyfield House ($2,180) – To support Cafe Connection, an outreach program for seniors, specifically to purchase a coffee/breakfast bar, dining room furniture, countertop and handwashing sink for social and recreation events.

Beaufort Association for the Mentally Handicapped ($2,000) – To provide multi-sensory stimulation for day program client use, specifically a lift chair with heat and vibration.

Black Creek Community Association ($1,080) – To support the Living Well Seniors program providing a subsidized lunch and social programming for rural seniors.

Canadian Red Cross, Courtenay HELP office ($3,000) – To purchase replacement parts for HELP Medical Equipment in need of repair.

Comox Valley Child Development Association ($1,200) – To purchase appropriately sized chairs for pre-school children.

Comox Valley Children's Daycare Society ($3,500) – To help purchase appliances for the Tigger Too Garden Room expansion for the Infant/Toddler Child Care Program

Comox Valley Food Bank ($10,000) – To purchase a van for home food delivery as part of the Food Bank Home Delivery Program.

Comox Valley Project Watershed ($2,550) – To support Keeping It Living for students in the Comox Valley by providing environmental units for School District 71

Comox Valley Special Olympics ($2,850) – To support Special Olympics programming by providing pool time and sponsorship for a hockey tournament.

Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society ($14,080) – To support the Rider Enhancement Sponsorship program by defraying costs for delivery of horse based therapy programs.

Comox Valley White Cane Society ($1,100) – To provide assistive technology for the visually impaired.

Comox Valley Youth Music Centre ($4,132) – To assist with acquiring a portable PA system and materials for mezzanine construction for summer programs.

Courtenay Recreational Association ($20,500) – To support special needs recreation


Cumberland & District Historical Society ($2,500) – To support Kumugwe, a new permanent First Nations exhibit at the Museum, featuring mask carving and educational programs.

Cumberland Community Schools Society ($4,000) – To support construction of the Cumberland Skatepark.

Dawn to Dawn Action on Homelessness ($2,225) – To support the Cascadia Cup Street Soccer Tournament in June.

Hornby Island Conservancy ($4,000) – For the Hornby Island Marine Conservation Atlas which will map unique marine resources for the public and which will be available online and in print.

L'Arche Comox Valley ($10,000) – To purchase a dishwasher, cook top and refrigerator for the Kitchen Project.

St. George's United Church Sonshine Lunch Club ($10,000) – To provide new flooring as part of the hall upgrades

Community Fund for Canada's 150th grant recipients:

Comox Valley Community Arts Council ($3,400) – Building the HeART Community: Free Art Programming

Fanny Bay Community Association ($2,500) – Fanny Bay Heritage Day: Dinner and Dance featuring culture and heritage of Fanny Bay residents in Sept. 2017

Cumberland District Historical Society ($3,500) – Japanese Canadian Families: Commemorative events and initiatives to celebrate 75 years of the forced ending of the Japanese Canadian Community.

Denman Seniors and Museum ($3,560) – Denman Island Museum Oral History Project

Get on Board Youth ($2,040) – Skateboard building for At-Risk Youth.

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