Story – October 11, 2016
Foundation Now Accepting Applications for Annual Grants
— October 11, 2016 by Danielle Gordon-Broome, Swan Valley Star and Times —
The Community Foundation of Swan Valley Inc. (CFSV) is currently accepting grant applications for projects that benefit the citizens of the Valley. “Applications can come from any local group,” said CFSV administrator Vivian Rooks. “They don’t necessarily have to have their own charitable number – applications can be funneled through a local municipality or school division. Applications are being accepted in the categories of community service, education and employment, health, environment, arts and culture, recreation and camps.
“We have approximately $59,000 in grants this year,” said Rooks, adding that another $10,600 will also be given in scholarships. “Our committee goes through the applications and allocates the funds depending on how much they ask for and how much we have. We try to give a fair amount depending on the applications. “We don’t take applications outside the Valley for provincial or national charities – (the money) is for our community.”
Throughout the years CFSV has granted monies to a variety of organizations. “We’ve supported most of the playground equipment, a number of community halls, dance groups, recreational groups, cemeteries and much more,” Rooks said.
CFSV was formed in 2005 and operates a bit differently than most other organizations. “Any monies that are donated are kept in perpetuity – the money is never spent,” said Rooks. Money donated to the CFSV is either deposited into the general fund or a specific fund and the interest off these monies goes towards grants and other projects. “Our money is invested through the Winnipeg Foundation and we get somewhere around four percent interest back on all funds invested,” Rooks explained.
“It is really about everybody coming together as a community to help make good things happen,” added CFSV Board Member Miles Jones. “Our organization is simply one piece of the puzzle. And our grant funds are available to the widest possible range of non-profit organizations throughout the Valley.”
This year’s grant application deadline for submissions is October 31. For more inforamtion visit www.cfswanvalley.ca or contact Vivian Rooks at 204-734-3528.