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Story – April 15, 2018

CFSV Celebrates Successful First Spring Granting Period

— April 15, 2018 by Community Foundation of Swan Valley

The Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) held a granting night on April 12, 2018. A total of $15,000 in new grants were awarded to local community projects along with an additional $2,500 granted by the SVRSS Youth in Philanthropy group.

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While the CFSV has already granted close to $500,000 to local projects, bursaries and scholarships throughout the Swan Valley, this was the first time a Spring Granting period has been held. The new granting period was introduced this year to accommodate groups with spring and summer projects who were not able to submit an application for the fall granting period.

As each grant recipient accepted their grant and thanked the CFSV, they also provided more details about how the grant money would be used and the positive impact on their organization.

Since its inception in 2005, the CFSV has reached over $2.2 million in endowment funds, providing a never-ending source of income for the community. The original donations remain untouched and the interest earned is used to support local charities.

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Donors with a cumulative contribution of $7,500 or more are able to designate a specific charity as the recipient of the income from their fund, advise a specific field of interest, or be involved in selecting recipients each year. “We continue to receive money every year from the designated fund from Jim and Marie Hogg,” said Maggie Romak of the Swan Valley Animal Protection League. “This couple has passed on now, but their legacy lives on in the help that they give us, and that is the beauty of the Foundation.”

CFSV Board member Norm Bruce recognized past donors, spoke of various giving opportunities and encouraged individuals to remember the CFSV in their will. “We need continued financial support from the community and elsewhere,” said Bruce. “There are people who live here and moved away who are still supporting the Community Foundation because Swan Valley is home. I believe there is unlimited potential for the growth that can happen and the legacy that can continue.”

2018 Spring Grant Recipients

$1,000Swan River & District Community Resource CouncilKitchen upgrades – Senior Meal Program
$2,500SVRSS Tiger’s RugbyMulti-sport field
$1,000Royal Canadian Legion Branch #48 (Birch River)Storage room renovations
$1,300Wellman Lake Bible CampYouth Challenge Course
$400SVRSS BaseballTeam jerseys
$2,500Ukrainian Catholic Hall (Benito)Interior flooring renovations
$1,300Special Olympics Manitoba – Parkland RegionCobra Bowling jerseys
$3,000Swan River Kinsmen Nursery SchoolOutdoor classroom construction
$2,000Bowsman School Garden ClubCommunity garden enhancement

2018 Youth in Philanthropy Spring Grant Recipients

$1,300SVRSS Tiger’s Football programFootball equipment
$300Swan Valley Animal Protection LeagueStartup for kids and youth groups
$400SVRSS Drama ClubArea rug for drama class
$500SVRSS EnvirothonEnvirothon study resources

For more information on the Community Foundation, please call 204-734-9129 or email