Story – April 17, 2018
Grants Awarded During Spring Session
— April 17, 2018 by Jeremy Bergen, Swan Valley Star and Times —
The Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) held their first ever spring granting night on Thursday (April 12) in the SVRSS cafeteria. The special presentation – intended to be an annual affair – is an adjustment of how the CFSV gives out community grants, and allows for a more convenient application process for non-profit organizations to apply for grants.
Early in the evening, director Norm Bruce spoke on the success of the CFSV, and how it has grown since its inception. “When we started out, we were all completely volunteers,” he said. “We did the treasurer work, we did the secretary work, we did it all. As it has grown, we now have an executive director on a part-time basis. I can’t wait for it to be a full-time basis, because we have so much room to grow.”
The CFSV handed the following community grants to the following organizations throughout the evening:
- Swan River and District Community Resource Council (also known as Service to Seniors) – $1,000 for kitchen upgrades, to further facilitate a seniors meal program;
- SVRSS Tigers Rugby Team – $2,500 for further application of topsoil for a multi-sport field;
- Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 48 (Birch River) – $1,000 for storage room renovations;
- Wellman Lake Bible Camp – $1,300 for the completion of a youth challenge course;
- SVRSS Baseball team – for the purchase of baseball team jerseys;
- Ukrainian Catholic Hall (Benito) – $2,500 for interior flooring renovations;
- Special Olympics Manitoba Parkland Region – $1,300 for new Cobra bowling jerseys;
- Swan River Kinsmen Nursery School – $3,000 for the construction of an outdoor learning environment; and
- Bowsman School Garden Club – $2,000 for upgrades to the community garden.
Two community grants that were intended to be presented at last December’s granting night were also given out to:
- Kenville Memorial Hall – $800 for storage room upgrades; and
- Swan Valley Animal Protection League – for the construction of insulated dog houses.
A Youth in Philanthropy program was also reignited this year in the SVRSS. Facilitator and SVRSS teacher Austen Anderson leads a committee of students that work to raise funds and designate where the fruits of their efforts will go to benefit. The groups that received Youth in Philanthropy grants were:
- SVRSS Tigers Football program – for the purchase of football equipment;
- Swan Valley Animal Protection League – $300 for a start-up training program that will foster new, young volunteers;
- SVRSS Drama Club – $400 for an area rug for their drama classroom; and
- SVRSS Envirothon – for practical samples and supplies to study.
“As someone who is relatively new to the Valley, it’s amazing what it has to offer,” said CFSV Vice Chair Tim Mendel in his closing words. “These opportunities don’t exist without people being involved. For the small part that (the CFSV) plays, and the huge part that people play, it makes the Valley the envy of Manitoba.”