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BCCF Reaches $1M Milestone in Community Grant-Making

Date: 7th December 2016

From the first community grants distribution of $15,000 in 2004 to 2016’s community grants distribution of $110,000, the foundation has hit the $1-million mark of local reinvestment in the community.




BCCF Grants Reception

Supporting local projects and programs like “The Sunshine Corner” (now known as Parent Link) in 2004, to a home reading program for Exshaw School in 2016, the foundation has locally injected $1,065,000 of good will for good work across all sectors, as of December 2016.

“Together, with our donors and partners, we are so proud to announce that we have reached this million dollar milestone in community investment,” executive director Lorraine Widmer-Carson says. “We are also happy to achieve this year’s granting goal – to distribute $150,000, just in time for Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017.”

In June, the Foundation granted $40,000 to five Canada 150 projects and on Dec. 6, the Foundation awarded an additional $110,000 to twenty three other projects. Included in the December roster are: Rocky Mountain Adaptive Sports, St. Michael’s Food & Friends Program, Banff’s Mental Illness Stigma Support program, and the Bow Valley Pond Hockey program for children aged 8 – 13. Referring to itself as a 360 degree grant-maker, the Foundation supports local projects across the sectors: Arts, Education, Environment, Health, Heritage, Recreation and Social Services. Click here for a full listing of the 2016 Community Grants.

“The Foundation is a pivot point for dollars, ideas, relationships and people wishing to inject vibrancy and empathy into our local quality of life,” Widmer-Carson adds. “The projects and programs being supported today are investments in the development of a stronger, more vibrant, more inclusive, more welcoming, smarter, and more caring community of communities.”

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