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Posted: July 28, 2020

CFKR gives annual grants and grows funds

The Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies (CFKR) has awarded a total of $42,010.08 to 33 community projects through its 2020 annual granting program. In addition, a total of $29,680.79 been re-invested in the principals of fourteen endowment funds, to grow future granting.

“Despite the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, we felt it was very important to continue with our regular annual granting, to support the excellent work of local non-profits,” stated Lynnette Wray, CFKR Executive Director.

“The $42,010.08 in CFKR’s regular 2020 grants is in addition to the almost $150,000 that CFKR has contributed to local charities via COVID-19 grants,” Wray added.

CFKR provided annual grants to a wide range of community projects and programs in 2020. All grant applications were reviewed by CFKR’s local volunteer committees, with granting decisions ratified by the CFKR Board.

The Elkford Community Fund was established in late 2018, earned its first year of interest in 2019, and awarded its inaugural grants in 2020:

Elkford Nordic Ski Club, Track Groomer/Setter: $1,437.48;

High Altitude Volleyball Club, Equipment: $500;

Elkford Snowmobile Association, Track Groomer: $1,000.

The Sparwood Community Fund provided the following grants:

School District #5/Sparwood Secondary School, First Aid training for outdoor education class: $1,000;

Sparwood Golf Club, energy-efficient light fixtures: $600;

Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, Love 2 Learn: $687.61;

Sparwood Trail Alliance, Trail Map Kiosks: $980.

The Fernie Community Fund granted the following:

Fernie Nordic Society, Trail Head Improvement Project: $1,366.99;

Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, Accessibility Project: $1,500;

Joan Delich Kindergym Society, Storage Facility: $600;

Dr. Sparling and Mrs. Mary East Memorial Scholarship Fund, annual Fernie Secondary School Scholarship: $1,000;

Twin Meadows Animal Rescue Society, Veterinary Care: $350. (Granted by CFKR’s donor-advised Hough Ingalls Fund for Animal Welfare.)

In Cranbrook and area, $8,766.87 in grants were provided by several endowment funds, including the Cranbrook Community Fund; Seniors’ Enhancement Fund; Kimberley-Cranbrook 2008 Winter Games Arts/Culture and Sports Funds; Knights of Pythias Fund; Arts, Culture, and Heritage Fund; Environment Fund; and Outdoor Recreation Fund:

Cranbrook Community Theatre, Technical Workshop: $500;

Symphony of the Kootenays, Concert: $1,035.13;

NorthStar Rails to Trails, Operating Costs: $818.43;

Ground Floor Coworking Space, AED in memory of community volunteer, Colin J. Campbell: $500;

School District No. 5/Mount Baker Secondary School, Outdoor Basketball Court: $1,109.07;

School District No. 5/T.M. Roberts Elementary School PAC, Playground Project: $1,109.08;

Wildsight, Environmental Education: $535.11;

Cranbrook Boys and Girls Club, Garden Project: $847.40;

Community Connections Society of Southeast BC, Food Coupon Project: $1,476.65;

Cranbrook Kimberley Hospice Society, Volunteer Training Equipment: $836.00.

CFKR’s designated and agency endowment funds provided the following grants:

  • East Kootenay Community Credit Union Endowment Fund to local Salvation Army food programs: $841.82;
  • Symphony of the Kootenays: $2,060.14;
  • East Kootenay Foundation for Health: $958.14;
  • Children First, supporting families and children under six: $1,576.37;
  • EKFH-Roy & Annabel Maundrell Fund: $242.42.

CFKR’s donor-advised funds granted the following:

  • Casey and Corrine Hanemayer Fund provided operational grants to the EK SPCA for $1,521.75 and to CFKR for $10,000.
  • Niedermayer Family Fund: $1,503.25 to the Cranbrook Food Recovery Project.
Cranbrook Salvation Army: Major Ginny Kristensen from the Salvation Army with Lynnette Wray, CFKR Executive Director.

Greg Fisher Community Fund:

  • $918.20 to the Cranbrook Salvation Army for its COVID-19 community initiatives.
  • $350.00 to NorthStar Rails To Trails for operating costs.
  • Janice Regnier Fund for Mental Health and Addictions: $499.03 to the Cranbrook Salvation Army for its COVID-19 community initiatives.
  • Mark Mahovlic Memorial Scholarship Fund, annual MBSS scholarship: $1,000.
  • Pidoca Construction Group Memorial Scholarship Fund, annual MBSS scholarship: $750.

Numerous endowment fund holders generously re-invested their 2020 grants, thereby growing their principals and their future granting:

  • Friends of Fort Steele Fund: $4,812.
  • Cranbrook Public Library Fund: $675.28;
  • Cranbrook History Centre Fund: $1,119.86.
  • Cranbrook Boys and Girls Club Fund: $298.33.
  • East Kootenay SPCA Fund: $141.52.
  • Joyce Metcalfe Memorial Fund, benefiting the Cranbrook Bugle Band: $418.37.
  • Key City Gymnastics Club Fund: $442.43.
  • East Kootenay Friends of Children Fund: $287.10.
  • Hough Ingalls Fund for Animal Welfare: $15.09.
  • Melodie Hull Fund for Mental Health and Addictions: $455.94.
  • Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce Education Fund: $147.96.
  • Cranbrook Past and Present Teachers’ Legacy Fund: $116.58.
  • Dr. Sparling and Mrs. Mary East Memorial Scholarship Fund: $185.20.

Thanks to their continued commitment to growing CFKR’s endowments, the Casey and Corrine Hanemayer Funds re-invested a significant portion of their 2020 grants in the following endowment funds:

East Kootenay SPCA Fund: $4,000;

Friends of Fort Steele Fund: $5,521.71;

Cranbrook History Centre Fund: $5,521.71;

East Kootenay Foundation for Health Fund: $5,521.71.

Lead image: Community Connections Society of Southeast BC: Nancy Reid, CCSSEBC Executive Director, with Lynnette Wray, CFKR Executive Director. Photos submitted

East Kootenay SPCA: Local youth and SPCA supporters, Kirk and Skye, with EK SPCA Executive Director, Christy King

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