Applications for the Vanderhoof and Districts Co-op community support fund are now being accepted from Sept.1 until Oct.31 at 5:30 p.m.
This is a brand new program in its first year. It is designed to provide up to $100,000 of financial support to community groups, non-profits, charities and such who provide a necessary service that improves the quality of life within their community.
“We are accepting applications from groups throughout our entire trading district. We have operations in 10 different communities from Quesnel to Fort St. James and Valemount to Terrace. The funds will be distributed to groups at the discretion of the board of directors, and consideration will be given to amounts requested/required. We want to support as many groups as we can, while still providing sufficient funding to make a difference to these groups,” commented Renee Dick,Marketing Co-ordinator for Vanderhoof and Districts Co-op.
It is possible for a group to receive the the entire lump sum of $100,000 but it highly unlikely because the program is designed to assist all eligible groups within the trading district.
“The amount that will be awarded will be up to the board of directors’ discretion and it will based on need as well as how much is being requested for their projects or programs,” explained Dick.
This is going to be an annual program that will be running on the same time period between September until October.
Originally the money was distributed in different manners, but after careful analysis the Vanderhoof and Districts Co-op created this new program of allocating funds.
“We just took a look at where the money was going and thought, this is money that could really benefit our communities and some of these groups that really struggle. We know how hard-hit food banks are at Christmas time, [and for those] different organizations that address the needs of social housing, or medical, or any other sorts of programs,” commented Dick.
For more information regarding eligibility and guidelines, download the application at www.vhfcoop.com.