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Community foundations award $571,062.00 in funding through the Investment Readiness Program

Prince George Community Foundation (PGCF) and Bulkley Valley Community Foundation (BVCF) have awarded $571,062.00 in funding to 15 organizations as part of the Government of Canada’s Investment Readiness Program (IRP).

PGCF and BVCF received a high volume of applications for this highly competitive program. The funding has supported projects including:

  • $25,000 to fund Community Connections (Revelstoke) Society for Community Connections Social Enterprise Feasibility Study
  • $69,530 to fund Deer Crossing the Art Farm for The Smart Farm Pilot Project
  • $36,000 to fund Friendly Composting Inc. for their Growing Friendly – Building Our Commercial Revenue Stream program
  • $14,000 to fund Groundwork Community Service Cooperative for their Rolling Hills Facility
  • $49,450 to fund Inclusion Powell River Society for Kindred Rebuild
  • $25,000 to fund Indigenous Food Sovereignty Association for Indigenous Food Sovereignty Association Structuring and Curriculum Development
  • $75,000 to The Loon Foundation for PODs (Pender Harbour Ocean Discover Station): Preparing for Launch
  • $72,500 to The Spo7ez Cultural Centre and Community Society for Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Líl̓wat7úl Cultural Centre Retail Outlet: Park Royal
  • $15,000 to fund Lyon Kechika Contracting Inc. for Iyon Kechika Rebranding & Marketing Plan
  • $17,477 to fund Kamloops Food Policy Council for development of the storefront
  • $35,000 to fund North Coast Cremation Services for Education and Branding
  • $25,000 to fund Ondine Oceanfarm for Sunshine Coast Seafood Processing Facility
  • $25,000 to fund Prince George Peacemakers for Communications Solutions
  • $25,000 to fund Agents of Change for Economic Empowerment Association for Salt River Collective: Áasgaay ýaat’áayg hl dúu (invite the people)
  • $62,105 to fund U Grow Girl Social Enterprise (CCC) Inc. for U Grow Girl – Investment Ready For Growth

“The Investment Readiness Program has been a catalyst for communities across the country, and we are delighted to be sharing the program’s results today,” said Andrea Dicks, President of Community Foundations of Canada, a national partner in the Investment Readiness Program. “From coast to coast to coast, social purpose organizations are showcasing bold leadership and rethinking how revenue generation can work alongside increasing community impact. We continue to be inspired by the creativity and solutions that strengthen the resilience of the charitable sector while taking on tough social challenges. We are deeply appreciative of our network of community foundations, the Foundation for Black Communities, and the Government of Canada for their continued collaboration and care.”

The Investment Readiness Program was open to a diverse range of organizations and businesses, including charities, non-profits, co-ops and social enterprises. The program provided $10,000 to $75,000 to create, manage, and expand social enterprises in order to get ready to accept investment.

“There are so many inspiring community leaders looking to make a difference in new and innovative ways,” said Mindy Stroet, Director of Development, PGCF and Deb Camenzind, Executive Director with the Bulkley Valley Community Foundation. “We are looking forward to seeing the IRP help these recipients grow their impact even more.”

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