Nanaimo Foundation gives $10,000 to Gabriola Arts Council and $5,050 to Gabriola Museum

Sounder News

Tuesday, July 11 2017

The Nanaimo Foundation, in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, provided $70,000 in grants to Greater Nanaimo Area non-profit organizations in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation on June 29.

The Gabriola Arts Council received $10,000 and the Gabriola Historical and Museum Society  received $5,050.

Michelle Benjamin from GAC said the $10,000, “will get us to the finish line on the Gabriola Arts & Heritage Centre. We’ll be using the money for the final phase of the renovation and upgrade project, which includes removing the old shingles, installing rain screen, and then applying new—and newly painted—cedar shingles. New soffits, skirt, and trim too, and we’ll be cleaning up the front porch as well.”

The Museum will be using it’s grant monies for a new exhibit.

Each year the Nanaimo Foundation provides grants from its Vital Nanaimo Fund to local charitable organizations to help build vibrancy, health, and resiliency in the Nanaimo community. 

For the second year in a row, the Nanaimo Foundation’s annual granting capacity has more than doubled, thanks to the generous support from the Community Foundations of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th.

The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, led by the Community Foundations of Canada, was established by the Government of Canada to provide funding to charitable organizations from coast to coast to coast in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. With the support of the Government of Canada and leaders from across the country, this fund aims to activate a groundswell of local initiatives and engage Canadians in a wide range of projects that mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.

“This year, the Nanaimo Foundation is celebrating 35 years of providing support to local needs,” said Ted Carson, Board of Directors Chair of the Nanaimo Foundation. “It is an exciting year for our local community foundation as we celebrate this milestone in tandem with Canada’s sesquicentennial. We are honoured to once again receive support from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th to match the grants we are distributing from the Nanaimo Foundation’s Vital Nanaimo Fund, and provide valuable funding to local needs.”