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Kamloops Naturalist Club Uses the Social and Community Development Grant to Connect to the Community

Each year, the City of Kamloops issues a call for proposals for registered charities and non-profit agencies in our community to apply for Social and Community Development Grants, which are intended to fund special projects, operational costs, and/or capital expenditures that address specific current social problems and/or issues related to the City’s Social Plan or the Livability pillar of the Council Strategic Plan.

The Kamloops Naturalist Club received a $5,000 Social and Community Development Grant in 2022. This is how the grant was used:

Submitted by Kamloops Naturalist Club.

Sustainability Stories is an audio tour that animates neighbourhoods from a sustainability lens and is available through QR codes at specific stops and online. The narratives seek to shift people’s thinking towards sustainability by posing questions and offering new perspectives. The project has many benefits, including:

  • It is a free, educational activity that community members can engage with together outdoors while social distancing.
  • It raises awareness of Secwépemc culture and land use. The stewardship of land/waters by Secwépemc people since time immemorial is a positive example of sustainability.
  • The stories connect listeners with the City’s Community Climate Action Plan, which aims to make Kamloops a more sustainable and resilient city. 

"It's been amazing to see Sustainability Stories grow from concept to completion. Numerous people have mentioned that despite living in Kamloops all their lives, they knew very little about the history and sustainability initiatives of our city,” said Melissa Maslany, Sustainability Stories project team member and storyteller. “It's inspiring to see the community's engagement with the project so far."

Sustainable Stories was made possible by the Social and Community Development Grant.

To learn more about this grant, visit To view stories on how other groups used their Social and Community Development Grants, visit