The City of Kamloops allocates $45,000 annually for local community initiatives through Social Planning Grants. Social Planning Grants fund projects and initiatives that address specific current social problems and/or issues that are identified in the City’s Social Plan and serve Kamloops residents.
Unspent funds from 2018 were included in the funding allotment for 2019, which brought the total to $57,433. This year, 15 applications were received. After a thorough evaluation process, facilitated by City staff, and based on the recommendations of the Social Planning Council, eight organizations have been awarded funding by the Kamloops City Council.
This year’s successful applicants include:
- $4,050 to the Thompson Shuswap Master Gardeners
- $10,640 to Kamloops Family Resources
- $18,643 to the Kamloops Sex Assault Counseling Centre
- $2,500 to Pacific Sport Interior BC
- $2,000 to Spinal Cord Injury BC
- $7,600 for the Thompson Nicola Cariboo United Way
- $4,000 for Interior Community Services
- $8,000 to the Kamloops Arts Council
Previously committed funds of $15,000 per year continue for the social enterprise organizations that were selected in 2018 as part of their three-year funding approval. Over the past 12 months, the Kamloops Food Policy Council, the Kamloops Music Collective Society, and the Elizabeth Fry Society have been working with Purppl Community Enterprise Accelerator CCC Inc. on mentorship, training, and capacity building. Over the next two years, these groups will use the ongoing funding to implement the tools and knowledge garnered from their work with Purppl.