Williams Lake Community Forest Standing Committee members Bette McLennan (left), Tom Foley, WLCF board member, Sue Hemphill, Scout Island Rep, Camille Roberts Invasive Species Council of BC rep and Stan McCarthy, 150 Mile Volunteer Fire Chief. Mary Thurow photo

Williams Lake Community Forest grants announced

In its first intake, the selection committee awarded nine local projects

Nine projects were successful in the first round of the Williams Lake Community Forest Granting Program.

In 2019 a total of $23,500 is being awarded with grants ranging from $1,500 to $4,500 each.

Mary Thurow, granting co-ordinator for the WLCF, said the call for applications went out in November with a deadline of Dec. 3, 2018 and projects were reviewed by a portion of the Standing Committee.

“The volunteer Standing Committee has members with various interests who help guide the managers,” Thurow said. “The WLCF managers were not involved with decision-making on the grants.”

Receiving grants for 2019 are the Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society, Invasive Species Council of BC, Horsefly and District Board of Trade, Scout Island, Big Lake Community Association, School District 27 Grade 3 to 6 for outdoor run, 150 Mile Volunteer Fire Department, 150 Mile Greenbelt, Trail and Heritage Society and the Horsefly 4H.

The grants will assist a range of projects from interpretive trail signs, educational sessions, rebuilding or repairing outdoor skating rinks, the SD 27 Earth challenge, replacing a water tender and providing fencing panels for 4H projects.

“Everything we support has to be completed by the end of 2019,” Thurow said, noting all recipients will have to do a summary report, due early December.

Additionally, $3,000 worth of bursaries will be awarded to graduating students in 2019. Five will go to students at Lake City Secondary and one to a student from either Maranatha Christian School or the Cariboo Adventist Academy.

There were 32 different project applications worth $500,000 with $141,000 in requests pitched to the WLCF program.

“It was super competitive,” Thurow said. “There were some great projects that unfortunately were not funded.”

In its guidelines for the grant application, it stipulates projects should reflect the values and goals of the community forest, benefit a broad group of a community, and focus on either recreation structures, culture and arts, or capital improvements.

Wanting to be fiscally prudent, the WLCF decided to give out a smaller amount this year so it will always have grant funds moving into the future, Thurow added.

Read more: Williams Lake Community Forest profits go back to community

www.facebook.com

Just Posted

BREAKING: West Fraser announces indefinite closure of Chasm

The third shift for the 100 Mile House location will also be eliminated

Enviro Club prepares for Wells Grey Provincial Park adventure

Recently students were out on Williams Lake brushing up on their canoe skills

Ranch Musings: Rebuilding ranching culture and learning to let go

Weekly column from local rancher David Zirnhelt

Williams Lake principal honoured with Governor General’s Medal

Shirley Giroux graduated from UNBC with her PhD in Health Sciences

PHOTOS: Elusive ‘ghost whale’ surfaces near Campbell River

Ecotourism operator captures images of the rare white orca

Victoria mom describes finding son ‘gone’ on first day of coroners inquest into overdose death

Resulting recommendations could change handling of youth records amidst the overdose crisis

Dash-cam video in trial of accused cop killer shows man with a gun

Footage is shown at trial of Oscar Arfmann, charged with killing Const. John Davidson of Abbotsford

Suicide confirmed in case of B.C. father who’d been missing for months

2018 disappearance sparked massive search for Ben Kilmer

Eight U.S. senators write to John Horgan over B.C. mining pollution

The dispute stems from Teck Resources’ coal mines in B.C.’s Elk Valley

Threats charge against Surrey’s Jaspal Atwal stayed

Atwal, 64, was at centre of controversy in 2018 over his attendance at prime minister’s reception in India

Anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to speak in Surrey

He’s keynote speaker at Surrey Environment and Business Awards luncheon by Surrey Board of Trade Sept. 17

Otters devour 150 trout at Kootenay hatchery

The hatchery has lost close to 150 fish in the past several months

B.C. church’s Pride flag defaced for second time in 12 days

Delta’s Ladner United Church says it will continue to fly the flag for Pride month

Most Read