Just in time for spring, the Parksville-Qualicum Community Foundation (PQCF) has announced two funding opportunities with the local community — Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) and Annual Foundation Grants.
Local residents can apply for up to $500 for projects that connect people socially, or share their skills and talents through the Neighbourhood Small Grants program.
“Through NSG, Parksville-Qualicum Community Foundation is actively supporting neighbours to build community and strengthen connections right here in Oceanside,” said Len Townsend, PQCF chairperson.
“In 2021, we distributed $13,450 in funding for 35 local projects. Projects were amazingly diverse, ranging from delivering care packages for hospital stays and shoreline and community clean up, to meditation, quilting and curling programs. There are endless ways to build community and we are here to support that.”
Community members can apply for the NSG program until April 20, according to a media release by PQCF.
NSG is facilitated through partnerships with Clayoquot Biosphere Trust and the Victoria Foundation.
A second funding opportunity is available through PQCF’s Annual Foundation Grants – Community Fund. This fund supports initiatives that aim to improve the quality of life for local residents.
Grants up to $4,000 are made to organizations that are registered charities or sponsored by a registered charity. Applications will be received until March 31, according to PQCF.
“Preferred projects involve those that promote volunteering, youth participation, cooperation among groups, or enhance community self-sufficiency,” said Pat Weber, PQCF director.
“With these grant programs, we are investing in the people, ideas, and activities that strengthen our community and build resilience for the future, and we are here to help facilitate your ideas.”
Eligibility details, FAQ and applications for both NSG and Annual Foundation Grants can be found on the PQCF website.
PQCF supports local community groups with funding grants. The foundation serves the area incorporating Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Qualicum First Nations, RDN Electoral Areas E, F, G, H, and Lasqueti Island.