In May, Shell in Groundbirch launched their second Northeast B.C. Community Grants Program offering $50,000 in funding to non-profit organizations. The program included an additional $10,000 this year to celebrate the Groundbirch asset’s 10th year operating in the area.
"This grant program is offered once a year and is an excellent opportunity for organizations that may not meet the qualifying criteria for our regular social investment funding due to geographic location, program structure, or for other reasons,” explains Jennifer Prochera who manages the Community Grants Program.
“This bucket of funding is also unique in that community members help select the recipients based on the needs they see in their communities and all of Northeast B.C.”
Through the NEBC Community Grants Program, Shell can give up to $5,000 per grant to each organization who applies.
Applications closed in June and in the months following, submissions were collected and reviewed against the grant criteria. Drawing from their community knowledge, a panel of local volunteers and Shell staff living in NEBC made the final selections in late summer choosing 11 successful projects.
"Each of these non-profit organizations does incredibly important work and our grant program is one way we can help these groups meet the needs within our community,” says Prochera who recently celebrated the winning organizations at a luncheon.
Spanning from Fort St. John, Dawson Creek and Chetwynd, to Rose Prairie and Upper Pine, the successful 2018 projects include:
- The Ark Building Improvement – Dawson Creek Youth Center Society
- Re-insulation Project – Rose Prairie Community and Curling Centre
- Alphabites – Chetwynd Public Library Association
- Facility Improvements – Chetwynd Minor Ball
- Dawson Creek Arts and Wellness Fund – Dawson Creek Arts and Wellness Society
- 2018 D.a.r.e (Drug Abuse Resistance Ed) Program for NEBC – D.a.r.e
- Outdoor Classroom Gazebo Project – Upper Pine Elementary Junior Secondary School
- Winter Sport Expansion (snowshoeing & downhill ski equipment) – Special Olympics B.C.
- Don Titus Outdoor Classroom – Don Titus Parent Advisory Council
- Motion on Wheels – South Peace Child Development Centre
- Portable Flooring for Community Events – Fort St. John Irish Dance Society
Over the past two years, a combined $90,000 has been given to 24 grant applicants. This is in addition to the more than $800,000 that Shell has invested in Northeast B.C. through general social investment funding.
Applications for general funding will be accepted starting January 2019 at shell.ca/community and watch for Community Grant Program funding to open up again in Spring 2019.