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Council approves all 18 Powell River Community Forest grants

POWELL RIVER, B.C.-The Powell River Community Forest will be handing out more than $1.2 million this year. It’s also a record year for the organization, with a $2.1 million dividend that will be deposited into the Community Forest Reserve Fund. Council approved all 18 grants at last night’s meeting.

Since its inception in 2006, the PRCF has given out 109 grants to local organizations and deposited more than $10.6 million into the reserve fund. Groups getting money this year include the Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society, the Powell River Curling Club, and the Powell River Public Library.

The PRCF is a corporation set up by the city which operates independently. It harvests timber and then reinvests all the profits back into the community. You can find more information about the Powell River Community Forest, including how to apply for grants, at its website.

Here is the complete list of this year’s grant recipients:

-Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society – Sunshine Coast Trail, north end shelter and other enhancements – $73,304
-Zackery’s Social Network Society (K-Lumet Pilot Project) – waste wood trucking, storage container, office equipment, wood splitter, wax tank – contribution towards a facility for manufacture of quick burning fire starters employing persons with disabilities – $36,289.51
-Powell River Curling Club – contribution towards replacement of the ice plant – $150,000
-Wild Ocean Whale Society – set up ocean viewpoints, including standing binoculars, signage, presentation materials – $44,167
-Knuckleheads Winter Recreation Association – Sentinal Backcountry Cabin construction – 2nd top up grant to cover increase in construction costs – $15,000
-Ohtaqken Canoe Paddle Project – purchase wood, pay carvers to make paddles, purchase mast and sail for tribal journey – $14,235
-Gillies Bay Volunteer Fire Department – contribution towards a Mobile Structural Protection Unit for Texada Island – $23,000
-Powell River Employment Program – tenant improvements to city owned Crossroads Building for PREP administrative staff and Immigrant Services Program – $130,000
-Cadet Core of Powell River with support of BC Target Sports Association – contribution towards establishing an indoor training facility for target shooting – $14,545
-Vancouver Coastal Health on behalf of Evergreen Extended Care Resident and Families – purchase and install double wall oven – $6,365
-Powell River Gymnastics Club – replace the foam pit – up to $60,000
-Powell River Public Library – contribution towards PRPL fundraising “build a future” campaign associated with the Library foyer – $250,000
-City of Powell River – North Harbour Launching Ramp improvements – up to $200,000
-City of Powell River – park signage upgrades – $30,000
-City of Powell River – playground equipment replacement DA Evans, swing sets Grief Point, Lindsay Parks – $67,000
-City of Powell River – disabled seating and pathways Loggers Memorial Bowl – $10,000
-City of Powell River – Cedar shake siding on Timberlane washroom building – $10,000
-City of Powell River – Cedar shake siding Museum Centennial Building – $25,000

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