Community Foundation distributes $330,000 in grants to local charities in the South Okanagan/Similkameen – Penticton News

The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen is thrilled to announce that it has distributed $330,000 in grants to over 40 area charities through its 2022 program.

The Oliver Hospital auxiliary thrift store is just one of many, receiving $5,000 that will go towards installing an elevator at their location.

“We are 100% volunteer run and proudly give our time and energy to the store. The elevator has allowed our volunteers, who are mostly senior citizens, to safely transport goods from the processing area to the retail space,” says Jane Noonan, who volunteers at the store. , which raises funds for the South Okanagan Medical Center and SOS Medical. Foundation.

“The thrift store is more than just a place where we can volunteer, it’s also our social time and a way to stay in touch with the community.”

Half of the total funds of $330,000 awarded this year went to support the operations, projects and new programs of local charities and nonprofits.

The remaining money was allocated to endowment funds managed by the Community Foundation for people who chose a charity to support, whether it was a musical organization, a school scholarship or a a local sports association.

Applications for next year’s grants will be open from August to October 2022. Prospective applicants can start preparing applications now by visiting the Community Foundation’s new website for advice, contact information and to register for an upcoming grant-writing workshop.

Noonan found the grant application workshop “invaluable”.

“I’ve written grant applications before, but I hadn’t written one in over 10 years and this seminar was just excellent,” she says.

“It really allowed you to focus your answers on what you need and why.”

“All are welcome to register for the workshop, whether new applicants, former grant applicants, or anyone who just wants to learn a little more about applying for nonprofit funding,” says Sarah Trudeau, grant manager. programs.

“We would love to help you apply and support programs that make our communities better places to live. »

The next grant writing workshop will take place this fall in September 2022.