Nelson Lions hand out grants
This is the third year of the Nelson Lions Club’s community grant program which is funded through the club’s investment in the Osprey Community Foundation. The funds originated from a bequest to the club by the late Hillary Harper of Kootenay Bay. This year the Osprey investment has resulted in more than $6,000 being available for local organizations.
The Lions Club accepts applications for the community grants each year and a club committee assesses the applications and makes recommendations to the club for funds dispersal. All applications received this year were of a high caliber and the club thanks all organizations who took the time to apply for the grants.
This year’s grant recipients are:
• West Kootenay Women's Association (Nelson & District Women's Centre) $300 in support of the GAP Theater Workshop. This is a program for youth 14-19 years which uses theater exercises and discussion to explore important life questions.
• Cascadia Green Building Council 2008 Society (Kootenay/Rockies Leaf) $385 in support of a one day natural/ecological building expo. This will occur in conjunction with construction of a net-zero energy washroom facility at Art Gibbons Park. These funds will help with youth activities planned at the event.
• Blind Beginnings $300 in support of the Paralympic X-Country Ski Clinic. (aimed at youth who are blind or visually impaired)
• Capitol Theatre $500 in support of the 2012 Summer Youth Program. This program involves over 50 youth ages 11-18 and provides education in theatrical arts to local and regional youth.
• KidSport Nelson $2,000 which will be used to support disadvantaged youth participating in local sports.
• Nelson Christian Community School $1,000 in support of building a playground for the school which also could be used by the local neighbourhood.
• Nelson and District Seniors Coordinating Society $1,800 to help offset expenses occurred in providing many valuable services to seniors in our community.
The Nelson Lions Club is 20 members strong and this small but dynamic group supports many individuals and groups in our community and around the world. If you are interested in being part of the club please contact Bill Brown at 250-352-0132 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.