Several Cowichan Valley non-profits are in the running for a 50 thousand dollar grant from Island Savings, as a celebration of Canada’s 150th.
Nourish Cowichan is one of these. The Society is a school-based breakfast program, and is currently operating in five local schools.
President Fatima Da Silva says with all the community support, they have been growing quickly – and now they are facing some logistics issues.
Da Silva says they would use the grant money to upgrade a commercial kitchen space to allow for the expansion of their program, or build a kitchen from scratch if need be.
Voting is open until June 23. The top 10 organizations that receive the most votes will be reviewed by a First West selection committee. Vote at the Island Savings Community Grant website.
Other local groups in the running include:
Saltspring School Gardens
Saltspring Therapeutic Riding Association
Kinette Club of Lake Cowichan
Cowichan Folk Guild
Kidsport Cowichan Valley
Duncan’s Pregnancy Outreach Program
Cowichan Search and Rescue
Shawnigan Basin Society
Literacy Now Cowichan
Duncan Junior Baseball Association
Cowichan Women Against Violence
Cowichan Valley Independent Living Resource Association
Cowichan Football Association
Cowichan Valley Performing Arts Foundation
Cowichan Valley Intercultural Society
Cowichan Family Life Association
Community Options Society
Clements Centre
Chemainus Community Schools Association