Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan, Vernon’s Schubert Centre can continue to serve the public.
The Schubert Centre was one of 16 organizations receiving 18 grants totalling $57,198 from the foundation at a special ceremony at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre.
Manager Jack Gareb received a grant for $8,000 for new carpeting, and one for $2,363 which will help operate the Creative Expressions Activity program.
“We have a retired doctor that’s done a lot of research on dementia and feels she can help our seniors with dementia,” said Gareb. “The program starts in July.”
The foundation supports a wide range of projects that are of benefit to those living and working within the boundaries of the Regional District of North Okanagan, including all member municipalities.
“Funded activities will provide a direct service to the community or take an innovative approach to community concerns,” said Mike Tindall, president of the foundation’s board of directors.
Eligible applicants must be registered charities and/or qualified donees under the Income Tax Act.
They must demonstrate fiscal responsibility and effective management.
Grant applications must not be for 100 per cent of the cost of a proposed project.
The Community Dental Access Centre (North Okanagan) received two grants totalling $10,700 for a digital X-ray sensor package and a sterilizer.
Other groups to receive funds included:
n Literacy and Youth Initiatives Society of the North Okanagan, $7,000, Teen Junction renovation;
n Greater Vernon Museum and Archives Society, $5,000, heritage clock restoration at post office corner;
n Shuswap Okanagan Treatment Centre Society, $4,500, flooring replacement;
n North Okanagan Pregnancy Care Centre, $4,000, medical services facility readiness;
n City of Enderby-Area F Joint Commission, $3,000, Grindrod Hall table and chairs;
n Kindale Developmental Association, $2,500, W.L. Seaton Centre repairs and restoration;
n NONA Child Development Centre, $2,000, iCommunicate project;
n Brain Trust Canada Association, $2,000, helmet safety program, Vernon;
n North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association, $1,800, flat-deck trailer;
n Abbeyfield Houses of Vernon Society, $1,400, hot water tank upgrade;
n Lumby Historical Society, $1,035, washroom upgrade;
n Arthritis Society, $800, arthritis education workshops;
n Mara Musical and Athletic Association, $700, sound baffles for Mara Hall;
n Compassionate Friends – Vernon chapter, $400, TFC memorial candle lighting service.