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General News · 28th January 2011
Sandra Wood
Over the past year I have been honoured to work with so many motivated non-profit Boards together with their tireless directors & volunteers. Thousands of hours of effort have been contributed towards operations, maintenance, programs, and fund-raising in our community during 2010.

Last year I focused my efforts on researching new grants & writing applications with the groups who were most in need of support including: Cortes Museum, Mansonís Hall, Friends of Cortes Island, Whaletown Community Club/School House Gallery, and other non-profits.

Together we have succeeded in leveraging a $5,750 Grant-In-Aid investment into an extra $39,000 for the following community projects:

∑ FOCI's Trail Mapping from WALK BC
∑ Klahoose Song Writing Project from BC Literacy Now
∑ Cortes Museum from Vancouver Foundation
∑ Cortes Museum from new Patrons & Family Foundations
∑ Klahoose Song Writing from Open Meadows Foundation
∑ School House Gallery Renovations from Tides US Foundation
∑ FOCIís Trail Map from Mountain Equipment Co-op
∑ Cortes Museum from BC Arts Council
∑ FOCIís Trail Map from Coastal Community Credit Union

In addition to finding alternative sources of funding for these special projects, we are sharing information, combining skills, forming partnerships, creating grant strategies, and improving self-sustainability through the development of new revenue sources.

The Strathcona Regional District Board has just approved my continuation in the role as Cortes Fund-Raising Co-ordinator for 2011. I will be publishing a grant webpage with links to upcoming grant deadlines as a community resource and look forward to another successful year working together.

If you have any questions about this initiative to help generate extra funding for community-based projects while building local fund raising capacity for our non-profit societies, please send email to or phone 250-935-6676.