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General News · 4th November 2011
Sandra Wood
During 2011 I have been honoured to work for a second year with so many motivated non-profit Boards together with their tireless directors & volunteers. They have been contributing thousands of hours of effort towards operations, maintenance, and programs for the benefit of our community.

In addition to all their regular fund-raising activities over the past 10 months, we have also submitted 3 letters of inquiry plus 16 grant applications, seeking new sources of revenue or capital for island projects.

As of October we have raised $52,200 of new funding for 2011, which has benefited Manson’s Hall Renovations, the Museum’s Expansion Project, Friends of Cortes Island’s Programming, and the Cortes School Propagating Prosperity Garden Project.

When added to the previous year’s new grants of $39,000 in 2010, we have raised over $91,000 with many grants that could still be awarded early next year to benefit our island economy and community services.

In addition to finding alternative sources of funding for these special projects, we are sharing inter-organization training, combining skills, forming partnerships, creating grant strategies, and improving our sustainability.

This is an inter-organizational initiative, sponsored by Friends Of Cortes Island and funded by the Strathcona Regional District, designed to help generate extra funding for community-based projects and supporting our non-profit societies. If you have any questions, please send email to or phone 250-935-6676.