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General News · 28th April 2021
Manda Aufochs Gillespie
Dear Community

Thank you so much for your exuberant and creative response to the MicroGrants for Neighbours Call Out. We received 43 applications brought forward to benefit the health, youth, literacy, arts, and general inter-connectedness of the Cortes Island community.

The MicroGrants for Neighbours Program started as the Cortes Literacy Now Seed Grants and has grown over the years to this point where we have partnered with many island nonprofits to raise 3X the money and attract 3X the applicant projects! This year in particular our partnership with the Cortes Community Health Association and Teen Szene, meant the ability to accept donations, focus on community health, and involve youth in a new way. Thanks as well to the Strathcona Regional District grants-in-aid, Cortes Literacy Now, the Watson Family Foundation, CCHA, Teen Szene, and the Cortes Island Community Foundation for grants (and time) toward this project this year, which means we have raised over $15,000 to put into immediate action to help Cortes realize the projects and needs of most interest to neighbours.

The 43 applications we received represent approximately $25,000 in requests. These projects include a wide variety amazing ideas: from youth-led art projects to outdoor physical activity to some many much-needed shared resources. Some of the projects will be too big to fund all on our own (like a basketball/tennis court for Whaletown) but that our team is committed to trying and “seed” into fruition. Some of the projects have been long in the coming: lending library boxes and arts journals.

What's next?
The jury will be making its decisions over the next two weeks and we will let you know the projects that are funded. And we hope throughout the fall to be able to focus in detail on some of what has been done.

Pat yourself on the back Cortes! This was an incredible turn out by creative and resourceful neighbours.

Learn more about this year’s jury and the MG4N program at