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Rural community grants funding local programs

Over $140,000 has been granted to rural community organizations in the Comox Valley.

The funding is from the Comox Valley Regional District’s (CVRD) Rural Community Grant Program.

The district says the program was started in January 2021 to help non-profit organizations benefit their communities. Over 20 societies will benefit from the funding.

“These rural grants assist a variety of local community groups by improving their ability to deliver services for various activities,” said Doug DeMarzo, general manager of Community Services.

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“Some examples of organizations being supported this year include the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society, Arts Denman, Comox Valley Child Development Association and over 20 other societies. This year we have a total of $143,273 available to help programs in our region.”

The Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society is receiving $13,523 from the program and the Comox Valley Child Development Association is receiving $12,000.

The applicants will have funding awards distributed after Aug. 1.

Applications to the program are considered on a year-to-year basis. The funding is for any organization not supported under a multi-year agreement funding system.

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Grant applications can be made on the CVRD website.

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