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Kamloops-based foundation will disperse $390,000 in funds

The money is being distributed by three national organizations, including Community Foundations of Canada, of which the BC Interior Community Foundation is a part
BCICF

The BC Interior Community Foundation will soon be taking applications for $390,000 worth of funding intended for improving internal systems.

The funding comes as part of the $400-million Community Services Recovery Fund — money budgeted by the federal government in 2021 intended to boost Canada’s post-pandemic recovery.

That money is being distributed by three national organizations, including Community Foundations of Canada, of which the BCICF is a part, the Canadian Red Cross and United Way Centraide Canada.

On January 6, 2023, the BCICF will begin accepting applications from non-profit organizations, charities and those doing community service work.

More details will come on which organizations are eligible, but the BCICF works mostly within the boundaries of the Thompson-Nicola Region District, including south to Merritt, west to Lillooet, north to Barriere and east to Chase.

BCICF president Kathy Humphreys said the funding is “amazing” amount of money for the organization to distribute.

“We are so thrilled to have this opportunity to provide support to charities in our communities at this time, when I know there’s so much funding needed,” Humphreys said.

Applications will be accepted until Feb. 21, 2023, and funded projects will begin in May, after the BCICF adjudicates.

Humphreys said the BCICF will provide funding for improving systems at organizations to help with their recovery.

“So, it might be something like updating all of their computer systems and processes — that sort of thing,” Humphreys said.

A complete list of projects funded by the grants provided by BCICF is expected to be released after the application deadline.