Coquitlam Foundation now accepting grant and bursary applications

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation has announced it is now accepting applications from qualified individuals and organizations for grants, bursaries and scholarships to be awarded in 2013.

The foundation, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, distributed $90,000 within the community in 2012, including a $36,000 grant from the Coquitlam Builders’ Fund to the Coquitlam Public Library for the naming of the Coquitlam Foundation Meeting Room at the library’s new City Centre branch.

Detailed information and application forms for the 2013 awards are available online at www.coquitlamfoundation.com. Deadline for applications is 4 p.m., Feb. 15, 2013. All scholarships, bursaries and grants will be distributed at the foundation’s annual Awards Night, June 4 at the Evergreen Cultural Centre.

Eligible community groups can apply for project grants totalling up to $3,500 for initiatives involving the arts; other grants are available in the areas of education, health and wellness, seniors, and heritage and conservation.

Applicants are also being sought for grants and bursaries being awarded from the new James Gordon Stewart Fund, which is designed to support research into Alzheimer’s disease and kidney disease, to aid patients afflicted by those diseases, and to provide financial assistance to Tri-Cities students attending Simon Fraser University.

In addition, the foundation is welcoming applications for bursaries, scholarships and grants from its donor-advised funds. See the foundation’s website for full details.

“As we conclude our successful 20th-anniversary year, we look forward to continuing to serve Coquitlam by meeting the needs of individuals and organizations in 2013,” says Coquitlam Foundation chair Julie Fisher. “Ultimately, our goal is to use targetted philanthropy to enrich our community.”

Executive Director Dale Clarke notes the Coquitlam Foundation manages more than 20 donor-advised and foundation-directed funds, focusing on everything from the arts and athletics to literacy and gymnastics. The Foundation enjoys a thriving financial base, managing assets totalling more than $2.2 million.

Clarke points out that the foundation was also proud to partner recently with Wesbild Holdings in the creation of its new LIFT scholarship fund to aid graduates of Coquitlam Alternate Basic Education (CABE), School District 43’s alternate high school.

The foundation has distributed more than $700,000 in grants, scholarships and bursaries during its two-decade existence. The Coquitlam Foundation is always pleased to accept donations, c/o P.O. Box 2, 1207 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, B.C., Canada, V3B 7Y3, or through its website, www.coquitlamfoundation.com. The Coquitlam Foundation is registered with Canada Revenue as a charitable organization, No. 890762347 RR0001.