The Nanaimo Foundation has opened up another round of Neighbourhood Small Grants funding and is encouraging individuals from around the regional district, including Gabriola, to apply and sit on the selection committee.
Laurie Bienert, Nanaimo Foundation executive director, said so far they have had lots of interest from residents of Nanaimo to sit on the committee, but need more participants from Gabriola, Ladysmith, Cedar and Lantzville as the intention is to have broad representation.
Participation in the committee is a five-to-10-hour time commitment along with a short orientation.
Neighbourhood Small Grants provide $50-500 to community members to run projects in their neighbourhood or community. The Fall 2021 cycle is culture-themed and aims to support “strong, vibrant and united cultures by celebrating diversity and building inclusion,” the Nanaimo Foundation website says.
Previously funded projects include a lending library of books written by Indigenous authors located at the Gabriola Medical Clinic.
The deadline to submit an application for a grant is Oct. 29. Anyone who is interested in sitting on the committee should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rachelle Stein-Wotten, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Gabriola Sounder