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Kootenay Savings continues tradition of giving

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With summer on the horizon, Kootenay Savings is providing a financial boost to community organizations throughout the Kootenays to help enrich the lives of residents across the region.

“Twice a year, in the spring and the fall, our Community Foundation receives many inspiring grant applications for community programs and projects that will benefit current and future generations in our area,” shares Aron Burke, Community Liaison for Kootenay Savings.

“The diversity of applications this granting cycle was fantastic to see. There are a lot of dedicated groups out there devoting a ton of time and energy into building the kind of communities people want to be part of, and we’re thrilled to be able to support them in their work.”

This latest round of funding, totalling $48,250, will provide a boost to a wide array of initiatives throughout the Kootenays - providing school supplies and financial literacy education for students, upgrading search and rescue equipment, enhancing outdoor recreation areas and facilities, and many other worthy causes that help strengthen communities.

The seventeen groups benefitting are:

  • Beaver Valley Curling Club                                            $5,000                   Kitchen Vent Fire Suppression Upgrade
  • Camp Koolaree Society                                                  $5,000                   Camp Washhouse Upgrades
  • Castlegar Snowmobile Association                                 $5,000                   New Groomer
  • Columbia Valley Search & Rescue                                  $2,000                   Radio Repeaters
  • Holy Trinity Trail                                                               $1,000                   Skool-Aid Program
  • Junior Achievement BC                                                 $3,000                   Bright Futures Education Program
  • Kimberley Indoor Sports Centre Society                        $5,000                   Energy-Efficient Lighting Installation
  • Kimberley Nature Park Society                                     $2,000                   Southwest Passage Boardwalk Project
  • Kootenay Boundary Environmental Education             $2,500                   Outdoor Learning Classroom Kits
  • Kootenay Robuster Dragon Boat Society                     $3,750                   Christina Lake Boathouse
  • Nelson Sno-Goers Association                                    $3,000                   Meadow Mountain Cabin Construction
  • North Kootenay Lake Community Services                  $1,000                   Child Car Seat Program
  • Rotary Club of Nakusp                                                  $5,000                   Nakusp Natural Adventure Park
  • Selkirk Mountain Music Society                                   $1,000                   Mobile Community Stage
  • St. Michael's Kids Care Centre                                   $1,000                   Outdoor Learning Space
  • Tadanac Residents Association                                  $1,000                   Reg Stone Playground Resurfacing
  • Trail & District Chamber of Commerce                      $2,000                   Kootenay Teen Chef Club

Kootenay Savings Community Foundation Quick Facts

  • Formed in 2000 to support non-profit cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health and social projects.
  • Over $5 million in grants, endowments and bursaries distributed since inception.
  • Application form and more details available at kscu.com/Community.

About Kootenay Savings

With corporate offices in Trail, Kootenay Savings is a member-owned credit union with eleven branches throughout the Kootenays, over $1.3 billion in assets, 37,000 members and over 220 employees.  As well, Kootenay Savings operates a Community Foundation, delivers wealth management strategies through Kootenay Savings MoneyWorks and auto and general insurance through Kootenay Insurance Services.