A total of $108,260 in grants is being passed on to 13 charities in the region from the Valley First community endowment, the First West Foundation announced on Wednesday.
“Funds will directly support programs or initiatives that contribute to building resilient and resourceful communities,” a news release from Valley First said.
The largest sum being given is $20,000 to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation in Penticton.
Grants of $10,000 or more will also be provided to the Penticton and District Community Resources Centre, the YMCA in Kelowna, the KCR Community Resources Centre in Kelowna and the Kindale Developmental Association in Vernon and Armstrong.
“We are so excited… This financial boost will greatly assist us in expanding services from one region of Kelowna to new areas,” Sherry Gelinas said, famiy manager of the KCR Community Resources Centre.
Eight other non-profit groups will receive funding as part of the initiative, including groups in rural locations like Lumby, Princeton and Cawston.
“These organizations are making B.C. a better place to live, and we’re proud to support their efforts,” Susan Byrom said, executive director of the foundation.
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