Grant money available for culture, sports groups

NANAIMO – Applications are open for community groups seeking financial help to support their cultural or sport organization or events.

Applications are open for Nanaimo community groups seeking financial help to support their cultural or sport organization or events.

Three grants are available to local non-profit organizations: cultural operating grant; arts, cultural and festivals events grant; and the sport tournament grant.

The City of Nanaimo recognizes the contribution arts, cultural and sport activities bring to the community.

“The economic and social benefit generated by our local organizations is impressive,” said Suzanne Samborski, the city’s senior manager of recreation and culture services. “To this end, the City of Nanaimo is committed to encouraging and supporting an active and successful art, culture and sport sector within the community.”

Cultural operating grants are available to non-profit arts and cultural organizations to assist with operating costs. Seed money is also available to new and emerging organizations.

Eligibility and evaluation guidelines are included on the application form which can be found online at www.nanaimo.ca. Applications must be received by Nov. 1.

The cultural committee of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission will review the applications before the end of 2013.

There are two deadlines for the sports tournament grant application: Nov. 1 for events hosted between Jan. 1 to June 30; and May 1 for events hosted between July 1 and Dec. 31. Sport tournament applications will be reviewed by the recreation committee of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission. Application forms for this grant are also available at www.nanaimo.ca .

If you have any questions about the grants and grant criteria, please call Elizabeth Williams, manager, recreation and culture services at 250-755-7526.