The LeRoi Community Foundation
The LeRoi Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the betterment of the Greater Trail area through an extensive network of donors and cooperations.
Community foundations have, at the heart of their mission, the goal of serving donors and promoting philanthropy and the LeRoi Community Foundation is no exception. We are eager to hear from both donors and potential recipients around how we can best serve the communities we work, live and play in.
Thank you to all the organizations who submitted a “Letter of Interest” for our spring grant cycle. With requests for grants totalling $40,000 and only $10,500 to disburse, we had to make some tough decisions. We wish we could have helped all of you. The successful applicants and their projects are listed below. Look for applications for our next grant cycle in October 2016.
Hope Air: For “Flights of Hope – BC Interior” The grant will be used to provide flights to medical appointments for local families http://hopeair.ca/
Trail FAIR Society: “Youth Engagement” A project that builds awareness and helps youth retain the messages about family and dating violence, suicide prevention and stress management http://www.trailfair.ca/
Wildsight: “Education in the Wild – Classroom with Outdoors Program” provides fun and educational outdoor field trips that help local children connect with the natural environment. Check out their video: https://vimeo.com/131798642
West Kootenay Brain Injury Association: “STRIVE Program” helps individuals develop the skills they need to remain independent in the community following a traumatic brain injury http://wkbianews.com/
Kootenay Columbia Trails Society: “New Upper Bluffs Trail” Grant will be applied to the construction of a new multi-use walking and mountain biking trail and will form part of the popular Bluff Trails network http://www.kcts.ca/
Scouts Canada: “Camp Tweedsmuir Equipment and Safety” Purchase of equipment for upkeep of grounds and equipment to improve lighting and ventilation http://cas.scouts.ca/ca
VISAC Gallery: “Gallery Lighting Upgrade” Upgrade of gallery lighting to better display art and provide colour-corrected and non-glare work and meeting spaces http://www.visacgallery.com/
LCF is accepting “Letters of Interest” (LOI) for its spring grant cycle. Deadline for submissions is Midnight, March 18, 2016. Please review the “Guidelines for Grant Seekers” prior to completing the “LOI”. Please note: LCF currently only considers funding requests up to $3,000.00.
Our AGM will be held on Tuesday, March 8, at 7:00 PM in the Boardroom at Coldwell Banker at 1252 Bay Avenue, Trail BC. Interested individuals are welcome to attend.
We are pleased to announce the “Trails for Tomorrow Fund” established for the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society. The Fund is open to receive donations from anyone who would like to support the work of the KCTS. Cheques should be made payable to “LeRoi Community Foundation”. Please note “Trails for Tomorrow” in the memo line of your cheque. Donations can be mailed to LeRoi Community Foundation, PO Box 3, Trail BC V1R 4L3. Or, if you prefer, you may donate through the KCTS. (Please see below for information.)
Kootenay Columbia Trails Society establishes endowment fund
The Kootenay Columbia Trails Society has established an endowment fund to ensure the future ofits trail network.
The Kootenay Columbia Trails for Tomorrow Fund has been created through the LeRoi Foundation,and will pay out to the KCTS on a yearly basis.
“Interest from the earnings on the fund will go back to the Trails Society for its charitable programsor the development of its trails,” said Louise McEwan, chair person of the LeRoi CommunityFoundation.
The fund has been setup in perpetuity and is open for anyone to contribute to.
“So for example it could be a large donation, if someone wanted to leave the fund a bequest in theirwill they could do that,” said McEwan. “If somebody didn’t know what to give that person forChristmas, they could make a donation in their name to the Trails for Tomorrow Fund.”
The initial capital amount the KCTS contributed was $16,450, and the society has raised $20,150 intotal this year.
In addition to donations, the society receives $100,000 of local government funding, but the fundingis approved on a year to year basis, and the society wanted to ensure that it can continue tomaintain and grow the trail network.
“We want to make sure we have some long-term funding that’s internally generated, so we diversifyour funding a little bit,” said Frank Ramovs, director of the KCTS. “If our funding stays stable then wewill use this money every year to make the network stronger and better.”
Generating internal revenue also gives the society an opportunity to multiply funding.
“Often times what happens is if we have project funding then we can multiply that by getting otherorganizations, like the Columbia Basin Trust for example, [to match] funding,” said Ramovs. “So ifwe have $2,000 in generated income, we may be able to double or triple that.”
The KCTS will receive its first interest payment from the fund a year from now.
Those who’d like to donate to the fund can do so by making out a cheque to the LeRoi CommunityFoundation, with KootenayColumbia Trails for Tomorrow Fund in the memo field, and sending it toPO Box 3, Trail, BC, V1R 4L3. Credit cards users candonate on the KCTS website by including acomment to let the KCTS know their donation is for the fund.
Corporate sponsors can contact Ramovs at 250-362-7136 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to everyone who attended the Wills and Estate Planning information session and presentation of the fall grants. A special thanks to Jessica Sperry, Associate at McEwan Law Co.
The well-attended event gave everyone the opportunity to mingle, make connections, and learn about the diverse projects that make our community a great place to live.
We also announced the creation of a new endowment fund, “Kootenay Columbia Trails for Tomorrow Fund”. This fund will benefit the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society for years to come. Thank you KCTS.
LCF announced $13,000 in grants at the event . Recipients were:
School District No. 20 (Kootenay Columbia) Webster PAC for its intermediate playground improvement project
Special Olympics BC – Trail for its new curling program
Village of Warfield Enhancement Society (WaVES) for “Bridging the Technology Gap” – “an intergenerational project that will pair teens with adults in a learning experience”
Trail and District Public Library for a Junior Book Club – an “enhanced literacy program to encourage and support the love of books and reading”
FAIR (Trail Family and Individual Resource Center) for its Kootenay Dental Access program – “to help people living in poverty to have healthier lives by having healthier mouths”
CBAL (Columbia Basin Alliance for Literarcy) for Parent Night Out Workshops – workshops that
“promote the importance of a healthy early childhood development…and early literacy in the home”
D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) BC Society for Trail “keeping it REAL” drug prevention program
Picture below are LCF Chair Louise McEwan and LCF Grant Committe Chair Laura Laratta with some of the grant recipients.
Only 56% of adult Canadians have a signed will. Why is it important to make a will? If you have a will, is it up to date?
The Foundation is hosting a wills and estates seminar. We hope you will join us on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 7:00 PM at the VISAC Gallery in downtown Trail. Our presenter is local lawyer, Jessica Sperry, Associate at McEwan Law. There will be time for questions and mingling while we enjoy some delicious treats. For more information or to let us know you’re attending, please email us at email@example.com or all Louise at 250-364-1781.
Please contact Laura Laratta at firstname.lastname@example.org if you require assistance with your application.
Please review our “Guidelines for Grant Seekers” prior to submitting your Letter of Interest (LOI). Click here to download the forms: LOI (fall 2015)