Community Granting

About the Williams Lake Community Forests Granting Program

The Williams Lake Community Granting program is an annual program aimed at providing support and enhancements for neighbouring communities and residents of the two blocks that make up the Community Forest.

Community Granting Email List

To be notified about the Community Granting Program please click the button below and register to receive our newsletter. Application Forms can be expected mid-October 2020.

2020 Grant Application Info

  1. Registered charities, non- profit and/or community organizations such as 4H clubs, community associations, Parent Advisory Councils, etc. in the defined ‘local area’
  2. Defined local area is the CRD Areas D, E and F, and the City of Williams Lake and the goal is to disperse funds across all areas, over time.   A map is available here.
  3. Applications submitted by WLCF Partners (City of Williams Lake & the Williams Lake First Nation) or for those projects normally within the mandate of a partner or the WL Community Forest, are not eligible for funding.
  1. October 15th, 2020 – Call for proposals opens
  2. December 3rd, 2020- Proposals due
  3. January 29th, 2021– Successful applicants will be notified
  1. Generally, grants will be up to $5000
  2. An extraordinary grant of up to $10,000 may be provided in rare situations
  3. Grants will typically be for 1 year, but may be granted for up to 3 years, if there are distinct deliverables for each year

How to apply

All applications to be received by 4pm local time December 3rd 2020 at either 177 Yorston Street, Williams Lake, BC. V2G 1G6 or at . Please note that if you submit by email, you WILL receive a reply acknowledgment of your submission. If you do NOT receive an email within 24 hours, then please follow up by calling 250-302-2256 to speak with the Granting Coordinator.

Application Part

Download Options*

Application Form
Budget Template
*Paper application packages are also available for pick up at 177 Yorston Street Williams Lake, BC (M-F 8am-5pm)

Community Granting Results

24 applications were received by the WLCF Granting Program between mid-October and December 2nd, 2019. From those 24, 13 Applications were approved for funding. The 13 organizations who receive grants are:

The Williams Lake Community Forest Standing Committee has decided to distribute $45,653 this year, almost doubling the $23,000 distributed from the 2018 applications.  The funded projects have a total value of approximately $208,000.

Thank you to all the applicants, and to everyone working and volunteering to make our communities even better places to work, live, play, and do business. 

The Williams Lake Community Forest is pleased to announce the following 9 successful grants from the Fall 2018 intake process:

  • The Big Lake Community Association has received $5,000 towards the purchase of a Water Tender truck for the Big Lake Volunteer Fire / Rescue Department. The new-to-them truck will allow the department to maintain their certification from the Fire Underwriter’s Survey, as trucks over 20 years need to be replaced. The BLCA and VF/R members were instrumental in protecting local neighbors and their homes in 2017 and received commendations from both the Province of BC and from the CRD for their excellent work and service as a base for the Provincial Wildfire Service.
  • The Horsefly & District Board of Trade has received $4,500 to help rebuild and repave the Horsefly outdoor skating rink. The rink is used all winter-long for skating, but also serves as a community gathering-place during the ice-less months as well. Other financial partners include the Cariboo Regional District and School District #27.
  • The Scout Island Nature Centre has received $3,000 that will be used to provide ecosystem programs to School District #27 students in grades 3-7, with training for elementary teachers not yet comfortable with outdoor classrooms. These funds will also be used to enhance the ecosystem content of the Earth Challenge booklet, and to advise on developing the program for grades 3-6.
  • The Invasive Species Council of BC will install “Play-Clean-Go” signs that will have brushes attached to the signs to encourage recreationalists to clean off plant material and dirt before leaving an area in order to reduce the spread of invasive species. $2,000 was provided by the WLCF Granting Program for this project, which will also see direct education to several rural schools as well as to Little Moccasins’ Daycare about invasive species.
  • The 150 Mile Greenbelt, Trail and Heritage Society has been developing signs to recognize the origins, community pride and history of the area. $2,000 from the WLCF Granting Program will help to pay for the creation and installation of two signs once the highway project is complete. The signs will acknowledge the ranching and mining history of the region, the old Red Schoolhouse, and will welcome travellers and visitors alike.
  • The 150 Mile Volunteer Fire Department has received $1,500 to repair damage done to the 150 Mile Ice Rink during the 2017 fires when the rink was used as a staging area. Minor concrete repairs, new lights and some new boards will extend the longevity of the rink and allow continued use by residents of the area all winter long.
  • Fencing panels, clipping chutes and animal walkers will be built and purchased by the Horsefly 4H Club so that their annual achievement day can be safely attended by family and friends this summer. $2,000 from the WLCF Granting Program will purchase a number of panels for penning the kids’ projects, as well as wood to build the chutes needed to safely unload / load and manoeuvre the animals as needed throughout the weekend. The kids will assist with planning efficient layout options for the fencing panels prior to the event, and they’ll also experiment with animal walker designs and then build additional (potentially enhanced versions) in subsequent years.
  • The Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society has received $2,000 towards a trail and sign project being built in the Flatrock Block of the WLCF. Eight interpretive signs, with a hydrological focus including Shushwap words, will be installed along the trail, and another sign introducing the project will be installed at the trailhead.
  • The WL Community Forest is providing $2,000 towards a non-competitive outdoor trail run organized by GROW from School District #27 that will be held for the next 3 years in the late Spring. This trail run encourages kids to get outside their comfort zones and experience the forest and its beauty, while challenging themselves as they tackle a few obstacles along the route.

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