Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society gave out a total of $90,000 to 22 different groups and organizations through its 2019 community grants program, according to information from manager Mike Francis.
The biggest single grant recipient was Barriere and District Senior’s Society, which received $12,269 to support the replacement of a door for handicapped people plus replace a roof on a storage shed.
Barriere Skatepark Supporters Group received $10,000. The money will help fund construction of a skateboard park in Barriere.
A grant of $6,192 went to North Thompson Activity Centre Society. The funds will support the purchase of signage, website development and maintenance, a square terminal, a computer tablet, youth program costs and a mini fridge.
Yellowhead Pioneer Residence Society is getting $6,000 to support bathroom renovations at the residence.
Grants of $5,000 each went to Chu Chua Volunteer Fire Department, BC Ag Expo Society, and Barriere Secondary School (Technology). The money is being used for, respectively, purchase of a wildland cargo trailer, support of the 2020 BC Ag Expo Fair, and purchase of shop equipment (adaptable jigs, new woodworking equipment and tools).
Other grants given out by NTCFS in 2019 included:
– Barriere First Responders, funding for 12 portable paging radios to enable 24/7 coverage for callouts, $2,175;
– B-Town Basketball, support player costs for attending tournaments and cost of a summer camp, $1,500;
– Simpcw First Nation, purchase and installation of four wooden benches to be located between the Simpcw First Nation graveyard and the river;
– Barriere Lions Club, support purchase and installation of a 40’ storage container with overhanging roof and walkways onto north end of the Lions Hall, $4,500;
– Barriere Secondary School Basketball, to support purchase of new uniforms for the senior girls and boys basketball teams, $1,000;
– Barriere Rec Society (curling club), flooring upgrades to the curling club washrooms, bar, entry and stairway, $3,000;
– Barriere Outdoor Club, a C-can for outdoor classroom storage at Barriere Forks Trails, and to support annual programs and events, $3,000;
– Barriere Elementary PAC, a C-can for outdoor classroom storage, ski equipment storage, and culture use for First Nations outreach program (stretching and curing hides, etc.), $3,000;
– Anti-Violence Advocate Society, one year Respectful Relationships Program and one year Peace Kids Program (new), $4,200;
– Barriere Youth Soccer, new jerseys, $2,000;
– Thompson Valley Players Society, cordless microphone headsets, $2,500;
– Barriere and District Heritage Society, archiving records, heritage garden and yard maintenance, interior painting of store building, and shelving for storage and artifacts, $4,524;
– Little Fort Recreation Society, purchase of 22 tables and two storage trollies, $1,640;
– Yellowhead 4H Club, shelter over weigh scale, $1,500.