Lower North Thompson Community Forest hands out $43,700

Due to the merit of applications, the LNTCFS board chose to increase the total grant amount

LNTCFS board member

LNTCFS board member

The Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society (LNTCFS) report they received a significant number of grant applications in 2014 with requested funding well exceeding the $15,000 planned amount for disbursement.

As a result, and due to the merit of the applications received, the LNTCFS board of directors chose to increase the total grant amount to help meet the need. The current total disbursement is now at $43,700, with several applications under further review.

Here are the 15 area organizations that have received 2014 grants from the LNTCFS:

• Barriere Secondary School Athletics – school athletics equipment upgrades and funding assistance for youth $1,000

• North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo Association – washrooms repair and upgrades at the Fall Fair grounds $3,500

• North Thompson Recreation Society – hut maintenance and high school ski program support at the Barriere Forks Ski Trails $2,000

• North Thompson Volunteer & Information Center – the purchase of new computer(s) $1,000

• 4-H Judging Jamboree – support of the 4-H Judging Jamboree event $2,000

• Barriere & District Riding Club – cash or building materials for a roof over the Riding Club seating area $5,000

• Barriere 1st Responders – teaching supplies to keep 1st Responders up to date $7,500

• Barriere Youth Soccer Association – soccer supplies $3,000

• Squam Bay Community Club – Squam Bay Community Hall upgrades $6,700

• Barriere Curling Club – funding to provide snacks for youth curling, keep league fees nominal and equipment for youth and seniors programs $2,000

• Pentacostal Christian Life Assembly – carpet replacement in the sanctuary $3,000

• Anti Violence Advocates Society – support for the “Respectful Relationships” program for Barriere elementary and secondary schools. $1,500

• Chu Chua First Responders – first aid equipment $1,000

• Barriere Secondary School Parent Advisory Council (PAC) – to assist students with various funding $2,000

• Yellowhead 4-H Club – construction of a building and cement pad for the beef weigh scale $2,500

The operations of the local Community Forest are managed by the Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society. Residents from Little Fort, Darfield, Chu Chua, Barriere, Louis Creek and McLure can purchase a membership and nominate representatives to sit on the Board of Directors. Board positions are voluntary only. If you would like to learn more about the Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society, call their office at 250-672-1941, or email: LNTCFSociety@telus.net