In October, 2011, board members of the Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society (LNTCFS) decided to provide $5,000 in student bursaries and an additional $5,000 in grants to local non-profit organizations. Applications for the non-profit grants were accepted until Dec. 31, 2011.
Barriere resident Ron Hindson, a director for LNTCFS, noted, “It’s satisfying to see that we are finally able to do this since our society began working in the area.”
Hindson says LNTCFS received six applications from non-profits. Based on those submissions, the society’s board decided to increase the total grant amount to $5,750 and to distribute the funds to the following:
• North Thompson Volunteer and Information Center requested a grant to be used for construction of new storage cupboards in their office. It will receive a grant of $1,000.
• North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association requested a grant to assist with the construction of the North Thompson Agriplex. It will receive a grant of $1,000.
• Barriere Curling Club requested a grant to assist with refurbishing jobs, such as resurfacing the cement floor in the ice area, and repainting the lower lobby, upper lobby, staircase, and upper washrooms. It will receive a grant of $1,000.
• Little Fort Recreation Society asked for a grant to assist with its community activities program, which includes a community dinner, several cooking classes, and many more community oriented activities. It will receive a grant of $1,000 to help defray the costs.
• North Thompson Communities Foundation received a grant of $750, which will be applied to the hosting costs of a one-day grant proposal-writing workshop for local non-profit groups being held in Little Fort on March 10.
• Barriere Lions Club is planning to build a shelter in Fadear Park, and the grant of $1,000 that it will receive will assist with a portion of the cost.
Hindson commented, “We are pleased to finally be able to give back to the Lower North Thompson area for the support we have received for our locally based forestry work.”
– Barriere Star/Journal