A total of $9,650 was spent through discretionary grants in Wells Gray Country (Area A) during 2015, according to figures from Carol Schaffer, Area A director.
The biggest recipient was Clearwater and District Food Bank, which received $1,500 for its food hamper campaign.
Receiving $1,000 each were Dr. Helmcken Memorial Auxiliary for an equipment fundraiser, North Thompson Ecumenical Shared Ministry for Refugees and Friends Together (RAFT), and Raft River Elementary, which used the money for bussing on a field trip.
Other highlights included $750 to Vavenby Trail and Recreation Society for new kitchen items at Vavenby Hall.
A total of 17 different organizations and groups benefited from the grants.