The North Peace Grant Writing Program started in 2010, and provides support to community organizations which are looking for funding. For example, if your school PAC is looking for funding to build a new playground, the Program can help write or complete funding requests for the organization.
“Our communities are built on the backs of volunteers, and this (program) removes a little bit of the work off their shoulders,” said Jennifer Moore, Regional Economic Development Officer for the North Peace Economic Development Commission. “The Program provides support to local not-for-profits and community organizations that otherwise would not have the capacity or the time to complete funding requests for their projects. This support to these organizations has proven invaluable in the development of our communities in the North Peace. “We are very fortunate in the North Peace to have such a passionate, talented grant writer. Andy Ackerman has assisted countless organizations in growing tomorrow’s possibilities.”
Although based in Fort St. John, the program is not just for Fort St. John organizations. “We cover Taylor, Hudson’s Hope, Areas B and C of the Regional District, as well as the city of Fort St. John,” said Moore. “We also provide some grant writing support to the Tumbler Ridge Museum, as there is no grant writer in that region. We feel it’s an important asset to the area, so we loan our services to them.”
Since 2010, the Program over 2,000 grant applications have been submitted, and of those, 225 have been approved. The total value of the applications is $47.2 million, and the Program has been successful in securing just under $4 million to date. However, Ackerman anticipates the number of grants approved to reach $5 million in value by September 2014.
Not-for-profit and community organizations throughout the North Peace region that would like to receive more information about this free service, are asked to contact the North Peace Economic Development Commission.
“I encourage anyone who knows about the Program to talk to their friends, neighbours, strangers who will stand still long enough on the street, about the program, and the support that the program offers,” said Moore. “The community is built by volunteer groups, so we’re just trying to build a capacity in a system with a piece that may not be within their comfort zone,” said Moore. “The work they (community groups) so certainly makes our communities more attractive.”