Osoyoos Museum benefits from Community Foundation funding

The Osoyoos Museum is among 60 non-profit organizations to recieve 2018 funding from the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan| Similkameen [CFSOS].

The museum has received $1,400 from the foundation.

Executive Director Kara Burton said the funds will be used to upgrade technology at the museum, likely used to help purchase a new laptop, a projector and wide-format printer.

The museum is preparing for a 2019 move to a new location on Main Street.

“We received more than 50 applications from local organizations through the Foundation’s annual grants, which was down from previous years,” said Aaron McRann, the foundation’s executive director. “But the requests totaled more than $560,000, which was higher than in previous years.

“This speaks to the significant amount of funding that is needed in our region.”

With the 2018 grant total reaching $440,000, CFSOS’s total granting is now more than $3 million — the grants delivered while building the endowment fund to more than $11 million.

“It’s an important point to understand that about half of the $440,000 that we granted this year was pre-designated by donors who have already determined who they want to support from their fund.”

The other half of the grant money is distributed through the Foundation’s annual grant process.

“Grants were approved for projects from addiction recovery, repairs and renovation on social housing, to senior wellness and environmental awareness, to name just a few, said Mr. McRann.

Other successful grant applicants in the South Okanagan and Similkameen included:

  • South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls — $1,356.44
  • Desert Valley Hospice Oliver/OK Falls — $3,500
  • Vermillion Forks Elementary — $5,315
  • Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre — $6,425
  • Kaleden Volunteer Fire Dept. — $500
  • Hedley Seniors Centre — $5,591
  • Cawston Community Hall — $3,500

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