The Pemberton-area community is being called upon once again to help secure funding for various local projects through an online vote.
Three Pemberton initiatives have been nominated for grant funding through the Aviva Community Fund contest, which will award $1 million towards community projects across the country.
Among the local entries is one for the Pemberton Community Barn that is a key piece of the villageís downtown enhancement plans. Fundraising has been ongoing to help make the structure a reality, and the Timber Framers Guild is on board to help with much of the construction work, but more than $300,000 is still needed before the barn can be built.
The barnís submission is seeking up to $150,000 in funding through the contest.
The finished project, conceptualized as a 7,500-square-foot, open-air structure, would become the new home of the Pemberton Farmersí Market and other community events.
Pemberton BMX, which was named a finalist for a $25,000 grant in the Kraft Celebration Tour contest earlier this year before falling short in a vote against an Invermere water park, is also hoping to obtain funding through the contest. The local cycling club is in the small budget (up to $50,000) category, with the money to be put towards a safer and quieter start gate at its track next to the Pemberton Community Centre.
The Pemberton Childrenís Centre is also entered in the small budget class. The daycare is vying for funding to be spent on sunshades to provide relief from the heat for its youngsters during outdoor activity.
The contest is currently in its first of three qualifying rounds, which will close on Oct. 14. Individuals can vote up to 15 times in any one round, but only once per day for any single initiative.
Visit www.avivacommunityfund.org to vote and learn more about the contest.