CFOW puts call out for grant applications

Also in news briefs: Meadow Park rates increase, holiday family activities kick off

The Community Foundation of Whistler (CFOW) has put a call out for its 2018 grants.

The organization is accepting applications for projects in seven different categories. “Our approach to granting focuses on the outcomes for the community,” said Carol Coffey, executive director of the CFOW, in a release. “We aim to enhance collaboration and participation in the community and to strengthen the capacity of the local nonprofit sector.”

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Categories include:

• Environmental Legacy Grants, with an initial letter of enquiry deadline of Feb. 9. Also returning next year is the Environmental Youth Mentorship Grant to help local environmental organizations connect with youth.

• Community Grants Program, the broadest grant. It aims to support any Whistler project or program that benefits the community.  The initial deadline is Feb. 2.

• The Pemberton and Area Community Grants, which supports projects that (as the name suggests) help the Pemberton area and the communities around it. That first deadline is Feb. 8.

• Scholarship Funds, which are given out to secondary students in the Sea to Sky corridor. For this grant, applicants should contact their guidance counsellor. Those are typically due in April.

• Kathy Barnett Memorial Grants for women in the Sea to Sky corridor who work at local charitable organizations and would like to improve their leadership skills.

• Bob and Sue Adams Leadership Grant for an individual who works or volunteers for a charitable organization and wants to participate in professional development. The deadline is March 21.

• Whistler Youth Foundation Grants Program are awarded to projects that are either to benefit young people or are being done by young people. Applications are due by March 14.

• Jill Ackhurst Social Action Grants Program offers grants to projects that support awareness of issues that affect the health of the corridor. The letter of enquiry is due on Feb. 2.

To find out more about what each application entails visit whistlerfoundation.com/grantseekers/applying-for-a-grant/.

Meadow Park Sports Centre rates set to increase

Have you made a New Year’s resolution to get fitter? If so, you might want to buy a pass to the Meadow Park Sports Centre before

Dec. 31. As of Jan. 1, 2018, the facility will be raising its prices.

Both pass and drop-in prices will be affected, according to the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), which runs the facility.

A drop-in rate for adults over 19, for example, will increase from $8.50 for the day to $8.75 while an annual pass for that group will jump from $535.50 to $551.25. An annual family pass, meanwhile, will increase from $1,071 to $1102.50.

To see the full list of changes visit whistler.ca under culture and recreation.  

Family holiday events abound

Locals and visitors alike can celebrate Christmas with several family holiday events throughout the Village this season.

The Whistler Olympic Plaza started with a bang earlier this month, hosting around 800 skates on its opening weekend on Dec. 9 and 10. Along with that activity, Family Apres is also running at the plaza with warm drinks, entertainment and outdoor activities from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday (Dec. 20) and Dec. 27.

The Whistler Holiday Experience is also taking place at the Whistler Conference Centre with a mini putt course, table games a bouncy castle and other indoor activities from Friday (Dec. 22) until Jan. 4 (except for Dec. 25 and Dec. 31) from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. (and starting at noon on New Year’s Day).

Finally, don’t miss the 34th annual Christmas Eve Carol Service at The Westin Resort and Spa on Sunday (Dec. 24) from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The interdenominational service will feature music led by the Whistler Singers and Whistler Children’s Chorus, along with readings from community members.

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