Lucky Three Thursday!

Snoopy & Woodstock enjoying a camp-out
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Hi Funds Fans!  We’ve got three great funding sources for you today.  The first one brought me back to a nostalgic frame of mind as I recalled many happy hours as a child being involved with our local 4H Club up at Francois Lake, B.C.  Our club was called Crafty Cookers & Campers and focussed on outdoor survival skills more than animal husbandry and agriculture.  (However, I do recall winning the first place ribbon in the cattle judging contest)  I also remember learning to make a hot-plate out of a 2.83 litre can and cooking an egg on it and trekking for what seemed forever through the thick B.C. forest with the twine straps on my oh-so-sophisticated camping gear biting painfully into my shoulders then the incredible white quartz covered beach we found when we finally stopped.  Most of all I remember the camraderie, the fun and the necessity of being properly prepared for outdoor adventures. If I never thanked the Lightening Family for their hours of volunteering in getting the Club up and running, I give my thanks now.  What great memories!

If you didn’t know, 4-H is one of Canada’s longest-running youth organizations for young people between the ages of 8 and 21.  If you’re wondering what the four “H”s in 4-H stand for, it’s part of the pledge to contribute to the club, community and country using Head, Heart, Hands and Health.  They’ve been around a long time, almost 100 years. Since 1913, 4-H has given youth opportunities to learn new things through a dedicated group of volunteer leaders. 4-H youth learn the skills needed to contribute to making this a better world. Many of them go on to become leaders in their communities.  The British Columbia chapter has it’s own site here.

4H Canada provides funding for new club starts under the FCC 4-H 4-Ever Program and also provides funding towards 4H after-school programs through the Sears in Your Community 4-H Club Grants Program.  In addition, once a club is started there are other funding opportunities to help youth reach their potential, such as the Agrium 4-H Youth Leadership Initiative which provides up to $50,000 towards the development of leadership skills that can be implemented throughout any 4-H jurisdiction in North America. Eligible project areas available for funding include youth asset building, career planning, communication skills training and organization leadership.

Also geared towards youth development intiatives is the Kinder-Morgan Foundation which provides grants of $1,000 to $5,000 for K-12 youth to support programs in the areas of academic programs (including tutoring), arts education programs and environmental education programs that work with local schools and meet curriculum standards.  Application deadlines are every two months and applicants must have a Kinder-Morgan operation in or near the community or proposed project.

We’ve also just discovered the Hamber Foundation which provides grants for cultural, educational and charitable purposes within the Province of British Columbia. The Foundation prefers to support specific projects rather than contributing to general sustaining assistance or to large capital projects. The Foundation may review major grant proposals from time to time.  Application deadlines are March 15 and September 15 annually.

There’s where we found some today, folks!  Remember, if you can’t make use of the information you probably know someone who can so share, share, share.

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Over and out from the ‘Wack.