Oceanside Building Learning Together’s Makerspace program will receive $2,000 toward new equipment through the Regional District of Nanaimo’s recreational grant program in 2018. — NEWS file photo

RDN approves nearly $20,000 in recreation, culture grants

First round of funding aids 14 Parksville Qualicum Beach groups

Regional District of Nanaimo Board has approved 14 grant funding recommendations worth nearly $20,000 for a variety of recreation and culture focused projects to be carried out by community groups throughout the Parksville Qualicum Beach region.

The first round of recreational grant funding, valued at $19,887, was approved by the board at its March 27, 2018 meeting.

Those receiving grant funding included:

• 893 Beaufort Squadron Air Cadets – training costs – $2,000

• Arrowsmith Community Recreation Association – youth basketball event – $500

• Arrowsmith Community Recreation Association – Growing Wild summer camp – $324

• Ballenas Secondary School – Dry Grad – $900

• Bowser Elementary School – outdoor education field trip – $2,500

• Errington Elementary School – outdoor education field trip – $2,500

• Errington War Memorial Hall Association – musical theatre production – $1,500

• Ravensong Aquatic Club – pool rental, room rental, advertising, equipment – $1,500

• Arrowsmith Community Recreation Association – Coombs Community Picnic – $764

• Bowser Tennis Club – power washing and leaf blower – $1,399

• District 69 Family Resource Association – special needs youth cooking and life skills program – $1,200

• Errington Elementary School – grade 3 swim lessons – $1,800

• Oceanside Building Learning Together – Maker Space equipment – $2,000

• Town of Qualicum Beach- Select Committee on Beach Day Celebrations – $1,000

These funds go to organizations requesting financial assistance to offer recreation- or culture-focused programs, special events or projects within the communities of Parksville Qualicum Beach. The District 69 Grants are currently distributed three times a year; in January, April and September, and are available for groups serving the communities of Qualicum Beach, Parksville, and Electoral Areas E, F, G and H. The deadline for the next intake of both grant programs is Friday, April 27, 2018.

Full details and application forms for these grant programs can be found at www.rdn.bc.ca/grants. Those seeking more information can also contact the RDN Recreation and Parks Department at 250-248-3252 or by emailing recparks@rdn.bc.ca.

— NEWS staff and RDN release

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