ICF receives donations, gives grants

The Green Acres Art Centre from Teulon, MB received a $10,000 grant from the Interlake Community Foundation through the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge at Something Beautiful in Stonewall, MB on Nov. 16, 2019. (Adam Peleshaty/The Stonewall Argus and Teulon Times/Postmedia Network)

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On a day where local residents were encouraged to give, it was the Interlake Community Foundation who was in a giving mood.

Four local organizations received substantial grants through the ICF as part of the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge in a cheque presentation at the Something Beautiful store on Nov. 16. In total, $30,000 were given to youth-led projects from the Woodlands Pioneer Museum ($5,000), the South Interlake Regional Library ($5,000), Green Acres Art Centre ($10,000) and Community Living Interlake ($10,000). CLI’s will also be recognized as one of five outstanding projects nationwide by Community Foundations of Canada.

“This is a big event for us. It’s two of the largest grants we’ve ever given out from the Interlake Community Foundation. So we’re thrilled just to be a part of it,” ICF board member Ross Thompson said.

On the same day, ICF collected donations for Endow Manitoba’s 24-Hour Giving Challenge. For every $5 ICF received during the day, the province and The Winnipeg Foundation contributed $1 each.

Rockwood resident Lloyd Jensen also pledged to match all gifts up to a maximum of $5,000, while Murray and Emma Slagerman of Ki Mobility also challenged local businesses by matching their donations up to $10,000 until the end of 2019. Bigway Foods in Teulon is also rounding up dollar totals all November with the remainders going to ICF.

In last year’s 24 Hour Giving Challenge, ICF raised approximately $24,000.

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