Community project funding

East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC) is again looking for great projects to help out.

East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC) is again looking for great projects to help out.

The EKC 2011 Community Award will provide $25,000 funding to community projects that apply and are selected.

“We at EKC are encouraging all community groups to submit their applications and will be accepting submissions for EKC ‘s Community Award up until Saturday,” said Jane Davies in an EKC release.

“EKC will provide funding for bold, innovative and exciting projects that will support the social, economic or environmental well-being of the community and create a self-sustaining and lasting legacy in the community.”

EKC’s four-year Community Awards program totalling $112,500 was designed to award financial support to social, economic and environmental projects based in the EKC communities of Cranbrook, Fernie, Elkford and Sparwood.

Jody Burk, EKC CEO said, “We try to empower organizations by working with them to reach their goals.

“In many cases, the information, mentoring and awareness can be just as valuable as financial assistance.”

For the past two years EKC has provided funding to projects that make a significant difference in local communities. Past community award recipients include the Wapiti Ski Club in Elkford for a snow cat/snow groomer replacement and the Elk Valley Hospice for palliative care equipment and grief circle companioning sessions.

The deadline for applications for the 2011 Community Award is January 29, 2011.

Project criteria and applications are available online at www.ekccu.com