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Jul 22: Grant Money for Environmental Groups

Vancity Offers Grant Money for Environmental Groups

Vancouver, July 22, 2003 - Vancity Credit Union is accepting applications until September 1, 2003 from non-profit organizations in the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and Victoria for its EnviroFund grants, which provide up to $25,000 to local groups for environmental projects.

This year, Vancity is looking for projects focusing on alternative transportation, water quality/ consumption or hazardous wastes and toxins in the environment.

The funds come from Vancity's VISA program, which donates five per cent of its profits from its Gold, Silver and EnviroFund credit cards to the EnviroFund. The fund provides grants to local community groups whose projects provide long-term solutions to environmental problems in the community.

Last year, four organizations received $100,000 in total. Since the program was established in 1990, $902,000 has been donated to support environmental projects. To find out how to submit an application for a 2003 EnviroFund grant, visit or call 604-877-7620.

Vancity is Canada’s largest credit union, with $9.3 billion in assets, 305,000 members, and 41 branches throughout Greater Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and Victoria. Vancity was chosen as the best place to work in Canada for 2005 by Maclean’s Magazine as part of its annual Canada’s Top 100 Employers issue. Vancity owns Citizens Bank of Canada, serving members across the country by telephone, ATM, and the Internet. Both Vancity and Citizens Bank are guided by a commitment to corporate social responsibility, and to improve the quality of life in the communities where we live and work.