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Vancity members contribute more than $200,000 to 33 BC non-profits

Vancity members contribute more than $200,000 to 33 BC non-profits

Community Project Grants awarded to local organizations in 11 different municipalities

Vancouver, May 27, 2010: Thanks to Vancity members, grants totaling $204,250 are going to 33 local not-for-profit organizations to support community projects in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, and Vancouver Island. The grants will be used to fund a variety of initiatives that benefit the social, environmental, and economic well-being of the local community.

Now in their 16th year, Community Project Grants are one part of Vancity’s Shared Success program, where 30 per cent of annual profits are invested back into members and their communities. Vancity’s strong financial performance in 2009 means $15.2 million will be reinvested this year through Shared Success.

The Community Project Grants are awarded three times a year to not-for-profit community organizations focusing on climate change, social economy and poverty reduction. Last year, Vancity distributed approximately $8.3 million to more than 200 organizations through the Shared Success program.

“Thanks to our members choosing to do business with Vancity, we are able to make this investment back into the communities in which we live and work to help make a difference,” says Patrice Pratt, Vancity Board Chair. “All of these organizations are doing such incredible work in each of their communities, and are well-deserving of this funding. We are looking forward to seeing what they accomplish.”

The next granting deadline is September 15, 2010. Additional information for local not-for-profit groups, including how to apply for future community project grants, can be found at

The grant recipients, by community, are:



Abbotsford Community Services

Food for the Soul Community Kitchen

  Transitional Support for Youth at Risk

Bike to Work BC Society

Abbotsford Cycling Action Group Bike to Work FV

Ecole Centennial Park Elementary School

Bike to School Week

Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC

Outreach Program



Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland

Study Buddy Program

West Coast LEAF Association

Women’s Non-Profit Network Project



Coquitlam Farmers Market Society

Coquitlam Farmers Market Pocket Markets Execution



Langley Community Farmers Market Society

2010 Langley Community Farmers Market

Langley Environmental Partners Society

Salmon Points Rewards Program

New Westminster


Fraserside Community Services Society Biggest Little Garden in Town
North Vancouver Project
Bowen Island Heritage Preservation Society Heritage Garden Workshop Project
North Shore Neighbourhood House Edible Garden Project
Richmond Project

Steveston Community Society

Steveston Salmon Festival

Junior Achievement of British Columbia

Economics for Success



Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust

Agriculture in our Community: Day at the Farm 2010

Surrey Parks, Recreation & Culture

City of Surrey’s Environmental Extravaganza

Surrey Urban Farmers Market Assoc.

Surrey Farmers Market 2010



Catching the Spirit Youth Society

Environmental Stewardship Program

ICE Promotions Society

Spring Living Fair 2010

Pedal Energy Development Alternatives

After School Bikes!

Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition

Bike to Work Week 2010

Vancouver Fruit Tree Project Society

Vancouver Fruit Tree Project

Victoria/Gulf Islands


Bridges for Women Society

Online Bridging Service Revitalization

Centre for Non-Timber Resources

Buy BCwild Initiative

Creating Homefulness Society

Organic Farming Apprenticeship Program

Galiano Conservancy Association

Climate Change Action Project

Mayne Island Conservancy Association

M.I. Conservation and Sustainability Project

PEERS Victoria Resources Society

Elements: Financial Literacy for Sex Workers

Peninsula Streams Society

Environmental Education / Restoration Project

Saanich Inlet Protection Society

Culture of Change

SeaChange Marine Conservation Society

Community Outreach for SIPAS

Sierra Club of BC Foundation

Going Wild! Non-Timber Forest Product Education

Victoria Cool Aid Society

Casual Labour Pool

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre

Financial Well Being Phase 2

About Vancity

Vancity is Canada’s largest credit union, with $14.4 billion in assets, more than 414,000 members, and 59 branches throughout Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Victoria and Squamish. Vancity is guided by a commitment to improving the quality of life in the communities where we live and work.

Photos of the latest community project grant recipients are available upon request.

Media Contact:
Vancity Media Relations
Stephanie Vicic