More than $140,000 was handed out Wednesday night at the Brandon Area Community Foundation’s 21st annual grant presentation celebration.
A total of 33 groups received funding from the foundation, ranging from $500 to $10,000.
"As far as volunteer opportunities go, this one is a lot of fun," said grants committee chair Brett McGregor. "You get to find out about a lot of projects that take place in our community that you don’t hear about sometimes ... It’s kind of refreshing because there’s a whole bunch of really good people in this community that are doing a lot of really good work, and until you get involved in something like this … you don’t always hear about all of it."
Grace Lutheran Church received $10,000 to make some necessary changes to its daycare space.
"They have some physically challenged kids that go to it and there was no access to the basement other than the stairs," McGregor said. "So the project was to put in better access."
The BACF funds will assist a wide array of projects in Westman, including Birtle’s playground initiative, the Brandon Film Festival, Brandon’s Community Garden Network, Souris’ Avalon Theatre and King George School library, to name a few.
Brandon Riverbank Inc. received $8,000, YWCA Brandon received $5,600 and the West Souris River Conservation District was presented with a $5,000 grant.
Other groups presented with grants include the Brandon Humane Society, Salvation Army, Seniors for Seniors, Andrews Field, YMCA, Helping Hands, St. Matthew’s Cathedral and Westman Youth for Christ.
The funds presented Wednesday represent a combination of grants that are received through the application process and foundation-directed initiatives.
The $140,000 represents a portion of the approximately $270,000 that will be granted by BACF in 2012.
BACF grants must be used within a year.
"There’s a reporting process that they go through where they have to fill out an interim report … and then they have to do a final report by August of next year," McGregor said.
The BACF also introduced a new logo Wednesday, which was designed to portray a strong commitment to the communities it serves and the vision for growth in community leadership and philanthropy.
"We were just looking for something that looked a bit more modern," McGregor said. "The "f" goes down into a combination of roots and leaves to represent the roots of the community that form the base of the foundation, but the leaves are also showing the growth of the community which is the goal of the community foundation."
Fittingly, the BACF’s new tagline is "Rooted in Community."