The Cawston Community Hall Society has received a cheque for $8,550 from the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan.
The grant will assist in the upgrade of the heating in the common rooms as well as both the men’s and women’s washrooms at the Cawston Hall.
This is the first grant received by the hall society since registering and gaining charitable status. Most grant-giving bodies require that recipients be registered. Revenue Canada financial reporting for charities is stringent.
The larger plan at Cawston Community Hall is to renovate the washroom facilities.
Other planned improvements include a sheltered portico area at the Main Street entrance.
The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan issued grants in the South Okanagan for the first time in 1994 and by the late 1990’s it expanded to encompass all communities throughout the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen.
Foundation works are fashioned to square with the unique identity of each community in the catchment area. Residents of communities like Cawston and The Lower Similkameen can give to the Community Foundation, see their money carefully stewarded and over years directed toward local charitable objectives.
“We are especially pleased that one of our first grants as a registered charity has come from our own locally based community foundation”, says Doe Gregoire, Director and Fundraiser for the Cawston Community Hall Society.