Since its inception, the Western Communities Foundation has raised more than $2.4 million to help support local communities.

The core giving programs that the Western Communities Foundation supports are:

  1. Community Infrastructure Grants
  2. Exceptional Achievement Citation & Bursary Awards
  3. Matching Grants
  4. Goal Achievers Community Projects

Community Infrastructure Grants

Each year, the Western Communities Foundation awards a series of $5,000 infrastructure grants to support community projects identified by Western staff.

The Community Infrastructure Grant program is designed to enable a branch to apply to support a major community infrastructure project for renovation or construction of a community’s publicly owned asset (arena, park, library, community hall, pool, etc.).

Overall, the Western Community Foundation infrastructure grants have contributed more than $1,000,000 to community projects.

Exceptional Achievement Citation & Bursary Awards

The Western Communities Foundation Exceptional Achievement Citation & Bursary Awards are awarded to a local high school graduates in communities that are served by Western Financial Group who:

  • Have displayed outstanding community and/or school spirit as an organizer, participant, or volunteer and/or
  • Have demonstrated inspirational conduct – whether an act of heroism or leadership in a crisis and/or
  • Have overcome adversity (mental/physical disability), financial hardship, family issues, etc.

The students may be nominated by any member of the school teaching staff, support or administrative staff, or by a member of the parent school council.

To date, the Western Communities Foundation has awarded more than 700 Exceptional Achievement Citation & Bursary Awards.

Matching Grants

In 2005, the Western Communities Foundation launched the Matching Grant program whereby it matches – up to $500 – funds raised by employees in support of a local community project.

Examples of Matching Grant initiatives include fundraising support for local community projects or charities through initiatives such as a bake sale, staff jeans day or prize draws.

To date, the Western Communities Foundation has awarded more than 170 Matching Grants investing over $75,000 into communities across western Canada.

Goal Achievers Community Program

For those locations that achieve their fundraising goal ($100 per employee) in the Support the Cause Campaign, they will be able to apply to keep 50% of the total funds raised. These funds can be donated through the Western Communities Foundation to a local community project governed by a  registered charity or the municipality

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