PQCF celebrates 25th anniversary and distributes $75,950 to local area through Grants Programs

The Parksville Qualicum Community Foundation (PQCF) held its 25th Anniversary Celebration and Community Grants Night on May 15, highlighting the grants programs and funds allocated to support a broad range of local causes and community needs. 

Today, PQCF manages over $4.4 million in nearly 30 endowment funds! These funds generate interest every year that supports grants and scholarships to improve the quality of life for local residents.

PQCF’s grant programs include Community Foundation Grants, Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG), and Springford Family Foundation Grants. For 2024, we are proud to award $75,950 in grants to 38 local organizations and community projects, including:

  • $64,950 was distributed to 20 local organizations through Community Foundation Grants
  • $7,000 was distributed to 16 individuals through Neighbourhood Small Grants
  • $4,000 was distributed to two local organizations through Springford Family Foundation Grants

Below are the local charities and individuals that PQCF had the privilege of assisting through donations in 2024. Refer to the backgrounder for a summary of each project.

Community Foundation Grants

Arrowsmith Agricultural Association – Signage and Community Lot Improvements $4,000
BC Culture Days 2024 Planning & Funding Committee – BC Culture Days Oceanside $3,000
Christ’s Church Oceanside – Youth Inspiriting Youth $1,100
Errington War Memorial Hall Association – Kitchen Upgrades $4,000
Forward House Community Society – Recreational Therapy Pilot Project $550
Junior Achievement of BC – Boundless Possibilities Classroom Program $4,000
Mid-Island Pensioners and Hobbyists Association – Oceanside at the Table $4,000
Nanoose Bay Activities and Recreation Society – Supplies for Community Space $4,000
Nanoose Community Services Association – Food Program $4,000
Oceanside Community Arts Council – Route 19A Music Festival $4,000
Operation Freedom Paws Canada – Volunteer Training and Development $500
Parksville & District Historical Society – Restoration of Knox Heritage Church $4,000
Parksville & District Musical Association – Music Acquisition $3,000
Parksville Community Centre Society – Accessibility Upgrades $4,000
Parksville Qualicum 4-H Senior Council – Program Delivery and Promotion $4,000
St. Andrews Lodge Historical & Cultural Society – Twilight Concert Series $2,400
The Old School House Society – Classroom Improvements $4,000
Vancouver Island Symphony – Grade 4 Music Education Program $4,000
Whalers Football Support Society – Whalers Equipment Program $2,400
Wonderful World of Books – Early Literacy Book Program $4,000

Neighbourhood Small Grants

100 Kids for Change Oceanside $350
Culture Days in QB $500
Community Connection to Nature $350
Community Notice Board Part 2 $350
Corcan/Meadowood Community Food Shack $500
Douglas Crescent Neighbourhood Block Party $450
Gainsberg Community Pantry $500
Good Neighbour Picnic Day $400
Group Mosaic Bench Project $500
Lino Block Printing $450
Neighbours FireSmart Event $500
Neighbourhood Little Free Library $350
Oceanside Repair Cafe $500
QB Pollinator Pathway $500
Sandpiper Song Circle $300
Xpey’, for the Love of our Wetlands $500

Springford Family Foundation Grants

MAC Community Garden – Harvest Table $2,000
Mid-Island Pensioners & Hobbyists Association – Sow, Grow and Preserve $2,000

25 for 25″ Campaign

In celebration of our 25th anniversary, PQCF has launched a “25 for 25” campaign, with an ambitious goal to grow the Foundation’s total endowment funds to $5 million by February 2025! Every contribution—big or small—makes a difference. Whether you choose to donate monthly to the Community Fund, contribute to a specific cause, establish your own fund, or leave a legacy gift in your will, your support fuels our mission to create vibrant communities for all.

PQCF is thrilled with the level of interest and support already received! People are excited to learn about the power of the community foundation model. When you donate to the PQCF, you make a permanent impact. Year after year, your gift keeps on giving. 

Thank you again to all of our donors!

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