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Ladysmith Community Fund starting to pay off

Community-minded groups or individuals can apply for grant
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Ladysmith Community Fund vice-president Joan Philips and president Bruce Whittington share information about the fund last week at Ladysmith’s Country Grocer. (Duck Paterson photo)

BY DUCK PATERSON

It’s been a long time coming, but the work that has gone into the Ladysmith Community Fund is starting to show rewards.

The idea of creating an organization to collect money to help community organizations first came to Bruce Whittington in 2016, and it’s been a slow but steady pace that has brought that idea to fruition. He recalls a meeting in 2017 at the Eagles Hall that brought together groups that were on the same page of wanting to give for the betterment of the community. Now, the Ladysmith Community Fund has reached a point where it can start to pay it forward to the community.

“We have had to build the funds in the account so that it starts to generate its own revenue,” said Whittington.

The Nanaimo Foundation is administering the fund, as “they have the expertise and knowledge, gained from many, many years of being a foundation, where they can take that burden from our local volunteers,” Whittington said.

The fund has received generous donations from the Ladysmith and District Credit Union as well as the local Rotary club, along with private individual donations. The local board makes the decision on what organization receives the benefits of the growing fund. This week the Ladysmith Community Fund Society issued a call for charitable organizations to apply.

“The amount of our first grant isn’t large, but it is a start,” Whittington said. “Everything has to start from somewhere, and we did, we started right at ground level and had to go hat in hand to many, many locals, to raise enough money where the fund can see a return, and a return that we can use to make a difference.”

Whittington said giving back to the community now might also have the benefit of bringing awareness about the fund and hopefully get more donors on board.

Groups or individuals working for the betterment of Ladysmith and area can find more information about applying for a grant by visiting www.ladysmithcommunityfund.ca or e-mailing grants@ladysmithcommunityfund.ca. The deadline for applications is June 5.


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