The holidays may have passed, but the Kootenay Saving Community Foundation is still glowing with Christmas spirit, having just handed out a bunch of donations.
The credit union dished out more than $30,000 in donations, including $3,500 for the Columbia Valley Community Foundation.
Several other community foundations around the Kootenay region also received donations, including the Community Foundation of Castlegar and District ($4,100); the Community Fund of North Kootenay Lake ($2,200); Kimberley and District Community Foundation ($3,700) and the LeRoi Community Foundation ($8,200).
The Kootenay Saving Community Foundation was established by the Kootenay Savings Credit Union in 2000, with the aim of supporting non-profit cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health and social projects, and has since gone on to distribute more than $4.1 million in grants, endowments and bursaries
The credit union is a member-owned financial co-operative with eleven branches throughout the Kootenay, including a branch here in Invermere, as well as its head offices in Trail. It has more than $1 billion in assets, 39,000 members and more than 200 employees.
Those interested in applying for funding through the Kootenay Saving Community Foundation can find more information, as well as application forms at www.kscu.com/Community/CommunityFoundation. There are two application deadlines each year : March 31st and September 30th.