Despite being a world-class resort destination Whistler maintains a tight-knit community. The Community Enrichment Program (CEP) is one example of this, and this year the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) awarded 28 non-profits with $134,575 of grant funding through the program. This CEP, which financially supports local and non-profit organizations in Whistler that benefit the community and bring it closer to its Whistler 2020 vision, has been awarded over half a million dollars since 2014. To qualify for the grant applicants must operate a non-profit in one of the following categories: Environment, Social Service, Community Service, Recreation and Sport, or Arts and Culture.
To apply for the grant, applications are submitted and presentations are given to the Council at a Committee of the Whole Meeting. Council then reviews, discusses and assesses all of the applications, finally recommendations of grant recipients are made. The grant amount for each organization differs however it is not to exceed 50 percent of the organizations annual budget. Stipulations tied to the grant money are that the organization must report back to the Council on the use of their funds by the end of the year.
In 2017 there were 32 applications for the Community Enrichment Program, in total 28 applicants were accepted. The grants were awarded to the following businesses.
- Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment (AWARE): $8,000
- Whistler Naturalists Society: $9,000
- North Shore Schizophrenia Society: $3,700
- Sea to Sky Community Services Society (SSCS) – Communities that Care: $3,100
- Sea to Sky Community Services Society (SSCS) – Whistler Parent-Tot Program: $10,000
- Sea to Sky Community Services Society (SSCS) – Whistler Multicultural Network: $4,900
- Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society (HSWC) – Whistler Women’s Centre: $8,000
- Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society (HSWC) – Children Who Witness Abuse: $6,000
- Whistler Waldorf School Society: $2,500
- Zero Ceiling Society of Canada: $2,000
- Whistler Community Services Society (WCSS) – Whistler Tool Library: $6,000
- Whistler Secondary School Scholarship: $2,000
- Whistler Adaptive Sports Program Society (WASP): $7,000
- BC Luge Association: $2,000
- Whistler Gymnastics Club: $6,150
- Whistler Minor Hockey Association: $6,000
- Whistler Mountain Ski Club: $4,250
- Whistler Nordics Ski Club: $5,425
- Whistler Blackcomb Freestyle Ski Club: $2,925
- Whistler Sailing Association: $7,000
- Whistler Sea Wolves Swim Club: $1,875
- Whistler Skating Club: $3,000
- Whistler Youth Soccer Club: $8,000
- Whistler Roller Girls Society: $1,000
- First Nations Snowboard Association: $4,000
- Whistler Writing Society (The Vicious Circle): $3,000
- The Point Artist-Run Centre Society: $3,750
- Whistler Children’s Chorus: $2,000
- Whistler Valley Quilters’ Guild: $2,000
The CEP is a program which was born from Whistler’s Vision for 2020. The Whistler2020 is a guiding policy document and community sustainability plan which acts a shared vision for the continued success of the community. The Whistler2020 document (read full document here) identifies five community priorities which are priorities on the direction of Whistler, and what it will be like in 2020. The five community priorities are: Enriching community life, enhancing the resort experience, protecting the environment, ensuring economic viability, and partnering for success. In total there are 90 indicators that measure progress towards the plan.
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