Neepawa and area organizations and groups have received a boost thanks to the Beautiful Plains Community Foundation's (BPCF) 2013 awards night.
The BPCF named about 50 recipients and almost $80,000 worth of grants through its designated and community fund grants, as well as its Youth Advisory Council, last Monday night at Neepawa's Royal Canadian Legion.
About $48,500 was given through designated funds - which are given to the same organizations each year - with the Neepawa Health Centre receiving the largest grant to the tune of $30,824.
Country Meadows also received $4,732 while there were several accounts designated for scholarships for NACI grads and students. In total, 22 designated grants were awarded.
The BPCF also awarded $28,500 in community fund grants - recipients are chosen each year - to 14 different community organizations.
Receiving the largest grants were the Neepawa Centennial Project ($4,600), Neepawa Co-operative Play Centre ($4,500), Langford and Area Cross-country Ski Club ($4,000) and Neepawa United Soccer Association ($3,000).
NACI's Youth Advisory Committee, which is now in its 11th year, awarded eight grants totaling $2,250 at the evening as well.
The BPCF gives funds to YAC on an annual basis to teach philanthropy to high school students. The students independently, while guided by a teacher supervisor, interview and decide which groups or organizations they feel the funds would best support.
This year Touchwood Park received the largest YAC grant worth $500 while the Viscount Cultural Centre received $400.
BPCF's president Chris Kulbacki also announced the Foundation now has 34 donors in its Decade Club that aims to have 100 people pledge to give $100 annually for 10 years to the Foundation.
“We've definitely gained some momentum there and we're pretty excited about that,” Kulbacki said.
The president added that the Foundation's board always aims to keep all donated funds going straight in to the grants pool.
“One thing that we're really proud of as an organization is that we don't tie up your granting dollars by the administration, we try really hard to raise funds to cover that through special events,” Kulbacki explained.
Some of the BPCF's events this year include their time and talent auction, dance and a charity golf tournament planned for July 12.
The BPCF's executive this year includes president Chris Kulbacki, vice president Jane Goudie, treasurer Darryl Gerrard, and board members Jamie Denbow, Jim Pollock, John Douglas, Pat Guilbert, Ginny Collins, Isobel Jarema, Lisa Davie and Robert Somers.