EventHostBC grant supported District’s 50th anniversary celebration

South Cariboo Community Planning Council used funding to broaden activities

  • Oct. 29, 2015 3:00 p.m.

Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett congratulated a key local not-for-profit organization that applied successfully for recent EventHostBC funding.

The Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development approved $5,000 funding for the South Cariboo Community Planning Council (SCCPC) to help broaden the District of 100 Mile House 50th Anniversary celebrations, which took place July 18-26.

“Events like this help us celebrate our community pride, with the added benefit of attracting visitors and boosting the local economy,” says Barnett.

“Congratulations to this grant recipient and thank you to all the organizers and volunteers who work hard behind the scenes to stage successful events.”

SCCPC executive director Lea Smirfitt says the money was used to help bring some extra events to the District’s anniversary celebration.

“Our role with the District was to be an event host. So we partnered with the District to bring some additional sources to broaden the activities during the 50th anniversary celebration.”

EventHostBC, which launched May 8, 2015, is a one-time funding initiative intended to encourage and support community events that strengthen volunteer capacity for event hosting throughout the province.

A total budget of $250,000 was allocated and is being distributed equally throughout the province’s six tourism regions based on a first-come, first-serve model.