Applications open September 1st, 2023 and close September 22nd, 2023.

The Cortes Island Community Foundation, is working with with the Strathcona Regional District and the current regional director, Mark Vonesh, to assist with the review of the Grant-in-Aid funds for the 2023 calendar year. As with all of our granting processes, a volunteer jury made up of communtiy members will make recommendations for the disbursement of these grants. The recommendations will be submitted to the Strathcona Regional District board by Regional Director, Mark Vonesh, for final consideration and anticipated endorsement. As in years past, the total GIA pool of funds are $25,000 and are intended to benefit the community through support of the work of community social profits. The average grant award is in the range of $500 – $5000 and be disbursed in late October.

Any recipients of GIA awards from 2022 will need to send a final report before applying for 2023 funds. All 2023 GIA award recipients will also have to do a simple final report.

In 2022, funds were granted to the Cortes Community Radio Society, Cortes Island Seniors Society, Cortes Island Museum & Archives Society, Old Schoolhouse Art Gallery Society and the Cortes Community Health Association.