The Board of Directors of the Community Forest is proud to manage a legacy fund which will help further community based projects of many groups on the lower Sunshine Coast. The District of Sechelt, sole shareholder of the Community Forest, enacted a bylaw in February 2014 to establish the Sunshine Coast Community Forest Legacy Fund. The Board of Directors worked hard to determine the best method of utilizing surplus funds from the sale of logs harvested from the Community Forest and decided that the Legacy Fund was the most viable way. Our fund is modeled after the successful program in the Powell River Community Forest.
Availability of funds are determined at least once per year based on revenue generated by the Community Forest which is surplus to operating needs.Â These funds are provided to the District of Sechelt via an Extraordinary Dividend at the Community Forest’s Annual General Meeting.
Applications of a minimum value of $25,000 will be accepted from community groups, public sector agencies and non-profit organizations. These applications will be evaluated by the Legacy Fund Assessment Committee against established criteria.Â Applications for amounts of less than $25,000 may by considered by the Committee.Â Recommendations for approval are forwarded to the District of Sechelt.Â Recommendations are discussed by Council in a public meeting and, if approved, funds are then dispersed to selected applicants.
An application form can be obtained through the link below.Â Once downloaded, the application form can be printed and completed by hand or completed online using Adobe Reader or another pdf compatible program. You can input data directly into the form online, however, the form is not fully compatible with all web browsers.Â Manual signatures are not required if submitting an application electronically.Â Please submit the completed form and all associated backup information to the Assessment Committee either by mail or by email to LegacyFund@sccf.ca.
Several projects have been funded since inception of the Legacy Fund. Most prominently, the Davis Bay Wharf expansion. Other projects include a bus shelter on Highway 101, a boardwalk and bridge at the Botanical Garden, upgrades to the Davis Bay community use and day care buildings, upgrades to the West Sechelt Elementary Playground, upgrades to the Pender Harbour Legion kitchen facilities, trail signage through Pender Harbour back country and the Residential School Memorial Monument situated at the shÃshÃ¡lh Nation offices. Accessibility ramps have been added to the Sunshine Coast Museum, the ice plant at the Gibsons Curling Rink has been replaced, renovations of the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre have been undertaken and the floor of the Roberts Creek Hall has been replaced. Projects currently underway include a new treatment trailer for Gibsons Wildlife Centre, improvements to the Sechelt Marsh and a solar panel array for the new greenhouse at Davis Bay Elementary School.
Â Another success story is the trail signage project through Egmont and Pender Harbour. The Pender Harbour Advisory Council received $35,000 to install and formalize signs throughout the trail systems under their management. Click here to read their story.
To date the SCCF Legacy Fund has provided almost $600,000 in grants to community groups throughout the Sunshine Coast.