We are a brand new nonprofit. We ran a soup kitchen for 18 months. We had to close due to property issues. We are looking for a new site to lease or buy. Prefer to buy. We are pretty good at writing for lots of things but we have not had experience in applying for grants and need some help.
Programming and Dollar Needs:
We need to find help to get a down payment for a building to run our soup kitchen. That would be approx. $50-60,000. Or funding that would be ongoing that would pay for rent of a building- about $4000 per month
The Grant Writer should be ready to begin work on:
Provide a flat rate for writing and developing each of the following application(s):
We presently provide or will be providing services in the geographic areas of:
South end of Nanaimo, BC Canada
We run a daily soup kitchen and have 3 annual events we run in the community. A picnic in a park for the community where all are invited for free food. International Overdose Awareness Day, and Christmas On the Street on 26 Dec where again we feed about 500 homeless and low income individuals and families.
Ongoing bottle drive, donations from businesses, and community, flyers, online advertising
This will be our first time applying for grant funding.
Wisteria Community Association started in 2015 as an outgrowth of Nobb Hill Community Association in the south end of Nanaimo, BC. WCA’s focus is to help under privileged individuals and families in Nanaimo. Poverty relief is one of the mandates in our constitution. We aim to relieve poverty city wide eventually, but concentrate on the south end of Nanaimo at present, until we can get this organized properly.
Wisteria Lane is located between Nicol St and Victoria Road, one of the most notorious areas in Nanaimo at one time. WCA spear headed the residents in the neighbourhood to come together and clean up the area. Blackberry bushes were removed, needles cleaned up and art work commissioned to go on the fences and some of the buildings facing the lane. Local artists were used and the lane is now a beautiful place to be. As the art work fades new art is encouraged.
WCA hosts several annual events- Summer Fling in the Park, International Overdose Awareness Day and Christmas on the Street; these events include live local music. Paul Gogo & Friends and many other local live musicians are invited to play at these events. Local artists and musicians are introduced and encouraged through the WCA. High school musicians were featured at the Christmas on the Street in 2019.
WCA also runs- soon to be reopened- Stone Soup- a soup kitchen that hands out a hot meal 7 days a week to individuals and families that need this service from 6-10pm. We served hot meals to about 150 homeless and low income individuals and families every day for 18 months. This effort used many volunteers to pick up the donated food, cook it in a commercial kitchen, take it to the serving area, and serve it each evening. We had to stop due to problems with the property; we are looking actively for another location and depending on funding there are a few possibilities.
On 10 December 2019 we were awarded a Charity number and are now a proper registered non-profit organization.
We have not previously received grant funds.
We do not have a copy of our previously written grant application(s).
We do not have a fundraising packet.
We have an agency mission statement: To: Nanaimo Foundation
From: Wisteria Community Association.
Letter of Intent
to apply for a 2020 Nanaimo Vital Fund Grant
The Wisteria Community Association is a non -profit organization that hosts several initiatives in the south end of Nanaimo.
Summer Fling in the Park- an annual picnic that is hosted by WCA. The public is invited, with an emphasis on the homeless and low income individuals and families, no one turned away. Local businesses donate food, and prizes. Country Grocer,
Live music is featured, Paul Gogo and friends and many other local artists. We have many volunteers that make this event fun and popular.
Christmas on the Street- a celebration of Christmas held annually on Wisteria Lane, between Victoria Rd, and Nicol St., from Milton St for 1 block north. Live music is featured, usually Paul Gogo and friends along with other live music by invitation, all local artists. There are several organizations that make back packs full of supplies for men and women on the street, or low income that are needy, these are given as gifts for those attending the meal. The food is donated by local businesses, many turkeys are roasted, salads and vegetables donated, and desserts made by local neighbours and businesses. This event is often attended by local politicians such as Sheila Malcolmson, Leonard Krog, Bill McKay and others.
International Overdose Awareness Day- WCA has hosted this event for 3 years now. This year we partnered with New Leaf and Community Outreach to hold a great event at the end of September. It was held at Maffeo Sutton Park and was to remember some of those that have passed away from the terrible drug overdose crisis in our community. We had speakers that have been affected by the loss of a family member, some that educated us on the statistics in our community, Leonard Krog and Paul Hasselbach from VIHA gave us their messages. Live music featured Paul Gogo and friends, with other music as well.
Stone Soup- A soup kitchen that provides a hot meal for homeless and low income individuals and families 7 days a week. This service started in March 2018, it has been stopped for now since July 2019, but will be starting again in the very near future. It is run by donations of food from local businesses, volunteer servers, drivers and cooks.