Yellowknife Community Foundation launches 25th anniversary celebration – $25,000 grant awarded to the Northern Arts and Culture Centre (NACC)

The Yellowknife Community Foundation launched its 25th anniversary celebration tonight by awarding NACC a grant of $25,000 for new stage and lighting equipment.

“We are very excited to begin our 25th anniversary celebration by announcing the first of four $25,000 grants we will be awarding this year” said Foundation President, Bronwyn Watters. “What a better way to start than with NACC, an organization that exemplifies our vision of a giving community where people working together can make a difference for everyone. The Foundation will be announcing other special activities in the coming months. Groups interested in applying for our special $25,000 grants or for funding through our regular grants program are invited go to our website at YKCF.CA.”

Jean-Francois Pitre, President of NACC remarked: “We are so honoured and pleased to be the first recipient of this special 25th Anniversary grant from the Yellowknife Community Foundation. This funding will allow us to complete some badly needed upgrades to our ageing theatre’s backstage infrastructure and brings NACC into line with industry standards. In addition to making the theatre safer, up to date technical equipment benefits our local, national and international performers as well as our audiences and everyone who cares about the performing arts. We find it truly satisfying to see one Yellowknife organization investing into another – let’s hope we both have another great 25 years!”

“As we enter our anniversary year we can look back with some pride to 25 years of committed service for the people of Yellowknife. Starting with our first donation of $100 in 1994 we have now provided over $1 million in total grants and scholarships to deserving projects and students – and we’re still growing” said Ms. Watters.

The Yellowknife Community Foundation was formed in 1993 to provide interested individuals and organizations with a means of supporting projects in our community for the enduring future. As we move further into our next 25 years, we will be working to help realize our Vision by: identifying and addressing current and anticipated community needs; raising, managing and distributing money from donated funds to meet those needs; and supporting projects that improve social conditions, assist and promote arts and cultural activities, sport, recreation and community development, assist and advance the provision of health care services, advance education, or assist and advance other community activities of a charitable nature.