BACF awards $40,000 to Virden/ Oak Lake non-profits

Brandon Area Community Foundation donated over $641 thousand

This week, Brandon Area Community Foundation announced their donation awards. For some Virden and Oak Lake projects all geared toward family use, for children and teens, there was some very good news.

Virden Skate Park received $25,000.00 toward their 6,500 square foot concrete skate park project.

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Virden Spray Park was awarded a $10,000 grant for the construction of the spray park.

Oak Lake Day Care received $5,000 to help them install artificial turf in the play area and create a new play space for infants and smaller groups of preschool children.

“Our granting committee is very thorough when assessing applications that have been submitted to BACF,” states Laura Kempthorne, Executive Director of BACF. “This group of dedicated volunteers must decide where best to grant the Foundation’s money, as there are never enough dollars for the amount of requests we receive.”

The Brandon Area Community Foundation (BACF) 2019 grants amounted to $641,152 for recipients throughout Brandon and the Westman Area.

Kempthorne says, “We are pleased with the grants BACF has awarded this year and the committee members are happy to work more effectively with these organizations by coming together and filling a need in our communities.”

Grants fall within six categories:

  • arts & culture
  • community
  • education,
  • environment
  • health & wellness
  • recreation 

These grants will support scholarships, local projects and organizations that align with the objectives of the Foundation, to have an impact and a lasting presence in the communities in which we live.

Some other 2019 grant recipients are:

  • Andrews Field - $35,000 for upgrades to the ball diamond;
  • Westman Trail Association - $15,000 new equipment for trail maintenance in the Brandon Hills;
  • Brandon Riverbank - $40,000 for new LED lighting along the walking paths;
  • Western MB Science Fair - $5,000 to support the annual science fair held in Brandon;
  • Glenboro Gaiety Theatre - $6,000 theatre audio system upgrade.

For a full list of all 2019 grant recipients visit



BACF invests contributions in an endowment fund and uses the income earned to make grants to charitable groups that will benefit local communities in Brandon and Southwestern Manitoba.

Anyone can become involved in helping to build the assets of the Foundation – individuals,

families, corporations and groups.



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