Over $1 million granted by Brandon Area Community Foundation in 2020

Despite the challenges of 2020 the Brandon Area Community Foundation granted a record breaking $1,052,065 throughout the year. The foundation supports allaspects of life inBrandon and southwestern Manitobamaking grants toawide varietyofworthycauses.

Among the grants West Souris River Conservation District’s MB Burrowing Owl Recovery program received $5,000 and Strathclair’s Theatre received $2,500 to enhance theatre sound for the hearing impaired.

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Laura Kempthorne, Executive Director BACF said “The annual grants provided by our funds and donors, have hopefully given our local charities room to breathe a little easier during this challenging time.  2020 was also the foundation’s 55th anniversary and although the year didn’t go as planned, BACF was able to provide more than $1 million in grants. This is a huge milestone for the foundation.”


The Brandon Area Community Foundation has given support to a number of projects across Southwestern Manitoba. These grants covered areas of arts & culture, environment, education, health & wellness and community activities throughout the Westman region.

"The BACF has always been there to help build and strengthen communities.  This year they helped the YMCA open Brandon's newest childcare center, Y Maryland Park.  The funding provided children's furnishings, cribs and cots to enable 114 children to be able to experience quality programming in a supportive and safe environment. Together BACF and the YMCA are making Brandon a better place for families. Thank you BACF!" said Lon Cullen, CEO YMCA of Brandon.


In addition to the generous donations received, BACF took part in the provincial MB Build 150 and the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund granting initiatives that provided an extra $259,000 to community projects in our area.


Brian Martineau with Friends of Lake Minnedosa said “The grant through the Brandon Area Community Foundation will allow us to have a local manufacturer build a trailer to haul the weed harvester to and from the lake. The $89,000 harvester is on order and is expected to be in use on the lake this summer.”

BACF was also very pleased to be able to build relationships with other funders and strengthen our partnerships with other community organizations.


The grants provided by BACFarepossiblethanks to generous giftsfromlocal donorsfromallwalksof life.Community foundations pool andendow(permanently invest) allgifts and theincome earnedsupports a varietyof projects within the foundation’scatchment area. Theoriginal contributionsare never spent, ensuringa lasting legacyfor donors anda permanent source of support for thecommunity.



Eckhardt-Gramatte Competition Inc.

Support the 44th National Music competition.


Pediatric Oncology Family Centre of MB

To build a new Ronald McDonald house in Wpg.


Provincial Exhibition of MB

Repaint the exterior of the Display Building ll.


Brandon Museum Inc.

To exhibit "The Sound of History: Bands & Musicians from Western MB's Past" .


ACC Foundation

To purchase of pediatric mannequins.


Westman Aphasia Inc.

To update the Westman Aphasia website.


Onanole & District Recreation Centre

New flooring in the community centre.


Western MB Regional Library

Purchase of 2 laptops to be used for remote working and teaching.


Samaritan House

Phase 4 - expansion of the Safe & Warm Shelter.


Victoria's Quilts Canada - MB Brandon

To provide handmade quilts to people living with cancer.


One At A Time Rescue

To purchase a pet curadle.


RM of Glenboro South Cypress/Glenboro Rink Committee

To purchase a Zamboni for the Glenboro rink.


YMCA of Brandon

Buy new appliances for the new child care centre in the Maryland Park School.


Rivers & Area Game & Fish Assoc.

New concrete at the boat launch.


Killarney Turtle Mountain Arts Council

Provide "Youth Art Series" programing.


Strathclair & District Theatre Committee Inc.

Upgrade of sound system to the Theatre,addition of an Assisted Listening Capability system to help the hearing impaired.


West Souris River Conservation District

MB Burrowing Owl Recovery program.


Town of Minnedosa Lake Improvement Committee

Purchase of a weed harvester trailer.


Wasagaming Community Arts Inc.

New flooring in the arts building.


Brandon Riverbank Inc.

A canoe/kayak launch at the Riverbank.


Habitat for Humanity MB Bdn.Chapter

Construction of new home in Brandon.












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