58 projects across the country benefit from the Co-op's donations
VANCOUVER, Nov. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - Mountain Equipment Co-op™ (MEC) has
announced the fall recipients of its community grants program, with 58
community-based environmental and outdoor recreation projects awarded a
total of $604,389. These grants are announced twice each year, with
over $1.3 million invested by MEC for 2011.
"There are many inspiring initiatives underway in Canada, helping to
protect our important outdoor places and enabling people to get outside
to enjoy them. As an outdoor retailer we are deeply committed to
supporting this community, and grants are one way of doing that." said
MEC director of sustainability Esther Speck. "We've invested $18.6
million since the program was introduced in 1987. One per cent of every
purchase is invested in community contributions, thanks to MEC members
who make this possible."
The community grants program offers funding for projects under the
categories of environmental conservation, advocacy, education, and
outdoor recreation. Twice each year, formal applications for grants are
reviewed by regional and national committees made up of MEC members and
staff, who select the projects that receive support.
The awarded grants for fall 2011 range in dollar value from $500 to
$55,000. Some highlights include:
$20,300 to The Nature Conservancy of Canada, Ontario, for research into
the size and distribution of a population of threatened Grey Fox on
Pelee Island - the first time the animal has been studied in Ontario.
$14,000 to the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition (VACC) to develop a
pocket map of North Shore cycling routes.
$5,000 to the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation for their bluff
eco-system stewardship project, raising awareness about why caring for
bluffs is important
$12,900 to the Friends of Kananaskis Cooperating Society for a volunteer
engagement program aimed at giving the community a chance to
participate in stewardship and improvement of the park.
$3,000 to Whitewater Ontario to support establishing and maintaining
access to Ontario's whitewater paddling destinations for the paddling
$10,000 to Cycling Nova Scotia to develop its capacity to effectively
mobilize the cycling community to engage and achieve progress in
bicycle related policy and infrastructure in the province.
The community grants program is part of the retailer's continued support
for outdoor recreation and environmental conservation in Canada. As a
member of 1% For The Planet, MEC is committed to investing one percent
of total sales every year to environmental initiatives.
Environmental and outdoor recreation groups can apply online for the
next round of community contributions support at mec.ca/sustainability. The deadline for spring 2012 grants is March 10, 2012.
Currently celebrating its 40th anniversary, Mountain Equipment Co-op is
Canada's leading retailer of clothing, gear, and services for outdoor
activities such as cycling, hiking, and paddlesports. MEC has more than
three million members throughout Canada, whom it serves through 14
destination stores in six provinces as well as mec.ca. Widely
recognized for its commitment to sustainability, MEC is a member of 1%
For The Planet and supports various outdoor recreation and
environmental initiatives through its community grants program. Anyone
can join MEC and become part-owner in the Co-op, by purchasing a $5
lifetime individual membership. More information about MEC is available
SOURCE MOUNTAIN EQUIPMENT CO-OP
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