It is no secret that New Westminster has some very talented and active community members who are always on the lookout for innovative ways to add activities and programs that continue to make this city more amazing each day. Sometimes an idea could use seed money to help kickstart it, and others could use funds to improve an existing program. ONE Prize is a fund that is designed to help with such initiatives.
The projects kickstarted by ONE Prize have been both big and small and by organizations as well as individuals. Last year, three local moms got together and submitted a proposal to bring a day of dance to Pier Park. Another idea, by HUB-New Westminster, was an initiative called Bike Share and Repair to get unused bicycles to those who need them, especially low-income families and recent refugee families. Each project, regardless of size, demonstrates a commitment to making our community even more awesome.
The ONE Prize was launched in 2012 by Donald’s Market and River Market as a community fund. Goodness Rewards is the loyalty program at Donald’s Market; and through this program, Donald’s Market in New Westminster contributes 1% of every dollar spent to the ONE Prize fund. If you think about it, 1% of a person’s grocery bill does little, but when pooled together with your neighbours’ 1%, the fund is then capable of supporting many terrific projects.
For this year, Goodness Rewards members have collectively raised $6,000. Three projects will be funded $2,000 each. That is definitely a decent amount of money to help with your project idea. The project group can be a non-profit organization, a for-profit enterprise, a community group, or even an individual. It is important to remember that the fund is not designed to help with ongoing operating costs, but instead to fund a new initiative, or expand an already existing program.
Applications are now open until April 10. The online application is quite simple with a few questions about your project. If you have multiple ideas, go ahead and submit them all because there is no limit. The projects ideas will be shortlisted by a jury and the winners are then decided by Goodness Rewards members who will vote for their favourite projects.
If you think you have a great idea, or wish to expand an existing program, visit rivermarket.ca/oneprize for more information and to access the online submission form. If you wish to contribute to the ONE Prize fund, sign up for a Goodness Rewards membership from a Donald’s Market cashier at River Market.