ONE Prize

The ONE Prize is becoming synonymous with some pretty cool projects in New Westminster. And with five days left until the deadline, I thought I would chat with some past ONE prize winners to see about getting some inspiration on producing the next cool ‘thing’ in New West.

ONE Prize is a community fund seeded by Donald’s Market and River Market. They invest 1% of ONE members’ shopping dollars at Donald’s Market into this fund. 2016 marks the fifth year that the ONE prize has been offered.

This year, ONE members have collectively raised $4500 for the ONE fund and River Market and Donald’s will be awarding three $1,500 prizes.

The great thing about this prize is that it allows individuals, non profits, groups, schools…really…just about anyone…to apply, giving the community of New West the chance to discover that their neighbours are up to some pretty nifty things. Continue reading “ONE Prize”

Voting underway for New West’s inaugural ONE Prize

River Market's ONE Prize
River Market's ONE Prize will give three winners a total of $5,000 to fund community initiatives in New West.

Three community-building ideas in New Westminster will get a boost from Donald’s Market and River Market, winning cash and publicity from the inaugural ONE Prize. Funded through a customer appreciation program that allocates 1% of member sales to community projects, five shortlisted projects will vie for votes in hopes of winning a portion of the $5,000 in this year’s pot.

This year’s diverse ideas include initiatives related to food, art, social media, volunteering and entrepreneurship.

The finalists this year are:

  • ARTISTS IN THE MARKET – Local artists of diverse practices showcase the fruits of their labour at River Market for everyone to enjoy!
  • NEW WE.ST CAREFULLY CURATED – Carefully curated local feeds and searches mixed with crowd sourced events, links, pictures, and conversation.
  • POPLUCK – A series of pop up dinners in open-air public spaces across the city that combine an element of surprise with a love of well-prepared, fresh, and local food.
  • SOCIAL GENERATION AWARD – What happens when we encourage young people to let their imagination go and give them seed money to get it going?
  • THANKSGIVING IN JULY – Seniors Services Society says “Thanks” to their volunteers for all that they give with a special Thanksgiving luncheon in July.

The winners will be chosen by ONE Members via online voting. The top three vote-getters will win funding for their idea, $3,000 for the most popular project and $1,000 each for the two runners-up.

If you’re not a member of the ONE Program, you can sign up at Donald’s Market.