Winners of the KOMPAN Grant Program
For the first time KOMPAN, Inc. has carried out a Matched Funding Grant campaign in Canada. For the Matched Funding Grant Campaign, KOMPAN focuses on aiding community groups, schools and cities in amplifying the impact of allocated dollars toward inclusive play areas or interactive fitness spaces. The grant application process required that groups provide detailed information on their organizations, their missions and their goals for the new fitness or playground areas.
We are excited to announce that three BC communities have won $10,000 towards the purchase of their new playground equipment. CONGRATULATIONS to all of our winners!
Sensisyusten School is part of the Westbank First Nation located in Westbank BC. They offer Junior Kindergarten to Grade Five. Sensisyusten is open to all students, aboriginal, and non-aboriginal living on and off reserve. They are hoping for a new play space for kids to get outside and move for gross and fine motor development. They also want to see a new accessible playground where parents and community members want to come and get outside and play with their children.
Phil & Jennie Gaglardi Academy is a non-denominational Christian school located in Comox BC. The school is characterized by excellence in academics, creativity in the performing arts, and a warm, welcoming attitude toward people from all walks of life. The school wants to remove barriers and build an inclusive and accessible playground for children of varied abilities. They would also like to give back to the surrounding community and promote this relationship for years to come.
The City of Port Moody has experienced significant population growth – from 18,216 people in 1991 to approximately 34,000 currently. The existing playground at Westhill Park was constructed in 1986 (33 years ago!). The City is hoping to have a new, safe playground that meets current CSA standards and provides a much-needed amenity for the community of Port Moody. The new playground should have an inclusive universal design that enables and encourages children to play and discover. The playground should offer a fun and interesting way for families to interact with one another and help to provide a much-needed break from screen time and the business of everyday life.