Pemberton & District Initiative Fund (PDIF)

Objective

The objective of PDIF is to provide funds to assist local, not-for-profit organizations offering either arts, recreation and culture, or economic development programs, projects, initiatives or special events which benefit residents of the Village of Pemberton (Village) and Electoral Area C of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD).

Fund Overview

PDIF was established in 2020 and replaces funding disbursements and grants formerly offered through the SLRD's Pemberton and District Community Fund (PDCF), jointly funded by SLRD Electoral Area C and the Village, and the Village's Community Initiative and Opportunities Fund (CIOF). Additionally, the PDIF has been established to fulfill and replace many of the funding disbursements that have previously been made through SLRD Electoral Area C Select Funds.

PDIF funds are disbursed to support community recreation, social and cultural activities and community economic development activities throughout Pemberton and SLRD Electoral Area C. 

Administration

The Pemberton and District Initiative Fund (PDIF) is administered by the Pemberton Valley Utilities and Services Committee (PVUS), a Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) committee comprised of elected and appointed officials of the SLRD and the Village of Pemberton (Village). Funding applications will be approved by the SLRD Board of Directors based on recommendations from PVUS unless stated otherwise in the program policy.  

The money for PDIF grants is generated by taxation, and identified in the SLRD Financial Plan each year. The total amount allocated to PDIF is set by bylaw. The amount available each year for new applications will vary, depending on the requisition limits, the budget (established annually by the SLRD Board), and how much of the annual funds have already been committed.

Grant Policy No. 16-2020 provides an overview of how the fund is administered, the funding allocation and budgeting process, and details of eligibility and requirements for applicants and recipients.

PDIF Funding Types

The PDIF Program is comprised of two separate funding streams – Economic Development and Arts, Culture and Recreation. Funding applicants must determine which funding stream their application falls under based on the purpose of their organization and its programming:

Economic Development StreamArts, Culture & Recreation Stream
2024 Requisition: $79, 453.00*2024 Requisition: $119, 076.00*
Community economic development
and/or diversification
Cultural development and/or opportunities
Creation of potential long-term employmentAdvancement of sports and recreation programming for all age, groups
Business development and/or
strategizing
Advancement of arts, music and
craftsmanship programming for all age-groups
Promotion of the Village and SLRD Electoral Area C / District

 *The amount available for new applications will vary, depending on how much of the annual funding pool for each stream has been committed to recipients.

After determining the stream, applicants can choose one of four types of funding:

  1. Long-term Agreement Funding  - funded organizations enter into long-term funding agreements, up to five years in length, with consistent annual funding amounts (up to a maximum contribution of $12,000 per year);
  2. Seed Funding - funded organizations enter into shorter-term funding agreements, and annual funding is reduced each year to encourage financial sustainability. Preference will be given to seed funding applications (Maximum $15,000 in year 1, funding amount reduced by 1/3 in Year 2 and 3);
  3. One-time Funding - funded organizations receive a one-time funding disbursement (up to a maximum contribution of $5,000 per year).
  4. Fee waivers - funding provided from the PDIF to an organization/group for support or assistance on a short-term basis to cover fee waivers or reduction in rental fees for the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Pemberton and District Recreation Facilities and Services as per the Existing Fees and Charges Bylaw (up to a maximum contribution of $1, 500 per organization per year).

Pemberton and District Initiative Fund Policy No. 16-2020 contains guidelines for applicants to help them understand which area and funding stream will be best suited to their application.

Eligibility

All organizations that receive this funding must be not-for-profit organizations, community groups, entities, or societies based within the Pemberton and District regional area (i.e., residents of the Village and SLRD Electoral Area C) that PVUS considers to be contributing to the general interest, benefit, and well-being of its residents. Applications from commercial/for-profit ventures will not be considered.

See Pemberton and District Initiative Fund Policy No. 16-2020 for more information on eligibility requirements.

Key Dates

Please see the table below for 2024 dates. 

Key Dates - New Applications
Application Deadline for 2025 PDIF Long-term and Seed Funding Requests*October 15, 2024 at 4:00 pm.
One-Time Funding Requests
  • Applications for one-time funding requests may be submitted at any time.
  • Must be submitted at least 45 days in advance of the program, activity or event subject to the application, or as far in advance as possible.
  • Consideration of application is subject to availability of funds.

 

Fee Waiver Requests (new)

  • Applications for fee waiver funding requests may be submitted any time, as far in advance of the need as possible.
  • Consideration of application is subject to availability of funds.

 

2025 Funding Request Presentations to PVUS

December 5, 2024, PVUS Committee Meeting
Approval for Continuation of Funding and Funding for New Applications from PVUS/Village/SLRDDecember 2024 – February 2025 
Funds Disbursement (Initial)
  • Funds will be disbursed after approval, once agreements and insurance requirements are finalized.
  • Expected no later than August 30. 
Key Dates - Recipients
Deadline to submit written Progress/Final Reports (submitted electronically)Received by SLRD by November 15, 2024 at 4:00 pm
Deadline for Report Presentations to be submitted for inclusion on the agenda November 27, 2024
Progress/Final Report Presentations to Pemberton Valley Utilities and Services (PVUS) CommitteeDecember 2024 – February 2025 meetings

Funds Disbursement (Annual)

 

  • Funds will be disbursed after progress reporting requirements are met.
  • Expected no later than August 30 each year. 

Requirements for Applicants - How to Apply

  1. Read Pemberton and District Initiative Fund Policy No. 16-2020. The policy contains guidelines for applicants, including information on funding streams and funding types, eligible projects and expenditures, maximum recommended requests, what to include in the application and details of how to apply. Please note there may be additional requirements for successful applicants to complete prior to funds being disbursed, including signing a funding agreement and providing evidence of suitable insurance coverage.  Applicants may contact SLRD staff with questions or request details ahead of applying.
  2. Fill out the application form and submit to the SLRD (more information below). 
  3. Applicants may be required to attend the PVUS meeting at which the request is being considered to present more information on their request.

How to Apply

Option 1: Applicants can complete and submit the online application form electronically. 

Online PDIF Grant Application Form


Option 2: Applicants can also download a PDF copy of the application form and submit the completed PDF form via your preferred method. Please fill out the form using a computer, if possible:

PDIF Grant Application Form (PDF)  


Return the form in any of the following ways:

  1. Email: info@slrd.bc.ca
  2. Mail: PO Box 219, Pemberton, BC VON 2LO
  3. Fax: 604-894-6526
  4. In-person: 1350 Aster Street, Pemberton, BC, V0N2L0

Requirements for Recipients - Reporting

Reporting requirements have been streamlined as of July 2023. Recipients are encouraged to review the policy for current reporting requirements: Pemberton and District Initiative Fund Policy No. 16-2020 

Depending on the type of funding approved, successful applicants may be required to complete reporting: 

  • One-time applicants: a final written report within 90 days of completing the activity/ event/ program. 
  • Long-term/seed funding applicants: The minimum requirement is a written report due once a year, and written report and presentation required for the final report. Progress reports presentations may be required depending on the annual funding amount approved.  

Reports request information, including an outline of the impact the grant had on the organization and community, including the primary accomplishments of the project/event and a financial summary of the activity/ event/ program.

Option 1: Applicants can complete the online report form and submit it electronically. 

Online PDIF Grant Reporting Form


Option 2: Applicants can also download a PDF copy of the report form and submit the completed PDF form via your preferred method. Please fill out the form using a computer, if possible:

Download PDIF Reporting Form (PDF) 

 

Current Recipients 

As of August 2023. This list will be updated periodically throughout the year. Application details are published in PVUS Committee meeting agendas.

Economic Development Stream

OrganizationFunding Type & Term
Pemberton and District Chamber of CommerceLong term funding: $27,500 per year for a 5-year term (2021 – 2025)
Tourism PembertonLong-Time funding: $20,000 per year for a 5-year term (2022 - 2026)
Stewardship Pemberton SocietyLong-Time funding: $12,000 per year for a 3-year term (2024 - 2026)

Arts, Culture & Recreation Stream

OrganizationFunding Type & Term
Pemberton Canoe AssociationLong term funding: $5,500 per year for a 3-year term (2021-2023) – 1 year renewal granted for 2024
Pemberton Farmers Market AssociationLong term funding: $6,000 per year for a 3-year term (2021 - 2023) – 1 year renewal granted for 2024
Pemberton Fire Works display (care of the Village of Pemberton)Long term funding: $5,000 per year for 5 years (2021 - 2025)
Pemberton Off Road Cycling AssociationLong term funding: $12,000 per year for 5 years (2023-2027)
Pemberton BMX SocietyLong term funding: $5,500 per year for 5 years (2023-2027)
Whistler Adaptive Sports Long term funding: $12,000 per year for 5 years (2023-2027)
Pemberton Animal Wellbeing SocietyLong term funding: $15, 000 per year for 5 years (2023 - 2027)
Sea to Sky Community Services Society$11, 424.60 for 1 year (2022) - Extension Granted to complete work in 2024
Spud Valley Nordic AssociationLong term funding: $7,000 per year for 4 years (2024-2027)
Pemberton Childcare SocietyLong term funding: $4,500 per year for 3 years (2024-2026)
Pemberton Arts CouncilLong-term funding: $12,000 per year for a 5-year term (2024-2028)

SLRD Staff Contact Information

Veronica Reid
Project and Program Coordinator
Email
Telephone: 604-894-6371  Ext. 238