ONE prize back in New Westminster
The River Market has launched its second ONE Prize, a community grant program that will hand out more money than it did the first time around.
The market is looking for innovative, community-based projects, big or small, that contribute positively to living, working or playing in New Westminster, said project lead Leslie Shieh in a press release.
ONE members who shop at Donald's Market the grocery store will contribute a cent of every dollar spent to the fund. Members get to vote for their favourites from a shortlist of submitted proposals.
Donald's is donating $6,000 to the kitty with three project getting $1,000 prizes. Another $3,000 will go to a project supporting education and children's programming in New West. The goal is to kick start new projects or strengthen existing ones instead of funding operating costs to groups.
"We started ONE as an investment in our community," said Shieh. "We believe in a local economy that is not simply based on transactions between buyers and sellers, but on collectively investing in our own backyard."
Deadline for submitting proposals online at www.rivermaret.ca/oneprize is March 31. River Market and Donald's will make a shortlist for voters to choose from with the winners announced in early May. ONE memberships, which also have discounts, can be obtained at Donald's.