Apricity's sole purpose is to amplify the message of local not-for-profit organizations. So when we started exploring funding opportunities for The Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts – our charity partner for 2017 – and came across the Field Law Community Fund Grant, we thought it was a perfect fit. At first our friends at the Nina weren't too sure. They had unsuccessfully applied for this same grant in the past and were apprehensive to try for it again. But with a little convincing about the support we were willing and able to provide, they bought into the idea.
Field Law’s Community Fund Program
The Field Law Community Fund Program is a way for Field Law to give back to the communities in which they work and live. Over the last five years, the program has awarded funds to support 68 charitable organizations throughout Alberta and the Northwest Territories, with over $400,000 donated. Projects are submitted by the public, shortlisted and posted on the website, and opened up to public voting. The organizations that receive the most votes are reviewed by a Community Market Panel made up of both Field Law employees and members of the community, and the winners chosen from those.
The Heart of the Art in Silk Screen
The Nina proposed a project that introduces silk screening to their over 170 clients. Silk screening is not only a desired medium for these artists, but also gives them a way to create merchandise that can generate revenue for both the artist and the Nina (proceeds from any art sold through the Nina Gift Shop is split 50/50 between the artist and the Nina).
Excitedly, the Nina was chosen as a grand prize winner and took home the largest grant given - $6,000 for the program! On July 20, 2017 Field Law proudly presented the Nina with the grant. Here, Rona Fraser, Director of Fund Development at the Nina and Amy Tsang, Apricity member, accept the prize.
This win could not have taken place without our community rallying around the cause and voting for the program. Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote to make silk screening a reality at the Nina. It warms our heart to see the community come together to support an important causes like this. And if we could play a tiny part in getting the word out about the voting process, they we did our job today. Now, onto the next big win for the Nina...