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District Initiative Grant

Each year, Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation provides District Initiative Grants (DIG), to District 68 schools for projects that focus on students and meet NLSF's three criteria: 'Student Leadership', 'Community Development' and 'Social Responsibility'. Preference is given to projects that include participation of vulnerable students.  Grants are a minimum of $2,500 and a maximum of $5,000. Since 2013, NLSF has granted $66,100 for 16 special projects. Grants are made possible through a bequest from the late Joseph T.A. Lee. 

Applications are now closed for the 2015/2016 School Year.

Next deadline for Applications is Thursday, April 21, at 3:00 pm.

For more information, please contact Crystal Dennison, Executive Director, Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation:  Crystal.Dennison@sd68.bc.ca | 250.753.4074 

Instruction Sheet 
Application Form

District Initiative Grant 2015/16

For the current school year, six programs received $23,000 in funding raised by the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation through generous support from our donors.

Grant recipients 2015/16

Bayview Elementary School: Connecting the Generations - article in Nanaimo News Bulletin, 24 May 2016

Cilaire Elementary: Connecting Learners

Coal Tyee Elementary: Community Garden - article in Nanaimo News Bulletin, 2 June 2016 

Departure Bay Eco School: Place-Based Learning

Ladysmith Secondary: Aboriginal Leadership

Nanaimo District Senior Secondary: Peer Counsellors


District Initiative Grant 2014/15

For the 2014/15 school year, five programs received $23,000 in funding raised by the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation through generous support from our donors.

Grant recipients 2014/15

Departure Bay Elementary:  Departure Bay Eco-School

Gabriola Island: Comfort on Computers

John Barsby Secondary: Barsby Leadership Team

Ladysmith Secondary: Gr. 7/8 TIMES (Transition, Inspiration, Motivation, Education, Success)

NDSS: Peer Counsellors


District Initiative Grant 2013/14

For the 2013/14 school year, five programs received $22,800 in funding raised by the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation through generous support from our donors.

Grant recipients 2013/14

Uplands Park Elementary:  Leadership & Citizenship program
This ten-month program comprises weekly workshops, every Thursday, for grades 6 and 7 students, and aims to create students leaders and positive role models within the school. Each workshop will be led, coordinated and created by a team consisting of teachers, instructional coordinators, counselor and the Principal and will allow students to develop, learn and practice the skills of leaders, citizenship, and entrepreneurial spirit. The program includes three units and will conclude with a community celebration at the end of the year, which will be led by the students.

Gabriola Elementary:  Comfort on Computers - Students Helping Seniors program
Grades 6 and 7 students of Gabriola Elementary school will teach seniors on the Island about computers and how to use them.  The project is a collaboration between Gabriola Elementary, People for a Healthy Community, and Vancouver Island Regional Library-Gabriola branch.

Ladysmith Secondary/Primary:  Vulnerable Students Leadership program 
Grades 9 and 10 students from the Secondary school will be working with grade 2 students in the Primary school.  This program targets the more vulnerable students in the school and teaches secondary school students about student leadership and social responsibility;   for the younger students, it will give them a mentor from the high school.  They will be working on community clean-up projects and have some other events they can all attend together in the community.

Cedar Secondary:  Cedar Leaders - Mentorship program
Senior students at Cedar Secondary will develop a mentorship program for incoming grade 8 students for the whole school year.  The program will assist grade 8 students in their transition into the secondary school.

Dover Bay Secondary:  Community Garden program
The Dover Bay Eco Club will be building a community garden at the front of Dover Bay Secondary school.  They will be growing fresh produce and herbs for the school cafeteria programs.  They will also be including local elementary schools to participate in the project.

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