New West invited to apply for ONE Prize at River Market

River Market is once again on the hung for innovative, community-based projects.

Donald’s Market and River Market are once again offering the ONE Prize community grant program, which has funded a variety project since its launched in 2012. Past recipients have offered events like pop-up potluck picnics, craft nights for adults and a program to reduce food waste by diverting excess food from local grocers to local charities.

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“Each Project, regardless of size, demonstrates an incredible commitment to this community,” Leslie Shieh, River Market’s ONE project lead, said in a press release.

When ONE member shop at Donald’s Market, the grocery store at River Market contributes one per cent of every dollar spent to the ONE Prize fund. Members vote for the winners once projects are shortlisted from submitted proposals.

River Market and Donald’s Market are currently accepting approaching for ONE prize community projects.

For 2016, ONE members have raised $4,500, and three $1,500 prizes will be awarded to non-profit organizations, for-profit enterprises, community groups or individuals. The money is intended to kick start new projects or strengthen existing ones – not fund a group’s operating costs.

“By itself, one per cent of one person’s grocery bill does little, but when pooled together with your neighbours’ one per cent, the fund has been able to support a number of terrific projects,” said Linda Chen, manager of Donald’s Market.

The deadline to submit proposals online is April 10. River Market and Donald’s Market will shortlist the projects, ONE members will vote and prizes will be announced in May.

For more information or to apply for a ONE Prize, go to www.rivermarket.ca/oneprize.

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