Ladysmith Community Fund Celebrates National Volunteer Week, Hosting Volunteer Fair

The Ladysmith Community Fund Society is excited to announce a Volunteer Fair at the Aggie Hall in Ladysmith on Sunday, April 14th, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

The event is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of volunteers to non-profit organizations. Community organizations can show the community what they’re doing, and it’s also an opportunity for local people to explore ways that they can contribute to these organizations as volunteers or supporters.

The Volunteer Fair would not have been possible without a grant from Ladysmith Rotary, an organization that has been generous in its support of LCFS since its inception.

For more information, and to download a registration form, please go to our Events page.

2024 Call For Grant Proposals

The Ladysmith Community Fund Society is issuing its second annual call for proposals for grants to qualified charities. The Society established a community endowment fund in 2021 and issued its first grant in 2023 to the Ladysmith Little Theatre.

The Ladysmith Community Fund has grown and investment revenue has increased, so the Society will have $1100 available to one or more charities in the community, almost double what it was able to offer in 2023.

“We’re very gratified by the community response in support of the fund,” said Society president Bruce Whittington. “And we’re really excited to be giving back to the community—which is what we are set up to do.” The Society operates the endowment fund similar to a community foundation, and now that it is established, it will be able to offer grants every year. Those grants will increase as the fund continues to grow.

The deadline for grant proposals is midnight on March 11, 2024, and a decision will be made by the Grants Committee later that month. This is earlier than the 2023 grant cycle, because we heard from some charities that funding would be more useful earlier in the year. A grant application form, and grant application guidelines, are available on the Society’s web site here.

Ladysmith Community Fund Issues Inaugural Grant

The Ladysmith Community Fund Society’s Grants Committee met to consider the applications it received in response to its call for proposals in May of 2023. The Board accepted the Committee’s recommendation that a grant be issued to the Ladysmith Little Theatre Society. The theatre company will use the funds in its Hearing Enhancement Program, which will make available, on loan, headsets to theatregoers with hearing impairments. The headsets will be connected to the theatre’s sound system by Bluetooth. 

Ladysmith Community Fund Society President Bruce Whittington thanked the theatre company for submitting an application in this, the first annual call for proposals. “Ladysmith Little Theatre has helped us make a little history”, Whittington said. Now that the Fund is established, it will continue to offer grants annually, and it is continuing to grow—the Fund recently received another welcome gift of $500 from Ladysmith Rotary. 

Ladysmith Little Theatre Treasurer Anne Dougherty and Bruce Mason, founder and past president (centre), accept a cheque from Ladysmith Community Fund President Bruce Whittington.

Ladysmith Community Fund Issues Call for Grant Proposals

May 5, 2023

The Ladysmith Community Fund Society has issued its first call for proposals from charitable organizations in the Ladysmith area to receive a grant from the Ladysmith Community Fund. The Fund, which was established in 2021, has grown to the point where LCFS can use the revenue it earns to issue a charitable grant. President Bruce Whittington explained that the amount of the first grant will be small at $600. But, Whittington said, “We wanted to start giving back to the community as soon as we could, even if it is a small first step.” He added that more funds will be available in 2024, “and every year after that—forever.”

The deadline for applications is midnight, June 5th, and LCFS anticipates that funds will be issued in July. Applicants must be charities or other “qualified donees” as described under the Income Tax Act. Details of the grant application process, along with a downloadable application form, can be found under the “Granting” button on the LCFS website. LCFS also welcomes email enquiries at 

Changes on the LCFS Board

Charlie Schaal, the longest serving director on the Ladysmith Community Fund Society board, is stepping down to pursue other interests in the community. We are most grateful for Charlie’s tireless efforts in helping to make the Society and the Ladysmith Community Fund a reality. Fortunately, Charlie tells us he will “keep in touch”.

LCFS recently welcomed Lynda Baker to the board. With a strong background in business and the non-profit sector (see the “People” section), we welcome Lynda’s enthusiasm and experience. Lynda has agreed to be the Society’s Secretary, and is moving quickly to ensure all our records are in good order. Welcome Lynda!