Funds marked for youth projects

The Summerland Charity Shop Society — Penny Lane will fund special projects to benefit the youth in Summerland.

The Summerland Charity Shop Society — Penny Lane will fund special projects to benefit the youth in Summerland.

“We’re looking for legacy-type projects in the community,” said Bruce Hallquist of Penny Lane.

He said money is available for legacy projects with a budget of between $100,000 and $400,000.

The projects must result in a substantial physical presence in the community.

Purchasing uniforms for a sports team and studies about an upcoming initiative would not be considered, but a building or a facility to benefit youth would be considered.

“We’re interested in building a larger project for the youth in Summerland,” Hallquist said. “We’re not talking about day-to-day operations.”

From 2002 to 2013, the society operated the Penny Lane Bargain Outlet on Victoria Road North.

Since 2003, Penny Lane has provided more than $2 million for a variety of youth projects, including school counsellors, school breakfast programs, the Summerland Asset Development Initiative, the young writers’ club and others.

When the store closed last year, organizers said Penny Lane’s commitment to youth in the community would continue.

Those who have an idea for a legacy project are asked to send a one- or two-page proposal with the legacy project idea, contract information and a budget to summerlandpennylane@gmail.com by June 15.

The successful applicants will be contacted by July 30.