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Viable Organizations, Versatile Program 2021-01-06

The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) is not just for businesses anymore. Non-profit organizations have also been affected by COVID-19, and the RRRF can offer them relief.

The Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce, a leading non-profit organization in the community, is one such non-profit that has taken advantage of the RRRF 2.0 intake. Community Futures staff had a conversation with Chamber Executive Director Janet Song about the Chamber’s experience with the application for the fund and how they plan to use it to continue helping serve businesses in the community. Janet explained how non-profit organizations can use the RRRF and the unique benefits it brings in comparison to other funding options. Specifically, she speaks on the flexibility the program offers new and non-profit organizations and the relative simplicity of the application process. These benefits allow for the funding to promote stability of operations despite the turbulence brought about by COVID-19. Hear everything Janet had to say in the above video.

The RRRF offers businesses and non-profit organizations loans of up to $40,000 towards COVID-19 related expenses. No interest is accrued until December 31st, 2022 and 25% (up to $10,000) of the loan amount is forgivable if paid by that date. For more information on the program visit the application portal on our website or call us at (250) 622-2332.

Night Doesn't Fall on Sunset Lounge 2020-11-25

Paul Minhas achieved a lifelong dream in the fall of 2019 by opening Sunset Lounge and Grill: a family-owned business and entertainment venue with a unique fusion-style menu and a laid-back atmosphere. Growing up in Prince Rupert, he knew the market well and was confident that Sunset could offer an experience unlike other restaurants in town at the time, and it quickly became a hit in the community.

The outbreak of COVID-19 had a significant effect on the restaurant industry. Lockdown procedures vital to preserving community health led to the closure of restaurants and revenue losses, and Sunset Lounge was no exception. In June, Community Futures began distributing regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) loans, providing funding to businesses that had been impacted in the form of $40,000 loans with no interest payable until the end of 2022. Sunset Lounge took out such a loan in order to cover certain bills and to provide security in case of extended lockdowns. By the end of the summer, however, a wave of community support and takeout orders resulted in the restaurant regaining a stronger position.

Paul has big plans for the future of his restaurant. Following a philosophy of being more than a restaurant, many innovative ideas are coming to make Sunset Lounge a place to socialize and have fun. Currently, there are plans for a larger bar, renovations and expansion to the second floor of the building, and the installation of game consoles to keep customers entertained while they wait.

Community Futures is proud to partner with Sunset Lounge and Grill. Watch the full story in the video above.

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) loan applications have reopened. Visit the application portal on our website or contact us at (250) 622-2332 for more information.

Woven into the Community 2020-02-21

Art needs community, communities need art. Sarah Ridgway of Rain Forest Fabrics has made it her mission to promote and boost the artform of fabric work in the community of Prince Rupert and the North Coast.

Sarah managed the Sew-it-Yourself Store for 2 years, but desired to take the reins for herself. After approaching Community Futures for financial assistance, she took over the fabric store and re-branded it as Rain Forest Fabrics. A large number of materials and services are provided by the store such as cottons, regalia, widebacks, notions, supplies, and long-arm quilting services. In addition, Sarah offers workshops taught by local instructors and organizes the annual Creative Jam with artists. The fabric community in Prince Rupert is strong in part to Sarah's efforts.

However, there is still more in store for Rain Forest Fabrics. A website has just recently launched where inventory can be viewed - and purchased - online with in-store pickup. You can visit the website and sign up to it here:

Community Futures is proud to partner with a business that bolsters both the retail and arts sector of its community.