Each year VPL staff submit projects for funding. The Board of the Friends reviews the requests and make recommendations to Friends members. These recommendations are voted on at the annual general meeting.
Allocation of Funds for 2014:
|Central||Writer in residence||$7,750|
|Central||Writing and Book Camp||$2,500|
|Southwest Branches||Labour and marketing / publicity hours – ebook training at branches||$1,000|
|Furniture and Major Supplies|
|Central||Carpet for preschool play area||$500|
|System-wide||Presentation easels x 12 (FHL, OAK, MAR, STR, HAS, MPL, CHA, COL, BRI, REN, JFS, and SHL||$2,100|
|Kitsilano||Furniture: 4 armchairs and 2 small tables||$5,000|
|Joe Fortes||Branch display furniture||$2,200|
|Fraserview||Stackable chairs for meeting room and storage dolly||$2,000|
|Marpole||Storytime carpet and mats, display shelving unit, 2 tables||$2,000|
|Britannia||Puppet stage and puppets, storytime carpet, games||$1,500|
|Kerrisdale||Play and learn carpet and puppet theatre||$1,000|
|nə́c̓aʔmat ct (Strathcona)||Artwork||$5,000|
|System-wide||Children’s and Teen Services – Middle Years Team – board games||$1,050|
|System-wide||Children’s and Teen Services – Middle Years – Lego||$650|
|Mount Pleasant||Do It Yourself Programming (cameras and Xbox controllers and games)||$1,500|
In 2013, the Friends donated a total of $32,688 to support programming, book clubs and technology needs like iPads, laptops and space enhancements, for toddlers and teens. In 2012, donations totaled $47,305.26 and in 2011, $53,319.00.
Donated funds now total over $ 700,000 since 1995.