Community: Giving Back

Firewood Draw

North Cowichan's Municipal Forestry program annually donates three logging truck loads of firewood to non-profit groups supporting youth in the Cowichan and Chemainus Valley. The youth-oriented groups are to be based in the Cowichan and Chemainus areas with the majority of their membership coming from North Cowichan. A maximum of three awards will be made annually.

Interested parties must submit an application to the Municipal Hall prior to 4:30pm, March 31. To apply either complete the PDF application [PDF - 830 KB], or complete the online application form.

View the list of past firewood draw winners, here: Firewood Draw Winners


The Municipality of North Cowichan is pleased to offer the Forest Legacy Scholarship and Bursaries. The $1,200 scholarship and two $600 bursaries are funded from Municipal Forest Reserve revenue through the Municipal Forestry Program. The Municipality established a $40,000 Reserve Fund in 1998 to generate annual interest income to fund these awards. The Municipality’s Community Forest Program takes great pride in assisting the youth of North Cowichan through these scholarships and bursaries.

North Cowichan will award the scholarship and two bursaries to secondary school graduates who reside in the Municipality of North Cowichan. Applicants must be enrolled in a post-secondary science study such as:  forestry, agriculture, environment, fisheries, hydrology, soils, etc. The applicant must be enrolled in a 1st year program, pursuing an education through a Technical School, College, or University. The Municipality will award the scholarship and two bursaries directly to the winners upon proof of enrollment in a post secondary institute. To apply for the scholarship or bursaries, please submit a completed North Cowichan application form, additional requirements, and essay.

To apply complete the scholarship application form [PDF - 850 KB].

View the list of past scholarship recipients, here: Scholarship Recipients

Woodworking Contest

North Cowichan's Forestry Department conducts a local annual woodworking contest. Schools that have been involved include Chemainus Secondary, Cowichan Secondary, Duncan Christian School and Frances Kelsey Secondary. The Municipality provides the school with the project criteria and wood. The first place prize is $500, second $250 and third $200 in gift certificates. Judging is based on workmanship, project functionality, marketability and originality. Winning projects are displayed at the Municipal Hall from June 15 to July 10.

If your school would like to get involved, contact us, by phone (250) 746-3100 or email

View the list of past Woodworking Contest winners, here: Woodworking Winners