The Yellowknife Community Foundation began marking its 25th anniversary this month with a $25,000 grant to the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre (NACC).

The grant, announced on Thursday, is the first of four $25,000 awards the foundation will make this year. Groups can apply to receive one of the other three grants via the foundation’s website.

“What a better way to start than with NACC, an organization that exemplifies our vision of a giving community where people working together can make a difference for everyone,” said the foundation’s president, Bronwyn Watters, in a news release.

“This funding will allow us to complete some badly needed upgrades to our ageing theatre’s backstage infrastructure and brings NACC into line with industry standards,” said Jean-Francois Pitre, president of NACC.

“We find it truly satisfying to see one Yellowknife organization investing into another.”

The foundation was founded in 1993 and its 25th anniversary will be formally marked on June 1, 2018. Its first donation, a $100 cheque, was handed out in 1994; the organization has since provided more than $1 million to the community in grants and scholarships.

A celebratory documentary featuring the foundation, entitled City of Gold, is to be released on February 10.