The Strathcona Wilderness Institute has requested funding of $8,000 per year over a period of five years from the Comox Valley Regional District.
The non-profit organization operates an information centre at Paradise Meadows on the border of Strathcona Provincial Park. The centre provides services and programs to the public in the summer and fall.
A partnership with the CVRD would sustain and expand activities at the centre, which the organization hopes to open for a greater number of days each year.
Last year, 30 volunteers assisted more than 10,000 visitors.
In the first two years, the group anticipates the $8,000 will comprise 50 to 70 per cent of its annual budget. In later years, it expects the percentage to drop as other funding sources are attracted.
The CVRD board will adopt the budget at the end of the month.