The Huff Family Fund Grants will be presented January 23/20 as matching funding will enable approximately $260,000 of projects to proceed. The grants will impact 17 projects around and across the County affecting Animal Welfare, Education/Learning, Addictions and Mental Health, Vital Signs – Food Insecurity, Arts and Culture, and, Health Care and Human Services. The outstanding generosity of the donors will create life-changing impacts in many of these areas and for those involved.
The three levels of Municipal Grants are open for applications at present and an open house discussion was held with potential applicants on January 13/20, to provide opportunities for questions and clarifications. The three levels of applications are: Grants In-kind under $1,000; Grants under $5,000 for In-kind and Cash (Cash limited to $2,500 max); Grants over $5,000. All Grants are open until noon on February 5/20 and the open house session was well attended. Following the closing of applications, the Grants Review Committee will be selected from The County Foundation pool of grant adjudicators to commence its role.
Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG’s) details and application forms are now on our website for use by any County resident who can qualify under the eligibility requirements. Inspired by the Genwell Project Weekend (May 1-3) and with the month of May in which to hold and complete successful projects/events, this prelude to summer will be active right across the County. These NSG’s are intended to connect and engage people in neighbourhoods, to help people know that they really do belong in PEC, and to lessen the anxiety and stress that result from feelings of loneliness and isolation. An information meeting postponed from Jan 18/20 will now be held on Saturday February 1/20, at 1pm at the Bloomfield Town Hall. A smile, creative ideas, and your questions, are all you need to bring to the meeting.
These NSG applications close on February 28/20. Awards will be announced on March 26 – in plenty of time to plan and organize your event. As this is a pilot project for the Foundation, post-project evaluations will need to be accurate, compelling, and reported, to inform our decision on whether or not we will continue them annually.