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Municipal grants assist more than 20 local organizations

More than 20 local organizations have been named recipients of municipal Community Grants for this year.

“These organizations are doing outstanding work for our community,” said Mayor Steve Ferguson. “With support from the Municipal Community Grants Program, hundreds of volunteers are helping deliver a variety of programs and services that simply would not be possible otherwise.”

The County Foundation administers both streams of the Municipal Community Grants Program on behalf of the municipality.

Non-profit, community-based organizations may request financial assistance, as well as in-kind support to offset costs associated with using municipally-owned facilities.

Grant applicants must demonstrate value and benefit of work to the community and capacity to complete a proposed project. Applications are also evaluated based on their alignment with the goals and objectives of the County’s Corporate Strategic Plan and other relevant strategic documents.

Brian Beiles, president at the County Foundation says nine organizations will receive $166,200 in cash and $5,200 of in-kind support from the municipality through the grants over $5,000 stream.

Fourteen organizations will receive $9,291 in cash and $33,451 of in-kind support from the municipality through the grants under $5,000 stream.

The recipients include:

Grants over $5,000
 99.3 County FM – $6,100 grant to support tower rental
 Community Development Council of Quinte – $10,000 grant to support the Good Food Box and Good Baby Boxes
 Food to Share – $23,000 grant and $2,200 in-kind support for initiatives to address food insecurity
 Heal with Horses – $10,000 grant to expand seniors’ programming
 Prince Edward County Arts Council – $17,000 grant and $3,000 in-kind support for programs, operations and staffing
 Reaching for Rainbows – $15,000 grant to support youth and learning opportunities
 Recreation Outreach Centre – $50,000 grant to expand programming for youth in the community
 The Regent Theatre Foundation – $30,000 grant to support programming, operations and staffing
 Volunteer and Information Quinte – $5,100 grant to support programming, operations and staffing in Prince Edward County.

Grants under $5,000
 The Department of Illumination Project – $1,000 grant and $2,366 in-kind support for the Firelight Lantern Festival
 Alternatives for Women – $2,500 grant and $1,600 in-kind support for the development of Vi Courtney House, which will provide transitional housing units for women at risk of violence
 Music at Port Milford – $1,000 grant and $400 in-kind support youth and adult choral camps
 Picton Pirates – $2,500 grant and $2,500 in-kind support for 30th anniversary celebrations
Cash only up to $2,500
 Picton Community Gardens – $2,291 to support a community gardens coordinator position and other program expenses

In-kind up to $5,000
 Canadian Cancer Society – $2,200 to support Prince Edward County Relay for Life
 Gilead Fellowship – $2,500 to support the annual community Christmas dinner
 The County Marathon – $5,000 to support the annual road race
 Hospice Prince Edward – $4,910 to expand community outreach
 Women’s Institute – $5,000 to support the 35th annual Arts and Craft Show
 The Storehouse Foodbank – $3,920 to support a kids-only cooking class
 Quinte Educational Museum and Archives – $2,500 to support the Queen Elizabeth and Pinecrest Reunion

In-kind less than $1,000
 Miss Supertest Speed Record – $255 for banner to be displayed
 Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory – $300 for kiosk stocking fees

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