The Community Foundation Grey Bruce has partnered with Georgian College to provide funding to nine organizations that are working to create jobs, strengthen the charitable and non-profit sector and address social challenges.
The organizations, which will share more than $340,000 in funding through the initiative, are spread out across central Ontario, but include four in Grey-Bruce, according to a news release from the partners.
The largest benefactor in Grey-Bruce is Eat Local Grey Bruce in Owen Sound, which is slated to receive $45,000 to formalize policies and procedures, complete financial assessments and plan for sustainable growth.
The Launch Pad Youth Activity and Technology Centre in Hanover is to receive $38,634 for a feasibility study and business plan to operate an ice cream truck as an employment training program for youth.
The Big Canoe Project in Meaford is receiving $33,881 to expand their big canoe tour and day camp enterprise, and the Golden Dawn Senior Citizens Home in Lion’s Head is receiving $18,000 for feasibility studies to develop a costed sustainable plan to provide senior care and affordable housing in Northern Bruce Peninsula.
The other recipients, their initiatives and their funding allotments are: $88,977 for Fourth Pig Green and Natural Construction in Baysville for a study on creating a replicable model for accessible, environmentally healthy housing; $36,972 for Muskoka North Good Food Co-Operative Inc. of Huntsville to scale up, build capacity, market, educate, and encourage community well-being; $28,800 for CONTACT Community Services of Bradford West Gwillimbury for a re-use centre and social hub to stimulate the economy, volunteerism and decrease landfill; $26,117 for Split Rail Brewing Company in Gore Bay to move towards B-Corp certification and prepare to seek investors; and $25,000 for The Dragonfly Collective in Sprucedale to complete a business plan for a cafe and community hub and allow access to funding.
The funding is being provided by the Canadian government’s Investment Readiness Program and presented through the Community Foundations of Canada and will help prepare the organizations to better receive investment, including through Canada’s Social Assistance Fund.