Got an idea to help fight poverty? Muskoka Community Foundation has $3,000 in grants available
MUSKOKA - With one of the lowest average incomes in Ontario, Muskoka suffers some of the worst poverty in the province.
The social, economic and academic fallout is evident everywhere.
Now, the Muskoka Community Foundation (MCF) is inviting registered charities in the District of Muskoka to apply for one of three grants of up to $1,000 from their Smart & Caring Muskoka Fund for proposals, projects and/or initiatives that will build community vitality by focusing on addressing poverty in Muskoka. The proposal can be for a new or existing program.
“These three grants will be our first annual grants from this community fund,” says Margaret Urquhart, MCF’s program director in a news release this week.
“A maximum of $1,000 is available for each initiative. Priority will be given to proposals that most effectively address the basic social and economic needs of the people living in the District of Muskoka and will improve the quality of life for individuals and families and thereby promote a smart and caring community and a healthy, vital region.”
The Smart & Caring Muskoka Fund is a community endowment fund created by MCF in November 2012 as a response to Governor General David C. Johnston’s challenge to all Canadians to “imagine our country as it could be…a smart and caring nation, where all Canadians can succeed, contribute, and develop their talents to their fullest potential.”
These grants will celebrate the fund’s first anniversary.
“This type of community endowment fund is unique because anyone – resident, cottager, business – can invest any amount in Muskoka at any time,” continues Urquhart, “and as this fund grows it will enable us to grant more and more to actively and immediately respond to Muskoka’s emergent needs. Proof that when we work together we make a lasting impact on our communities.”
Since 2007 the Muskoka Community Foundation has granted over $100,000 directly to a variety of registered charities throughout Muskoka, made it possible for over 100 of Muskoka’s elementary and high school students to participate in educational and life-changing experiences, given $24,000 from the Stan Darling Environmental Education Fund to help graduates from the six Muskoka and Parry Sound high schools pursue post-secondary studies, and attracted $15,000 in donations for heritage projects from the Benjamin Moore Community Restoration Program.
The application deadline is Friday, October 18, 2013 at noon.
For more information, contact the Muskoka Community Fouindation at 705.646.1220, or email Urquhart at email@example.com
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