New Community Fund for Canada’s 150th builds community, inspires understanding, and encourages participation for the Sesquicentennial
Kenora, Ontario, February 7, 201 7- A collaboration for Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation is bringing people and places together to build community and activate a groundswell of local initiatives, activities and events.
The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is an effort led by Community Foundations of Canada and the national network of community foundations, with the support from the Government of Canada and leaders from coast to coast to coast.
The Fund will engage Canadians from all walks of life in a wide range of local projects that build community, inspire a deeper understanding of Canada, and encourage participation in a wide range of initiatives, that mark Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation. The Fund will be responsive to local priorities and will be accessible to all Canadians, including Indigenous peoples, youth, groups that reflect our cultural diversity and official language minority groups.
“The Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation will be accepting Canada 150 Fund grant applications until May 1, 2017, with distributions to be made at their annual Summer Granting Ceremony to be held on June 16, 2017. For the purposes of the special event, applications will be accepted not only from registered charities in the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Region, but also from other regional charities across Northwestern Ontario,” said Darlene MacGilllivray, Executive Director of the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation. “The total amount available for granting will be $50,000,” she added.
“Canada’s 150th is an historic moment with the power to strengthen our communities and our connection to one another. Through the leadership of participating community foundations, the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, will spark thousands of initiatives and activities that bring out the best that Canada has to offer,” said Ian Bird, President of Community Foundations of Canada. “The Fund will encourage all Canadians to contribute to their communities in a way that fosters a greater sense of belonging, inclusion and Reconciliation as we look to 2017 as a catalyst for community development in the years ahead.”
About The Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation
The Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation is a volunteer driven, public foundation, which accepts donations and builds endowment funds – creating a nest egg that will always be there for the community. The investment income earned on the funds is granted to local registered charities that enhance the quality of life, in line with the donors’ wishes. Since 2004, thanks to our generous donors, $4.49 million has been contributed to our endowment funds and $2.0 Million has been granted to over fifty different local charities.