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2022 Terence Haight Funding Announcements

2022 Terence Haight Funding Announcements

Posted: 2022-03-21 08:10:29 By: thebay

During last week’s virtual Town Council meeting in Gravenhurst, Mayor Paul Kelly introduced this year’s successful recipients of Terence Haight Community Funding.

The announcement was an opportunity to formally recognize each community group for their valuable contributions and learn more about how they intend to use the awarded grant funding for the betterment of the community.

On Wednesday, March 16th, recipients joined Mayor Paul Kelly, Deputy Mayor Heidi Lorenz, and District Councillor John Gordon for in-person presentations and photos. This funding announcement will inject $25,000 into local community groups whose efforts aim to benefit the people of Gravenhurst.

The following 10 groups received funding for their proposed requests:

Recipient

Approved 

Purpose of Request

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muskoka

$2,500

Host an Open House in Gravenhurst to build deeper connections with, and increase awareness of services available to, the community

Gravenhurst Elderberries Choir

$2,800

Help the choir focus on rebuilding resources.

Gravenhurst BiFocals Band

$1,550

Develop and implement an outreach program to engage the community.  Purchase sheet music: supply band owned equipment as required; and provide transportation strategies to facilitate a more inclusive audience.

Gravenhurst Women’s Centre

$2,000

Program to provide personal care supplies to women in the community

MiND-AID

$2,100

Provide Suicide Awareness training

Gravenhurst Ladies Auxiliary (Legion)

$3,300

Replace badly worn flooring in the kitchen thereby allowing the full and safe use of the kitchen for on-going fund-raising efforts and community events such as the Remembrance Day service.

Timber Beast Productions

$4,000

First large-scale production of Citronella - a hilarious, disco inspired, Gravenhurst-flavoured, pantomime - at the Gravenhurst Wharf. Intended to challenge and inspire seasonal and permanent residents.

Safe Quiet Lakes

$750

Support Outreach and Education programming; expand Wakes and Speed project, support Lake Associations and distribute materials to local rental agencies and marinas.

Muskoka Ringette Association

$4,000

Attract and engage the youngest age groups in ringette by hosting reduced cost weekly practices followed by 4 exhibition games at the end of the season against other associations in the area.

YWCA Muskoka

$2,000

Run the Boys Quest program at the KP Manson School for boys. The program focuses on building confidence, identifying healthy relationships, discovering positive coping skills, setting goals, and exploring individual talents.

In addition to this annual grant process, in 2020, the COVID-19 Financial Assistance Fund was established with an amount of $25,000 from the Terence Haight Endowment. The fund, in response to the pandemic, was to be made available on a one-time basis to assist established community agencies and service clubs who offer, among other things, financial, mental health and food security assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Review Panel composed of three Council members was set up to recommend grant awards under that program. To date, a total of $18,500 has been disbursed to the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst, the Moon River Metis Council, Gravenhurst Against Poverty, and the United Way Simcoe Muskoka Urgent Needs Fund. Currently, a balance of $6,500 remains to meet COVID-19 related community needs through this additional Fund.