March 6, 2014
$12,500 over 12 monthsTo engage key stakeholders in designing a model that will strengthen not-for-profit organizations in Brantford, Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk and Six Nations. This investment will be used to assess community support for a shared capacity building service and to develop a business plan.
$109,700 over 24 monthsTo increase access to technology training in Brantford and Brant County. Recipients of this training will fare better in the job market, benefit from increased access to online educational opportunities and have a greater ability to meet the technology requirements of daily life.
$12,000 over 6 monthsTo increase access to softball playing opportunities in Brantford by purchasing new equipment. This equipment will be used by as many as 400 youth and volunteers annually.
$1,900 over 6 monthsTo increase access for residents of Brantford and surrounding rural areas to pottery classes. Funds will be used to purchase an additional potter's wheel which will allow more students to participate.
$15,000 over 12 monthsTo maintain access to comfortable meeting and event space for the wide range of community groups in Caledonia that use the fairground facilities. New tables and chairs will also be purchased.
$9,500 over 6 monthsTo increase access to comfortable space for community gatherings in this small, rural community in Haldimand County. Grant funds will be used for the purchase of new tables and chairs, replacing the current ones which are over 50 years old and in poor repair.
$65,200 over 24 monthsTo increase access for residents in Dunnville and surrounding rural areas to day hospice services. Grant funds will be used to help start the new hospice program, to recruit and train volunteers and to develop fundraising initiatives which will sustain the program in the future.
$100,000 over 12 monthsTo increase access to high quality track and field facilities in Brantford by contributing to the Kiwanis Field project. Funds will be used to build an eight lane rubberized track which will be used for community and school sports. This will assist in attracting major tournaments and sporting events to the area.
$19,200 over 12 monthsTo increase access to high quality curling programs in Haldimand County by contributing to the costs of replacing equipment.
$7,000 over 6 monthsTo maintain access for youth to high quality soccer fields in Caledonia through the purchase of a loader attachment for the Caledonia Soccer Complex's existing tractor. This loader will allow volunteers to better maintain the soccer fields, surrounding areas and the parking lot.
$48,400 over 12 monthsTo enhance cultural preservation for the Council House of this small First Nation located near Hagersville. This investment will be used to increase the recognition of the heritage significance of the building, to fully assess its condition and to engage community members in identifying a preferred re-use of the structure.
$37,500 over 24 monthsTo increase access to free musical instruction for the youth and adult members of this large teaching band. This investment will also be used to enhance fundraising so that the increased levels of instruction can be offered in the future.
$75,000 over 6 monthsTo enhance wheelchair accessibility by contributing to the costs of replacing the canopy at the front of the building. This facility in Brantford is used by people with disabilities and for seniors respite programming.
$95,000 over 12 monthsTo increase access for people with disabilities to affordable meeting and activity space in Port Dover. This investment will contribute to the addition of an elevator and the creation of wheelchair accessible washrooms.
$65,200 over 12 monthsTo support the Legion in Simcoe as it replaces its roof and ceiling. These renovations will allow the Hall to continue to serve as a community hub and generate revenue through venue rentals.
$15,000 over 12 monthsTo increase Haudenosaunee language preservation by offering monthly language and culture camps for Six Nations families. These four hour camps will provide an immersion environment where families can practice the language in an everyday setting, as opposed to a classroom.
$5,500 over 12 monthsTo improve programming activities for children as well as the parking facility at the annual Springtime in Paris Festival. These upgraded features will encourage more families from the surrounding areas to participate in the Festival and will in turn contribute to the local tourism economy.
October 31, 2013
$23,500 over 6 monthsTo strengthen the organization's ability to offer free arts-based programming to vulnerable youth aged 11 to 14 by providing musical equipment and program supports. Up to 50 youth from Brantford will learn new skills, develop confidence and self-esteem, and gain an appreciation for the arts.
$10,600 over 12 monthsTo increase community awareness of the impact of student-nutrition programs by updating the website and developing a social-media strategy. Over 9,000 students in 41 schools and 11 community locations are served weekly. An increased web presence is intended to attract and engage new volunteers and donors thereby increasing the organization's long-term sustainability.
$33,500 over 12 monthsTo increase sustainability of girls' hockey in Brantford. A part-time coordinator will be hired to enhance coaching supports and player development opportunities, and increase fundraising and sponsorship revenues.
$28,000 over 12 monthsTo increase access for researchers and students to historical records of Burford Township through digitization of collections held by the Historical Societies in Burford and Paris, the Burford Tractor Club and Burford Holy Trinity Church. A part-time archivist will assist and train volunteers in organizing and preserving historical material.
$25,000 over 12 monthsTo complete an in-depth needs assessment with community groups in Dunnville. Students hired from local colleges will work with not-for-profit groups on identifying and addressing marketing, audience development and communication challenges. This work will identify opportunities to collaborate around communications and training gaps.
$116,200 over 24 monthsTo raise awareness of the needs of the aging population in Brantford and Brant County through ongoing consultations with local seniors. Seniors will be recruited and trained to act as volunteer counsellors and gather data that can be used to update the community's Master Aging Plan.
$76,300 over 36 monthsTo increase access to transportation for rural residents of Norfolk County. The purchase of scheduling software will allow three local social service agencies to make unused spaces on their fixed-route buses available for transporting the general public. Marketing will ensure that the community is well aware of this new on-demand service.
$87,100 over 24 monthsTo increase access to community arts programming for residents of Brantford and Brant County. A coordinator will develop and promote new programs and events in partnership with other arts and social services agencies.
$79,400 over 24 monthsTo assist families experiencing postpartum depression by establishing a peer-support service for women across Brant Haldimand and Norfolk. A marketing plan will be developed to encourage mothers to call the Postpartum Support Line and a part-time coordinator will seek out, train and help volunteers provide confidential telephone support.
$75,000 over 12 monthsTo make the pool fully accessible by contributing to the renovation of the change house. Each year, the pool provides swim lessons to over 500 participants and receives up to 8,000 visits.
$33,200 over 12 monthsTo increase safety for players, spectators and community residents living near this well-used baseball diamond at Harry Misner Memorial Park in Port Dover. The existing backstop and fencing at first- and third-base will be replaced and enlarged. A lawn tractor will be provided to volunteers so that they can maintain the site.
$55,200 over 12 monthsTo build awareness of aboriginal culture for children and youth at Six Nations schools through the production of books and electronic resources depicting culturally relevant stories. The books will be illustrated by Six Nations youth and made available in Cayuga and Mohawk. These books will help youth achieve a strong sense of cultural identity.
$66,600 over 12 monthsTo increase early literacy programming available to children aged 5 to 7 in Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk. Grant funds will be used to increase the number of resource kits used by volunteers to support children in developing reading skills. These skills build a foundation for long-term success in school.
$30,700 over 12 monthsTo hire a regional manager to manage four youth drop-in centres located in Brantford, Paris, St. George and Burford. Staff will improve programming to better meet the growing need for arts activities for youth aged 11 to 19 .
$15,000 over 6 monthsTo refresh and enliven the gallery's historical display of Indigenous culture in Grand River. Along with renovations, the addition of touchscreen monitors and other audio-visual aids will increase the visual appeal and improve the audience experience of the gallery.
June 27, 2013
$60,700 over 36 monthsTo increase access to mentoring supports for children aged five to seven in Norfolk County. A literacy-based mentoring program will be piloted to see if early intervention and support from caring adult volunteers can reduce the development of later difficulties in school.
$5,000 over 6 monthsTo increase access for food bank clients to fresh, local fruits and vegetables. The purchase of two refrigeration units will allow the Brantford Food Bank to accept donations of fresh produce from local 4H club gleaning projects, farmers and community gardens.
$18,000 over 12 monthsTo maintain free community access to high-quality musical performances. Grant funds will be used to support main stage acts that will continue to attract tourists to this festival located in Brantford's downtown core.
$47,200 over 12 monthsTo purchase equipment and support renovation costs for a building in Burford that serves as a community hub. Renovations will improve energy efficiency and increase the enjoyment of activities by users of the space.
$16,000 over 12 monthsTo purchase a freezer, fridge, office equipment and waiting room chairs as well as hire one part-time staff person to help implement the food bank's growth plan and maximize efficiency of the Cayuga Food Bank in Grand River.
$50,300 over 36 monthsTo increase access to training on aging and developmental disabilities. Key contacts at local long-term care and developmental services agencies in Haldimand and Norfolk will be trained. These trainers will in turn train front-line staff on how best to help people with developmental disabilities who are experiencing dementia and other age-related conditions.
$10,000 over 6 monthsTo purchase equipment including a computer, software, tables and display units that will support volunteer efforts to increase vendors, exhibitors and attendees to the Dunnville Fair.
$7,800 over 12 monthsTo increase community access to and better safeguard information currently held on microfilm. A microfilm scanner-viewer will be used to convert microfilm to searchable electronic files, an easier-to-use format for local researchers. The equipment will travel to museum and heritage associations across Haldimand and Norfolk thereby providing broad community benefit.
$60,000 over 12 monthsTo increase opportunities for free recreational activity for residents of Fisherville and the surrounding rural area. A new multipurpose and accessible outdoor facility will be constructed to provide a large covered rink for outdoor skating in the winter and an arena for ball hockey, basketball, tennis, shuffleboard and walking at other times of the year.
$20,000 over 12 monthsTo hire a dedicated digitization clerk at the Six Nations Public Library in Brantford to expand upon the Living History and Digital Archive Project that will show community members how to handle, preserve and safely store their heritage items as well as encourage inclusion of these items' images in the library's digital archive.
$60,000 over 24 monthsTo support ecosystem restoration and land stewardship work underway in Haldimand and Norfolk. A resource manager will be hired to seek grants and corporate sponsorships in support of environmental restoration projects led by local volunteers.
$70,800 over 24 monthsTo increase sustainability of this well-attended community theatre in Port Dover. Theatre lighting will be replaced with more energy-efficient fixtures and a new fund development position will be created.
$78,000 over 12 monthsTo preserve access to this well-used community trail that links Simcoe and Port Dover to a larger regional trail system. Grant funds will be used for bridge repairs thereby maintaining the safety of the trail for local residents and visitors to the area for many years to come.
$30,000 over 6 monthsTo improve accessibility of this popular community hall that serves the rural area between Simcoe and Port Dover by installing wheelchair accessible washrooms