March 4, 2015
$166,900 over 36 monthsTo establish a Clubhouse in St. Catharines where people with acquired brain injuries can learn new skills, make friends, engage in social activities and access employment opportunities. Funds will be used to hire a coordinator, purchase equipment and help with other program costs.
$150,000 over 24 monthsTo help this collaborative initiative meet its goals of strengthening Niagara's Mental Health and Addiction system. Funds will be used to hire staff to provide the support needed to guide the collective impact process.
$315,000 over 36 monthsTo establish a retail training centre in Fort Erie and Port Colborne as well as a new recycling centre to act as a central support hub for Niagara. Funds will help to hire staff and purchase equipment. These centres will reduce landfill waste by processing unsold, donated goods and e-waste and give workers opportunities to develop new skills.
$28,000 over 12 monthsTo hire staff to conduct research to develop a community approach to food security in Niagara. This will involve a series of local consultations and outreach initiatives, and hosting best practice events with speakers and panel discussions.
$20,000 over 12 monthsTo develop a long-term strategy that will help individuals and families in West Niagara achieve self-sufficiency and secure affordable housing. This is a collaborative initiative with the Grimsby Affordable Housing Partnership and Lincoln Association for Affordable Housing.
$12,100 over 9 monthsTo purchase computer equipment that will enable the organization to continue cataloguing, preserving and making its historical materials relating to Grimsby accessible to the public.
$181,600 over 24 monthsTo establish a second "ReStore" outlet in the Thorold-Fonthill area that will divert items from the landfill while creating revenue to support the building of new, affordable homes in Niagara. Funds will be used to help with salaries and to purchase a delivery truck.
$40,300 over 12 monthsTo purchase two new rowing shells and sculling blades to ensure that more recreational and competitive rowers in Niagara Falls can participate in this popular sport.
$75,000 over 12 monthsTo fund programming, equipment and production costs for the 2nd Annual Niagara Integrated Film Festival in June. The festival showcases world-class films throughout the Niagara Region, engaging more people in the arts.
$143,500 over 36 monthsTo support two Technical Director positions in order to guide and assist member clubs in adapting the "Long Term Player Development" program. Along with enhancing the skills and knowledge of players and volunteer coaches, clinics and programs for children will be offered to increase participation and reduce drop-out rates.
$119,900 over 24 monthsTo help efforts to reduce carbon emissions in the community by hiring a Membership Engagement and Development Manager whose mandate is to coordinate community engagement, support business development and increase membership numbers. Funds will also be used to help with some program costs.
$155,100 over 24 monthsTo hire a Food Production Coordinator and purchase equipment needed for a commercial kitchen to set up a social enterprise initiative in Vineland. The program will reach out to homeless individuals, providing opportunities to develop new skills by creating artisan food products to sell to the community.
$15,000 over 9 monthsTo purchase the equipment needed to establish the first public 18-hole disc golf course in St. Catharines. The course will provide local residents with a fun and affordable activity to enjoy as part of an active lifestyle.
October 30, 2014
$31,900 over 6 monthsTo replace the flat roofs of the Mountain Ridge Community Centre and the adjacent church building, both well used by numerous community groups for various activities, including a thriving cadet program.
$14,900 over 12 monthsTo purchase additional musical instruments for the cadet band, giving more youth in the Port Colborne area the opportunity to participate in the music program and performances at community events.
$5,800 over 12 monthsTo purchase computers and portable devices so staff working offsite can interact more effectively and efficiently with clients, families and volunteers in the community, allowing the organization to better serve a greater number of people.
$57,200 over 24 monthsTo hire consulting expertise to create a comprehensive master plan that will guide the short and long term development of arts and culture in Port Colborne. The plan will provide new opportunities and economic benefit to the community, unite local organizations around a shared vision and mission, and encourage the sharing of resources. Funds will also be used to assist with office set-up.
$150,000 over 24 monthsTo hire a vocational support worker to launch and manage a program to help people living with a brain injury to develop skills and participate in meaningful experiences in their community. Funds will also be used to hire a fundraising coordinator to put in place a strategy to secure the organization's long-term viability.
$6,000 over 12 monthsTo hire a strategic planning consultant that will support this young organization in establishing a viable business model so that it can continue to preserve and promote the military heritage of the region.
$70,000 over 12 monthsTo purchase a new 3D mapping projection show that will enhance and expand the free programming and year-round entertainment offerings of the festival. The new sound and light show will promote local history and include many Niagara features: history, daredevils, the natural beauty of the parks, attractions and the arts and culture of the area.
$16,900 over 12 monthsTo support renovations to make the facility more accessible and safer for volunteers and community members. Funds will also be used to support additional staffing for this Fonthill food bank during peak holiday times.
$86,100 over 12 monthsTo resurface the roofs and replace two entrance doors in order to improve access to this St. Catharines facility for people with reduced mobility. A renovated venue that is accessible to all will make the church halls more attractive to local community organizations.
$22,000 over 24 monthsTo redesign the organization's website to make it more interactive for visitors, including teachers, high school students and volunteers interested in classical and chamber music. This new web portal will also become a key marketing tool to help the organization grow its concert audiences.
$123,800 over 12 monthsTo purchase nine dragon boats to serve the growing dragon boat community of Welland and the Niagara region. The boats will be part of an 18-boat fleet used by community members for local recreation programs, regional festivals and international races.
$52,800 over 12 monthsTo hire an administrative coordinator to implement an electronic client management system and design a training manual to support programs and counselling for women in crisis in West Niagara and surrounding rural areas. Additional financial, donor and online software will also be purchased to improve communication and engage more clients, donors and volunteers.
$227,300 over 36 monthsTo hire a project development manager to consolidate, develop and implement a variety of innovative youth social enterprise programs using a collaborative model. Youth experiencing difficulty in their academic and personal lives will receive one-to-one mentoring with seniors, as well as occupational training and work skills within the manufacturing and green employment sectors.
June 26, 2014
$85,500 over 12 monthsTo conduct an environmental scan by Niagara Connects. The scan will be used to build a collective impact framework that leverages prior collaborative work designed to strengthen Niagara’s socio-economic future. Building blocks of this framework will include impact evaluation, research methodology, identification of shared value and ways to share knowledge in order to take concrete local actions to make Niagara a more attractive place to live and work.
$35,000 over 12 monthsTo install a barrier-free public dock to provide water access for visitors, mooring for boats, enhanced safety for swimmers, an area for emergency services and a fixed dock platform for those with limited accessibility. The renovations will make the Welland River more accessible to all.
$22,000 over 12 monthsTo upgrade the organization's website to make it accessible to all and purchase video conferencing and computer equipment to deliver cost-efficient and interactive training sessions to their staff and clients. The use of portable communication devices will benefit people with communication, visual, hearing and intellectual challenges, enabling them to express themselves through technology.
$48,300 over 12 monthsTo install energy efficient lighting and a commercial oven and exhaust ventilation in the kitchen of this St. Catharines cultural facility frequently used by music groups, youth education, women's groups and others for cultural nights, art exhibitions, movie nights, folk dancing, computer training, lectures, and community fundraisers.
$124,000 over 36 monthsTo offer literacy and social skills programs at low- or no-cost to vulnerable children and youth with learning disabilities in the Niagara Region. Reading Rocks engages up to 200 volunteers, mostly faculty and students from Brock University, to tutor and support program participants in basic reading literacy.
$17,400 over 12 monthsTo hire a project coordinator to manage the redesign of the Museum storage rooms in order to increase storage capacity and improve access to collection. Funds will also allow proper archival materials to be used, ensuring artifacts are properly preserved.
$98,000 over 24 monthsTo purchase access to the Community Data Program, a gateway for community organizations to gain affordable access to customized social and economic trend information from Statistics Canada. Funds will also be used to train regional organizations to use this data effectively and build a self-sustaining model to continue the subscription.
$80,000 over 12 monthsTo install a barrier-free entrance and renovate the washrooms to make this community facility in Niagara-on-the-Lake accessible to all.
$63,500 over 9 monthsTo replace the main hall flooring and purchase tables and chairs which will enhance community use of this facility in Niagara Falls.
$66,000 over 12 monthsTo build change rooms and repair the roof of this recreational facility for rugby, soccer and other recreational users.
$75,000 over 24 monthsTo hire an administrator to support artistic planning and preparation, artist contract negotiations, logistics coordination, rehearsals, productions, outreach and community programming. Funds will also be used to help the symphony refresh its board to become more focused on philanthropic sustainability and strategic planning.
$92,500 over 12 monthsTo reconstruct four red clay tennis courts in Welland to improve drainage and lower maintenance. This will result in increased community and tournament use.