Community Foundation Grey Bruce has taken to the road this summer to disburse grants to a wide variety of applicants.
Established in 1994, the Foundation pools monies donated by individuals and organizations into endowed funds for maximum investment power with the earned income then disbursed through grants to eligible charities in addition to providing scholarships or bursaries.
To date this year, the Foundation has given out over $188,000 to 65 charities across Grey and Bruce counties. An additional $176,000 in grants have been disbursed to charities as directed by individuals and organizations that hold endowment funds with the Foundation.
In the Fall (2018), the Foundation expects to give away an additional $200,000 in grants and approximately $40,00 in scholarships and bursaries to Grey Bruce students.
On Thursday, August 9th, Wendy Bachiu, Grant & Scholarship Co-ordinator accompanied by volunteer Mary Jane Murray and co-op student Intern Emma Bognar, paid a visit to Saugeen First Nation, Southampton and Port Elgin.
Saugeen First Nation Food Bank Start-Up received $5,000 to help furnish and stock the temporary location with shelves and required storage options, to enable them to secure food donations and deliver the services to clients. Saugeen currently has 123 clients accessing Ontario Works and who are on a low income or fixed budget. There are also approximately 20 – 25 clients who access Home and Community Care and who may also need access to the Food Bank services. The Food Bank is also planning for a permanent location in the future that will provide more space for food, space for workshops and, possibly, the opportunity to have a ‘thrift’ store to help low income families purchase items at lower cost which, in turn, will help provide some revenue for the Food Bank programs and its health food initiatives.
From the Food Bank, the ‘Road Show’ moved on to the Saugeen First Nation Library, where they presented another $5,000 grant to help with the Saugeen Library Drop-In Night program that provides literacy and life-skills based Friday night after-school programming to school-aged children and their families.
The Librarian/Literacy Coordinator and Literacy Resource Worker will facilitate a weekly literacy based life-skills program serving 30-40 people weekly.
PRANCE was also on hand to receive a grant of $3,820 that will help with a nine-week program, Spirit Connections, offered to Grade 6,7 and 8 Indigenous students from G.C. Huston Public School in Southampton. The students were identified by the Addictions and Mental Health at Saugeen First Nation as being individuals who would most benefit from the program. Eight girls and eight boys had the opportunity to participate on alternate weeks with elders and Saugeen First Nation citizens providing instruction on the Medicine Wheel, Native Dancing, Drumming, traditional food preparation and cooking, story telling and native spirit stories. Through PRANCE, the students also learned about the native history of the horse and received riding instruction. At the end of the program, a Feast Day was held with a sacred fire and community meal at PRANCE.