Community Foundation Hands Out Grants
Community Foundation hands out grants
By Ian MacAlpine, Kingston Whig-Standard
May 17, 2013
KINGSTON - The Community Foundation of Kingston and Area got to do what it really likes to do Friday morning — give out money.
The foundation doled out a total of $62,951 to 16 community projects. Some of the initiatives included helping young people in grief, supporting aboriginal storytelling, local food projects, heritage conservation, shoreline access, youth education and sports for the disabled.
Representatives of the various groups were on hand at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church to accept the grants and to make brief comments about their projects.
Since 1985, the community foundation has collected donations from the public and put those funds in an endowment. The organization then gives out grants based on the interest earned on the endowment.
The fund currently has almost $13 million collecting interest.
All of the money goes to supporting various areas of the Kingston community.
“There are an incredible number of organizations, volunteers and donors in our community who want to be involved in building a caring, helping and more cultural rich community,” said Greg Fisher, president of the Community Foundation.
The group to get the highest amount — $10,000 — was Bereaved Families of Ontario-Kingston Region, to develop a program to help understand the youth grieving process.
The Loving Spoonful was the only organization to get two grants. It received $5,000 for its Kingston Community Garden Network and $4,500 for its Building on Success program, which will expand the sites where gardeners in the community can donate surplus produce and will increase the donation of fresh food to more than 20 social service agencies in the Kingston area.
A grant of $1,750 was given to the Partners for a Safe Community to launch the PARTY Program, which is a “scared straight” initiative for youth that takes place in a hospital setting.
The students in the program get to tour the emergency department, morgue and rehabilitation wards of Kingston General Hospital to see where they may end up if they abuse drugs or alcohol and get behind the wheel of a car.
“It teaches the youth through actually showing them what paramedics and firefighters do at a trauma scene, and it’s meant to send a message home to students and not to get involved with drugs and alcohol and drive vehicles and other activities,” said Wiebke Wilkens of Kingston Partners for a Safe Community.
Wilkens said the program helps students discover where the “stupid line” is for dangerous activities. “And knowing how far they can push it and then the reality of what can happen.”
She added that some students are oblivious to those type of dangers and it’s a continuous problem for her group to educate them otherwise.
“Whether it’s sports-related, party-related or work-related, youth make up a small percentage of our population but make up a huge percentage of motor vehicle accidents,” she said.
Part of the program will also have peer leadership where students who have gone through the program will share their experiences.
“It’s students teaching other students where the ‘stupid line’ is.”
Tina Bailey, the executive director of the foundation since the beginning of this month, was gratified to witness her first grants ceremony. what your friends are doing.
“It’s putting life to the projects, and our grants committee reviews all the grants applications and you see it on paper,” she said. “And here you see all the energy and motivation behind it and you see the appreciation they have for the funds that they’re going to receive. The joy of the community foundation is really looking to invest in the community in perpetuity.”
The Regina Rosen Food First program presented two special $1,000 grants. The first was to the Southern Frontenac Community Services food bank in Sydenham to develop a crock pot program where recipients will be given food, recipes and a crock pot so they can cook more nutritious meals on their own. The second was to In From the Cold for its housing readiness program.
Grants given out Friday by the Community Foundation of Kingston and Area:
• Bereaved Families of Ontario $10,000
• Kingston Writers Fest $2,500
• Loving Spoonful $5,000 and $4,500
• Neuroscience Outreach program $2,268
• Lower Burial Grounds Restoration Society $5,000
• Water Access Group, Shoreline Shuffle $2,800
• Frontenac Arch Biosphere $1,000
• Telephone Aid Line Kingston $5,300
• Kingston:Partners For a Safe Community $1,750
• Pathways to Education $4,687
• KCHC — Community Harvest, Food Security in North Kingston $4,246
• Ontario Parasport Games 2013 $2,000
• Kingston Community House for Self-Reliance $5,000
• Gilda’s Club Southeastern Ontario $4,650
• H’Art School $2,250