Local community initiatives to share over half a million dollars

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KINGSTON — Seeking to continue supporting local charities working to help the community become more resilient and build back stronger, the Community Foundation for Kingston and Area announced Monday that it will invest more than $518,000 in the Kingston area.

According to the foundation, 41 projects from 38 local charities will receive a significant level of support in this spring round of community grants. He said “many of these initiatives reflect an ambitious focus on longer-term investments to help the community move forward after hard lessons learned during the pandemic.”

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“Charities are working harder than ever learning from the challenges and opportunities of recent years to reimagine the kind of community we want to live in,” said Willa Henry, Chair of the Community Foundation Grants Committee, in a press release.

Many charities are moving into a new phase of recovery and resilience with a clearer purpose and vision in response to a changing landscape as restrictions ease, CFKA grants coordinator Yu Jier Kou said. .

Funded projects range from building community connections to improving food security, promoting mental health and education, and inspiring creativity through participation in the arts.

The grants, listed below, are offered in a range of categories: arts and culture, children’s mental health, community development, education and literacy, environment, health and social services, heritage preservation, recreation and youth.

  • Cantabile Choirs – Programming for Children and Youth, $4,500
  • Kingston School of Art – Emergency Operational Funding, $10,000
  • KPP Concerts – Spring Reverb, $6,000
  • Salon Theater – The First Play in the Wine City Cycle, $15,000
  • Great Lakes Marine Museum in Kingston – Our Great Lakes: Celebrating Our Freshwater Resources, $12,000
  • Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association, Kingston Branch – 2022 ORMTA Provincial Conference Opening Recital, $1,500
  • Beyond Classrooms Kingston – Museum Information Kits, $12,150
  • Kingston Community Health Centers – To Serve and Give Back: The Power of a Parent’s Touch, $23,900
  • St. Lawrence Youth Association – Specialized Treatment Program for Youth with Sexual Behaviors of Concern, $25,000
  • BGC Southeast – Mental Health Boost for Children, $28,320
  • Loving Spoonful – Community Harvest Garden, Central Kingston, $15,000
  • Kingston Historical Society – Murney Tower Museum Audio Guided Tour, $9,680
  • The Mess Open Arts Studio – Safe and Efficient Operations, $10,104
  • Kingston Literacy & Skills – Literacy and Basic Skills Support for Tipi Moza, $17,988
  • Loving Spoonful – GROWing Stronger: A GROW Project Initiative, $14,973
  • Frontier College – Kingston Literacy Champion, $15,000
  • Kingston Literacy & Skills – Literacy and Basic Skills Support Program, $15,000
  • Inmate Book Club – Building Bridges Through Books, $10,000
  • Wintergreen Studios – Nature-Based Virtual Learning Classes, $3,150
  • Queen’s University Biological Station, Elbow Lake Center for Environmental Education – Communicating Indigenous Learning and STEM to a Wide Audience, $7,092
  • Marine Museum of the Great Lakes in Kingston – Indigenous and Environmental Inner Harbor Paddle Tour, $15,000
  • Dress for Success Kingston – Costume and Apprenticeship Programs and Professional Women’s Group Program, $15,000
  • Lion Hearts Inc. – Dry Goods Storage for Community Food Redistribution Warehouse, $10,000
  • Victim Services of Kingston and Frontenac – Safety Planning Specialist and Community Support Worker, $15,000
  • Frontenac Council on Aging – Sunshine Call: Rebuilding Seniors’ Social Networks Project, $15,352
  • Martha’s Table Community Program – Takeout and Delivery Support, $15,000
  • Southern Frontenac Community Services Corporation – Stove replacement, $8,635
  • Alzheimer Society of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington – Recreational Therapy at Home, $25,000
  • Autism Ontario – Young Promising Cooks Program, $18,650
  • Hospice Kingston – Art Therapy Program, $3,312
  • Kingston Community Health Centers – Seniors Connect to Technology, $17,300
  • Sandy Pines Wildlife Center – Wildlife Stewardship Course: Training Our Community to Care for Wildlife, $8,417
  • Child, Youth and Family Services Collaboration – Relationship Building and Coordination, $12,500
  • The Kidney Foundation – Short Term Financial Assistance Program, $850
  • St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church – Historic Mansion Ground Phase 2 to accommodate expansion of Ryandale Halfway House, $9,000
  • The Corporation of Loyalist Township – Legacies of Loyalist, $4,325
  • Extend-A-Family Kingston – Children’s Program and Pandemic Recovery Summer Camp, $15,000
  • Youth Diversion Program – Community Engagement Support Program, $18,417
  • Kingston Community Health Centers, Pathways to Education – Program Connector, $15,000
  • Food Sharing Project – Adding prepared foods to school lunch programs, a pilot project, $10,212
  • YMCA of Eastern Ontario – Subsidized Program Access, $10,000

Full details of the list of funded projects in the Spring 2022 cycle can be found on the foundation’s website at www.cfka.org.