Bracebridge Presents Nine Non-Profits With Over $9,000 Through Community Grant Program

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Hannah Lin from Community YWCA of Muskoka, Beth Grimstead from the Muskoka Rowing Club, Sally Mills from the Muskoka Lawn Bowling Club, Lisa Horsfield from the Macaulay Tree House Day Nursery, Donna Wallace from the Bracebridge Agricultural Society, James Schmidt from the Bracebridge Senior Citizens Centennial Club, Catherine MacDonald from the Bracebridge Senior Citizens Centennial Club and Mayor Graydon Smith. Photo courtesy of the Town of Bracebridge

Bracebridge Mayor Graydon Smith presented nine local non-profit organizations with over $9,000 in grants through the Town’s annual Community Grant Program on May 29.

Alzheimer Society Muskoka, Hospice Muskoka, the Bracebridge Senior Citizens Centennial Club and Community YWCA of Muskoka each received $1,500. The Muskoka Rowing Club and Macaulay Tree House were awarded grants of $1,000 while the Muskoka Lawn Bowling Club received $530. Finally, Smith presented Safe Quiet Lakes with $500 and the Bracebridge Agricultural Society with $120. Community grants provided by the municipality aim to demonstrate the town’s ongoing commitment to working with organizations that provide beneficial projects for the community.

The Town of Bracebridge has contributed over $100,000 to non-profit projects through the Community Grant Program since it started in 2009. Local community groups and non-profit organizations are invited to submit applications each fall for specific projects or one-time funding that benefit the residents of the Town of Bracebridge.

“We are pleased to be able to put the funds from the Town towards the purchase of 8 new oars for a ‘new to us’ boat,” said Beth Grimstead, member of the Muskoka Rowing Club Board of Directors. “This will allow more rowers to get out on the water, and enjoy the sport!”

Mayor Graydon Smith thanked the funding recipients for their contributions to the community and said he was happy to see the funding go toward the valuable projects and programs provided by these agencies.

“Groups such as these are the backbone of a vibrant community,” Smith said. “These agencies engage volunteers in a meaningful way to make positive impacts in Bracebridge and the surrounding area. Council is pleased to support that work.”

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