Mayor Paul Kelly and Gravenhurst Town Councillors revealed eight community groups that were approved for funding through the Terence Haight Community Grant Program on April 16, according to an announcement from the town on April 17.
Town Council approved the recommendations from the Terence Haight Financial Assistance Review Committee last month to award community grants to eight groups. The Gravenhurst Archives received a grant of $7,900, the Severn Bridge Agricultural Society received $4,000 and the Parry Sound/Muskoka Community Network received $3,000. The Muskoka Women’s Advocacy Group was awarded $1,600 while Empty Bowls Gravenhurst and Gravenhurst Against Poverty (GAP) each received $1,500. A grant of $500 went to the Little Sprouts Eco-Club and the Gravenhurst Curling Club was provided a time extension of their grant from 2018 until the completion of their project.
“I continue to be impressed by the amount of dedicated volunteers and community groups that serve our citizens,” said Mayor Kelly in the announcement. “On behalf of the Terence Haight Committee, and Council, we are extremely pleased to be able to financially assist your ongoing efforts to help make Gravenhurst a better place.”
The committee received 18 submissions with a combined grant request in excess of $107,000 this year for a range of community programming. The committee made its recommendations after considering the purpose of the grant requests, their potential impact on the Gravenhurst community and the ability of the committee to accommodate the funding requested.
The Terence Haight Financial Review Committee is a committee of council with the task of considering applications and recommending the allocation of up to $20,000 in community grants each year. It was established by council in 2013 after Haight made a $1 million donation to the town. The fund’s goal is to provide limited financial assistance to groups and organizations in the municipality to assist with activities and events or to help improve the organization’s existing assets.
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