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The David S. Howes Fund

In 2017 the David S. Howes Fund was created following an $18 million dollar gift from the David S. Howes Foundation. Per David’s wishes, grants from the Fund will support post-secondary, facilities, research, health care services, education and humanitarian issues throughout Niagara.
This past fall the Foundation received 35 applications valuing a combined $2.6 million dollars in requested funds. Each application was reviewed by the Foundation’s Grants Committee as well as vetted by representatives from David’s family and trustees of the David S. Howes Foundation. The proposals submitted were extremely impressive.
Not only did they span the charitable sector, but they came from all corners of Niagara with each addressing at least one of the David S. Howes Fund priorities.
After a tremendous amount of due diligence, $370,000 was distributed to support 13 charities across Niagara. Additionally, other community funds were used to “top-up” the 13 projects for this round. The projects selected will have a tremendous impact and support thousands of people across the Niagara Region and we are confident they would make David very proud.
Brock University & the Canadian Mental Health
Association Niagara (CMHA)
$136,000 over three years to provide on-campus counselling
to students during peak demand periods when student are
acutely stressed.
Community Care of West Niagara
$20,000 for the purchase of a new van to pick up food donations
and deliver food to shut-in/disabled clients.

Fonds Foyer Richelieu
$100,000 over three years to support the build of a 128 bed
long-term care home for residents and retrofit the existing seniors’
housing facility.
Grimsby Auxiliary Marine Rescue Unit
GAMRU South Shore Search and Rescue
$15,000 to contribute to the purchase a new vessel to improve the
speed and efficiencies of the volunteer rescue missions throughout
Niagara waterways.
Habitat for Humanity Niagara
$30,000 towards the establishment of the “Building Futures”
program designed to increase employability of urban Aboriginal
youth by teaching skilled trades while supporting the building of
affordable housing.
McMaster Michael G. DeGroote
School of Medicine
$23,000 to contribute funding for the pilot program of a dedicated
triage and wrap-around services staff person stationed in the Welland
Hospital Emergency Department.

Niagara Health Foundation
$50,000 to fund the replacement of 2 defibrillators at Niagara Health
hospital sites used to respond to cardiac emergencies.

Niagara Regional Native Centre
$30,000 to support the “Urban Indigenous Homeward Bound”
program that systematically addresses the barriers that Indigenous
women face in finding stable housing and child care.

Pathstone Foundation & Brock University
A partnership between Pathstone and Brock University,
$46,000 to purchase an electroencephalogram (EEG) machine
to be utilized by Brock staff and students for training and to
undertake research projects.

Project S.H.A.R.E. of Niagara Falls
$22,000 to expand their food storage facilities to become more
efficient and enhance client-centered practices.

VON Canada – Ontario Branch – Niagara Site
$20,000 to replace old, broken and below industry standard clinic
equipment that provides primary care to a high population of patients.

Wellspring Niagara Cancer Support Foundation
$15,000 to expand and enhance existing services by creating
outdoor program space that provides healing and respite for cancer
patients and their families.

Women’s Place of South Niagara
$100,000 spread over three years to expand the Niagara Falls shelter
from 20 to 40 beds in support of women and their children fleeing
domestic violence.

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