Local Projects Receive $370,000 in David S. Howes Fund Inaugural Grants

Dec. 03, 2018- Thirteen charities across Niagara are the recipients of the first wave of grants from the David S. Howes Fund Grants program – the Niagara Community Foundation’s largest-ever grant program.
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 the David S. Howes Foundation. After a tremendous amount of due diligence, $370,000 will be distributed to support 13 charities across Niagara. Additionally, other community funds were used to “top-up” the 13 projects for this round.

“The proposals submitted to us 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,” says NCF Executive Director Bryan Rose. “The projects selected will have a tremendous impact and support thousands of people across the Niagara Region, and we know they would make David very proud.”

Some of the projects awarded include:

  • Brock University was awarded a $136,000 grant over 3-years for their partnership with CMHA to offer mental health supports to students on campus especially during high stress times.
  • Women’s Place of South Niagara was awarded a $100,000 grant over 3-years to support their project to double the capacity of their shelter to provide safety and services for women and their children who are victims of abuse.
  • Fonds Foyer Richelieu will receive $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.
  • In 2017, the David S. Howes Fund was created following an $18 million gift from the David S. Howes Foundation. Per Mr. Howes’ wishes, grants from the Fund will support post-secondary, facilities, research, health care services, education and humanitarian issues throughout Niagara.