Benjamin Moore supports community restoration
St. Catharines, May 29 2012 – Community groups in Niagara on the Lake are getting a boost to improve local heritage buildings and provide important services, thanks to grants from Benjamin Moore announced today in partnership with Community Foundations of Canada. The Benjamin Moore Community Restoration Program is contributing $72,000 – plus $24,100 in paint– to help communities across the country, including the following recipients in this area, with important projects: • The Niagara Pumphouse Visual Art Centre - $1,500 - In preparation for its 20th anniversary in 2013, the grant will be used to replace art panel canvasses and for shelving, to hire painters, and to refinish floor in the children's room. Niagara Falls Paint on Drummond Road will be donating the paint in partnership with Benjamin Moore. • Willowbank - $2,000 – The grant will be used toward the rehab of exterior wooden stairs, balustrades, and trim. Creek Road Paints in Virgil will be donating the paint in partnership with Benjamin Moore. Benjamin Moore's donation funds grants across the country with support from the Community Foundations of Canada network, including the Niagara Community Foundation. Benjamin Moore is a longstanding partner in this program. This funding helps a wide range of renovation and heritage restoration projects. This year 38 community groups across the country are receiving funding. “The Benjamin Moore program is a great example of how community foundations contribute to building smart and caring communities,” says Liz Palmieri, Executive Director of the Niagara Community Foundation. “This valuable program will allow the grant recipients here and elsewhere to care for the places and programs that matter most to their communities.” “These grants illustrate the very significant and practical ways in which a company like Benjamin Moore can really make a difference. Our partnership with community foundations allows us to take the pulse of local neighbourhoods and respond to specific needs and worthwhile causes,” says Doug Funston, Commercial Manager for Benjamin Moore in Central Canada.
Community foundations across the country – like the Niagara Community Foundation – assist the program by using their local networks and community knowledge to identify applicants that meet the criteria. Since its inception in 1998, the CFC-Benjamin Moore Community Restoration Program has supported more than 220 community groups with grants totaling $674,000 and $163,000 in donated paint, in all parts of Canada.
Community Foundations of Canada leads and supports the efforts of more than 180 community foundations from coast to coast. Together, Canada's community foundation movement is one of the biggest supporters of local charities, contributing more than $154 million in 2011. To find out more visit www.cfc-fcc.ca
Created in 2000, the Niagara Community Foundation has raised more than $14 million in endowment funds and has granted in excess of $4 million to charities working in the arts, heritage, environment, social services, health, education and community development.
Benjamin Moore & Co., a Berkshire Hathaway company, was founded in 1883 and established its Canadian operations in 1906. One of North America's leading manufacturers of premium quality residential, commercial and industrial maintenance coatings, its products are distributed through a network of independent paint and decorating retailers. Benjamin Moore has been a longstanding steward of the environment with a relentless commitment to sustainable manufacturing practices plus the ongoing development of the most eco-responsible formulations possible. Its portfolio of Green Promise® products continues to grow and includes Aura, über-performance low-VOC paint; Natura, the true zero-VOC interior paint, remaining zero in any colour, any sheen; and, EcoSpec Zero-VOC Paint for commercial interiors. For more information visit www.benjaminmoore.com