Community Foundation Celebrates Earth Day
The Niagara Community Foundation celebrated Earth Day today by announcing more than $20,000 in environmental grants to organizations serving Smithville, Fonthill, Niagara Falls, St. Catharines and Vineland.
Students from Smithville & District Christian School are working in partnership with Township of Lincoln staff on a tree planting project along South Creek Trail. A composting project on the grounds of E. L. Crossley Secondary School in Fonthill will form part of its Green Industries curriculum. Heartland Forest Nature Experience is developing four learning stations for its Forest Discovery Program in Niagara Falls and Start Me Up Niagara’s grant will use sustainable technologies to protect and conserve water at its Vineland garden and at its building located within the Twelve Mile Creek watershed in St. Catharines.
“We are pleased to be supporting these valuable projects which enhance our environment,” said Jodi Lycett, chair of the foundation board. “These projects promote good environmental stewardship and education for the benefit of everyone in Niagara.”
The foundation has provided environmental grants totalling more than $183,000 since 2003. A group of volunteers from across Niagara with technical expertise review the applications annually in partnership with foundation staff.
The foundation’s grants program supports environmental projects that meet one or more of the following criteria: - Protect and/or restore environmental integrity of the shorelines
- Protect and/or improve the water of Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and related tributaries
- Protect, improve or restore aquatic habitats for fish and wildlife
- Establish and/or improve rural and urban space, tree planting/urban canopies which are linked to water quality
- Provide education and awareness of the above listed priorities
Created in 2000, the Niagara Community Foundation has raised more than $20 million in endowment funds and has granted in excess of $4.98 million to charities working in the arts, heritage, environment, social services, health, education and community development.