Foundation grants over $208,000 to 72 worthy community projects and charities
The Niagara Community Foundation wrapped up its Philanthropy Month activities by announcing its 2013 grant results which total over $208,000. The grants represent a 35 per cent increase over last year’s total. “We’re thrilled that each year we’ve been able to distribute more funds through our various granting programs and donor-directed grants to support a wide range of important community projects,” said Jodi Lycett, president and chair of the Foundation’s board of directors. Since its launch in 2000, more than $5.7 million in grants have been awarded. In 2001, the first year that grants were offered, the Foundation awarded just $6,500 in grants. This year, more than $208,000 was distributed through 72 grants in support of various causes. An additional $571,000 in grants was distributed from the Foundation’s donor-directed funds. “We’ve achieved an incredible record of success since our launch in 2000,” said Liz Palmieri, the Foundation’s executive director. The Foundation’s granting decisions are made by committees of local volunteers from across Niagara through a transparent application and assessment process.
The grants ranged from $500 given to the Heartland Forest to work with Climate Action Now to expand community gardens to $10,000 given to the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara to help it complete its outdoor sports and recreation space at its Fort Erie location. The Foundation also provided more than $20,000 in assistance to send 195 children to summer camp. Every community in Niagara benefited through one or more grants.
Established in November 2000, the Niagara Community Foundation is a collection of endowed funds held in perpetuity given by caring citizens who have chosen to make their community a better place to live and work. To date over $22.5 million has been raised in permanently endowed funds and more than $5.7 million has been granted to charities.