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Niagara Community Foundation Grants $593,000 to Local Charities

Sixteen charities across Niagara will receive a total of $593,000 in the second year of the David S. Howes Fund Grants Program – the Niagara Community Foundation’s largest grant program.

For 2019, the David S. Howes Fund will support projects ranging from support for victims of human trafficking to purchasing cargo vans to transport food donations for residents in need. These projects were chosen from a field of 39 applications valuing a combined $3.1 million to receive support from the David S. Howes Fund, created in 2017 following a $19 million gift from the David S. Howes Foundation.

“We were extremely impressed by the quality of the applications we received again in 2019 and recognize the tremendous impact of the work being done on the ground by countless charitable organizations in support of those in our community who rely on these vital programs and services. We are confident that Mr. Howes would’ve been proud to see the bredth and depth of organizations and their initiatives painstakingly selected this year. Our only disappointment is not being able to fund all of the projects we felt were deserving,” said NCF Executive Director Bryan Rose.

Among the grants in 2019 is $100,000 over two years for YWCA Niagara Region, supporting a program to help victims of human trafficking with housing and support services. The Foundation of Resources for Teens (FORT) received $90,000 over two years to support the only free after-school program and youth resources centre in West Niagara. Gillian’s Place received $50,000 over two years for a partnership with Bethlehem Housing and Support Services, seeking to provide transitional housing and support for women fleeing abuse. A complete list of 2019 grant recipients is attached.

Per Mr. Howes’ wishes, grants from the David S. Howes Fund support post-secondary, facilities, research, health care services, education and humanitarian issues throughout Niagara.

Each grant application was reviewed by the Foundation’s Grants Committee and vetted by representatives from the David S. Howes Foundation. Additionally, other community funds were used to “top-up” the 16 projects for this round.

This year’s grants follow up 2018’s inaugural wave of David S. Howes Fund grants. In 2018, 13 applicants received a total of $370,000.

Created in 2000, the Niagara Community Foundation has raised just under $60 million and has granted in excess of $15 million to charities working in the arts, heritage, environment, social services, health, education and community development sectors.


Contact: Bryan Rose, Executive Director
(905) 684-8688 ext. 22