Investing in our community

One of the great things I get to experience daily as Regional Chair is the opportunity to meet people in Halton who are making important contributions to the lives of others in the community.  We have a vibrant non-profit sector with thousands of volunteers who provide community programs and services to people of all ages in Halton.  Each year Halton Region invests over $700,000 through the Halton Region Community Investment Fund to support community based programs and projects that provide community health and social services.

The investment fund makes it possible for these programs/projects to expand their service, enhance their equipment or even try something new (pilot projects).  I have been able to visit some of the programs we have funded and I am always impressed by the dedication of the volunteers and staff working in the various programs.  On July 10, Regional Council approved the 2013 allocations for the investment fund.  We have provided one-year grants to 16 programs/projects and have approved second year funding (as part of the 2012 multi-year funding) for another eight programs.  The total amount awarded for one-year and multi-year funding in 2013 is $761,594.

Funding this year is supporting innovative initiatives including a mentoring program to support children of newcomers; a financial counselling program to help people with low income who are being treated for cancer; and renovations to five affordable housing units to make them accessible.  For a full listing of the programs/projects being funded this year visit www.halton.ca/investmentfund.

Halton Region’s Community Investment Fund is an action item in the Citizen’s Priorities – Halton Region’s 2011-2014 Action Plan.  To see two of the programs we fund in action, please watch my video blog about the investment fund.  For more information about the Halton Region Community Investment Fund dial 311 or visit www.halton.ca/investmentfund.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook.