Regional Council is awarding nearly $2.9 million in funding to 40 community programs and projects dedicated to improving access to health and safety services for those at risk or in need. The funding, being awarded in grants of one, two and three years, is provided through the Halton Region Community Investment Fund (HRCIF) to enhance the health, safety and well-being of residents through a range of initiatives. This includes programs addressing mental health, preventing homelessness and supporting older adults, children and youth, while also improving the food security of our most vulnerable residents.
The HRCIF helps critical non-profit programs deliver or expand services, upgrade equipment and launch new initiatives to help improve and enhance the lives of Halton residents.
One of the key actions in the Halton Region Strategic Action Plan, 2015 –2018, is supporting the health and well-being of all Halton residents by promoting good mental health in the community. This year, the HRCIF is investing in many community mental health programs, including:
- $390,594 over two years to the Canadian Mental Health Association to provide 24/7 mental health and addictions outreach support and maintain a constant presence at the Lighthouse Shelter and
- $255,000 over three years to Nelson Youth Centres to deliver therapeutic supports to children and youth with emotional challenges.
The investment fund is also contributing to programs that support the needs of children and youth, including:
- $130,350 over three years to support Camp Unity, a program led by the Halton Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Collaborative that provides summer camp opportunities to children with FASD;
- $147,834 to expand the YMCA of Oakville’s Sport Leadership program to support at promise youth to gain leadership skills, certification and employment opportunities in the sport/recreation sector; and
- $85,500 over three years to Acclaim Health to help support the needs of older adults by increasing support for caregivers of individuals with dementia, as well as investing in other programs that support older adults.
Making sure residents have access to safe and nutritious food is an important focus of the investment fund with $775,436 being invested in food security programs between 2017 and 2019, including:
- $59,552 over three years to support the Infant Food Bank at the Milton Community Resource Centre;
- $42,000 over three years to increase the amount of fresh food available to clients of Acton FoodShare; and
- $119,480 over three years to Kerr Street Mission to expand access to fresh produce in partnership with the Halton Fresh Food Box.
Not only did Halton award funds to 40 programs in 2017, 15 organizations are also receiving $558,174 in funding for the second and third year of multi-year grants awarded in 2015-16.
Our commitment to keeping our communities safe and healthy is what makes Halton Region such a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire. To learn more about the Halton Region Community Investment Fund and how Halton is working with community partners to improve access to services, visit halton.ca/investmentfund or dial 311.
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