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.

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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. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Calling non-profits: Halton Region now accepting applications for funding

On March 28, 2012 Regional Council approved the revised framework for the Halton Region Community Investment Fund which provides funding to non-profit programs that address community health and social needs in Halton.  This is great news for the non-profit sector.  Our revised framework will provide $702,691 in annual funding in multi-year and one-time grants to community agencies that qualify.  The introduction of one-time grants (of up to $20,000) will make funding accessible to a wider range of agencies and support new and innovative projects and small capital requests.  The revised framework is the result of an extensive consultation process which engaged more than 150 non-profit stakeholders through community workshops and one-to-one interviews across Halton.

Providing funding to support the important work being done by the non-profit sector is a key action item in the Citizen’s Priorities – Halton Region’s 2011-2014 Action PlanThe non-profit sector plays a critical role in our community.  The work they do contributes to our quality of life and we want to support their efforts to build a healthy community for individuals who want to live, work, raise a family and retire in Halton.

Information about the application process and online forms for the Halton Region Community Investment Fund are now available at www.halton.ca/investmentfund. Here are some dates of note for anyone who wants to apply for funding through the investment fund:

Multi-year funding is available for up to three years and will continue to support charitable organizations to deliver established programs.

  • Letters of intent for multi-year funding are due by 2 p.m. April 23.
  • Those who are determined eligible at the letter of intent stage will be will be invited to submit a full application for funding which will be due May 18, 2012 by 2 p.m.

One-time grants are available to charitable and non-charitable non-profit organizations to support new and innovative projects and small capital requests.

  • Applications for one-time grants are being accepted until May 1 at 2 p.m.

Funding recommendations will be made to Regional Council in July, 2012. 

We will also be hosting information sessions this year for all potential applicants.  If you are thinking about applying to the investment fund for funding I encourage you to register to attend one of four information sessions being offered throughout Halton:    

  • Session 1—Halton Hills: Tuesday, April 10, 9:30 -11 a.m., Gellert Community Centre, 10241 Eighth Line
  • Session 2—Oakville: Tuesday, April 10, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Halton Regional Centre,1151 Bronte Road, Auditorium
  • Session 3—Milton: Wednesday, April 11, 9:30 -11 a.m., Hugh Foster Hall,141 King Street
  • Session 4—Burlington: Wednesday, April 11, 2:30 – 4 p.m., Tansley Woods Community Centre,1996 Itabashi Way—Community Room #1

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”