On April 19, 2017, Regional Council approved nearly $2.9 million in funding to 40 community programs and projects to help enhance the health, safety and well-being of Halton residents. The funding is being provided through the Halton Region Community Investment Fund in one, two or three year grants and will support programs that address mental health, prevent homelessness, support older adults, children and youth, improve food security and address other social needs in Halton.
“Working closely with community partners to help support people in need is part of what makes Halton such a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “By investing almost $2.9 million back into the community, we’re helping our non-profit partners deliver and enhance critical community services to improve the lives of Halton residents.”
The following programs will receive funding from the Halton Region Community Investment Fund:
- Acclaim Health to support family caregivers who are caring for a loved one with dementia.
- Acton FoodShare to increase the amount of meat, fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy products available to food bank clients.
- Burlington Food Bank (Partnership West) to purchase a refrigerated vehicle to increase the capacity to acquire and distribute food and support other agencies that require transportation.
- Canadian Mental Health Association (Halton branch) to provide 24/7 mental health and addictions support in the community and expand their free walk-in counseling program.
- Catholic Family Services of Hamilton to support seniors living in self-neglect by connecting them with services and helping them improve their environment to prevent eviction.
- Central West Specialized Developmental Services to provide education about healthy sexuality for adults with developmental disabilities and their support workers.
- Community Living Burlington to purchase a van to transport clients to recreational and social activities.
- Community Living North Halton to provide respite and opportunities for school-aged children and youth with developmental disabilities to participate in recreational programs.
- Darling Home for Kids to support a volunteer initiative that provides youth with an opportunity to support Medically Fragile Technologically Dependent (MFTD) children.
- ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development to support a drama program for children with mobility, developmental and speech challenges.
- Food for Life to purchase a refrigerated truck to enhance capacity to acquire and distribute food to 80+ community programs.
- Georgetown Bread Basket to increase the amount of meat, fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy products available to food bank clients.
- Girls Incorporated of Halton to provide group programs to build girls’ self-esteem in schools.
- Halton Down Syndrome Association to provide an individualized one-to-one reading program for children with Down syndrome.
- Halton Food for Thought to support student nutrition programs that will provide an additional 9,750 Halton students with access to healthy food.
- Halton Poverty Roundtable to provide training for social service agency staff to increase uptake of the Canada Learning Bond in low income households with children.
- The Women’s Centre of Halton to support the establishment of a location in North Halton for women in crisis, distress or transition.
- Heartache2Hope to provide support and resources for individuals experiencing a loss due to suicide.
- John Howard Society of Peel, Halton and Dufferin to support programming for individuals who are at an elevated risk of committing an offence or being victimized.
- Kerr Street Mission to refurbish its youth centre to better support a range of youth focused programming and to collaborate with the Halton Fresh Food Box to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables for food bank clients.
- Links2Care for accessibility upgrades to an entrance and washroom at the Halton Hills location that provides services to older adults.
- MADD Canada to distribute a program designed to educate students in grades 4-6 about the risks of alcohol, drugs and impaired driving.
- Milton Community Resource Centre to support an Infant Food Bank that provides clients with diapers, infant formula, infant cereal and baby food.
- Nelson Youth Centre to provide group, individual and family therapy to support children and youth with emotional, social or behavioral issues.
- Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre to support a weekly senior’s chair exercise program.
- Oakville Kiwanis Meals on Wheels to support their meal delivery program.
- Peel Halton Dufferin Acquired Brain Injury Services to establish a specialized day program in Oakville and provide community-based staff support for residents living with a brain injury. Funding will also provide facility upgrades for an Oakville property that provides rehabilitation and therapy for individuals with a brain injury.
- Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK) to expand a breastfeeding support program.
- Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK) in partnership with Halton Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Collaborative, to support summer camp programming for children and youth with FASD who experience barriers in traditional summer camps.
- Shifra Homes to provide food, support, residency and mental health assessment and treatment for homeless young, pregnant women.
- St. Christopher’s Open Doors to support the expansion of Fresh Food Markets, which provides local food at a discount to individuals with low incomes.
- St. Luke’s Anglican Church to upgrade a community kitchen to support a senior’s lunch and food literacy programs.
- Summit Housing & Outreach Programs to increase access to food literacy programing, including cooking classes and community gardens for people who require mental health supports.
- Tetra Society of North America to support the construction and installation of custom assistive devices for disabled residents in Halton.
- Wellington Square United Church to provide kitchen upgrades that support a weekly community dinner for 250 residents.
- YMCA Oakville to provide opportunities for low-income youth to develop leadership skills, expertise and certifications in sport and recreation.
In addition to this program funding, 15 organizations will receive their second or third installment of a multi-year grant that was awarded in 2015 and 2016.
To learn more about the Halton Region Community Investment Fund and how it supports programs that address needs among residents that experience social inequities, visit halton.ca/investmentfund or dial 311.