Essex, Kent, Lambton
November 1 deadline
The Community grants listed below were ratified on March 6, 2008.
ACFO régionale Windsor Essex Kent
$10,000 over one year for the purchase of equipment and office supplies that will enable this regional association to promote and expand services to the Francophone community in Windsor, Essex and Kent.
Actors Theatre of Windsor
$14,200 over one year to purchase lighting equipment that will enhance the capacity of this theatre group, increasing its professionalism and enabling it to host the first Windsor International Fringe Festival.
Blenheim Masonic Temple Corporation of Ontario
$14,500 to install a new roof and vinyl gables in the Masonic Temple, which will help preserve the building for use by residents in this rural Chatham-Kent community.
Brigden Optimist Club
$75,000 over one year toward capital repairs to the existing Brigden Hall, making this rural meeting place more efficient, safer and accessible so that its long-term viability can be sustained.
Canadian Transplant Games c/o Canadian Transplant Association
$75,000 over one year for marketing, logistics and volunteer support. These will help the organization host the 2008 Canadian Transplant Games in Windsor, raising awareness of organ transplants and attracting hundreds of participants and spectators.
Canadian Transportation Museum and Heritage Village
$44,500 over one year to expand the facility's current septic system, which will enhance the capacity of the site to accommodate the public and to continue offering educational and historic programs to the Essex community.
Chatham Girls Minor Softball Association
$24,400 over one year to repair and improve the baseball diamond facility at Blyth Park in Chatham-Kent with fencing, resurfacing and new storage. These upgrades will help provide a safer playing environment for children and girls in the community.
Chatham-Kent Children's Safety Village
$106,000 over three years for administrative support and costs to develop and implement four safety programs including water, EMS (Emergency Medical Services), farm safety and one that targets teens at risk.
Chatham-Kent Community Athletic Complex c/o Chatham-Kent Cougars Football Club
$75,000 over one year to purchase and install permanent field lighting at the athletic complex, which will extend its availability for football practices and games and other sporting and community events.
Committee to Ensure a Championship Track and Field Hosting Facility c/o University of Windsor Track and Field Alumni Club
$58,200 over one year for sporting equipment and upgrades for athletes with disabilities. Funding will enhance the capacity of the community stadium and ensure accessibility for athletes of all abilities.
Cottam Minor Baseball
$14,400 over one year to improve the facility by installing fencing and upgrading equipment that will increase safety for participating children.
Cultural Coalition of Chatham-Kent
$32,000 over one year to enable the organization to build a foundation of resources and partnerships so that it may better offer settlement services to newcomers to Chatham-Kent.
Dawn Township Historical Society
$25,000 over one year to print 500 copies of History of Dawn Township, which will highlight the diverse historical heritage of the former residents of the rural Lambton township. Copies will be placed in schools and the National Archives in Ottawa.
Forest Community Theatre
$56,000 over one year for artist fees, sound and lighting equipment to implement the Music in the Valley festival in Forest. The event will attract visitors, encourage volunteer performers and provide theatre arts to the community.
Habitat for Humanity Sarnia Lambton
$58,000 over one year for a cube van. This will provide the organization with the necessary transportation to be more efficient and increase the sales from its ReStore.
Harrow Colchester South Lions Club
$12,700 over one year for a public address system, equipment and advertising to enhance the organization's annual fishing derby and increase awareness and attendance at the event.
Harrow Early Immigrant Research Society (HEIRS)
$13,900 over one year to purchase new computer equipment and software, which will enhance the capacity of the organization to restore, organize and catalogue historical documents.
Interactive Science and Technology Centre of Windsor Inc.
$221,400 over three years to enhance the marketability of the science centre through the development of new curriculum-based science and technology exhibits.
Kiwanis Club of Windsor
$73,000 over one year for pool repairs, kitchen equipment and operating costs to ensure this club can continue to provide recreational opportunities at a summer camp for children from low-income families throughout Essex County.
Lambton Middlesex Pipe Band
$11,000 over one year to replace this rural Lambton County pipe band's outdated instruments. It may then continue to provide a forum for high-calibre musicianship, competition and performance, and an appreciation of Scottish culture and heritage.
LaSalle Women's Association
$5,000 over one year for computer equipment that will enhance the capacity of this volunteer-led organization to offer seminars and forums aimed at empowering women by encouraging healthy lifestyles, career opportunities and enrichment.
Leadership Windsor/Essex c/o United Way of Windsor-Essex County
$75,000 over three years for salaries, program costs and administration. Funding will increase the organization's profile and sponsorship opportunities, and expand the alumni network to help develop leaders to strengthen Windsor Essex.
Little Tomato Theatre
$6,300 over one year to purchase sound equipment, body microphones and set-making tools. These will enhance the capacity of the group so that it can better provide theatre experiences to children and youth in Essex and Kent counties.
Migrant Worker Community Program
$166,400 over three years for a manager, co-ordinator and office space to enhance the capacity of the program in Leamington. Better services will then be offered to all migrant workers and a template created to model the program to other regions.
Optimist Club of Forest
$36,400 over one year to make capital repairs to Kimball Hall, including repairs to the roof, ceiling and windows. These will help to sustain the long-term viability of this community centre.
Place du Partage
$11,000 over one year to purchase computer and photographic equipment and office supplies that will enable this Windsor organization to deliver workshops to promote its services and help engage the Francophone community.
Riverside Basketball Association
$10,900 over one year to increase the Windsor organization's ability to implement the new International Basketball Association (FIBA) rules by purchasing 11 shot clocks.
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 176 Forest
$40,000 over one year to replace the facility's heating and air conditioning system. This upgrade will increase energy efficiency and reduce operating costs, thereby helping to sustain the long-term viability of the Legion hall.
Sarnia & Region Environmental Networking Initiative c/o Ontario Environment Network
$150,000 over two years to undertake a detailed inventory of environmental initiatives and groups in Sarnia-Lambton and Wallaceburg to identify interest areas, resource gaps, and the capacity for an active and sustainable environmental network.
Sun County Crows Minor Lacrosse Association
$14,700 over one year to enhance the capacity of the organization by providing specialized equipment and storage. This will enable the group to host house league teams and improve safety for youth players and volunteers in Leamington and area.
Taxandria Falcons Soccer Club
$25,000 over one year to install an irrigation system in three newly developed soccer pitches in northern Lambton County. This will help enhance recreational activities in the area and ensure that the pitches are available for play in 2009.
$6,800 over one year to purchase equipment, instruments and stage risers, which will help ensure the continuation of local community theatre in the rural Kent community.
Tilbury and District Senior Adult Centre Association
$14,200 over one year to make accessibility improvements to three entrances to the centre and to purchase computer equipment.
Tourism Sarnia Lambton
$62,300 over one year to develop the 2008 Doors Open program, which promotes the Oil Heritage District of Bothwell, Oil Springs, Petrolia and Sarnia as part of the 150th anniversary celebration of the first commercial oil well in North America.
Wallaceburg Antique Motor & Boat Outing Inc.
$71,000 over one year to enhance a town-wide, three-day festival event that attracts 35,000 visitors. Tables and chairs, a tent and storage trailers will be purchased to reduce operating costs and improve efficiency.
Warwick Township History Project c/o Corporation of the Township of Warwick
$25,000 over one year to print and distribute an illustrated history of Warwick Township. Proceeds from book sales will be used to develop a township archive website, so that source materials can be made available globally.
Windsor Regional Science, Technology and Engineering Fair
$15,000 over one year to enhance the efficiency of the science fair through the use of a computerized system that reduces paper use.
Windsor Symphony Orchestra
$75,000 over one year to increase the capacity of the symphony through the purchase of a grand piano.
YMCA of Windsor-Essex County
$115,300 over two years for a development officer, promotion, materials and fitness equipment to develop and launch an annual philanthropic fundraising campaign. This will help ensure that vital programs continue to be offered and accessible to all.
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July 1 deadline
The Community grants listed below were ratified on November 1, 2007
Arts Council Windsor & Region
$25,800 over one year to develop and distribute a comprehensive full-colour non-date-sensitive guide that will help promote awareness of and participation in arts and cultural activities in the community.
Bluewater Dance Troupe
$1,300 over one year to purchase a portable sound system that will enhance the capacity of this Sarnia group. It will allow them to offer additional community performances and encourage interest in the arts, especially for youth.
Bluewater Gymnastics Club Sarnia Inc.
$75,000 over one year to enhance the facility by expanding its pit and viewing areas and purchasing a personal video recorder so gymnasts can monitor their progress. The upgrades will help provide safer, more effective programming for all.
Canadian Mental Health Association
$7,300 over one year to purchase computers and multimedia equipment that will increase the capacity of the organization to provide quality public education and programming to the Sarnia community.
Canadian National Institute for the Blind - Essex Kent District c/o The Canadian National Institute for the Blind
$15,000 over one year to help with the purchase of a van, which will assist the organization's staff in visiting clients' homes and making their services more accessible to people with visual impairments.
Centres for Seniors Windsor
$3,500 over one year to enhance the organization's capacity to offer programming and presentations, especially to members with hearing impairments, by installing sound reduction baffles/panels in the organization's auditorium.
Chatham Granite Club
$11,200 over two years to increase the capacity of the organization to offer more students in Chatham-Kent a learn-to-curl program. Equipment will be purchased, marketing materials produced and more instructors certified to provide instruction.
Chatham-Kent Stroke Community Engagement Collaborative c/o Brain Injury Association of Chatham-Kent
$30,400 over one year for the equipment and resources to evaluate the effectiveness that the New Beginnings Clubhouse programming has had on the quality of life of stroke survivors and their caregivers in the municipality of Chatham-Kent.
The Corporation of the Town of Amherstburg c/o The Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce
$99,800 over two years to develop a winter event called Bright Lights...Downtown Nights. This festival will help engage the community and enhance the local economy by increasing tourism development.
Credit Counselling Services of Southwestern Ontario Inc.
$70,500 over one year for furniture, computers and equipment that will enhance the facility and enable the organization to expand its capacity for delivering classes in financial literacy to adults and youth in Windsor and Sarnia-Lambton.
Curling Club of Kingsville
$11,300 over one year to purchase a new battery-powered ice scraper, thereby ensuring better safety for all participants at this rural curling rink.
Essex Energizers Skipping Club
$8,800 over one year to enhance the capacity of the group by providing professional ropes and uniforms. The club performs at events, shows and schools encouraging personal growth for children and promoting health, fitness and self-discipline.
Forest Glade Baseball League
$12,500 over one year to purchase equipment that will enhance this Windsor league, helping it to offer more opportunities for youth and adults in the community to learn and play baseball.
Harmony In Action
$40,300 over one year for building renovations and equipment to create accessible programming for people with disabilities in Windsor. Nutrition, skills and social integration will improve and opportunities for community partnerships will be created.
Highgate & Orford Royal Canadian Legion Branch 335
$10,000 over one year to replace the roof and ceiling tiles in the banquet room of the hall. These improvements will enhance the quality of the community meeting place in rural Chatham-Kent.
Lambton Safe Community Council
$87,700 over three years to enhance the capacity of the group to train youth about safety awareness and make the program available to all employers. This will help reduce injuries in the workplace.
Learning Disabilities Association of Lambton County
$23,000 over one year to purchase books, software, supplies and library assistance in order to continue and enhance after-school homework programs for children and youth.
Mental Health Connections
$75,000 over one year to enhance the accessibility of this facility by installing an elevator so more people with mental health disabilities in Windsor can participate in programs.
Restorative Justice Chatham-Kent
$83,500 over two years for a computer, materials and a conference co-ordinator to sustain and enhance youth restorative justice services and programs. This will help prevent further delinquent behaviour throughout Chatham-Kent.
Riverside Sportsmen Club
$24,200 over one year to purchase a 34-horsepower tractor that will ensure the club's grounds and facility are well-maintained and safe for use by members and community organizations in Windsor.
Royal Canadian Legion Br. 324
$45,000 over one year for improvements and renovations to the Legion hall that will make the space safer and more enjoyable for use by members and residents in the rural community of Wheatley.
Sarnia Fighting Irish Basketball Club c/o Basketball Ontario
$6,800 over one year to purchase three shot clocks and help the club implement international Basketball Federation rules and conform to Basketball Ontario standards in Sarnia.
Seacliffe Park 'Barrier Free' Playground c/o Lions Club of Leamington
$75,000 over one year to install barrier-free playground equipment in Seacliff Park, offering an accessible space for children of all levels of abilities aged 2 to 12 years to play.
St. Francis Advocates for the Autistic & Developmentally Disabled (Sarnia) Inc.
$14,000 over one year to enhance the capacity of the organization by providing adaptive sporting equipment and technology. More opportunities will then be provided for people with disabilities to learn life skills and engage in physical activity.
St. Simon & St. Jude Parish Hall
$45,000 over one year to purchase tables and chairs for community functions and a walk-in freezer. These upgrades will improve the kitchen in the parish hall for use by the local Meals on Wheels program and the Lakeshore community in Belle River.
Sydenham Community Curling Club Inc.
$7,500 over one year to install energy efficient lighting over the curling rink, which will allow people with visual impairments in the town of Wallaceburg to participate more easily in the sport of curling.
VON Canada - Ontario Branch, Windsor Essex Site c/o VON Canada - Ontario Branch
$65,100 over two years for materials, equipment and staff to strengthen the volunteer program. A recruitment strategy will be rebuilt with an emphasis on diversification and skills enhancement.
Walpole Island Land Trust c/o Walpole Island First Nation Council
$58,300 over one year to establish a land trust that provides permanent protection of the natural heritage lands within the traditional territory of Walpole Island First Nation.
WEST/ Canterbury College Collaborative c/o Women's Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc.
$121,500 over two years to provide internationally trained medical professionals with the skills required to obtain employment or continue education in the health care field.
Windsor/Essex County Korean War Veterans Memorial Committee
$35,800 over one year to commemorate the men and women who served in the Korean War with the construction and installation of a granite monument.
The Windsor Regiment Association Major F.A. Tilston, VC Armoury
$8,300 over one year to purchase computers and photographic equipment. These will enhance the organization's capacity to manage finances and archive materials so it can deliver services and programs to members and the Windsor-Essex County community.
Winstars Gymnastics Parent Club Inc.
$15,000 over one year to purchase new equipment that will improve the quality of training and conditioning of the gymnasts and promote interest in gymnastics for children four years of age and older.
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March 1 deadlineRatified by the Ontario Trillium Foundation Board of Directors on June 28, 2007
Amherstburg Heritage Homecoming Association
$15,000 over one year to enhance the capacity of the group with a portable sound system. The equipment will be used at the association's annual festival, which celebrates the community's history as the main final terminal on the Underground Railroad.
Boundary-free Playground c/o The Rotary Club of Amherstburg
$75,000 over one year to install barrier-free playground equipment in Toddy Jones Park, creating an accessible space for children of all abilities to play together.
Brain Injury Association of Chatham-Kent
$52,000 over one year for accessibility renovations and improvements to the association's New Beginnings Clubhouse for caregivers and people with acquired brain injuries. These include a commercial kitchen and fully accessible garden and patio.
Canadian Organic Growers - Essex/Kent/Lambton Chapter c/o Canadian Organic Growers Inc.
$18,100 over two years to retain a part-time co-ordinator, who will expand the reach and impact of the organic demonstration garden, helping it to become self-sustaining for the rural Chatham-Kent community.
Carolinian Canada Coalition and Thames Canadian Heritage River Committee Collaborative c/o Carolinian Canada Coalition
$10,000 over one year to publish the Thames Watershed Landscape Guide, a comprehensive description of the natural heritage and history of the Thames watershed. (Additional grants of $10,000 to Grey, Bruce, Huron and Perth area and $15,000 to Thames Valley will support this activity.)
Chatham Cycling Club Inc.
$18,300 over one year for program costs and equipment, helping to make the operation of the BMX track more efficient and safer for youth who wish to participate in this popular and expanding sport.
Citizen Advocacy Windsor-Essex (Parrainage Civique)
$14,900 over one year to renovate the entrance of the Glengarry neighbourhood information and referral centre. Accessibility will be improved, helping it provide better services to seniors and people with disabilities.
Distress Centre of Windsor-Essex County
$7,000 over one year to upgrade the centre's telecommunications system, which will increase its capacity to provide services and improve safety by ensuring complete privacy for each caller and volunteer.
Fogolar Furlan Windsor
$74,200 over one year to purchase food preparation items and equipment. The organization will then be able to provide safe, accessible food services at four sports fields, serving the numerous community groups attending activities and tournaments.
Friends of the Chatham Pipes and Drums
$13,700 over one year to purchase bagpipes and drums. New instruments will allow more students to receive free lessons and enable the band to provide free entertainment at more community events and programs.
Healthy Waterways Initiative c/o St. Clair Region Conservation Authority
$150,000 over two years to create and enhance naturally occurring water-retention areas, improving the volume and quality of water in the St.Clair and Sydenham river systems in Lambton County.
House of Sophrosyne
$42,000 over one year to purchase capital items and equipment that will enhance efficiency, improve accessibility, and ensure the safety and security of this residential treatment facility in Windsor.
Junior Sailing Club of Windsor/Essex County
$36,000 over one year to purchase four Vanguard Club 420 sailboats. The new vessels will help to encourage physical activity and healthy recreation for children, youth and adults in the advanced sailing program.
Kiwanis Club of Leamington
$66,300 over one year to replace the septic system and complete renovations to this boys and girls camp, strengthening its infrastructure and enhancing its capacity to offer a free camping facility to community groups.
Lambton Seniors Association
$2,700 over one year to purchase display panels that the organization can use to profile its activities at information fairs, public-education and awareness events and speaking engagements.
Leamington & District Half Century Centre Inc.
$20,000 over one year to purchase a new air conditioner and air filtration system. Improvements will enhance the capacity of the organization to offer activities for seniors in a safer and more comfortable environment.
Learning Disabilities Association of Chatham-Kent
$75,000 over two years to purchase computer equipment and software that offers access and training in the use of assistive technology to children and youth with learning disabilities and their families.
Ligue Canadienne de Ballon de Windsor
$28,100 over one year to fund costs associated with the 2008 Canadian Juvenile Broomball Championships, a tournament that will result in increased tourism and recreational opportunities in the area.
Migrant Worker Community Program
$14,700 over six months to conduct a multifaceted needs assessment study of the Mexican migrant workers employed in Essex County under the seasonal agricultural workers program.
New Beginnings (Essex County)
$75,000 over one year to complete renovations to a new building and install proper signage. The improvements will enhance this facility, which provides crucial services and a residential program for youth at risk.
Parkinson Society of Canada, Southwestern Ontario Region c/o Parkinson Society of Canada
$75,000 over three years for community development programs for people with Parkinson's disease in Southwestern Ontario. (Additional grants of $75,000 to Waterloo, Wellington and Dufferin area and $60,000 to Grey, Bruce, Huron and Perth area will support this activity.)
Petrolia Bluewater Tae Kwon Do Club Inc.
$15,000 over one year to install a new high-efficiency furnace and replace the roof on the club facility. All members will then enjoy a safe, clean, comfortable environment as they participate in healthy physical activity.
Polish Canadian Business and Professional Association of Windsor (PCBPAW)
$45,700 over one year to celebrate a century of Polish immigration to Windsor by translating a commemorative book into English and having it published.
Sarnia Photographic Club c/o Canadian Association for Photographic Art
$9,500 over one year to purchase digital photographic equipment for the club, which will allow it to produce digital shows for presentations to the community, archive images for historical purposes and hold monthly competitions.
Scouts Canada - Tri-Shores Region
$51,500 over one year for a new tractor for Camp Attawandaron in Lambton County to improve camp accessibility. (An additional grant of $23,200 to Niagara Region will support this activity.)
streetsmARTS c/o St. Leonard's House Windsor
$113,800 over two years to build self-esteem and instill civic pride by educating youth about graffiti vandalism and teaching mural art. The project will be offered in neighbourhoods with identified graffiti hotspots.
United Way/Centraide of Windsor-Essex County
$131,000 over two years to co-ordinate and facilitate opportunities for educating the community in the promotion of the Agenda for Community Impact, a long-term strategy for improving the quality of life in Windsor-Essex County.
University of Windsor Campus Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Project c/o Phoenix Wholistic Health Centre
$45,300 over one year to expand and enhance the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Project being offered to first-year students at the University of Windsor.
Windsor Aquatic Club
$25,000 over one year to enhance the capacity of this aquatic club by establishing additional fundraising sources and thereby helping to ensure its continuing success.
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