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2017 Grants | Community Foundation for Kingston & Area

2017 Grants

$314,964 granted to 47 agencies

Fall 2017 Community Grants

Arts & Culture

Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Queen’s) – $8,550

Listening to our Communities: Story-telling through the Arts

From the Jim & Julie Parker Fund, The Regina Rosen Fund, The Edward Ratcliffe Fund and the Larry Gibson Community Fund

This project partnership between the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre focuses on the transcendent power of storytelling to bridge communities through public events and arts-based courses for Indigenous youth.  The project invites a local response from Katarokwi/Kingston communities to Kent Monkman’s nationally touring exhibition, “Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience”.

H’art Centre – $7,500

The Box: Residency

From the Helping Hands for those with Disabilities Fund, the McNevin Family Fund, the Frank & Sarah Good Memorial Fund and the Ruth & Stu Barton Community Fund

H’art Centre will provide two emerging inclusive art practitioners (with or without disability) with the time, space, and resources to pursue an inclusive art project in THE BOX while mentoring up to 30 adults with intellectual disabilities during weekly art workshops.  The result will be a public showing of their collaborative mixed-ability work at a major event highlighting H’art Centre’s 20th Anniversary Celebration April 19-20, 2018 at the Isabel Bader Theatre Isabel Human Rights Arts Festival.

Children’s Mental Health

Music Mates – $3,663

Skills ‘n Music for Helen Tufts Nursery School

From the Getting Started Fund and the Sunnyside Children’s Fund

In partnership with the Community Foundation of Kingston & Area and Helen Tuft Nursery School (HTNS), MusicMates is pleased to create a customized music-based skill development program for children aged 4 and under.  Features of the program include social skill development, cooperation, movement to music and much more!  Programming will be delivered to the children of HTNS by MusicMates musicians and staff twice a month.


Community Development

Kingston Community House for Self Reliance (KCHSR) – $5,666

Community House Window Replacement

From the Ruth & Stu Barton Community Fund and the Community Fund

Kingston Community House at 99 York Street.  Things have warmed up at 99 York Street!  The Kingston Community House at 99 York Street is replacing three windows thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Kingston & Area. This much needed renovation will allow us to continue to offer warm, comfortable meeting space to our members.

Kingston Employment & Youth Services Inc. (KEYS) – $15,905

Begin Again Group (BAG) Initiative

From the Opportunities Kingston Fund, the Tragically Hip Community Fund, the Ronald & Mildred Grant Family Fund and the Community Fund

The Begin Again Group (BAG) initiative supports local refugee women to build community and develop financial independence.  A group of 8 local refugee women have come together to develop a micro-enterprise designing and fabricating unique hand-made bags made from recycled rubber inner tubes!  With the support of KEYS Job Centre and Bon Eco design, the BAG collective will develop skills and relationships to run a successful business in Canada.

Kingston Employment & Youth Services Inc. (KEYS) – $21,904

Government-Assisted Refugee Volunteer Initiative (GARVI)

From the Bill & Nancy Gray Fund, The Skolnik Family Fund, The Larry Gibson Community Fund, the Smart & Caring Fund and the Community Fund

The GARVI pilot project will help government-assisted refugees (GARs) to become active volunteers with the Kingston community.  The project will harness the experience and goodwill of recently-arrived GARs to provide orientation and settlement support for newly-arriving GARs.  The project will also help GARs find suitable and supportive volunteer placements with local community organizations – to contribute to their new community, build job skills and expand their social networks.

Education and Literacy

Kingston Literacy & Skills – $7,006

Helping Parents, Helping Children

From the Kingston Whig Standard Literacy Fund, the Elizabeth Heney Fund for Literacy and the Larry Gibson Community Fund

Helping your child with their homework can be a very stressful experience.  Unfortunately, many parents also lack the skills and confidence needed to do this.  Helping Parents, Helping Children (HPHC) is a workshop series offered by Kingston Literacy & Skills to provide parents with practical learning and teaching techniques and information about community and digital resources.  All our community benefits when children succeed in school.

Queen’s University Biological Station – $13,104

Winter Ecology at Elbow Lake

From the Marion & John Dunn Fund, the Environmental Legacy Fund and the Ontario Endowment for Children & Youth in Recreation

The Winter Ecology program at Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre will provide the opportunity for youth to actively learn and research about winter.  Using the requested equipment and bus subsidy, youth and new Canadians will access and study winter ecology first hand.  They will learn what is happening above and below the snow and ice.  This will inspire local youth to feel connected with the environment around them and be empowered to become environmental stewards.


Health & Social Services

Bereaved Families of Ontario – Kingston Region – $10,538

Helping Young Adults/Post-Secondary Students through the Grieving Process

From the Sunnyside Children`s Fund, an anonymous fund and the Community Fund

Bereaved Families of Ontario (BFO) – Kingston Region will be developing and implementing bereavement services geared specifically to young adults aged 16-29 in the Kingston Region and at local post-secondary institutions.  This program will support a grief support group at St. Lawrence College and at BFO.  We strive to provide support for young adults who have suffered the loss of a loved one and help them learn to live with grief.

Resolve Counselling Services Canada – $18,517

Individual and Family Counselling Walk-In Clinic and Workshop Series

From the Alcan Endowment Fund, the Anne & Bill Patterson Community Fund and the Community Fund

Through the generous financial support of CFKA, Resolve Counselling Services Canada is pleased to offer residents of KFL&A single session walk-in counselling clinics and group workshops.  Funding for the walk-in clinic lifts the financial barrier that individuals who seek counselling often experience and eliminates wait-lists that can be counterproductive to a client’s wellness needs.

Southern Frontenac Community Services Corporation (SFCSC) – $3,658

10-quart bench mixer for commercial kitchen

From the Assante Financial Management Fenlon Division Fund

SFCSC will purchase a professional 10-quart mixer for its commercial kitchen, which will improve efficiency and safety for staff and volunteers who produce 150 meals weekly for seniors in our rural community.  The improved equipment will allow us to consider expanding our Hot Meals on Wheels program, broaden our meal variety with new recipes for Adult Day Program clients, and reduce physical strain on seniors who volunteer in our kitchen.


Seniors Association Kingston Region – $11,012

Here We Grow with Rideau Heights

From the Theda Anderson Fund, the David Middleton North End Development Fund, the Ellen Shepherd Community Fund and the Ruth & Stu Barton Community Fund

Seniors Association launches a new location at the Rideau Heights Community Centre.  We will offer a variety of courses and activities to exercise the body, stimulate the mind, and nourish the spirit.  The Association will be delivering programs that will be designed by the community that will be inclusive for older adults of the neighbourhood and area to enjoy.

Township of Central Frontenac – $2,597

Business Plan for the Hinchinbrooke Community and Recreation Centre

From the Michael Potter Memorial Fund and the Ruth & Stu Barton Community Fund

Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area received last year, our community group was able to assess the feasibility of saving and retrofitting the former Hinchinbrooke School. The current grant will enable us to reach out to all those who have expressed a past interest in using the centre and recruit new partners to work together to commit to a multi-stage plan for a vibrant community recreation and cultural centre for the Township of Central Frontenac.


Northern Frontenac Com. Services Corp operating as Rural Frontenac Community Services – $8,825

Let’s Get Drumming!

From the Woodbury Enterprises WE Care Youth Fund and the Sunnyside Children’s Fund

LET’S GET DRUMMING! Is a percussion program that features children and youth using bucket drums to create sounds, rhythm and songs.  This project addresses the need for free, fun musical activities in North, Central and South Frontenac Townships that encourage rural youth to learn an instrument, be active and connect with a group in their own community in a fun environment that promotes inclusion.

Winter Warmth (Program) – $12,000

Winter Warmth: Dec 2017 to Nov 2018

From the Dr. Samuel S. Robinson Charitable Foundation

Winter Warmth provides clothing and footwear to Kingston and area children in need.  Needs are identified through the schools by youth workers and social workers.  Items are purchased and delivered back to the youth worker.  In 2016 the program filled requests for 634 children.


Spring 2017 Community Grants

Children’s Mental Health

Kingston Community Health Centres – $8,140

The Chill Zone

From the Sunnyside Children’s Fund

The Chill Zone Youth Space is an integrated youth-led project that provides a range of services and support for youth 14-19 years of age as part of our Napanee & Area Community Health Centre.  Through our youth program we are focused on helping the most marginalized youth in Napanee become a contributing member of our society.

Sistema Kingston – $6,000

Sistema Kingston Year Three: 2017-18

From the Sunnyside Children’s Fund

Sistema Kingston is an intensive after-school program that focuses on positive social change through the pursuit of musical excellence.  Through free, group centred music instruction, SK emphasizes teamwork, and personal persistence, and fosters creativity and personal responsibility in all of its activities.  Using the Venezuelan El Sistema as its model, SK aspires to bring social change to inspire children to reach their full potential as individuals, musicians and citizens.


Community Development

Habitat for Humanity Greater Kingston & Frontenac – $9,827

Habitat for Humanity Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project

From the Peter Hartel Community Fund and the Smart & Caring Community Fund

As part of the Canada 150th celebration Habitat for Humanity Kingston is excited to be part of the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.  This pan-Canadian event will see more than 150 homes built across Canada in partnership with hardworking local families to build better futures for them through our unique homeownership program.

H’art Centre – $10,250

Young at H’art – Long Term Care Outreach

From the Larry Gibson Community Fund, the Eddie Bak Memorial Fund and an anonymous fund

H’art Centre will deliver 14 weeks of high-quality arts programming to seniors with disabilities at three publicly-funded, long-term care homes across Kingston while working to develop a simple “one-stop arts programming” resource to ease demands on long-term care staff in Kingston.

Kingston Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporation – $8,000

Inner Harbour Community Garden Collaborative

From the David Middleton North End Development Fund and the Gini Rosen Fund

The Inner Harbour Garden Collaborative is a community partnership on behalf of Kingston Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporation, The John Howard Society, Salvation Army and Loving Spoonful.  This project, funded by the Community Foundation, provides community engagement, pride, and collaboration, while promoting access to healthy food for the Inner Harbour residents. Accessible garden beds can be found at KMNPHC (610 Montreal Street), John Howard (771 Montreal Street) and Salvation Army (342 Patrick Street).

Skeleton Park Arts Festival – $5,716

Community Sing-a-Long

From the Mrs. Rupert Davies Fund, the Larry Gibson Community Fund and the Gordon Barr Ltd. Fund

A collaborative sing-a-long project organized by professional musicians, the festival neighbourhood, and service providers in order to help facilitate community integration for newcomers to Kingston.

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church – $5,325

Basement Floor Covering

From the Ross and Suzanne Kilpatrick Fund and the Community Fund

The CFKA has extended its support for community development by ensuring that space available for community space is safe and healthy.  This is seen through its contribution to the replacement of a dirty and frayed rug in the meeting space of the building of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church with tile.  The many community groups that utilize the building will have the use of a healthy, cleanable space.

Theatre with a Meal – $6,500

Theatre with a Meal

From the William Cherry Fund, the Neil Currie Davis Fund and the Community Fund

Theatre with a Meal offers the opportunity for people to bring personal stories and experiences to the stage.  Our creative community produces and performs a weekly public show, served with a meal.  Everyone is welcome, and

diversity is celebrated!  Whether as actors, writers, audience members, or stage crew, there is opportunity for everyone to participate.   By providing a platform to shine and share from, we’re building relationships and a stronger community.

Wolfe Island Community Medical Clinic – $6,362

Community Garden

From the Gordon F. Tomkins Funeral Home Children’s Fund and the Smart & Caring Community Fund

The Wolfe Island Community Garden Expansion project will create a large garden space located between the Medical Clinic and the proposed Seniors’ Housing Project and support hands-on learning opportunities for local students.  It will engage local students, seniors, and community groups to promote healthy eating and food literacy in the village of Marysville on Wolfe Island.



Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour – $2,493

Turtle Awareness Project

From the Ruth and Stu Barton Environmental Fund

The Turtle Awareness Project is an invitation to everyone to visit Douglas R. Fluhrer Park to learn more about endangered turtles living in the area and perhaps to see turtles actually laying eggs. Indigenous Knowledge Keepers will be present to education about the importance of turtles in their cultures.  Craft opportunities will be provided for children.

Wolfe Island Friends of Ferals – $4,000

Continuation of Trap, Neuter, Release Programme

From the Ruth and Stu Barton Environment Fund and the Environmental Legacy Fund

Wolfe Island Friends of Ferals began in March of 2015.  Our immediate focus is on humane management of the large feral cat population on the Island through a programme of live trapping, spaying, neutering, rabies vaccinating and releasing ferals back to their colonies to live out their lives.  The general welfare of ferals on the Island is the broader goal and, if human and financial resources permit, we hope that can also provide shelter, etc.



Health & Social Services

Canadian Families and Corrections Network – $3,000

Forgotten Families

From the Terry Harris Endowment Fund and the Richard Moorehouse Fund

Canadian Families and Corrections Network is having its 25th Anniversary!  And we want to celebrate it with Kingston- where we first started serving families affected by incarceration.  With generous funding from the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area we are hosting a week-end of events- organizational training, family food and fun, and our friend Elmo from Sesame Street of course!  This event will be open to ALL families and organizations!  Come and help us celebrate!

New Leak Link (NeLL) – $6,500

Seasonal Cookery from NeLL to Home

From the Helping Hands for those with Disabilities Fund

Together NeLL, CLKD and EAF aim to facilitate disabled participants’ self-advocacy and cooking skills.  This project uses adapted technologies in conjunction with coaching at NeLL and at home to promote healthy food choices, tap local food sources like the Diversity Garden, and generate a repertoire of recipes and cooking strategies. A Midsummer Picnic event will bring interested agencies together to share fresh local food and knowledge about healthy living.

YMCA of Kingston – $4,800

Y’s Healthy Lungs Pilot Program

From the Richard Moorehouse Fund and the Cyril and Evelyn Wharrie Fund

The YMCA of Kingston’s Healthy Lungs Pilot Project provides post-hospital care through a newly developed wellness training program, designed by YMCA staff.  The program caters to community members identified by Providence Care’s Respiratory Rehabilitation Clinic.  Studies have indicated that a specialized exercise program contributes to greater quality of life for those suffering from Cardio Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD).  The YMCA of Kingston has developed a wellness and exercise program to specifically address COPD.

Heritage Preservation

Clarendon & Miller Community Archives – $10,672

Historic Tours of North Frontenac Township

From the Douglas Branton Fell Memorial Fund and the Ruth and Stu Barton Community Fund

The Guidebook produced by Clarendon & Miller Community Archives, Historic Tours of North Frontenac introduces travelers to the rich heritage of the historic and present hamlets of North Frontenac.  Whether you are driving/cycling/walking OR making a virtual tour on the Archives website (www.clarmillararchives.ca), come visit Fernleigh, Ardoch, Plevna, Ompah, Snow Road, Mississippi Station, Coxvale and communities of the past such as Wensley, Playfair, Beech Corners and Donaldson.

Frontenac Heritage Foundation – $4,000

2017 Village of Barriefield Dry Stone Festival

From the Chown Fund and the Tragically Hip Community Fund

The village of Barriefield’s historic St. Mark’s Anglican Church, built in 1844, is a well-known, visible landmark used for public gatherings, events and architectural tours.  The site’s dry stone walls need restoration.  Wallers from Canada, U.S. and U.K. will attend the 2017 Village of Barriefield Dry Stone Festival from September 30 to October 1 and restore the walls.  Free dry stone activities, displays and events, including a Children’s Workshop, will be held.



1st Kingston West Scouts – $4,619

Kingston Scouts to Canadian Jamboree

From the Cameron and Laurie Thompson Fund and the Ontario Endowment for Children and Youth in Recreation

The 1st Kingston West Scouts are sending 14 youth to the Canadian Jamboree at Camp Nedooae, Nova Scotia.  Our adventure will inspire youth to set goals and work towards them, and instill valuable lessons of teamwork, communication, and responsibility.  These youth will have the opportunity to travel out of province (some for the first time) and meet people from across Canada and the world at a camp with over 10,000 in attendance.

Boys and Girls Club of Kingston & Area – $25,250

The Grandparents Program

From the Theda Anderson Fund, the Russell and Susan Park Memorial Fund, the Sunnyside Children’s Fund and the Community Fund

The Grandparents Program will match children from our after-school program with local seniors who volunteer in order to increase intergenerational programming opportunities.  This will provide children in need of a positive adult role model with a mentor, while also increasing volunteer opportunities and breaking the cycle of isolation for local seniors.  Additionally, it is our hope that the program will encourage both age groups to feel more connected and engaged with our community.

Camp Outlook – $4,623

Camp Outlook Internship Trips

From the Cameron & Laurie Thompson Fund, the Bill and Gladys Kelly Community Fund and the Ontario Endowment for Children & Youth in Recreation

Camp Outlook helps young people develop their inner strength, self-worth, and capacity to succeed.  Since 1970, Camp Outlook has provided backcountry canoe trips at no cost to youth from the Kingston area.  Our committed volunteer staff help youth build physical and social skills and succeed in a wilderness environment.  Your contribution helps us better serve our community and provide unique and inspiring experiences for young people.

KCHC Pathways to Education –$16,442

Go FAR Together

From the Marion Meyer Opportunity Fund, the Sandiford Family Fund, the Young Adults Mental Health Fund and the Community Fund

The Go Far Together project, in partnership with SLC and Queen’s University, helps youth navigate the social, financial and academic challenges of post-secondary life. Having a coach, advocate, and peer mentor to help resolve issues and identify opportunities can make all the difference in helping today’s youth succeed.  Peer to peer support adds another important layer of resiliency and provides an incredible opportunity for youth to grow, develop, and Go Far Together.

Regina Rosen Food First Fund

Each recipient is given a $1,000 grant to support their efforts.

Elizabeth Fry Society – for meals and meal programming.

Helen Tufts Nursery school – for meals.

KCHC Pathways to Education – for dinner and food lessons.

KFLA Addiction & Mental Health Services – food for housing first program.

Kingston Home Base Housing – for school lunches for Lily’s place children.

Kingston Interval House – for Robin’s Hope.

Northern Frontenac Community Services Corp – for food vouchers.

Queen’s – Good Times Diner.

Southern Frontenac Community Service – for Crock-pot cooking.

St. Vincent DePaul Society – for food delivery programs.

Sydenham Street United Church – for food voucher program.

YMCA – for Now You’re Cooking Program.


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