2018 Grants

$375,406 granted to 48 agencies


Fall 2018 Community Grants

Arts & Culture

Kingston Historical Society – $6,940

Indigenous Consultation – Murney Tower Panel

From the Aaron and Norma Palmer Fund, the Cyril and Evelyn Wharrie Fund, the Phil Quattrochi Fund and the Community Fund

The Murney Tower Museum National Historic Site is excited to be able to include a panel on the Indigenous land use of the area surrounding the Tower. It is a great opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the cultural contributions of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples and their history that predates Murney Tower’s existence.

Kingston Symphony Association – $6,100

Discover the Symphony

From the Audrey and Peter Scholes Memorial Fund

Discover the Symphony is a series of concerts performed by members of the Kingston Symphony. These interactive concerts, which will take place in various locations outside of the concert hall, will provide opportunities for young people in our region to participate in a live performance, discover the instruments that make up an orchestra, and interact with professional musicians. Discover the Symphony will encourage children and youth to get involved in music and demonstrate how enjoyable and accessible classical music can be.

Melos Music Society Inc. – $6,240

Melos: Early Music and Dance from the Middle East to France. 9th – 19th centuries

From the Audrey and Peter Scholes Memorial Fund

The grant will provide opportunities to increase knowledge and experience of Middle Eastern instrumental and vocal techniques and dance, for Melos musicians and local public through open workshops on eastern dance (including belly dance), western and eastern chant and ancient instruments. The grant will also allow for Melos to participate in lectures and perform at the Colloquium Series Queen’s University in March 2019 faculty, students and the general public.

Skeleton Park Arts Festival – $5,830

Skeleton Park Press

From the David Middleton North End Development Fund, the Skolnick Family Fund and the Aaron and Norma Palmer Fund

“Skeleton Park Press” hopes to initiate a free 12-page biannual neighbourhood newspaper for the Skeleton Park neighbourhood and north end. This grassroots newspaper will increase community engagement inform public discussion and awareness of important neighbourhood issues and meaningful stories written by and about the residents who live here.


Children’s Mental Health

Queen’s University – Kingston Health Sciences Centre – $14,808

Helping youth with complex mood and anxiety disorders and school refusal to attend school in an alternative classroom setting

From the Sunnyside Children’s Fund

Kingston Health Sciences Centre has a close ongoing collaboration with the Limestone District School Board (LDSB) to provide consultation, psychoeducation and ongoing therapy and medication management for youth with complex anxiety and mood disorders along with difficulty attending school.  This program is called the LINKS classroom and is funded by the school board with a teacher and an educational assistant.

Queen’s University – Psychology Clinic – $10,060

Promoting Wellness by Identifying Support Needs for Children and Youth

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

The Psychology Clinic at Queen’s University’s Promoting Wellness by Identifying Support Needs for Children and Youth program focuses on supporting families in the highest need in our community by providing psychological assessments to identify their needs and appropriate supports for their learning and mental health. Securing supports early in learning leads to improved academic performance, school engagement and psychological well-being, leading to healthy futures for our children and youth.

Community Development

Kingston Community Health Centres – Pathways to Education – $4,387

Family Involvement Project (FIP)

From the Alcan Endowment Fund

Family and community engagement is an essential component of improving outcomes for children and youth.  That engagement extends beyond simple involvement by motivating and empowering families to recognize their own needs, strengths, and resources and to take an active role and allow our families to be a part of our team.

Kingston Employment & Youth Services – $19,575

Begin Again Group (BAG) Development

From the Opportunities Fund, the Jim & Julie Parker Fund, the Smart & Caring Fund, and the Community Fund

The BAG Development initiative will facilitate the development of this social micro-enterprise into a functioning business, highlight the form as an opportunity for replication in other communities, and sustain community and volunteer involvement in this project. It aims to develop the skills and knowledge of BAG participants and other vulnerable newcomer women.

Loving Spoonful – $20,361

Re-building Indigenous Culture and Language around Good Food: Cooking in the Nest

From the Regina Rosen Fund, the Bill & Nancy Gray Fund and the Smart & Caring Fund

The Kingston Indigenous Languages Nest (KILN) and Loving Spoonful will bring their strengths together to create a year of Indigenous language learning for all ages around good food. Indigenous participants will cook together bi-weekly, then, while lunch is in the oven, will learn: Anishinabemowin; Mohawk; and Cree in a safe, non-judgmental space as they work to rebuild language, culture and identity.  Children cook with elders, then play language-based games and crafts.

Education & Literacy

Book Clubs for Inmates – $10,000

Book Clubs for Inmates Kingston

From the Terry Harris Endowment Fund, the Kingston Whig Standard Literacy Fund and the Larry Gibson Community Fund

Book Clubs for Inmates operates seven monthly book clubs at Bath, Millhaven, Joyceville (Minimum and Assessment Unit) and Collins Bay Institutions, each with 10-18 inmates and two or three community volunteers, spanning all security levels. Participation enhances personal growth, leading to improved relationships with families and children, and more successful reintegration into society.

Boys & Girls Club of Kingston & Area – $16,900

Intensive After-School Literacy Program

From the Robert Clark Endowment Fund, the Alcan Endowment Fund, the Theda Anderson Fund, the Elizabeth Heney Fund for Literacy and the Aaron and Normal Palmer Community Fund

This purpose of the “Intensive Literacy Support Program” project is to expand the reach of education programs to serve a broader community, both in numbers and diversity, to allow children of all financial backgrounds to access high-quality educational services.

Canadian National Institute for the Blind – $14,478

Connecting with Technology Project

From the Helping Hand for Those with Disabilities Fund, the Michael Potter Memorial Fund and the Ruth and Stu Barton Community Fund

The Connecting with Technology project will teach people with blindness and sight loss living in the Kingston area how to try, use, and access new technologies that can reduce social isolation and enhance their participation in the community.

Happy Tails Farm Sanctuary – $5,094

Inaugural Summer Education Program

From the Larry Gibson Community Fund, the Ruth and Stu Barton Community Fund, the McNevin Family Fund and the Ronald and Mildred Grant Family Fund

Happy Tails Farm Sanctuary will establish a summer education program that focuses on educating children and the general public on matters of animal husbandry and welfare as well as providing access to an interactive rural environment, particularly for those who may not otherwise receive such an opportunity.

Kingston Literacy & Skills – $14,784

Targeted Training in the Community

From the Marion Meyer Opportunity Fund, the Larry Gibson Community Fund, the Ellen Shepherd Community Fund, the Aaron and Norma Palmer Community Fund and the Community Fund

Kingston Literacy and Skills (KL&S) will provide two sets of four targeted training programs, in the north and west ends of Kingston.  Partnering with community agencies (Dawn House, St. Lawrence College Employment Services, ReStart, Ontario Works and mental health groups) these short-courses will be: G1 Preparation, Presenting your Best Self, Volunteering 101 and Steps to a Positive Future. Programs will be offered primarily on-site and Dawn House and Ontario Works, with additional activities at other community agency sites.  KL&S will also provide a special digital technology course in conjunction with these programs, to ensure all participants have sufficient computer and technology skills.

Learning Disabilities Association Kingston – $7,488

Summer Camps for Youth with Learning Disabilities:

From the Marion and John Dunn Fund, the Bill and Gladys Kelly Community Fund and the Ontario Endowment for Children & Youth in Recreation

The primary objective is to provide supportive camp opportunities in the Kingston area for youth who have learning disabilities.  Specifically, the project will provide opportunities to integrate youth with learning disabilities into summer camp programs that address/support their learning and social needs.

Museum of Health Care at Kingston – $3,905

The Fight Against Infectious Diseases Education Program

From the Gordon F. Tomkins Funeral Home Children’s Fund, the Aaron and Norma Palmer Community Fund, the Anne & Bill Patterson Community Fund and the Frank & Sarah Good Memorial Fund

The Museum will develop a curriculum-linked education program on the topic of infectious diseases and immunization for students Grades 7 to 10. The program will explore the social, scientific, medical, and historic facets of infectious disease. The main objectives are to show the heavy toll that epidemics have taken; to develop a better understanding of microbiology, concepts of immunity and disease transmission, and specific vaccine-preventable diseases once common in Kingston.

Health & Social Services

Hospice Kingston – $4,547

Moving Through Grief with Yoga

From the Richard Moorehouse Community Fund, the Aaron and Norma Palmer Community Fund and the Larry Gibson Community Fund

Hospice Kingston will deliver a specialized yoga program to meet the needs of individuals experiencing bereavement or major life loss.

Outreach St. George’s Kingston- Lunch by George – $4,932

Food Supplies

From the Dr. Samuel S. Robinson Charitable Foundation

Lunch by George is operated by Outreach St. George’s Kingston to respond to the needs of the disenfranchised, alienated, and marginalized members of our community. They provide nutritious meals in a warm and friendly setting and encourage social opportunities for Kingston’s less fortunate.


Easter Seals Ontario (formally Ontario Society for Crippled Children) – $2,500

Send a Kid to Camp

From the Ontario Endowment for Children and Youth in Recreation

This grant will send one child with physical disabilities to a fully accessible summer camp.

Winter Warmth Program – $18,993

Winter Warmth Dec 2018 to Nov 2019

From the Dr. Samuel S. Robinson Charitable Foundation, the Russell & Susan Park Memorial Fund and the Audrey and Peter Scholes Memorial Fund

The Winter Warmth Program provides necessary clothing and footwear for children in need.

Spring 2018 Community Grants

Arts & Culture

HomeGrown Live Music Production (Joe’s MILL) – $9,210

Planting the Seeds: Nurturing and Celebrating Home-Grown Live Music

From the Tragically Hip Community Fund, the William Cherry Fund and the Community Fund

Acknowledging 10 years of community volunteerism, 10th Anniversary of Home Grown Live Music Festival and Community Parade, Screening of “Kingston Live” and the Planting the Seeds events.  It is about sharing skills among accomplished and early-stage musicians, encouraging others to take up music, networking, consolidating community partnerships, playing music and recognizing our talented and generous music community.

Open Voices Community Choir – $3,198

“What If Kids Ran the World?” Children’s Concert at the Grand Theatre, Princess Street

From the Mrs. Rupert Davies Fund and the Larry Gibson Community Fund

Open Voices has invited 650 area Grade 3-6 kids to the Grand Theatre for Wednesday, June 6 for a concert called What if Kids Ran the World. The children will be entertained and educated with songs about diversity, inclusiveness, responsibility, the environment, social awareness, and First Nations. The LDSB is bussing all the kids in, and Open Voices is picking up the rest of the tab.

Children’s Mental Health

Canadian Mental Health Association- Kingston Branch (CMHA Kingston) – $26,680

Kids Get Stressed Too!

From the Sunnyside Children’s Fund

CMHA Kingston will deliver “Kids Get Stressed Too!” programs. The programs will support children in developing resiliency by teaching them coping skills such as feeling good, optimism, self-confidence, emotional regulation and trust. Kids will learn about stress in a fun, safe environment through a variety of activities and games at local elementary schools and at the CMHA venue.

Resolve Counselling Services Canada – $24,648

Child and Youth Outreach

From the Sunnyside Children’s Fund

Through the generous support of CFKA, Resolve Counselling Services is able to offer Child and Youth Outreach Counselling.  Research tells us that eliminating barriers for youth and meeting them where they already are helps improve access to counselling.  Funding for this program enables our counsellors to reach diverse populations where they already are to support this initiative.

Community Development

Kingston Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporation – $8,642

Inner Harbour Community Garden Collaborative

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

The Inner Harbour Community Garden Collaborative is a community partnership on behalf of Kingston Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporation, John Howard Society, Salvation Army, Loving Spoonful, Kingston Community Health Centres and Extend-A-Family Kingston. This project provides accessible gardens which increases community engagement, pride and collaboration, while providing access to healthy food.

Education & Literacy

PeaceQuest Kingston (World Federalist’s Assocation) – $3,906

Imagine Peace:  Kingston PeaceQuest Gathering

From the Ruth and Stu Barton Community Fund and the Neil Currie Davis Fund

Imagine Peace: PeaceQuest Kingston Gathering brings peace-builders to Kingston’s waterfront to mark the centenary of WWI’s end on November 11, 1918. Engaging regional leaders and many from across Canada, the event invites us to challenge fear and imagine a future marked by empathy and democratic participation; featuring discussion with regional panelists, Sen. Kim Pate and peace scholar Paul Rogers, it concludes with an afternoon concert at The Isabel.


Algonquin to Adirondacks Collaborative – $4,254

Connecting Kingston to the A2A Trail

From the Douglas Branton Fell Memorial Fund, the Eddie Bak Memorial Fund and the Community Fund

The A2A Trail – A Pilgrimage for Nature – is a physical and symbolic link connecting Algonquin and Adirondacks Parks. Using existing trails and backroads, the Trail winds through diverse and beautiful natural environments, and past many historical and cultural landmarks. The Connecting the A2A Trail to Kingston project will define a connecting link between the main A2A Trail and Kingston, cumulating in a community trek along the link and a trail celebration in Kingston.

Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour – $11,944

Tracking and Talking About Turtles

From the David Middleton North End Development Fund, the Ross and Susan Kilpatrick Fund and the Community Fund

Turtles are our neighbours, yet we know so little about them. This CFKA-funded project, “Tracking and Talking about Turtles in our Midst”, intends to find out more about the turtles that live in Kingston’s Inner Harbour, telling others about these findings, and bringing more scientific rigor to the work of citizen-scientists.

The Friends of Frontenac Park – $3,359

Celebrating “The Year of the Bird”: Education and Citizen Science for all Ages

From the Environmental Legacy Fund, the Ruth and Stu Barton Community Fund and the Gordon Barr Ltd. Fund

Join the Friends of Frontenac Park to celebrate The Year of the Bird in 2018! Events to nurture your enjoyment of our feathered friends are being offered throughout the year: Species identification workshops, presentations on avian natural history, training in Citizen Science, hikes with experienced birders during the Frontenac Challenge, and our popular Christmas Bird Count for participants of all ages.

Health & Social Services

Independent Living Centre Kingston – $16,920

Access to Technology, One-to-One Support Program

From the Helping Hand for those with Disabilities Fund, The Richard Moorehouse Fund and the Smart & Caring Community Fund

We currently have a computer lab that provides free computer/internet access to a variety of clientele in the north end of Kingston. One-to-one support assistance will provide opportunities for individuals who may be unaware of how to use a computer due to an obstacle from a disability.

Kingston 4 Paws Service Dogs (K4PSD) – $5,000

K4Paws Expansion Program

From the Larry Gibson Community Fund

K4PSD trains and places service dogs with local individuals living with a number of physical and mental challenges. The process takes almost 24 months with thousands of volunteer and trainer hours. Once placed, these dogs provide individuals with physical assistance, a sense of safety and independence.  To quote a recent recipient, “My husband says he got back his wife, I say I got back my life”.

Loving Spoonful – $14,688

Good Food Workshops at the Rideau Heights Community Centre (RHCC)

From the Sandiford Family Fund and the Smart & Caring Community Fund

Starting in April 2018, due to popular demand, Loving Spoonful is excited to run 39 creative cooking workshops in the new Rideau Heights Community Centre. These programs will build food access, food literacy and skills, and confidence, encouraging healthy food consumption through good food workshops. Kids, families, adults, doctors, Indigenous and Newcomer groups, and beginner cooks will build community connections while sharing skills and meals. We can’t wait!

Sexual Assault Centre Kingston – $5,917

Enhancing Crisis Responders Suicide Intervention Skills

From the Young Adults Mental Health Fund, the Larry Gibson Community Fund and an anonymous fund

The Sexual Assault Centre Kingston is excited to offer suicide intervention training to crisis line volunteers throughout the Kingston community. This important opportunity will see 60 volunteers trained in suicide intervention, at no cost. The volunteer crisis responders will likely encounter over 500 members of our community considering suicide in their volunteer responsibilities.

Heritage Preservation

Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston –  $5,694

Great Lakes Shipwrecks Kiosks

From the Chown Fund, the David C. Riley Fund and the Community Fund

The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes  will develop two new kiosks to promote the museum’s new Great Lakes Shipwrecks virtual exhibit. One Kiosk will be installed at the museum and another will be moved around the Kingston community so people can explore the virtual exhibit and appreciate these eerie artefacts of our maritime history.


Camp Outlook – $4,818

Community Building Trip with Newcomers to Canada

From the K-Town Tri Legacy Fund and the Smart & Caring Community Fund

Camp Outlook offers young people a chance to 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. We are excited to be offering a growing program this year to build community between newcomers to Canada and youth originally from the Kingston area on a nine-day canoe trip in Algonquin Provincial Park.

Habitat for Humanity – $16,600

Habitat Kingston Kids Summer Camps’

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

Habitat for Humanity Kingston Limestone Region will deliver two Habitat Kingston Kids’ Summer Camps for local children aged 8-12, from families otherwise unable to afford the cost of summer camps. Our camps will see the children select, design and build a woodworking project in our Training & Event Centre, under professional supervision.

Regina Rosen Food First Fund

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

Addiction and Mental Health Services KFLA – cooking equipment.

Algonquin and Limestone Catholic District School Board- St. Francis of Assissi School – cooking and food preparation program.

Boys & Girls Club of Kingston & Area – healthy snack program.

Habitat for Humanity – food supplies for volunteer builders.

Helen Tufts Nursery School – healthy snacks and healthy eating programs.

Interchurch Refugee Partnership – food for refugees.

Martha’s Table – food supplies for weekend meals.

Nightlight Canada – food supplies for nightly drop-in centre.

Outreach St. George’s – Lunch By George.

Queen’s University- Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre – food for feasts and events.

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church – Sunday free meal program.

St. George’s Cathedral – refugee family support.

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