Spring 2022 Community Grants Announcement
A total of $518,328 granted to 36 local charities
Over the last few years, our local charities provided essential services where it was needed most. They now face new challenges as restrictions ease and community members return to public spaces.
This makes the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area’s milestone grant of $518K to 37 local charities an uplifting reminder of what happens when charities, donors, and our community come together.
“We are just so grateful to the Community Foundation and our whole community for making this happen. It really highlights what can be achieved collaboratively,” said Shawn Seargeant, Director of Operations for Lionhearts Inc., one of the charities that received a grant earlier this month.
After receiving notice from the Community Foundation of their successful grant, Lionhearts immediately purchased and installed pallet racking for the Community Food Redistribution Warehouse. This grant will allow Lionhearts to accept more types of donations, preventing food waste and supporting food security within our community.
Community Food Redistribution Warehouse’s newly installed pallet racking holding 47,500 lbs of potatoes that will go towards supporting food security within our community.
Other funded projects range from building community connection, increasing food security, promoting mental health and education, and inspiring creativity through participation in the arts.
The full list of projects can be seen below.
Funding for the Community Grants program comes from the Foundation’s endowment funds – funds established and grown by local residents wanting to make our community a better place FOR GOOD ∞ FOR EVER ∞ FOR ALL.
The Community Foundation welcomes local charities to apply to its competitive grants program twice a year. The next call for proposals will open in the Fall.
Spring 2022 Community Grant Recipients:
41 Projects totalling $518,328
Arts & Culture
Cantabile Choirs – Children and Youth Programming, $4,500
From The Audrey and Peter Scholes Memorial Fund
Cantabile Choirs offers programs and services that prioritize accessible music education and artistic development for both children and youth. Through engaging weekly rehearsals, culturally-diverse concert programming, and community-based outreach opportunities, Cantabile’s Children and Youth Programs emphasize the importance of creating safe spaces to follow passions and explore adolescence in a fun and educational environment. This grant will ensure that this programming continues with sufficient resources to support online and in-person concert delivery and ensure that organizational resources are concentrated on delivering the highest artistic and educational programming possible.
Impact: 200 children and youth will participate in music educational programs that support their artistic development and provide opportunity to build social connection with peers.
Kingston School of Art – Emergency Operational Funding, $10,000
From the Ruth and Stu Barton Community Fund, the Community Fund, and the Neil Currie Davis Fund
The Kingston School of Art (KSOA) continues to run a full roster of classes and workshops to ensure that their instructors – artists within our community – continue to have employment opportunities despite the ongoing pandemic. This grant will support the longer-term sustainability of the KSOA, particularly as the community slowly returns to art programming. Funding will ensure resiliency for KSOA and the ability to offer affordable art education while supporting community artists.
Impact: More than 50 artists and their students will be able to continue with art classes and workshops. This will ultimately support the longer-term sustainability of the Kingston School of Art.
KPP Concerts – Spring Reverb, $6,000
Charitable Partner: The Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Instrument Lending Library
From the Edward Ratcliffe Fund, the Mrs. Rupert Davies Fund, and the Arts & Culture Community Fund
Spring Reverb will be a showcase and industry event for local Kingston musicians. Running June 1st to 4th, each day will feature an Industry Panel Event, a Networking Mixer, and an Artist Showcase. The panels will feature industry leaders from record labels, management, and publicity companies, booking agencies, and others. This will be a free of charge opportunity for the public to learn more about various facets of the music industry. After the panels, there will be an evening concert featuring high-potential industry ready local artists. The objective of this event is to create a platform where high-potential local artists can be seen by Canadian music industry heavyweights, leading to new deals, signings, and opportunities for further growth.
Impact: 12 local musicians will have the opportunity to perform in front of industry professionals, potentially leading towards new opportunities.
Salon Theatre – The First Play of the City of Wine Cycle, $15,000
From the Ruth and Stu Barton Community Fund
Salon Theatre will produce the first play of City of Wine, HARMONIA, a story of liberation. It tells of forbidden love between a goddess and a mortal and, by implication supported by intentional casting, will confront racism on an elemental level. Outreach for both participants and audiences will include and accommodate people experiencing barriers to theatre activities, such as youth at risk or parents with young children. Preparations for the production, including but not limited to rehearsals, will include workshops in which experienced members of the ensemble will offer mentorships and training to others.
Impact: More than a thousand individuals, including youth at risk and youth theatre group members, will be able to participate and/or attend a local professional theatre production, providing a unique learning opportunity.
Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston – Our Great Lakes: Celebrating our Freshwater Resource, $12,000
From the McArthur Connidis Arts Fund, the Dr. Patricia Minnes Fund Supporting People Living with Developmental Disabilities, the Douglas Branton Fell Memorial Fund, the Environmental Legacy Fund, and the Ruth and Stu Barton Environmental Fund
The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes aims to inspire an enduring connection to the maritime heritage of Kingston and the Great Lakes. The purpose of this program is to increase accessibility to the Museum’s educational programs and commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Through planned workshops, Artist-Participants from the H’art Centre Studio will explore maritime heritage topics and develop an art installation at the Museum that celebrates the Great Lakes. In parallel, the public will be invited to engage with a modified program to encourage intergenerational conversations and connections with local waterways.
Impact: More than 500 individuals, including Artist-Participants from the H’art Centre, will participate in workshops and help create a public art installation, generating awareness for the protection of natural resources.
Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association, Kingston Branch – Opening Recital of the ORMTA 2022 Provincial Convention, $1,500
From the Mrs. Rupert Davies Fund
The Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association (ORMTA) has more than 1,300 registered music teachers and members. Their aim is to encourage and provide high calibre music education. For the first time in 30 years, Kingston has been chosen as the host of the three-day ORMTA 2022 Convention. This grant will help pay for the performers’ fees for a concert scheduled for Friday, July 22nd, 2022, at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts (IBCPA), featuring two singers and three pianists.
Impact: This recital will allow 200 convention attendees, including local music teachers, to have an opportunity to explore their love of classical music.
Beyond Classrooms Kingston – Museum Inquiry Kits, $12,150
From the Cyril E. Wharrie and Evelyn D. Wharrie Fund, the Frank & Sarah Good Memorial Fund, and the Ruth and Stu Barton Community Fund
Beyond Classrooms Kingston moves teachers and students into community spaces to support students with the development of literacy, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. This project will create two Museum Inquiry Kits to bring heritage collections and expertise to enrich the lives of youth. Both kits will contain videos and activities centered around local heritage. Input from Indigenous community members and school board contacts will be sought to include Indigenous history. Students will create their own art representing what they have learned about Kingston’s heritage and add their own stories, empowering students to contribute their own narrative to Kingston’s heritage.
Impact: This kit will allow 480 students and their teachers to access videos and activities surrounding local heritage that contribute to youth resiliency and community wellbeing.
Children’s Mental Health
Kingston Community Health Centres – Serve and Return: The Power of a Parent’s Touch, $23,900
From the Sunnyside Children’s Fund, the Infant Mental Health: Building Resiliency for a Lifetime Fund, and the Laszlo Acs Memorial Fund
Kingston Community Health Centres will offer a Serve and Return (S&R) parenting program designed to nurture parent-child relationships, engage parents in self-care related to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), while strengthening social connections and building resilience through science and evidence-based practice. This program will employ a mix of coaching, discussion, modelling, and self-reflection, all with the aim to strengthen parental core capabilities. Through S&R, parents gain knowledge and tools that strengthen parenting mastery, build core capabilities, develop healthy coping strategies, and build resilience to prevent intergenerational ACEs.
Impact: 60 mothers will have the opportunity to strengthen parental capacity and establish stronger parent-infant bonds.
St. Lawrence Youth Association – Specialized Treatment Program for Youth with Concerning Sexual Behaviour, $25,000
From the Sunnyside Children’s Fund
St. Lawrence Youth Association (SLYA) will offer a continuation of a community based specialized treatment program for youth ages 12-24 years old, who demonstrate significant sexual behaviour problems, concerning sexualized behaviour, and/or who have offended sexually. The model offers the specialized knowledge, evidence-informed practice, and flexibility to provide a range of assessment and treatment services for youth displaying concerning behaviours. The program will enhance local mental health services, which currently have extensive waitlists, and reduce the risk of inappropriate sexualized behaviour and sexual assault. SLYA will offer a safe, trauma-informed, culturally sensitive, non-judgmental approach to assist youth and their families with these sensitive topics.
Impact: 20 youth who demonstrate significant sexual behaviour problems and their families will receive treatment and support services.
BGC South East – Mental Health Boost for Kids, $28,320
From the Parker Family Fund, the Cameron and Laurie Thompson Fund, and the Sunnyside Children’s Fund
For over 28 years, BGC South East has provided recreational, educational, and experiential programming for children and youth. This project aims to implement a mental health focused program for children ages four to twelve during weekends. Programs will span a variety of activity types, from physical activity to arts and science, and explore diverse mental health topics.
Impact: For 24 weekends, children ages 4 to 12 will be able to engage in activities that explore diverse mental health topics and promote the development of physical health and social wellbeing.
Loving Spoonful – Community Harvest Garden, Central Kingston, $15,000
From The Audrey and Peter Scholes Memorial Fund
Loving Spoonful has recently taken over the administration of the long-running grassroots project Community Harvest (CH) Kingston. The CH Garden engages dozens of community members and is a site for community building as well as knowledge and skill sharing related to agroecological food production. This year, Loving Spoonful will establish a second Community Harvest Garden and Market at the Calvin Park branch of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library. This site will maximize engagement and inclusion of newcomer communities, a demographic that experiences high rates of food insecurity but is currently underserved by food security programming.
Impact: 400 individuals, including newcomers, will be able to access locally produced foods and form strong ties within their community.
Kingston Historical Society – Murney Tower Museum Audio Tour, $9,680
From the Cyril E. Wharrie and Evelyn D. Wharrie Fund, the Michael Potter Memorial Fund, the William Cherry Fund, and the Anonymous #2 Endowment Fund
As a military fortification constructed in 1846, the Murney Tower Museum is physically inaccessible. The museum seeks to improve the community’s access to Kingston’s broader cultural and military heritage through the production and implementation of an audio tour. Having the audio tour available on the Kingston Historical Society website and inside the museum will foster community connections and ensure that the Murney Tower Museum remains accessible to all audiences. By working closely with a local audio production company, the Kingston Historical Society will create a tour that is professionally produced and narrated to ensure a high-quality, captivating experience for all audiences.
Impact: The development of an audio tour will increase accessibility and foster interest in history and heritage of Kingston for the 6,500 yearly visitors to the Murney Tower Museum.
The Mess Open Arts Studio – Safe and Efficient Operations, $10,104
From the Gordon Barr Ltd. Fund and the Edward Ratcliffe Fund
The Mess Open Arts Studio provides a safe and healthy space for artistic expression, with a focus on engagement and empowerment of community members. Many members share that visiting The Mess Open Arts Studio is the highlight of their week. This grant will support the operations of the Studio and allow them to continue to provide art supplies and food without cost and support community members to build a greater sense of self-acceptance, confidence, and inner dignity through art.
Impact: Up to 50 individuals per week will have access to a safe art space that empowers participants in building independence and resiliency.
Education & Literacy
Kingston Literacy & Skills – Literacy and Basic Skills Support for Tipi Moza, $17,988
From The Bronskill Group Fund and the Robert W. Clark Endowment Fund
Kingston Literacy & Skills (KL&S) has provided Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) training to Kingston and the surrounding areas for over four decades. Through this project, KL&S will provide targeted Literacy and Basic Skills training to residents of Tipi Moza Indigenous Transitional Housing. The training will include professional development and the application of Indigenous-focused learning strategies and materials. KL&S staff will equip a learning space and work onsite at Tipi Moza to deliver a weekly customized curriculum to adult residents based on Individual Learner Plans to support their employment and independence goals.
Impact: 19 to 25 Indigenous community members living in Transitional Housing will receive Literacy and Basic Skills training, supporting their goal of gaining employment and independence.
Loving Spoonful – GROWing Stronger: A GROW Project Initiative, $14,973
From The Audrey and Peter Scholes Memorial Fund and the Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Home Children’s Endowment Fund
Loving Spoonful provides programs that impact food security, poverty, social inclusion, and community health across Kingston & Area. Their GROW Project aims to empower children to become leaders in building a strong, connected community surrounding good food by providing a series of seven curriculum-connected workshops for Grades 4 to 8, and curriculum extensions for kindergarten to Grade 3. This project will offer a full year of experiential learning opportunities that will help set the foundation for lifelong healthy behaviours. The activities may include preparing seeds balls with students for them to take home and providing garden vegetables to educate and empower students on the importance of good food for healthier, more connected communities.
Impact: 588 children will receive a full year of experiential learning opportunities that will empower them to become leaders in building a connected community surrounding healthy food.
Frontier College – Championing Literacy in Kingston, $15,000
From the Smart & Caring Community Fund, the Kingston Whig-Standard Literacy Endowment Fund, the Marion Meyer Opportunity Fund, the Elisabeth Heney Fund for Literacy, and the Robert W. Clark Endowment Fund
Frontier College works with volunteers and community partners to improve literacy among communities. This grant will allow Frontier College to provide literacy support to children and youth in low-income neighbourhoods in Kingston through individual and small group tutoring and after-school programs. Literacy support programs are particularly important now when many children and youth have experienced pandemic-related learning loss and need additional support to come up to grade level. As well, for children and youth who are struggling and have limited access to learning supports outside of school, these programs are critical for ensuring that they can build their skills and become more engaged with learning.
Impact: 80 children and youth living in low-income neighbourhoods will receive literacy and numeracy tutoring, to support skill development and build confidence.
Kingston Literacy & Skills – Literacy and Basic Skills Support Programming, $15,000
From the Richard Moorehouse Fund, the Elisabeth Heney Fund for Literacy, and the Larry Gibson Community Fund
Kingston Literacy & Skills (KL&S) offers free instruction in literacy, numeracy, digital literacy, and pre-employment skills to adult learners seeking new employment, workforce retraining, further education, apprenticeship, and/or independence. Enrollment and engagement have been severely impacted by the pandemic, but a significant increase in enrollment over the next 12 months is expected as restrictions lift. This grant will allow for additional staff hours to provide training for new and returning learners seeking employment and workforce upgrades post-pandemic.
Impact: Up to 45 learners will receive free instruction in literacy, numeracy, digital literacy, and pre-employment skills, to support their goal of seeking employment, education, and/or independence.
Book Club for Inmates – Building Bridges Through Books, $10,000
From the Terry Harris Endowment Fund and The Audrey and Peter Scholes Memorial Fund
Book Club for Inmates (BCFI) operate seven monthly book clubs with inmates and volunteers at Bath, Millhaven, Joyceville, and Collins Bay Institution. Typical themes include overcoming adversity, moral dilemmas, and the behaviour of specific characters. In addition, the Children of Inmates Reading Program (ChIRP) builds and enhances a healthier parent and child relationship, develops literacy and listening skills, increases vocabulary and attention spans for children while promoting a love of learning. Each month, the parent experiencing incarceration record themselves reading a book and send the recording with the book to their child. This grant will allow BCFI to purchase books and hire an administrator to run the ChIRP.
Impact: More than 70 individuals experiencing incarceration will receive approximately 1,500 books to promote the development of social skills and literacy. 30 children and their parents experiencing incarceration will have the opportunity to strengthen connection and develop a shared love of reading.
Wintergreen Studios – Nature-Based Virtual Learning Courses, $3,150
From the McArthur Connidis Arts Fund, the Cyril E. Wharrie and Evelyn D. Wharrie Fund, and the David C. Riley Fund
As an educational retreat centre Wintergreen Studios offers workshops and retreats that focus on the arts, environmental education, and sustainable living. Wintergreen Studios recently launched the Virtual Learning Centre, a platform designed to provide community members with engaging courses to help them pursue more creative, inspired, and sustainable ways of living. Through this project, Wintergreen Studios will create two nature-based online courses that will be offered free of charge in perpetuity. This initiative will not only allow Wintergreen Studios to continue providing high-quality, educational offerings to thousands of participants annually, but will also expand the reach to community members across the region and beyond.
Impact: More than a thousand participants will receive, in perpetuity, free high-quality, nature-based educational courses to help them pursue creative and sustainable ways of living.
Queen’s University Biological Station, Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre – Communicating Indigenous Land-Based Learning and STEM to a Broad Audience, $7,092
From the Tha’teioneniienawa’khontie: In the Spirit of Cooperation Fund
The Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre provides opportunities for environmental outreach and education. The Centre will purchase new video and audio equipment that will enrich the quality and reach of programs such as QUILLS (Queen’s University Indigenous Land-based Learning STEM). Videos will include immersive 360-degree habitat videos, drone footage of local landscapes, passive recordings of wildlife in their natural environments, and outdoor interviews with scientists and local Indigenous knowledge keepers. These videos will deepen knowledge and foster interest in sustainable development and environmental stewardship.
Impact: More than a thousand individuals will access video and audio interviews with scientists and knowledge keepers that will allow them to gain insight on Indigenous land-based practices.
Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston – Indigenous-Environmental Inner Harbour Paddle Tour, $15,000
From the Sandiford Family Fund, McArthur Connidis Arts Fund, the Tha’teioneniienawa’khontie: In the Spirit of Cooperation Fund, and the Ruth and Stu Barton Environmental Fund
The Marine Museum aims to preserve, research, and interpret the maritime history of Kingston and the Great Lakes. Through this project, the Marine Museum will provide immersive access to the heritage and environment of Kingston’s Inner Harbour, which is part of Kingston Fortifications National Historic and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Inner Harbour has a rich history of communities coming together and offers a unique ecosystem for cross-cultural environmental discussions on the impact of human activity. Participants will be invited to explore the area by canoe with an Indigenous guide who will share the cultural and environmental heritage of the area, to encourage cultural dialogue and environmental activism.
Impact: An Indigenous tour guide will lead participants through an excursion through Kingston’s Inner Harbour, allowing for increased conversation around a shared social issue – climate change and the protection of waterways.
Health & Social Services
Dress for Success Kingston – Suiting and Learning Programs and Professional Women’s Group Program, $15,000
From the Russell and Susan Park Memorial Fund and the Robert W. Clark Endowment Fund
Dress for Success Kingston empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and developmental tools to help women thrive in work and life. With the support of this grant, Dress for Success Kingston will be able to continue to provide clients who are actively trying to enter or re-enter the workforce with free professional attire and advice. This Fall, Dress for Success Kingston will facilitate an ongoing Professional Women’s Group with mentorship and monthly workshops. These workshops will be hosted and delivered in partnership with local facilitators and volunteers.
Impact: 420 women will receive professional attire and the opportunity to engage in free learning programs, supporting their goal of returning to or finding employment.
Lion Hearts Inc. – Dry Goods Storage for the Community Food Redistribution Warehouse, $10,000
From the Rose Family Fund, The Bronskill Group Fund, and The Audrey and Peter Scholes Memorial Fund
The Community Food Redistribution Warehouse (CFRW) provides space and infrastructure to collect and distribute large donations of healthy foods to local food-providing agencies, preventing waste and allowing for food providing agencies to better support the community. Through the purchase of pallet racking, the CFRW will be able to expand their services to receive large donations of dry goods and other items such as takeaway containers.
Impact: Food providing agencies will have a space to accept donations of consumable items that would otherwise be turned away, allowing for a more food secure community for up to 1,600 individuals.
Victim Services of Kingston and Frontenac – Safety Planning Specialist and Community Support Worker, $15,000
From The Audrey and Peter Scholes Memorial Fund and the Health & Social Services Community Fund
Victim Services of Kingston and Frontenac is a community-based program that provides support for those affected by crime, accident, or tragedy. Through this program, Victim Services will hire a Safety Planning Specialist/Community Support Worker with expertise in safety planning and supporting the needs of those in rural or economically disadvantaged communities. This specialized worker will meet with community members and professionals to develop adaptable safety and service planning specific to each individual’s needs.
Impact: Hundreds of individuals in rural and economically challenged communities will be able to access safety planning services, allowing for more individuals to feel safe in their home and community.
Frontenac Council on Aging – Sunshine Call: Rebuilding Seniors’ Social Networks Project, $15,352
From the Seniors Community Grant Fund, the Richard Moorehouse Fund, and the Theda Anderson Fund
In response to the epidemic of loneliness among isolated seniors, the Frontenac Kingston Council on Aging developed the Sunshine Call Pilot project in 2020. This pilot project, partially funded by the Community Foundation, recruited volunteers to make daily check-in phone calls to seniors. Lessons learned from this pilot have informed the design of this subsequent project to organize coffee meet and greets in partnership with the Seniors Centre. Prior to the pandemic, this activity was popular with seniors and provided valued social connections. Building on this success, the Sunshine Call Project will host 12 get-togethers of call hosts with seniors to foster friendships among participants, thereby making the seniors less dependent on the call hosts.
Impact: 100 seniors will have the opportunity to decrease isolation and foster friendships by establishing new social networks.
Martha’s Table Community Program – Support for Takeout and Delivery Meals, $15,000
From the Bob & Margaret Fund and The Audrey and Peter Scholes Memorial Fund
With the continuation of the pandemic and the restrictions that it imposes and for the safety of program participants, volunteers, and staff, Martha’s Table will continue to offer takeout meals and delivered meals. To accomplish this objective, takeout containers are required to pack meals safely. Many of the individuals served by Martha’s Table experience challenges with housing, financial instability, mental health and substance use. Continuing to serve takeout and delivery meals will support individuals in accessing nutritious meals while keeping them safely distanced to minimize their risk of transmitting COVID-19.
Impact: 350 individuals will be able to receive meals in a safe manner, supporting food security within our community.
Southern Frontenac Community Services Corporation – Replacing the Kitchen Stove, $8,635
From The Audrey and Peter Scholes Memorial Fund
The Southern Frontenac Community Services Corporation prepares 15,000 meals annually through their Meals on Wheels, Seniors & Law Enforcement, Diner’s Clubs, Adult Day Program, and other meal programs. With their current stove no longer properly functioning, a new stove and installation, identical to the existing one, will ensure that Southern Frontenac Community Services Corporation can continue preparing, serving, and delivering these essential meals to seniors and older adults.
Impact: More than 15,000 meals will be served to 425 seniors and adults to increase food security within the rural community.
Alzheimer Society Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington – In Home Recreational Therapy, $25,000
From the Helping Hands for those with Disabilities Fund
The Alzheimer Society of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington will offer in-home recreational services to clients in the Kingston and Frontenac community by hiring a full-time recreational therapist to assist clients with one-on-one in-home recreational therapy. A past pilot project indicated that these one-on-one sessions provided creative outlets that stimulated cognitive abilities, provided meaningful opportunities for social inclusion, and improved overall well-being. The goal is to focus on meeting individuals where they are at and engaging in one-on-one programs and activities that they will enjoy.
Impact: 50 individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias will receive one-on-one in-home recreational therapy, providing meaningful opportunities for decreasing isolation and improving wellbeing.
Autism Ontario – Promising Young Cooks Program, $18,650
From the Ontario Endowment for Children and Youth in Recreation Fund and the Helping Hands for those with Disabilities Fund
Autism Ontario’s Promising Young Cooks Program (PYCP) will include virtual cooking sessions and address food security for children and youth living with autism. The goal is to teach children cooking skills, which will simultaneously help refine their motor and communication skills. PYCP will be delivered virtually so that families have the flexibility to prepare the meals at their preferred dinner time. The pre-recorded video instructions will reduce interruptions in daily routines and prevent over-stimulation from virtual calls. The program will offer two meal kits per month that will serve four individuals each.
Impact: 180 children living with autism will participate in a cooking program that promotes food security and fosters a sense of belonging.
Hospice Kingston – Art Therapy Program, $3,312
From The Henry Fund and the L. Carolyn Dundas Fund in Support of Mental Health
Hospice Kingston’s Art Therapy program will combine traditional psychotherapy and creative expression through art, music, and writing. For individuals who do not have the words to express how they feel, Art Therapy can provide an alternative to traditional talk therapies. Art and creative expression give voice to the processing of difficult experiences whilst finding new perspectives and developing emotional strength to move forward in a positive and healthy manner. The therapeutic interventions for the Art Therapy Program will be designed to support community members through the experience of living with a life-limiting illness and loss by providing a forum to express feelings, thoughts, and reflections.
Impact: 30 to 50 individuals diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and their families will participate in expressive art therapy groups, allowing for a safe space for the expression of grief and an exploration of feelings.
Kingston Community Health Centres – Seniors Connect with Tech, $17,300
From the K-Town Tri Legacy Fund, the David Middleton North End Development Fund, and the Theda Anderson Fund
Due to the pandemic, many seniors’ programming has been greatly reduced, with some programs going virtual. This has left behind the seniors who do not have access to devices and/or the internet. The key objective of this project is to reduce social isolation among at risk seniors living on a low income in Kingston. The program will provide seniors with access to a device on a loan basis, education on using the device, and facilitate a low-cost online provider. Throughout the project a technology mentor will facilitate a senior friendly transition to using online programs and services by supporting the senior through the learning curve needed to operate in an online environment confidently and safely.
Impact: Up to 30 seniors will receive support, education, and mentoring with technology, allowing for social connection and access to accessible online programming.
Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre – Wildlife Stewardship Course: Training our Community to Care for Wildlife, $8,417
From the Marion Meyer Opportunity Fund
Each year, Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre (SPWC) sees many patients admitted by members of the community who find an animal in distress while working. This has included officers finding a deer on the highway, prison guards finding birds in barbed wire, and contractors finding bats out of hibernation in a home. While many individuals contact SPWC for support, basic training is needed for professionals to triage situations and act quickly to get an animal out of distress. This grant will allow the creation of an online course on Wildlife Stewardship for Professionals in Kingston and the surrounding region. Course topics will include signs of an animal in distress, how to safely bring wildlife in need to SPWC, and how to prevent injuries to wildlife in various work settings.
Impact: Individuals who encounter wildlife through their work will be able to receive training to support animals experiencing distress, mitigating preventable harm for wildlife in the community.
Children, Youth & Family Services Collaboration – Relationship Building & Coordination, $12,500
Charitable Partner: Maltby Centre
From the Sunnyside Children’s Fund
This funding will support the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Children Youth and Family Services Collaborative (CYFSC). CYFSC is a voluntary association of approximately 50 organizations responsible for the provision of services and supports to children, youth and their families and facilitates a monthly forum for information exchange, coordinated service planning, collective impact, training, and knowledge sharing and exchange. The mission of the Collaborative is to work together to plan and promote a seamless network of responsive services and supports for children, youth, and families and to ensure all individuals feel included and supported regardless of age, background, ethnicity, or circumstances.
Impact: This association of 50 organizations support the facilitation of information exchanged and integrated service planning of agencies serving children, youth, and families. Organizations will better able to coordinate their services, ultimately benefiting more than 50,000 children.
The Kidney Foundation – Short Term Financial Assistance Program, $850
From an Anonymous Donor
The Kidney Foundation is an organization committed to eliminating the burden of kidney disease through research, education, and advocacy. This program provides funding to kidney patients to offset the costs of living with kidney disease and dialysis treatment in a hospital or clinic setting, such as covering transportation costs to and from treatment and paying for medication, groceries, and blood pressure machines. This financial assistance will be provided to patients when they have exhausted all other options. The program helps patients get through the financial struggles that often come when one requires dialysis treatment 3-4 times per week and when work life becomes disrupted.
Impact: 25 individuals living with kidney disease will receive emergency financial assistance.
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church – Phase 2 of Flooring Historic Manse to Allow Expansion of Ryandale Transition House, $9,000
From the Marguerite Bourgeoys Housing Fund and The Audrey and Peter Scholes Memorial Fund
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church has been leased at cost to Ryandale Transitional Housing as a stage two transitional house for men. This grant will allow St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church to professionally install vinyl plank flooring throughout the second floor of the two-story historically designated church manse building. The new flooring will provide an updated and dignified living space for the residents as they transition towards self-sustaining living within the community.
Impact: 7 residents of Ryandale Transitional Housing will be able to receive a safe and dignified living space, supporting their transition towards independence and self-sufficiency.
The Corporation of Loyalist Township – Legacies of Loyalist, $4,325
From the Chown Fund and the Douglas Branton Fell Memorial Fund
The Legacies of Loyalist project will chronicle the unique stories of six residents of Loyalist Township, who have lived through significant changes throughout the decades. Interviewees will share their personal stories through audio and video recordings about their lives growing up in a rural community in the past. The recordings will be made available for public enjoyment through copies at the local library, on the Loyalist Township website, social media channels, and at a community reception.
Impact: The audio and video recordings of 6 long term residents of Loyalist Township will allow for the preservation and reflection of local experiences.
Extend-A-Family Kingston – Children’s Program and Summer Camp Pandemic Recovery, $15,000
From the Dr. Patricia Minnes Fund Supporting People Living with Developmental Disabilities, the Ontario Endowment for Children and Youth in Recreation Fund, and the Marion and John Dunn Fund
Extend-A-Family Kingston (EAFK) Children’s Program serves children with physical, developmental disabilities, and/or autism spectrum disorder. Many individuals supported have exceptional behavioural, cognitive, sensory, and/or medical needs which cannot be accommodated through other programs. This grant will help EAFK adapt their summer camp and school year program and provide in-person and virtual options focused on developing life skills, fitness, physical and mental wellness, and social learning. Children attending the program will create memories that last a lifetime and their families will receive respite support to attend to other demands in their life.
Impact: 40 children living with disabilities will receive social recreational learning opportunities, leading to increased community connection, engagement, and relationship building skills.
Youth Diversion Program – Community Engagement Support Program, $18,417
From the Rose Family Fund, the Young Adults Mental Health Fund, and the Sunnyside Children’s Fund
The Youth Diversion Program provides prevention, intervention, and educational services to support youth in overcoming challenges. In partnership with the Limestone District School Board (LDSB), this project will address the need to support students not attending school due to pandemic-related mental health issues and/or at risk of being charged under the Education Act for not attending school. Youth Diversion will create a point of contact for LDSB staff to send referrals and support 50 youth by providing access to mental health, life skills, and outreach services to ultimately support youth in returning to school.
Impact: 50 youth experiencing barriers that impact their ability to return to school will have access to mental health, life skills, and outreach services to support school engagement.
Kingston Community Health Centres, Pathways to Education – Program Connector, $15,000
From the Jim & Julie Parker Fund, The Tackaberry Heating Supplies Fund, The Bronskill Group Fund, and the Ontario Endowment for Children and Youth in Recreation Fund
Pathways to Education supports the success of youth in the community. During the pandemic, two programs, Pathways CHEF and Outdoor Academy launched to tremendous success. The Pathways CHEF program delivers food kits to students and facilitates a virtual cooking session, where students develop their cooking skills and learn about healthy eating, budgeting, and self-care. The Outdoor Academic program provides land-based, experiential learning opportunities for students guided by Indigenous knowledge keepers to increase physical literacy and address reconciliation by sharing Indigenous teachings. Through this grant, a Program Connector will be hired to expand these programs and reach more youth in the community.
Impact: 75 students will receive learning opportunities to explore healthy eating, budgeting, and physical literacy.
Food Sharing Project – Adding Prepared Foods to School Meal Programs, A Pilot Project, $10,212
From the Wilson Family Fund, the Cameron and Laurie Thompson Fund, and the Bob & Margaret Fund
The Food Sharing Project has been providing nutritious foods to students since 1985. This pilot project will include the addition of healthy packaged foods delivered to schools between April and June 2022. School Nutrition Program Coordinators often do not have time to prepare healthy breakfasts, lunches, or snacks, or are restricted from preparing foods due to health and safety protocols and are reliant on pre-packaged, individually portioned items provided by The Food Sharing Project. The packaged food will be prepared by Great Lakes Kitchen, which provides paid employment for adults living with mental health disorders. The results of this pilot project will be evaluated for feasibility and possible expansion.
Impact: 3,700 healthy meals will be delivered to 400 children to increase food security within our community.
YMCA of Eastern Ontario – Subsidized Program Access, $10,000
From the Ontario Endowment for Children and Youth in Recreation Fund
YMCA of Eastern Ontario strives to help create an inclusive community where all have equal access to health and recreational programming contributing to better physical and mental health. The Subsidized Access Program covers participation with all YMCA camp programs including the Work Hard Eat Well program, a food and physical literacy program at Rideau Heights Community Centre and the Y Penguins Program for children living with physical disabilities. All children and youth, regardless of age, race, religion, gender, ability, or economic circumstance may register without fear of not being able to pay full or partial fees.
Impact: Hundreds of children and youth will received subsidized YMCA membership, ensuring financial cost is not a barrier to participating in programs that promote physical activity.