Over the past three weeks, GBCF board members have fanned out across our community to deliver cheques to the charities selected to receive grants this year. We’ll be posting their “selfies” on our Facebook page over the next little while, so check it out to see lots of happy faces!
Granting is never easy – there are always lots of great projects, and limited money. This year we had $65,000 to grant, and requests for more than $120,000. The Grants Committee is made up of volunteer leaders with a passion for making a difference in our community – thanks to all of you for your wisdom and hard work!
The 2018 grant recipients are:
- Canadian Cancer Society, to support the Wheels of Hope program, which uses volunteer drivers to take Grand Bend area cancer patients to medical appointments and treatments.
- Diabetes Canada, to enable one child from this area to attend an educational summer camp.
- The Global Literacy project, to recycle surplus school furniture and supplies by sending them to developing countries.
- The Grand Bend Legion, to support the installation of an elevator at this important community facility.
- To Jessica’s House, to help defray the cost of transferring patients to the hospice.
- To Wednesday’s Familiar Favorites Concert Series, to improve the quality of sound during the popular beachfront concerts.
- To Sauble Court, to replace the gas fireplace in the lounge, the only source of heat during a power outage.
- To Big Brothers Big Sisters South Huron to support group programming and in-school mentoring.
- To OneCare to support the purchase of new footcare equipment for use at the Grand Bend clinic, and to offer blood pressure clinics in Exeter.
- To Easter Seals, to enable one child from this area to attend a summer camp for children with disabilities.
- To the Art Centre, to support the music program at Grand Bend Public School.
- To the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, to support the Jones Bridge project, making the Morrison Dam trail safer.
- To Bosanquet Public School, to support science and technology workshops.
Chair Penny Nelligan (far right back) celebrates with children and parents at Big Brothers Big Sisters South Huron. The GBCF grant will support the Big Bunch group program and the in -school mentoring program.