The purpose of this grant program is to increase access to facilities offering recreation and character-building programs for children and youth (0 – 16 years) from low-income families.
Growing Community One Neighbour At A Time – Erb West
The Erb West Community Centre will be a place for community members to come together and build friendships, encourage belonging and celebrate the rich, diverse neighbourhood they live in. It will allow people to develop and foster ways that they can contribute in their community and feel proud of where they live and what they have to offer.
Laurel Creek Nature Centre Discovery Room
Renovations to the Discovery Room at the Laurel Creek Nature Centre will increase the functionality and usability of the room itself. Animal care and display areas will be re-envisioned to create larger, healthier and more engaging habitats. The doors and windows will be replaced to allow nature to breathe through the building. Shading the outdoor deck will reconnect the indoor space to the outdoor space and create passive cooling for the building.
Growing Our Community Spaces
The construction of a portable recreation space and playground will enhance and expand the opportunities for inclusive and affordable recreation activities for children and youth in the Greenway Chaplin Community. It will be an accessible space to meet the growing demands of the community in which they serve.
Connecting Cambridge – Stronger Together
KidsAbility is dedicated to bringing services as close to families as possible and providing a seamless, integrated service experience. By establishing a Cambridge hub, they can increase accessibility for families, support thier partners and advance excellence in service provision.
Outdoor Classroom, Sports Field and Trails at Lutherwood
Harmonizing mental health, physical health and education with the outdoors supports better outcomes and experiences for youth in our community. Through alternative learning environments that empower risk-taking and making choices using a new outdoor classroom, a restored sports field and an expanded forest trail the project will integrate learning, physical activity and mental wellness.
Franklin Public School and Park Multisport Court
Their objective is to restore the multisport court (basketball, tennis, winter rink) at Franklin Public School and Park. This project will provide a highly utilized recreational space that will promote physical activity and social opportunities for children and youth in the community and at Franklin Public School.
Healthy Living and Learning Community Hub
The Healthy Living and Learning Community Hub is a multi-phased community-driven project that is optimizing infrastructure at St. Benedict School and Idea Exchange Clemens Mills to create a multi-generational, year-round, fully accessible and functional centre that supports the needs and interests of children and youth and fosters relationship-building with their families and neighbours of all ages.
Fiddlesticks Historic Fireplace Restoration
Fiddlesticks 'Campfire's burning ~Outdoor Youth Engagement' project would not be possible without the restoration of the historic outdoor fireplace on our community centre property.
Shade's Mills Natural Playground & Amphitheatre
The Shade's Mills Natural Playground will be located within Shade's Mills Conservation Area. This area will feature structures such as logs, boulders, and other naturally occurring materials that provide children and youth with an opportunity to play and create in a safe outdoor environment. This playground will support the GRCA's Outdoor Education Program, YMCA/YWCA Day Camps and all park visitors.
Expanding Hope Campaign
With 9 therapists, 2 administrators and a 50% increase in counseling services over the past four years, ICCC's main strategic goal for 2014-2017 was acquisition of additional counseling space. The Expanding Hope Campaign will support our mission to improve services, increase accessibility and ultimately provide the best possible mental health services in a rural community.
Growing Spaces Together
KCA is moving to ground level and with the City of Cambridge are renovating the space so that all community members will have accessible space to participate in programs and services meeting their needs. Equally important, is creating a warm, friendly atmosphere for youth, cultivating a sense of belonging.
Building the Grow Centre
Langs began operating Popcorn House programs in 2012. In January 2015, Popcorn House found a new home in Hespeler; it was re-branded as the Grow Community Centre. Exterior improvements are desperately needed to be more appealing to both the community at large and neighbourhood residents accessing programs and services.
Affordable Housing for Low Income Households in Elmira
A multi-generational low-income housing apartment building that will strengthen young families by intentionally building support networks and relationships within the building; seniors mentoring young parents. The barrier free construction will also benefit family households where a family member may be experiencing mobility challenges.
Youth Mixed Media Production Studio
The Commons Studio project is developing a mixed media production studio and workshop area in the basement of 256 King Street East in Kitchener. We will offer low income youth opportunities through camps and workshops to build skills related to film-making and production, and stop-animation.
Underground Studio - a community makerspace
The Underground Studio at THEMUSEUM is a makerspace for experimentation to bolster Waterloo Region's culture of ingenuity, and provide youth with the tools, supervision and know-how to ignite their passions. Expertly designed education programs are led by THEMUSEUM, with help of partners in Waterloo Region to create a breeding ground for future woodworkers, computer engineers, electricians, techies and do-it-yourself enthusiasts.
Moffat Creek Public School Wetland Learning Grounds
Our goal is to transform the school yard into an interactive natural learning environment filled with options for inquiry-based study, native to our beautiful wetland location, while providing engaging play opportunity in shaded areas. Children will expand imaginations, sense of adventure and ability to assess risks in a safe environment while becoming environmental stewards and advocates.
Heart of the Community - Active Living Centre
The project will add accessible play and recreation facilities complementing the existing infrastructure of sports field, track, fitness stations, school facilities and public library to create an Active Living Centre. This will create a foundation for a wide variety of programming to support the healthy development of youth and families.
Rebuild Haven House....She Deserves It
Indoor children and youth play and programming area at Haven House which serves children escaping violence and abuse in our Region.
Splash Pad/Ice Rink
We will build an Ice Rink & Splash Pad System which will have dual year round use of one common concrete pad. The concrete pad will have refrigeration for continued use in winter and have splash pad features installed in summer
Re-purpose Chaplin Family YMCA First Floor & Relocate the YMCA Teen Drop-In Zone
Re-purpose the Chaplin Family YMCA First Floor (West Wing) and Relocate the YMCA Teen Drop-In Zone, there increasing access to recreation for low income youth in the Cambridge community.