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.
The All Saints Community Centre
All Saints Community Centre will provide access to inclusive recreational activities for children and youth from low income and equity deserving families in North Waterloo. The community centre will be a state-of-the art, accessible facility, featuring a gym and multi-sport equipment, enabling a wide range of programs and activities.
Breslau Grand Splash Park
Improving community space by constructing a public use splash park that will serve all residents of Breslau and surrounding area.
Kitchener Relocation and Expansion – building brighter futures for kids in our community
KidsAbility is moving their Kitchener location to a larger more accessible space to better serve their families and partners. More centralized services to Kitchener families will provide a seamless, integrated program experience. The new space will be flexible to change with the ever-shifting needs of KidsAbility’s families.
Creating Children's Counselling Space in Cambridge
While Porchlight Counselling and Addiction Services has continued to grow and develop their supports to meet growing community need, their facilities have not kept pace. This grant will support Porchlight to find a new home for their counselling services, including new and expanded children's counselling spaces.
PHCG/LSHF Capital Improvement
Preston Heights Community Group has been present and growing in their community since 1986. Needed capital improvements to their centre space will allow them to continue investing in youth over the short and long term, by providing additional programming and development opportunities that have traditionally not been possible in the neighbourhood.
Education pond and inclusive washrooms for Every Child Outdoors
The project supports the installation of an educational pond and several other important facility and storage upgrades. The washrooms at the ECO Centre will be made transgender-inclusive, and rare will install a transgender-inclusive pit toilet on the south side trail network in Blair to make this area accessible to young children from JK to Grade 2.
THEMUSEUM Science at Play Stage
THEMUSEUM is adding a dedicated science education presentation space, the Science At Play stage, to its third floor. The stage is designed to facilitate high-quality, interpreter-led education programs and demonstrations for children K-12 in school groups and young families, enriching their learning opportunities.
Creating a family friendly outdoor space where women and children can heal and grow.
Transforming the outdoors at Aspen Place into a welcoming communal area for families to heal and grow. Creating outdoor therapeutic space for children to have structured/ unstructured play-based learning and family recreational time. A community garden will provide residents with staff led horticulture therapeutic programing and additional food for families.
Wellesley Township Youth Centre - All Wheels Park
The Wellesley Township “All Wheels Park” is a place for local children and youth to have fun and participate in a variety of activities. It is designed to overcome physical and economic barriers in accessing recreation. It is also a safe place for youth to gather and be themselves.
Play ground for block line supportive housing
Up to $50,000
YWKW has built two new supportive housing projects on Block Line Road. The buildings opened for families in April 2023. This grant will fund the building of a play ground for the children.
North Dumfries Skatepark
The North Dumfries Skatepark will be a free to use, multi-use skatepark facility constructed in the town of Ayr. The skatepark will be 10,000 sq ft and made of concrete. The skatepark is designed to offer a safe experience for beginners yet challenge the expert user.
Enhancing Creative, Inclusive and Resilient Spaces for Children and Youth
The Family Centre is creating a spacious, multipurpose, flexible, accessible and healthy space as per the Universal Design Principles. This space will enable them to scale out the arts-based resilience programs, to make them accessible to a larger number of children and youth, and to expand their network of community partners.
Winterizing the Steckle Teaching Kitchen
Steckle Heritage Farm is winterizing their teaching kitchen to offer year-round food literacy programming for children and their families. The teaching kitchen is distinguished as a cooking and learning space for the community to explore where their food comes from, eating healthily and seasonally, and develop food preparation skills.
Phase II Outdoor Learning Space – Therapeutic Climbing Frame and Gardens
The grant will support the building of a safe and therapeutic outdoor space at Lutherwood’s Children’s Mental Health Treatment center. By harmonizing mental health, physical health and education with the outdoors, they will support better outcomes and experiences for youth at Lutherwood. Through alternative learning environments, youth will learn healthy risk- taking and to make positive choices.
Environmental program facilities at rare's Lamb's Inn
In order to support their environmental program and partnership growth, the existing board room will be turned into a multi-purpose classroom, a room for an Indigenous Elder-in-Residence will be added, and additional office space for new educators and collaborators will be created. A tipi will also be acquired and erected on site, to host groups and sacred fires.
Community Legacy Project: St. Mary’s High School
The project features a multi-use court where people can play a variety of sports as well as a green gym, frisbee golf course, and walking trail. The area will be lit to provide extended play after hours and create a space for activity in a high-density neighbourhood.
Woolwich Recreational Facility Foundation
ZipKrooz for Bolender
Elmira is growing rapidly and in order to relieve the pressure on the only other park in Elmira, in 2018, they installed a splashpad in Bolender Park. In order to provide more play activity they will be installing a ZipKrooz (zipline) in Bolender Park.
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.