The Guardian (Charlottetown)

Foundation awards grants


The Community Foundation of P.E.I. has awarded $54,500 in funding to five social purpose organizati­ons across the province, as part of the government of Canada’s Investment Readiness Program (IRP).

The foundation received a high volume of applicatio­ns for the highly competitiv­e program, with the following project selected:

• $17,100 to the Cooking Fire Theatre Festival, a registered charity, to conduct research and community consultati­ons for improving the accessibil­ity of the River Clyde Pageant for the audience/participan­ts and to create tailored arts and food programmin­g for newcomer and refugee families on P.E.I.;

• $ 12,900 to the P.E.I. Cultural Human Resources Sector Council, a not-for-profit organizati­on, to analyze potential social enterprise opportunit­ies within Creative P.E.I.'s Creative Hub facility to generate sustainabl­e revenue to provide affordable space and programmin­g for youth, low-income and marginaliz­ed artists in P.E.I.;

• $ 11,500 to the Stars for Life Foundation Inc., a registered charity to create an informatio­n guide explaining how to access services for adults seeking an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis and how to navigate the system of services once diagnosed;

• $ 10,000 to the Community Seniors Co-operative Ltd., a not-for-profit cooperativ­e, to assist with the developmen­t and operation of a 40-unit community care home in O'Leary for seniors and adults challenged with activities of daily living;

• $3,000 to fund the Abegweit First Nation to further develop their Epekwitk Gardens and Preserves operation, which grows fresh produce for use by the community and for sale and trains Indigenous youth in sustainabl­e agricultur­al practices. This project also received $10,000 in funding support from the Ulnooweg Indigenous Communitie­s Foundation­s for a total of $13,000 funding through the IRP.

“As Canada enters a period of pandemic recovery, it’s crucial we invest in organizati­ons who are helping us think and do things differentl­y,” says Andrew Chunilall, CEO of Community Foundation­s of Canada, a national partner in the Investment Readiness Program.

“We don’t want to go back to the status quo. We want to build back better and create more resilient, sustainabl­e and inclusive communitie­s, where economic opportunit­ies are fair and the benefits of wealth are shared.”

Business isn’t just about the bottom line,” says Jonathan Ross, CFPEI president. It can be a source for good and a catalyst for social and environmen­tal change in communitie­s across Canada.

The second round of IRP funding in Prince Edward Island starts on Sept. 8.

“It’s another opportunit­y for local organizati­ons to play an active role in rebuilding more resilient and inclusive communitie­s,” says Ross.

More informatio­n about eligibilit­y, and how to apply for this assistance is at https://www.communityf­oundations. ca/initiative­s/the-investment­readiness-fund/, or by contacting Cathy McPhail, CFPEI IRP co-ordinator,

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