Spring 2024 Community Grants will support 26 local charitable initiatives

Some of the organizations supported by the 2024 spring grants.

The Community Foundation for Kingston and Area (CFKA) has announced the recipients of the Spring 2024 Community Grants program. The $329,755 will support 26 initiatives by local charitable community service organizations and is projected to directly impact 22,139 individuals, including 7,689 youth, according to the CFKA.

“The breadth and scope of our Spring 2024 grants recipients reflect our community’s innovative responses to both urgent needs and emerging opportunities to help build resilience, whether that is for children and youth, for seniors, for Indigenous peoples, or for other equity-deserving groups. They also answered our call to increase belonging and wellbeing, through projects in the arts, recreation, food security, education, and support for mental health and addiction,” said Stacy G
Kelly, CFKA’s executive director.

According to a release from CFKA, the organization’s wide array of granting interests include Arts & Culture, Children’s Mental Health, Community Development, Education & Literacy, Environment, Health & Social Services, Heritage Preservation, Recreation, and Youth. Within those broad areas, the funding priorities are to build resilience in individuals, families, and communities and to increase belonging and well-being within our community.

Spring 2024 Community Grants Recipients:

  • Amherst Island Recreation Association, “Island Living – Enhancing Community Wellness”
  • Addiction & Mental Health Services-KFLA, “Harmony Hub: Tasks for Transformation”
  • BGC South East, “Expanded STEM & Robotics for Children & Youth”
  • Frontenac Arch Biosphere Foundation, “Youth Climate Action Summit (YCAS) Program: Empowering Tomorrow’s Environmental Leaders”
  • Frontenac County Schools Museum Association, “Frontenac County Schools Museum Three Sisters and Medicine Gardens”
  • Frontenac Kingston Council on Aging, “Seniors Online for Healthy Food”
  • Kidney Foundation of Canada – Kingston Branch, “Camp Dorset Subsidy”
  • Kingston Arts Council, “Artist Prosperity Project”
  • Kingston Canadian Film Festival, “Broom Factory”
  • Kingston Community Health Centres, “Indigenous Belonging, Understanding and Practicing: Parenting through Nurturing Touch (IBUP)”
  • Kingston Community Health Centres, “Pathways to Education-ISKA Art Connection”
  • Kingston School of Art, “Gallery Attendant Positions”
  • Kingston Symphony Association, “Relaxed Concert Experience”
  • Learning Disabilities Association of Kingston, “Supporting Families and Students with Learning Disabilities in Kingston”
  • Lion Hearts Inc., “Fresh Food Market Pop-Ups”
  • Loving Spoonful, “Gleaning & Local Food Access”
  • Martha’s Table Inc., “Community Navigators–Moving People towards Self-Sufficiency”
  • Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, “Twofold Residency for Emerging BIPOC Artists”
  • Providence Care – “Recovery College – Peer Facilitator Pilot Project”
  • Queen’s University, “Engaging Black Youth in STEM at Queen’s University”
  • Queen’s University, “Enhancing Land-based Learning: Promoting Inclusive Access at Elbow Lake”
  • St. Lawrence Youth Association, “Specialized Treatment Program (STP) for Youth with Concerning Sexual Behaviour”
  • Township of Frontenac Islands, “Howe Island Fire & Rescue Medical Training Equipment”
  • Wintergreen Studios, “Wildlife in a Warming Climate: Learning to Take Action”
  • Youth Diversion, “Youth Diversion Summer Camp Life Skills Program”
  • Youth Imagine the Future, “Youth Imagine the Future–a Festival of Writing & Art”

More details on the 26 funded projects can be found on CFKA’s website: https://cfka.org/spring-2024-community-grants-announcement/

According to the release, the Community Grants Program was greatly assisted by a team of 15 community-based volunteer reviewers who played an integral role in assessing the grant applications. Grants for these projects come entirely from funds established at CFKA by individuals, couples, families, and organizations who want to build a community in which we all thrive together. CFKA currently has over 240 funds established by donors, totalling over $33 million in assets under management.

Find more information on CFKA on the Community Foundation for Kingston and Area website.

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