Up to $5,000 available per group
WINCHESTER — Hoping the township will look its best for Canada Day, North Dundas Council is celebrating the sesquicentennial year with grants of up to $5,000 to spruce up local communities.
Council approved the Canada 150 beautification grant program and policy at their last meeting, April 11.
Similar to the township’s storefront façade grant program, the new initiative instead targets community groups with patriotic beautification ideas in their general neighbourhoods.
“It would allow community groups and organizations to apply for funding up to 50 per cent, to a total of $5,000 per group,” said township CAO Angela Rutley, also clarifying that groups are encouraged to apply more than once if they have multiple projects fitting within the maximum amount. “Because if they have something [smaller] they want to start right away, we would encourage them to start [those projects] right away, as opposed to waiting when they’re sure they have a total project [of $10,000],” Rutley said.
The township begin accepting applications May 1, “and ongoing intakes after that until the money runs out,” she said.
Mayor Eric Duncan described the program as a one-off situation “where the stars aligned” as a result of the country’s milestone anniversary and a township surplus. Council has set aside $25,000 for the initiative.
Duncan added he knew of four groups “looking at doing Canada 150 beautification-related things” — including flower baskets in Morewood, possible new street ornaments in Chesterville, Canadian flags in Winchester and another group.
“I think it’s a good idea,” said Councillor Al Armstrong, who expressed hope that more than five groups would end up getting the money. He also suggested the committee tasked with making recommendations to council on the applications ought to consider “some sort of uniformity” on purchased flags. “I personally wouldn’t want to see 10 different variations on the same sort of thing because we’re all North Dundas.”
Councillors Armstrong and John Thompson will serve as council’s representatives on the committee vetting the applications.
Groups interested in applying can check out the policy here: Canada150 Beautification Grant Policy
Canada 150 Beautification Grant applications should be submitted to the attention of :
Director of Recreation & Culture
636 St. Lawrence Street, PO Box 489
Winchester ON, K0C 2K0