Nov. 11, 2016
On Thursday, November 10th, London Community Foundation hosted its fourth annual Community Vitality Celebration. The Foundation unveiled over $1 million of grants and honoured local community leaders for their dedication to the community.
Funding high impact, innovative, and collaborative initiatives that will create systemic change in London and Middlesex region, London Community Foundation is changing the game. The highlight of the program was the announcement of the Foundation’s Community Vitality grants.
London Community Foundation’s Community Vitality grant program funds high-impact, innovative and collaborative initiatives that will create systemic change in London and Middlesex region. Funded by the Foundation’s Smart & Caring Community Fund, the Community Vitality grant program strives to build a strong and vibrant community by investing in initiatives that will move the needle on London’s most pressing issues identified in the Foundation’s Vital Signs report. Each year dozens of charitable organizations apply for funding. Proposals that demonstrate innovative, strategic, evidence based ideas are selected by the Foundation’s grants committee and chosen based on their evaluated potential to tackle a pressing community need.
This year, four groups received Community Vitality grants:
“These groups are really taking the lead in our community by being innovators in social change,” says Martha Powell, President & CEO, London Community Foundation. “Tacking issues such as homelessness, mental health, belonging, poverty, and skills training, these projects are addressing some of our community’s most critical needs in ways that have never been done before.”
The Foundation was also able to provide grants to the following projects through several of its Field of Interest Funds:
Additionally, five individuals were awarded the Vital People Award. This award provides professional development grants to employees working in the nonprofit sector. This year’s recipients are:
The Foundation also awarded Jeff Macoun with the Ivey Award for Excellence and Majd Radhaa with the J. Allyn Taylor Award for Community Service for their outstanding dedication to our community.
Additionally, London Community Foundation had the special honour of presenting four local leaders with the prestigious Governor General’s Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. These recipients included longtime Foundation volunteers:
Unique to this year’s celebration was the announcement of the Foundation’s grants from its Fund for Canada’s 150th in honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial. These grants celebrate our Country’s 150th anniversary by honouring our history and heritage through a wide scope of projects that touch on environment, arts, culture, social services, recreation and education. These grants included the following organizations and programs:
“What we do at the Foundation is all about building long-term community capacity while at the same time, making an impact today,” says Powell. “I think the Community Vitality Celebration is a perfect example of that. Today we are able to have a significant impact on the community through our granting. This would not be possible without the support of our donors over the years. Community change depends on everyone. It doesn’t take much to help make a big impact.”