Does your non-profit have an idea that could help make the community a better place, post-pandemic?
The Oxford County Foundation has announced a new initiative, in partnership with other community foundations across Southwestern Ontario, to provide up to $1.3 millionin funding for projects that build better communities and public spaces.
“Public spaces are the glue to our communities: they enable a feeling of belonging and of social cohesion. They are a big part of what makes communities safe, vibrant and connected” said Louise Wardrop, executive director of the Oxford Community Foundation.
Organizations, including local governments, non-profits, charities and Indigenous communities, are invited to apply for between $5,000 and $250,000 in funding, part of $31 million being provided by the federal government’s Healthy Communities Initiative to respond to the challenges posted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Oxford Community Foundation is participating with the Kitchener Waterloo, London, and Windsor Essex community foundations, which are leading the project. The Aylmer, Sarnia, Centre Wellington, Dufferin and Sunset community foundations are contributing. All foundations have formed the South Western Ontario Hub.
Organizations should apply for funding with a project that helps to create “safe and vibrant” public spaces, including improving mobility options and digital solutions that can help people navigate the pandemic. Examples include adapting crosswalks, the creation of community gardens, adding art installations, or free wifi in public places.
“As Oxford County faces increased isolation due to COVID-19, the Healthy Communities Initiative will help our community to connect safely and will benefit the mental and physical well-being of our residents,” Wardrop said.
There will be two rounds of funding, with $537,000 available through the South Western Ontario Hub, including the Oxford Community Foundation, in the first round and $806,000 available in the second found. First round applications close on March 9 at 8 p.m., while second round applications will open in May.
To learn more or for information on how to apply, visit Oxfordcommunityfoundation.org.