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City shells out $225,400 in grants

The city has awarded $225,400 to 57 community groups through its Community Wellbeing Grants program.
The program aims to contribute to the success of community-based organizations that deliver a range of programs and services, from securing food and shelter for people in need to organizing sports and recreation activities to staging arts and culture events, a news release said.
The city received 71 applications, seeking more than $543,000 in funding for 2013, it said
Representatives from the not-for-profit sector joined city staff to review applications and awarded $85,550 to 19 health and social service applicants; $84,300 to 22 arts and culture applicants; and $55,550 to 16 special events.
The city will continue improving the Community Wellbeing Grant Program in 2013 by aligning funding with community priorities set out in Guelph’s Community Wellbeing Initiative, increasing the number of citizens participating in the application review process and improving how grant recipients report on the benefits of the investment, the release said.
“We will continue updating the community as we explore several new ways to support local organizations and their efforts to improve wellbeing in our city,” Barbara Powell, general manager of the City’s Community Engagement department, said in the release.
“In addition to the Community Wellbeing Grants, we’re developing community benefit agreements, an innovation fund, facility rental discounts and small dollar waivers as part of Guelph’s Community Investment Strategy.”
The list of grant recipients is available at guelph.ca/grants.

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