COUNCIL CONNECTION: Initiative Fund returns to help Georgina community projects
June 30, 2022
Great news! Georgina’s Community Initiative Fund will be back later this summer with the ability to assist local groups, organizations or individuals in their local fundraising events.
The fund started in 2017, using the money raised by the mayor and council’s golf tournament. COVID-19 cancelled the tournament for two years, and the monies in the fund had been exhausted. However, with the return of the golf tournament, funds will soon be available again.
Applicants can apply once per calendar year for funding, up to a maximum of $1,000. For example, if you are organizing a hockey team fundraising event; are a member of a service club planning your next fundraising effort, or are an individual planning an event to raise funds for a local cause, check out the application process.
The fund can assist with offsetting the costs associated with organizing fundraisers, such as facility rentals, advertising and food. For all the details on the criteria and the application form, please visit georgina.ca. Approval is at the discretion of the committee under the grant criteria. Watch for details on the first intake of applications, which will be announced in the coming weeks.
It is wonderful to see so many events returning as we emerge from the pandemic. Many groups and organizations depend on fundraising events for their finances, and service clubs raise funds to reinvest into community projects.
Social events add so much to our community. I thank everyone who put the work and effort into the many events and activities we all missed for the past two years. Thank you also to all those that assisted, sponsored or participated in the recent golf tournament. Your support is what makes it possible to restart the Community Initiative Fund.
Margaret Quirk is the mayor of Georgina. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.