South Mountain small grants program to fund community initiatives

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By Natalie Paddon

Murals. Community gardens. Neighbourhood festivals.

These are the types of ideas south Mountain residents in the Butler, Barnstown and Chappel East and West neighbourhoods could put forward as part of a newly-launched small grants program.

Social housing providers Hamilton East Kiwanis Non-Profit Homes Inc., Victoria Park Community Homes Inc. and McGivney Community Homes Inc. as well as the Social Planning and Research Council have come together to help people living in these developments see through their ideas for community initiatives with grants of up to $500.

A $174,500 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and a $50,000 commitment from Kiwanis and Victoria Park homes are financing the two-year initiative, which will see a total of $5,000 handed out in both 2016 and 2017, said Kiwanis Homes Inc. executive director Brian Sibley.

The idea began percolating two years ago when Sibley and Victoria Park Homes executive director Lori-Anne Gagne, both new in their roles, started discussing how they could work together.

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Article and image source: The Hamilton Spectator

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