Recipients

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2018 Grant Recipients

 

Caring Hearts Cat Rescue & Sanctuary and Paws for Love Thunder Bay Ontario

Caring Hearts Cat Rescue & Sanctuary and Paws for Love Dog Rescue Thunder Bay Ontario both received the Keri Chase Memorial Animal Welfare Fund Grant.

Caring Hearts Cat Rescue & Sanctuary will be using the funding towards the purchase of a bank of stainless steel cages to isolate FIV and FeLV cats, as well as the construction of a 10’x10’ separate isolation room, separate from the general population within their existing facility.

Paws for Love Dog Rescue Thunder Bay will be using the funding towards the rescuing of 20 adult dogs from various First Nation communities in the Thunder Bay district to provide necessary veterinary care including health exams, vaccinations and spay and neuter services to provide any socialization training that is required, place them in foster homes where they can become acclimatized to a city environment and then place them in loving permanent families.

Hospice Northwest

Hospice Northwest received the Dr. R. K. Dewar Medical Research Fund Grant towards their Research, Development, Implementation and Marketing of the Hospice Northwest Quick Response Volunteer Team project.

Hospice Northwest will work in partnership with St. Joseph's Care Group and the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre Spiritual Support Department to research, develop and track the effectiveness of a specialized on-call hospice volunteer program designed to provide emergency support to clients who are accessing the MAiD service in our community or end of life clients who have only hours/days to live and who require immediate palliative care support.

 

CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind)

CNIB received the Thunder Bay Community Foundation General Fund Grant in support of their Connecting with Technology: Learning to Use Accessible Technology project.

The Connecting with Technology project teaches people with blindness and sight loss how to try, use, and access new accessible technologies that can dramatically reduce social 

 

 

 

Habitat for Humanity Thunder Bay

Habitat for Humanity Thunder Bay received the Thunder Bay Community Foundation General Fund Grant in support of their Renew-It project.

The program will allow for skilled volunteer laborers to go into the community to provide home repairs and renovations to our more vulnerable population who could not normally afford these services but hope to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.

 

 

Thunder Bay Museum

Thunder Bay Museum received the Thunder Bay Community Foundation General Fund Grant in support of their Seniors' Reminiscence project.

The funding will be used to help deliver programs that engage seniors in nursing homes and long-term care facilities that stimulate memories and encourage participation with the aim of improving the mental and physical well-being of the participants.

 

 

Precious Bundles Children's Clothing Assistance Program

Precious Bundles Children's Clothing Assistance Program received the Thunder Bay Community Foundation General Fund Grant in support of their What's SUP: Socks & Underwear project.

The funding will be used to ensure that each of their bundles, which includes a weeks' worth of clothing, can also include 7 pairs of brand-new socks and underwear for children ages 4-16. They believe that these basic necessities should not be a burden for families and that by lessening these expenses, more opportunities are created for them!

 

PRO Kids 

PRO Kids received the Thunder Bay Community Foundation General Fund Grant in support of their Donor Retention Initiative.

The funding will be used to replace PRO Kids current donation software that is unsupported and outdated, with a new supported software that will allow PRO Kids to cultivate, retain and reach new donors that will allow for increased annual funding and the placement of more children into recreational activities.

 

Roots to Harvest

Roots to Harvest received the Thunder Bay Community Foundation General Fund Grant in support of their Opening Doors project.

The funding will be used towards a coded and programmed door to make their new kitchen space more accessible and usable for multiple users in the community at all hours of the day and all days of the week.

 

 

Shelter House 

Shelter House received the Thunder Bay Community Foundation General Fund Grant to help support the funding towards a new convection oven for their kitchen updates to ensure that they can continue to support our community.

 

 

 

 

Urban Abbey

Urban Abbey received the Thunder Bay Community Foundation General Fund Grant in support of the Urban Abbey Youth Shelter.

The funding will be used towards the renovation funds of their ideal building location to establish a desperately -needed youth shelter in Thunder Bay.

 

 

 

Wilderness Discovery Centre

Wilderness Discovery Centre received the JP Hudolin Family Fund Grant.

Wilderness Discovery Centre is a fully handicapped accessible resort situated 80 kilometers west of Thunder Bay, Ontario that provides a fully accessible, barrier free, unique camping experience for groups, families, and individuals that may or may not have physical and/or mental conditions that limit activity and movement. This facility aims to remove those limitations and create a fun and inclusive camping experience that everyone can enjoy.

 

 

Shelter House

Shelter House received the Christopher Jean Memorial Fund Grant.

The Shelter House provides basic needs, dignity and comfort to people living in poverty and stimulates action to address the root causes of homelessness.

 

 

 

 

Community Arts & Heritage Education Project (CAHEP)

Community Arts & Heritage Education Project (CAHEP) received the Shirley H. & Meredith O. Nelson Fund Grant in support of their Dance, Dance, Dance: Finding Peace in a New Home project.

CAHEP's Dance, Dance, Dance project brings the joy of movement to 20 Syrian-Canadian young women who want to learn how to dance in a peaceful country for the sheer joy of it.

 

 

 

Kitty Kare Thunder Bay

Kitty Kare Thunder Bay received the Shirley H. & Meredith O. Nelson Fund Grant.

Kitty Kare is a non-profit cat rescue group operated by volunteers in partnership with the City of Thunder Bay Animal Services, saving lives through their foster program. They rescue cats and kittens from Animal Services that would ordinarily be euthanized due to their condition or lack of space. Kitty Kare then places these rescued cats into foster homes. Cats requiring treatment receive it and hospice care is provided for some and when the cats are ready, they are then put up for adoption.

 

Mission to Seafarers

Mission to Seafarers: Port of Thunder Bay received the Shirley H. & Meredith O. Nelson Fund Grant.

Mission to Seafarers promotes the spiritual, moral and physical well being of seafarers and their families world-wide.

 

 

 

Northern Spay Neuter Program 

Northern Spay Neuter Program received the Shirley H. & Meredith O. Nelson Fund Grant.

Northern Spay Neuter Program is a registered Canadian charity promoting wellness of cats and dogs in remote communities in Northern Ontario primarily through spay neuter clinics.

 

 

 

Underground Gym

Underground Gym and Youth Centre received the Shirley H. & Meredith O. Nelson Fund Grant.

The Underground Gym offers free access to equipment and mentoring in a safe environment that is open to children & youth who lack the cultural, social or economic resources required to access existing facilities.

 

 

Boys & Girls Club of Thunder Bay

Boys & Girls Clubs of Thunder Bay received the Ontario Endowment for Children & Youth in Recreation Grant in support of the SAFE ZONE Program.

The SAFE ZONE is based in elementary schools where there will be peer to peer counselling and youth workers available to help students who have fallen victim to bullying/harassment. Coping skills and mediation with those involved will take place to hopefully end the cycle.

 

 

Habitat for Humanity Thunder Bay

Habitat for Humanity Thunder Bay received the Dr. S. Penny Petrone Fund Grant in support of their Laughton House Build 2018.

The fund will be used towards the building of a new fence for the back yard of their 2018 family, Shelley Laughton and her visually impaired daughter Donna-Lynn.

 

 

 

Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra

Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra received the Dr. S. Penny Petrone Fund Grant in support of the TBSO Family Connects project.

The TBSO Connects project provides free sensory-friendly concerts for children with disabilities and their families.

 

 

 

NorWest Community Health Centres

NorWest Community Health Centres received the Donny Ritza Fund Grant in support of their Exploring the FASD Experience through Artistic Means: An exposition of ourselves project.

This project gives individuals living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) the opportunity to engage in an arts-based program to help develop individuals’ confidence in their ability to participate in the arts, understand their FASD diagnosis as a strength, and educate the greater community through their personal exposes.

 

 

Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Thunder Bay Art Gallery received the Hannah & Victor Stevenson Fund for Education & Arts Development Grant in support of the Bussing Program for Students.

The funding will be used to secure funding to offer bussing and transportation to schools at no cost.

 

 

 

Magnus Theatre

Magnus Theatre received the Hannah & Victor Stevenson Fund for Education & Arts Development Grant in support of The Consent Project.

The funding will be used to support students from across the city who will come together to write a play on the social issue of consent affecting Thunder Bay.

 

 

 


Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra

Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra received the Hannah & Victor Stevenson Fund for Education & Arts Development Grant in support of their TBSO Under-30 Access Pass project.

TBSO Under-30 Access Pass provides younger people with easy, affordable tickets to all regular season symphony concerts.

 

 

 

Our Kids Count

Our Kids Count received the James and Shirley Symington Fund for the Arts Grant in support of their Take Back the Kitchen project.

Take Back the Kitchen is a collaboration between local elementary schools & Our Kids Count that addresses food security & feeds children.

 

 

 

Magnus Theatre

Magnus Theatre received the Margaret & Arnold Westlake Foundation for the Arts Fund Grant in support of their Young Playwright’s Challenge project.

Budding playwrights between the ages of 13 and 19 submit scripts, which are adjudicated before three winners are chosen to be workshopped and performed.

 

 

 

Thunder Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra

Thunder Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra received the Margaret & Arnold Westlake Foundation for the Arts Fund Grant in support of their Youth Composer Project 2018, as well as towards the purchase of an oboe.

This project will commission an original piece by a youth musician, under the mentorship of a professional composer, who will also submit a related composition

 

 

 


 

2017 Grant Recipients 

 

Boys and Girls Club

Playground Enhancement

Replacement of older wooden structure with a new composite plastic model for safety purposes

 

 

 

CAHEP receiving a grant for the Inside Out Art Studio

Community Arts & Heritage Education Project

Inside Out Community Art Studio

Inside Out is a community-driven art space in downtown Fort William that offers free, weekly arts programming.

 

 

 

 CAHEP receiving a second grant for the Inside Out Art StudioCommunity Arts & Heritage Education Project

CFC Canada 150th Grant - Inside Out Community Art Studio

Inside Out is a community-driven art space in downtown Fort William that offers free, weekly arts programming.

 

 

 

Making Specialized Care More Accessible

George Jeffrey Children's Foundation

A mobile assessment kit will make specialized augmentative communication care more accessible throughout our region.

 

 

 

Grace Ministries receiving a grant

Grace Ministries of Thunder Bay

Plumbing and Electrical Upgrades

Installation of a backflow valve, installation and plumbing of a hand wash sink and the plumbing and wiring of a soup kettle.

 

 

 

Handicapped Action Group Incorporated

Donor Directed Grant

Handicapped Action Group Inc. received a donor directed grant to continue with existing programming and create new projects.

 

 

 

Hospice Northwest receiving a grant

Hospice Northwest

Developing an Effective Marketing Plan as a Key to Sustainability

We will hire a Marketing Consultant to review/refresh our existing marketing play, thus reaching & supporting more clients.

 

 

 

Isthmus (Formerly Blessings in a Backpack)

Donor Directed Grant

Isthmus received a donor directed grant to continue running their existing programming in Thunder Bay.

 

 

 

Magnus Theatre 

Donor Directed Grant 

Magnus Theatre received a grant to continue running on-going programming, as well as develop new programming.

 

 

 

Marathon Public Library 

Create and Discuss

Developmentally disabled adults will meet monthly, to discuss books, and movies and to create a craft project.

 

 

 

Northern Spay Neuter Program 

Donor Directed Grant

The Northern Spay Neuter Program received a donor directed grant to support on-going programming.

 

 

 

Northwestern Ontario Aviation Heritage Centre 

Sharing the Legacy

A project that will celebrate of Northwestern Ontario’s aviation heritage through a series of learning opportunities and events, and will grow the awareness of this heritage through promotional materials.

 

  

Northwestern Ontario Aviation Heritage Centre 

CFC Canada 150th Grant 

The Northwestern Ontario Aviation Heritage Centre received a grant from the Community Foundations of Canada from the Canada 150th Fund to support on-going programming and projects. 

 

 

Ontario Nature (Federation of Ontario Naturalists)

I (Heart) Ontario's Nature

Connecting Children and youth with nature through our mobile education trailer.

 

 

 

 

Our Kids Count receiving a grant for the 'Pop In Kitchen' Project

Our Kids Count

Pop-In Kitchen

Connecting children and families through an innovative cooking program: ‘‘Pop-In Kitchen’.

 

 

 

Our Kids Count receiving a grant for the 'Take Back the Kitchen' project

Our Kids Count

Take Back the Kitchen

Take Back the Kitchen is a collaboration between schools & OKC; it addresses food security & feeds children ages 9-11.

 

 

 

Our Kids Count receiving a grant for the 'A Night Under The Stars' Project

Our Kids Count

A Night Under the Stars

Providing an overnight camping and fishing experience for families living in need or with a demonstrated need for support.

 

 

 

Shelter House receiving a donor directed fund

 
Shelter House Thunder Bay

Donor Directed

Every year, the Shelter House receives funds through the Christopher Jean Memorial Fund. Additionally, an Agency Endowment Fund was established in 2014 by two of our generous donors.

 

Shelter House receiving a grant for their replacement stove.  
Shelter House Thunder Bay

Replacement Stove for Shelter Kitchen

Our Shelter’s stove is in desperate need of replacement.

 

 


Spinal Cord Injury Ontario

Sports Wheel Chairs

Purchase of six sports wheelchairs for people with physical disability to use for tennis, basketball and other accessible sports.

 



St. John Ambulance Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario

Camp 911 First Responders

Camp 911 is a week long summer camp for youth ages 10-14 that focuses on first aid and emergency services.

 

 

 

 

St. John Ambulance Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario

Therapy Dogs

St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs enrich the lives of the elderly, ill and children by providing unconditional love and support.

 

 

 

St. Thomas Anglican Church - Family Giving Centre

St.Thomas Family Giving Centre

Providing for those in our community that for whatever reason cannot provide for themselves.

 

 

Thunder Bay Art Gallery

YAG in the Schools

Art practice development and exhibition skill-building for youth through community-based workshops with an art mentor.

 

 

 

Thunder Bay & District Humane Society

Donor Directed

The Thunder Bay & District Humane Society received a donor directed grant to continue running existing programming and create new projects. 

 

 

 

Thunder Bay & District Humane Society

Canine Wellness Playground

To implement a Canine Wellness Playground to address behavioural concerns and increase adoptions.

 

 

 

The MS Society- Lake Superior District

Developing an Effective Marking Plan as a Key to Sustainability

To have the ability to print quality marketing materials in house.

 

 

 

Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra Association

Side by Side: Story Telling Through Music

“Side by side” provides elementary school students the opportunity to participate in co-creating a new piece of music with TBSO musicians and local Indigenous artists and storytellers.

 

 


TBSO receiving a grant for 'Music in the Dark'

Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra Association

Music in the Dark

The TBSO & Canadian Institute for the Blind (CNIB) are partnering for the first time to present a program of dramatic music with emphasis on the auditory sense as means of expression & understanding, in an environment that fosters understanding among patrons of varying abilities.

 

TBSYO receiving a grant for the 'Canadian Youth Composer' project

Thunder Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra 

CFC Canada 150th Grant - Youth Canadian Composer

Commissioning an original piece by a local youth composer and learning the piece as an orchestra.

 

 

 

TBSYO recieving a grant for 'Prepping the Masters'

Thunder Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra 

Prepping the Masters

We will provide professional musicians to mentor TBSYO players in preparation for a special concert.

 

 

 

Underground Gym

Donor Directed

The Underground Gym received a donor directed grant to continue running existing programming and develop new programs as well. 

 

 

 

Wesway

Lift Reclining Chair

Seniors with Alzheimer’s and/or related dementia with mobility issues need this chair for their comfort and safety.