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Region of Queens Municipality’s Council approves new community investment fund

Region of Queens Municipality’s Council approved a new Community Investment Fund (Policy 11) at its Nov. 27 meeting, with focus on improved clarity, direction and fairness in grant funding for community organizations in Queens to allow for investments in local community infrastructure.

“The new policy for grants to local community based organizations replaces seven policies that were in existence prior to today, all of which pertained to funding. The Community Investment Fund Policy will be a more efficient policy, with clear criteria and reporting mechanisms across all grants,” said David Dagley, mayor of Region of Queens Municipality.

The policy will take effect April 1, 2019, with investments in 2019-20 and subsequent years of up to $175,000 per year. Prior to the implementation of Policy 11 – Community Investment Fund, grants to organizations had an annual budget of $50,000 per year, and eight other recreation grant programs in a cumulative amount of $18,750 per year. Grants to Community Organizations, along with Community Recreation Assistance Program, Sport Travel Assistance Program, Volunteer Training Assistance Funding, Facility Development Assistance (Major and Regular Category), and Tournament/Special Event Assistance Fund grants will all be discontinued on April 1, 2019, and applicants will be considered under the new Community Investment Fund.

“This policy will result in a major change to program delivery which we are confident will enhance efforts of community groups to improve infrastructure, programs and events in their local community,” said Dagley.

Applications for the new Community Investment Fund will be available at www.regionofqueens.com/municipal-services/recreation/overview.

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