On Wednesday, November 8th, London Community Foundation unveiled over $1 million in grants while honouring local leaders for their dedication to the community at its Community Vitality Celebration.
The highlight of the program was the announcement of the Foundation’s Community Vitality grants. Funded by the Foundation’s Smart & Caring Community Fund, the Community Vitality grant program strives to build a stronger and more vibrant London and Middlesex region by investing in initiatives that will move the needle on our most pressing issues.
“These groups are tackling issues in ways that have never been done before,” says Martha Powell, President & CEO, London Community Foundation. “Breaking down silos and addressing the root of our community’s most challenging issues, we believe these groups will create systemic change.”
The Foundation is dedicated to tackling our community’s most pressing issues through its leadership and philanthropy. Each year dozens of charitable organizations apply for funding. High-impact, innovative, and collaborative projects are selected by the Foundation’s grants committee and chosen based on their evaluated potential to tackle a community need. This year, four groups will receive a Community Vitality grant. Issues such as homelessness, mental health and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples are at the forefront.
Additionally, the Foundation will honour local community heroes who have demonstrated dedication to improving our community. The awards honoured at this year’s celebration include the prestigious Governor General’s Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, Vital People Award, Ivey Unsung Heroes Award, and the J. Allyn Taylor Award for Community Service.
Also special to this year’s celebration, is the announcement of the Foundation’s grants from its Fund for Canada’s 150th in honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial, as well as the Foundation’s social impact fund.
“What we do at the Foundation is all about building long-term community capacity while at the same time, making an impact today,” says Powell. “This event is a perfect example of that. Community change depends on everyone. This is your community and your opportunity to make an impact.”
By Sean Meyer