*Please see below a news release issued by the City of Burlington.
Burlington, Ont. — Sept. 16, 2021 — Last summer, the City of Burlington launched the Community Support Fund, which bundled existing funding programs together to provide financial support to residents and community groups who were looking to enrich and connect their communities through sport, recreation, art and cultural experiences during COVID-19.
This program is wrapping up and accepting one last round of applications until Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. The approved projects must be completed by Dec. 31, 2021.
The Community Support Fund has received 127 applications since last summer and was able to fund 95 virtual or limited in-person events, programs and projects in Burlington neighbourhoods and communities up to a maximum value of $5000 per application. This one-time annual funding program is designed to recognize the importance of community during these challenging times.
The City has benefitted from many safe, innovative ideas that connected and enhanced our community while complying with public health and safety measures and provincial orders. Some of these projects included murals; various cultural and annual celebrations; performances; movie nights; live music; street parties; storytelling; free yoga classes; educational programs; art projects; and workshops.
“I was so impressed by the success of the Community Support Fund and the passion with which Burlington residents embraced this opportunity to enrich their neighbourhoods and communities. We saw a number of exciting, creative ways to connect across the city, despite COVID-19 challenges. Congratulations to all the successful applicants and kudos to each and every one of you for finding ways to connect with friends and neighbours, help each other and gather, all while staying safe and complying with provincial orders. We were glad to be able to offer help through the Community Support Fund.” — Chris Glenn, Recreation Services Director, City of Burlington
The Community Support Fund is available for its final intake to Burlington based:
- Informal, unofficial or formal community-based organizations, not-for-profit, grassroots groups, schools and faith organizations
- Individual persons, artists or community champions.
Applications will be accepted until Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 and projects that receive funding must be completed by Dec. 31, 2021. Applications will be evaluated on a weekly basis by City staff. Proposed projects must:
- Comply with public health and safety measures and any provincial orders,
- Demonstrate the goals and outcomes expected from the project,
- Explain how the project will benefit the community,
- Demonstrate how the funds will be used and
- Show how the project aligns with the goal and objectives of the Community Support Fund.
For more information, success stories and to apply for the Community Support Fund, visit burlington.ca/funding.
In 2022, Recreation, Community and Culture is planning to continue to provide financial support to residents and community groups who want to enrich and connect the Burlington community through sport, recreation, art and cultural experiences through funding programs such as the Arts and Culture Fund. Visit Neighbourhood and Community Support for City funding opportunities.
*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist