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Gravenhurst funding committee approves 2022 financial assistance for area organizations

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Gravenhurst’s Terence Haight Financial Assistance Committee had some work to do to ensure the grant asks from community organizations came in under budget.

Since 2015, the committee has awarded $25,000 a year to organizations that provide programming that benefits Gravenhurst. There were 11 organizations that applied for funding for a total of $40,926. One group, the Royal Canadian Legion: Harry Wray Branch 302, withdrew its application. They were asking for $5,800 to rebuild the wheelchair-accessible ramp at the legion’s entrance. 

The seven-person committee decided the successful applicants are:

  • Muskoka Ringette Association asked for $4,000 to “grow the organization and remove barriers to younger age groups.”
  • Timber Beast Productions asked for $4,000 to help fund their production of “Citronella” at the Gravenhurst Wharf.
  • Gravenhurst Ladies Auxiliary for $3,300 to replace the kitchen flooring at the legion for “safety reasons” and to ensure it’s “COVID-19 friendly.”
  • Gravenhurst Elderberries Choir for $2,800 to help fund its 2023 season.
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Muskoka for $2,500 to host an open house in Gravenhurst to “build deeper connections with, and increase awareness of services available to the community.
  • MiND AID for $2,100 to engage “Safe Talk” instructors to provide training to the community.
  • Gravenhurst Women’s Centre for $2,000 to fund a program that helps provide personal care supplies to women in the community.
  • YWCA Muskoka for $2,000 to help fund the “Boys Quest” program at KP Manson Public School in Severn Bridge.
  • Gravenhurst BiFocals Bands for $1,550 to help “develop and implement an outreach program to engage more in the community.”
  • Safe Quiet Lakes for $750 to help purchase “education materials.”

“I think a lot of them mentioned they could all operate with reduced funding, it’s just in a reduced capacity,” Coun. Steven Klinck said to committee. “There’s a lot of great things that could be great restarts for the community as we hopefully get out of COVID.”

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In 2008, Gravenhurst resident and local business owner Terence Haight passed away. A biography written on the Town of Gravenhurst’s website explains that he left over $1 million to the town. It was later determined through public consultation that the money would be used to establish the financial assistance program. 

Ross Jeffery, the town’s Treasurer, says $126,283 has been distributed since the committee was formed seven years ago. 

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