A Muskoka fund is helping bring more national pride to the district during Canada’s 150th.

Starting last year, the Muskoka Community Foundation kicked off a special project to partner the Smart and Caring Muskoka Fund with the Canada 150th Grant to give out over $60,000.

The Smart and Caring Fund usually goes to organizations that are helping make a difference in the Muskoka community.

This year, Program Director Lynn DeCaro says they wanted to focus on the 150 celebrations.

The foundation selected 16 Canada 150 events and related initiatives as recipients this year.

DeCaro says going through all the applications was not an easy process.

Four of the organizations were selected for events that ran at the end of last year and the remaining 12 were given funding in May.

This is the third year the Muskoka Community Foundation has handed out donations through the Smart and Caring Fund and the organization is also celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Here is a list of all the recipients:

  • Ryde Co-op, Ryde Celebration Quilt and History Book and Website Update
  • The Friends of Algonquin Park, Tom Thomson Centennial Project
  • Rosseau Culture and Arts Project, My Muskoka 150
  • Muskoka Family Focus, 150 Recipes for Canada’s 150th Year Celebration
  • Muskoka Conservancy, Muskoka Educational Garden
  • Hospice Muskoka, 150 Reasons to Celebrate Life
  • Enliven Centre for Self-Care, Perspectives on the Cancer Journey
  • Dorset Community Partnership Fund, Community Health Hub Information Session
  • Township of Muskoka Lakes, Muskoka Lakes Canada 150
  • Baysville Lions, Rock the River Canada 150 Celebration
  • YWCA, Something to Sing About and the Youth Summit
  • Lake of Bays Museum and Navigation Society, Canada 150 Museum Restoration and the High School Experimental Learning Program
  • FIXT Point Arts and Media, The Living Archive: Muskoka District
  • Muskoka Trails Council, MTC Refresh
  • Top Hat for Youth, Understanding Family Diversity Through Performing and Visual Arts
  • Muskoka Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services, Ignite Muskoka