2-media-2010

United Way and the Region of Peel offer neighbourhood development grants

August 17, 2010

MISSISSAUGA — United Way of Peel Region and the Region of Peel are jointly offering up to $30,000 in grants to charities and community groups interested in improving the quality of community life in Peel. The Neighbourhood Development grants totalling $275,000 aim to give Peel residents an opportunity to partner with local agencies and businesses to create resident-led programs and services that enhance the quality of neighbourhood life.

"The Neighbourhood Development grants were launched in 2008 as part of United Way's poverty reduction strategy," explains United Way CEO Shelley White. "The grants give residents an opportunity to identify priority issues and needs in their neighbourhood, and be active participants in creating programs and services to address them."

Previous grant recipients include a park beautification project that brought together volunteers, youth and seniors to revitalize a community park; a youth council that provides leadership skills for local youth; a seniors' wellness program that reduces isolation and increases independence; and a neighbourhood festival that brings residents together and promotes community pride and unity.

"These grants are empowering residents to work together to strengthen their neighbourhoods in ways that create hope and opportunity," says Anita Stellinga, United Way's Director of Community Investment. "Research has proven that a neighbourhood that works together is safer, healthier and more productive."

Interested applicants are invited to attend one of the following information sessions:

  • Wednesday, September 1, 2010 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at St. Leonard's Place, 1105 Queen Street East, Brampton;
  • Thursday, September 9, 2010 from 6 to 8 p.m. at United Way of Peel Region, 5170 Dixie Road, Suite 300, Mississauga;
  • Thursday, September 16, 2010 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Caledon Parent-Child Centre, 150 Queen Street South, Bolton.

To RSVP for one of the information sessions or for more information about this funding opportunity and how to receive an application, please contact Areeta Bridgemohan, Manager, Community Investment at 905 602-3650 ext. 2328 or abridgemohan@unitedwaypeel.org

Media Contact:
Liz Leake
Communications and Marketing Director
905-602-3624 lleake@unitedwaypeel.org