2-media-2011

United Way and the Region of Peel offer neighbourhood development grants

July 25, 2011

MISSISSAUGA — United Way of Peel Region and the Region of Peel are jointly offering grants of up to $15,000 to resident groups and charities interested in improving the quality of neighbourhood life in Peel. The Neighbourhood Development grants totalling $300,000 aim to give Peel residents an opportunity to partner with local agencies and businesses to create resident-led projects 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 to take a leadership role in shaping their neighbourhood environment to address them.”

Previous grant recipients include a park beautification project that brought together volunteers, youth and seniors to revitalize a community park; a community kitchen that brought the community together with a number of different activities; a resident council comprised of concerned residents hoping to improve the neighbourhood conditions for their families; 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 Vice-President of Community Investment. “Research has proven that a neighbourhood that works together is safer, healthier and more productive.”

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

  • Thursday, August 4, 2011 from 6 to 8 pm at Party Room, 3590 Colonial Drive, Mississauga;
  • Tuesday, August 16, 2011 from 10 am to 12 pm at 25 Stationview Place, Bolton-Party Room, Bolton;
  • Thursday, August 18, 2011 from 7 to 9 pm at Malton Community Centre, 3540 Morning Star Drive, Mississauga;
  • Wednesday, August 24, 2011 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at Fletcher’s View Party Room, 4 Sir Lou Drive, Brampton;

To RSVP for one of the information sessions please contact Jyoti Shukla, Associate, Community Investment at jshukla@unitedwaypeel.org or 905-602-3619. For more information about this funding opportunity and how to receive an application, please contact Areeta Bridgemohan, Manager, Community Investment at 905 602-3630 or abridgemohan@unitedwaypeel.org or Charmayne Brown, Supervisor, Community Development, at 647-248-0569 or charmayne.brown@peelregion.ca.

For More Information contact:
Trudi Ford
Communications Manager
905-602-3626
tford@unitedwaypeel.org