United Way and the Region of Peel offer neighbourhood development grants

September 12, 2012

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 totaling $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 grant is a 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. It is intended to increase resident identification with their local neighbourhoods, their participation in neighbourhood activities, and their commitment to improving the quality of neighbourhood life”

Previous grant recipients include a park beautification project that brought together volunteers, youth andseniors 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:

  • Monday, September 17, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at Fletcher’s View Party Room, 4 Sir Lou Drive, Brampton
  • Tuesday, September 18, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at Colonial Terrace, Party room, 3590 Colonial Drive , Mississauga 
  • Wednesday, September 19, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at Stationview Place, 25 Stationview Place, Bolton Party Room, Bolton
  •   Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at Malton Community Center, 3540 Morning Star Dr. Mississauga

To RSVP for one of the information sessions please contact Ava Joshi, Manager, Community Investment at or 905-602-3630.

Applications for Neighbourhood Development Grants are due by 4 p.m. on October 12, 2012. For more information about this funding opportunity and how to receive an application, please contact Ava Joshi, Manager, Community Investment at 905-602-3630 or or Charmayne Brown, Supervisor, Community Development, at 647-248-0569 or

For more information contact:
Ava Joshi
Manager, Community Investment