Community Foundation for Kingston & Area takes part in new Healthy Communities Initiative

The Community Foundation for Kingston & Area is supporting the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative to provide $1,386,780 to transform public spaces in response to COVID-19 within the Central Eastern Ontario Region. 

This funding is part of the Government of Canada’s new $31 million Healthy Communities Initiative. This investment by the federal government will support community-led organizations in developing local, small-scale infrastructure projects that respond to the immediate needs arising from COVID-19, while building towards a more pandemic-resilient future. 

 Organizations are invited to apply for funding between $5,000 and $250,000 to lead projects that help create safe and vibrant public spaces, improve mobility options, and provide digital solutions to help their neighbourhoods or communities navigate the pandemic and look to build back better in the COVID-19 recovery. This could include projects that adapt crosswalks and access to public transport to allow for safe physical distancing, the creation of community gardens, and art installations, and free wifi in targeted public spaces. A variety of community-led organizations are eligible to apply, including local governments, charities, Indigenous communities, and registered non-profit organizations. 

 Community Foundation for Kingston & Area is working alongside Community Foundations of Canada, the Canadian Urban Institute and other partners to serve communities across Canada, including equity-seeking groups interested in applying. 

 “We are pleased to once again be partnering with Community Foundations of Canada to help bring this funding opportunity to local organizations,” says Tina Bailey, Executive Director. “What is unique about this opportunity is that registered non-profit organizations - groups that often have a challenging time accessing funding – are eligible to apply”.

 The application period for the first round of funding closes on March 9, 2021 at 5:00PM PST. A second application period for funding will take place starting in May 2021. This opportunity is open to incorporated not for profits as well as charitably registered organizations.

 Online applications are now being accepted through the Community Foundation of Canada’s national portal: