Some of Bradford's community organizations will be getting a boost from the town's 2021 Community Grant Program.
The annual program falls under the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury's Community Support Program which aims to provide assistance to not-for-profit community groups and organizations within the town to assist with running programs and events.
As per the town's website, this support is in recognition of the value of these groups to the wellbeing and growth of the community and in helping the town retain a strong community focus.
Interested parties had until Nov. 13, 2020, to apply for the 2021 Community Grant. The eligible applications were forwarded to the Council Community Initiatives Fund Committee for further review as per the Community Support Program and Policy.
There were 20 applications received in total, but not all were approved. As per the program policies, requests may be approved in full, denied, or approved for a lesser value than requested.
In Tuesday night's meeting of BWG council, councillors approved the following list of recipients and disbursements of the $20,500 for 2021 as recommended by the Grant Committee:
Bradford Board of Trade
Bradford Terry Fox Run Committee
BWG Diversity Action Group
Bradford Women's+ Group
Eric's Right World of Scouting and Camping
Impact Youth (formerly iLead Youth Centre)
Matthews House Hospice
Ontario Parents Advocating for Children with Cancer
Rise Up BWG
Smith Haven Service Dogs
South Simcoe Arts Council
Women for Hope
"It's always tough to go over (the applications), but there are some new organizations there that had a good application and I think we had to wait until the budget passed to make this public," said Mayor Rob Keffer, who sits on the Grant Committee along with Deputy Mayor James Leduc and six other town staff members.