The Dauphin & District Community Foundation (DDCF) is distributing $41,129 to sixteen different organizations in 2017. The organizations supported represent a wide variety of community groups, from social service agencies to sport organizations and arts and cultural groups.
Dauphin and District Community Foundation Grant Committee Chair Richard Bankert stated “it’s always difficult to evaluate the various grant applications because most represent a distinct need within our community.” Bankert added “the Foundation does a thorough job of contacting each applicant prior to making funding decisions and evaluates each application against a set of established criteria prior to making the final decisions”.
“This year” says Bankert “we had several new organizations apply with very unique projects. The applications were very well done, and the grants committee felt strongly that supporting these new groups was a direction the board wanted to go in”. The Dauphin & District Community Foundation also received and supported several applications from past recipients, and also awarded the third $10,000 installment of a three-year commitment to the Watson Art Centre Big Ask project.
Of the total $41,129 distributed, $5,113 was earmarked funding through various Field of Interest Funds the DDCF manages. Field of Interest funds can only be distributed towards applications which meet the specific criteria of the particular fund.
The applications approved include:
Dauphin and District Allied Arts Council – Watson Arts Centre (kitchen project) $10,000.00
Dauphin Public Library (shelving units) $5,000.00
Dauphin and District Food Bank Society (computer and freezer) $2,000.00
Alzheimer Society (laptop) $750.00
Dauphin Minor Ball Association (dugout shelters) $3,000.00
Crocus Quilters Guild (sewing machines) $3,000.00
The Cross of Freedom – Trembowla (eavestroughing) $500.00
DRCSS Parent Group (mature tree planting project) $1,956.00
Mini-Franglais Nursery School (craft and office supplies) $1,000.00
Dauphin Breakfast Club (goalie equipment) $723.00
Palliative Care Committee (renovations/beds) $5,000.00
CMHA/Echo Apartments (program equipment and supplies) $1,300.00
Dauphin Mini-Rugby Association (junior program supplies and equipment) $1,200.00
Dauphin Ochre Band Parents (concert music) $700.00
Dauphin Cycling Club (safety equipment and trail materials) $2,000.00
Parkland Gators Swim Club (starting blocks) $3,000.00