Thank you to all the community members who participated in our first ever Rotary Community Choice Grants program. You shaped what local organizations would be considered for the grants by nominating your favourite nonprofits and charities in February. From your nominations, we received 34 applications for the funding. Our committee carefully reviewed each of them for eligibility, before inviting residents to vote for up to three organizations.  

The response was outstanding! More than 2,500 community members voted between March 17-24. The top three non-profits below will receive $1,000 Rotary Community Choice Grants thanks to your support.

In addition, the Rotary Grants Committee selected two more from the eligible applicant list. It was a tough choice because there were so many excellent non-profits to choose from. We were guided by wanting to support smaller and less well-known non-profits, doing excellent work in our community.

Read more about all of them below!

Our mission is to ignite learning, inspire youth, and enrich the community through the arts. We are committed to nurturing a sense of significance, value, and purpose through the arts for children and youth in Shelburne and across Dufferin County. Through the provision of arts-based programming for school-aged children and youth—from kindergarten through to high school—Streams enhances the well-being of our community through creativity, learning, and opportunity.

Our mission is to alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. We currently serve persons living with dementia and their care partners.

Offering a variety of mission-based programs including community-based sheltering, animal wellness services, provincial animal transfers, shelter health & wellness, high-volume spay/neuter services, animal rescue, animal advocacy, Indigenous partnership programs and humane education, the Ontario SPCA is Ontario’s animal welfare charity.

ACTIVE LIVES is a fully inclusive day program. We believe all individuals deserve and have a right to be active and visible within their community by involving local organizations. We also believe through continuing education, physical activity, volunteering, implementing life and job skills participants can lead meaningful and purposeful lives

Fiddlehead Care Farm (FCF) provides children, youth and young adults with developmental, physical, emotional and behavioural needs, and their families, the opportunity to learn, experience and grow through innovative, animal-assisted therapy and nature-based education, rehabilitation and recreation. FCF’s main activities are built around Care Farming, an evidence-based practice of using “…farms, agriculture and natural landscapes as a base for promoting mental and physical health.” The goal is to find each individual child’s strengths, interests and motivations and provide an environment to help him/her reach their potential and become their best self.

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