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  • Applications now available for Community Builder Grants!

    Applications now available for Community Builder Grants!

    April 23, 2014

    Do you need help bringing a youth-focused project to life? Libro is accepting applications for Community Builder Grants that will help youth develop leadership and career skills. In 2014, there is approximately $560,000 available for projects across southwestern Ontario where youth under the age of 25 play a pivotal role. It’s one of many ways Libro invests back in its 21 communities, which also includes sponsorships, donations, $502Give, scholarships and the Co-operative Young Leaders program.

    In 2013, Growing Chefs! was the recipient of a Community Builder Grant to help fund The Beet, a youth-designed and run food stand that offers healthy meal options made from scratch in London. The best thing about The Beet is that it provides resume building opportunities for youth in the community and allows them the chance to work with chefs and other community partners – like Libro – while providing a service to local businesses and groups. Youth Project Manager, Anna Carroll, already sees increased confidence in the youth who are part of the program, and is also noticing an increased appreciation of food preparation and handling skills.

    Although The Beet is still in its beginning stages, the group is gearing up for summer festival season. They’ve already held one event within the community and are thrilled with the positive feedback they’ve received. Carroll says, “Libro’s involvement has been great! We are still in the early stages but with Libro’s involvement, our progress is happening much faster than it would if we were starting on our own.” Carroll notes it takes five years for many businesses to make a profit, the Community Builder Grant has provided them with their start-up fees and the ability to hire a chef, purchase equipment and rent a space.

    Although Libro has grown in size and geography, we are still committed to local decision making and meeting the unique needs of each community we are part of. For grant guidelines, or to apply online, visit our community builder section. The application deadline is June 15, 2014.



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