Annual Grant Recipient

2022 Annual Grant Recipients

Haldimand Norfolk

Organization: Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre (HUC)
Project: Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre
Pillar: Housing
Grant Amount: $12,000

HUC provides full wrap-around services to marginalized communities in the Hamilton area (including Haldimand County). Key aspects of the full-housing program include financial literacy and income tax workshops, as well as workshops and one-on-one support for accessing affordable and safe housing. Funds from Libro will support HUC with the outreach and advocacy piece of the housing program as well as the social worker support for clients.

 

Organization: Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)
Project: Supporting Youth Employment and Training Opportunities in Conservation
Pillar: Employment
Grant Amount: $10,000

NCC seeks solutions to the twin crises of rapid biodiversity loss and climate change through large-scale, permanent land conservation. Libro will contribute to NCC’s intern program which provides valuable employment opportunities to youth looking to enter the conservation field and hands-on experience to compliment the formal education that candidates pursued or are pursuing. 

Interns will focus conservation stewardship work on southwestern Ontario, specifically in Norfolk County in the Southern Norfolk Sand Plain Natural Area, and on Pelee Island in the Western Lake Erie Islands Natural Area.

 

Organization: St. Leonard’s Community Services
Project: Supportive Housing
Pillar: Housing
Grant Amount: $18,000

The Supportive Housing Program provides housing subsidies and support with first and last month’s rent, support planning, case management, life skills programming and transition planning. The Rent Smart certification program provides tenants with the knowledge, skills and confidence to find and maintain good housing via a 6-week certificate program offered by housing counsellors as well as additional supports and services. Funds from the Libro grant will be used to offer the Rent Smart program to 42 individuals on Supportive Housing waitlist.

Huron Perth

Organization: Facile Perth
Project: Workshops, independent planning, and facilitation
Pillar: Financial Resilience
Grant Amount: $20,000

Facile Perth assists people with disabilities and their families in Perth and Huron Counties to plan for and build a good life in community. They offer independent facilitation supporting people to recognize their strengths, name their goals and implement plans to achieve a purpose driven life. 

This grant will contribute to Independent Planning and Facilitation on an individual basis to families and to the development of workshops where family members will gain knowledge on important areas including Financial Literacy and Employment. 

 

Organization: The Local Community Food Centre
Project: Mighty Meals
Pillar: Local Food Accessibility
Grant Amount: $ 6,000 

Mighty Meals is an 8-week program delivered once a week in partnership with Children’s Aid Society, that provides instruction on easy to prepare meals for families being supported by a CAS family worker. This is a virtual program, where instruction is provided for parents and children to take part in preparing a meal together.  A meal kit is sent home each week to families, so they have everything they need to create the meal. In addition, there is a Q & A session held each week. 

 

Organization: United Way Perth Huron
Project: Northern Huron Connection Centre (Wingham)
Pillar: Housing
Grant Amount: $20,000

Connection Centres serve to address both short- and long-term solutions to the local challenge of homelessness. Short-term solutions come through the offering of laundry and shower facilities, food, and a place out of the heat or cold. In the longer term, Connection Centres allow vulnerable members of our community to connect with trusted, highly trained advocates (including peer support by individuals with lived experience), who can focus on working with clients to direct them to the services and supports they need, helping lift them out of homelessness.   Connection Centres are a uniquely rural response to the challenge of homelessness, addressing Perth-Huron’s vast geography. This grant will contribute to the Northern Huron Connection Centre (NHCC) in Wingham. 

London Elgin Oxford

Organization: Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre
Project: Crouch Community Food Cupboard
Pillar: Local Food Accessibility
Grant Amount: $10,000

This grant will contribute to the Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre’s Community Food Cupboard, helping equity-seeking and low-income populations by ensuring equitable access to nutritionally dense dairy and protein items. The overarching goal of Crouch’s Community Food Cupboard is food equity. Food equity ensures all people can access nutritious and culturally appropriate foods, regardless of race, education, gender, employment, ability or community.  

 

Organization: Fresh Start Support Services
Project: House of Homes – Fire alarm system
Pillar: Housing
Grant Amount: $20,000

Fresh Start Support Services’ House of Homes is designed to provide transitional housing for pregnant women or mothers in crisis in St. Thomas and the surrounding Elgin County. As a result of the pandemic, Fresh start is undergoing renovations to change congregational living into individual suites reducing the risk of spreading highly infectious disease and providing safe housing for families eliminating the trauma of homelessness, domestic violence, addiction, or other traumas for the children while helping them getting established in their own long term housing situation. 

This grant will contribute to the upgrade and replacement of the fire alarm system to comply with building code.  

 

Organization: STEAM Education Centres
Project: Building Digital Equity and Financial Resilience Post Covid
Pillar: Financial Resilience
Grant Amount: $20,000

During the pandemic it became obvious that the digital divide is greater than anticipated and as people lost employment and social connection the need for computer access was crucial. This project will collaborate with the successful re//BUILD.IT Community Computer Donation program that takes in publicly donated computers, refurbishes them and then provides them to people in need. This grant will support the development of a digital learning platform and content as well as printed learning booklets for people who are receiving the computers. Content will include financial literacy and other useful topics.  

 

Organization: Urban Roots London
Project: Crop Rotation and Season Extension Efficiency Building
Pillar: Local Food Accessibility
Grant Amount: $20,000 

Urban Roots distributes produce using a model of thirds. No less than one-third of produce is donated to local community partners. Another third is sold at an affordable, subsidized rate to the community at the farm gate market and pop-up community markets. No more than one-third is sold to local restaurants, food outlets, and social enterprises that believe in investing in the local food system. 

This grant will be used to acquire farm equipment that will increase Urban Root’s farming efficiency and extend their growing season thus benefiting more individuals with affordable access to produce in the city of London. 

 

Organization: WIL Counselling & Training for Employment
Project: WILL Immploy – Newcomer Networking & Mentorship Events
Pillar: Employment
Grant Amount: $20,000

This project will provide an opportunity to increase employers understanding of the newcomer and immigrant talent in our communities and how they can access that talent. It will also provide an opportunity for newcomer and immigrant jobseekers to learn about resources available to them that will support their employment journey.  Most importantly, this project will leverage the benefits of in-person networking and group mentorship to allow for real life connections. These kinds of events create an opportunity to humanize the newcomer experience for many employers and allow them to see ways that they can play a role in solving their labour shortages while also creating opportunity for talented individuals in need of employment. 

Lambton Kent Middlesex

Organization: Ohana Landing
Project: Programming Space and Teaching Kitchen
Pillar: Employment
Grant Amount: $20,000 

Ohana Landing is currently underway with renovations to complete a program space, office space and teaching kitchen for the youth who live there. The specific objectives of this initiative are to provide a safe space where the youth who live at Ohana can learn how to live on their own. They can meet with the housing support worker to create goals and participate in different programming to help fulfill those goals including helping them to be ready for permanent housing, complete their education or learn skills that can transfer to employment and increase their financial literacy.  

 

Organization: Reach Out Chatham Kent (ROCK) Missions
Project: Feeding Our Chatham-Kent Community
Pillar: Local Food Accessibility
Grant Amount: $20,000

In rural areas there are intersectional issues that prevent many from accessing food supports. ROCK Missions food program removes the barriers of transportation and stigma and gives those in need access to food in the community of Chatham-Kent.

Waterloo Region

Organization: J Steckle Heritage Homestead
Project: The Libro Outdoor Education Space
Pillar: Local Food Accessibility
Grant Amount: $6,792 

This project will create an outdoor space for educational programming that children will be able to utilize to learn about the plants around them and will be able to observe the native birds that call our forest home all while being immersed in nature. This outdoor learning space will also be utilized by community garden members, many of whom may not have access to local food outside of the space they are given to grow food in the community garden. This multi-use space will be utilized to teach individuals about local food, growing your own and why its so important. 

 

Organization: rare Charitable Research Reserve
Project: Libro Local Food Steward
Pillar: Local Food Accessibility
Grant Amount: $19,326

This project consists of the creation of a 6-month long internship for a Libro Local Food Steward at rare Charitable Research Reserve’s Springbank Farm.  The Steward would improve access to local foods through sustainable seed saving goals, regenerative agriculture practices, providing accessibility support for community members facing food insecurity, and those overcoming obstacles of the pandemic, growing food for donation to those disproportionately affected by COVID 19, and providing educational opportunities for adults and children. 

 

Organization: Royal City Mission
Project: Drop in Meal Program
Pillar: Local Food Accessibility
Grant Amount: $5,000

Royal City Mission meal program provides 1200+ meals per week to an average of 750 unique individuals in the community who are underprivileged, low-income, those living in poverty and experiencing homelessness. Presently, Royal City Mission is the city’s main drop-in meal program serving lunch 5 days/week and dinner 6 days per week, and providing a safe community space.  

Windsor Essex

Organization: Canadian Mental Health Association, Windsor-Essex County Branch
Project: Youth Wellness Hub – Food Security
Pillar: Local Food Accessibility
Grant Amount: $20,000 

Youth Wellness Hubs is a provincial model offers services mental health services to youth ages 12 to 25 without a wait list or referral. This one-stop-shop model of care allows for a multitude of services all under one roof in a youth friendly space. This includes mental health, primary care, addiction services, housing and employment services, tutoring, peer support, educational and recreational services. There are many instances when youth who visit the Hub are in crisis and need to have some immediate needs met. This can include access to food. This project aims to ensure a reliable food source is available for youth who are in need. 

 

Organization: WE Build a Dream
Project: Build a Dream Roundtable Series
Pillar: Employment
Grant Amount: $20,000 

Build a Dream delivers specialized programs to encourage and empower women students to explore careers where women are under-represented, while also working to create a gender-balanced workforce and change global perspectives on women’s contribution to society. This project consists of a roundtable series of professional women from underrepresented fields (skilled trades, STEM -science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics-, emergency response, and entrepreneurship) to meet and share their experience and best practices for personal career growth and increasing representation in their respective industries to other women considering joining the sectors. 

 

Organization: Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Foundation
Project: The WECAS Mobile Food Enrichment Program
Pillar: Local Food Accessibility
Grant Amount: $20,000

The WECAS Mobile Food Enrichment Program will support the nutritional needs of youth living independently. The program will provide a box of fresh foods per month to 34 youth transitioning out of care and living independently. A cooking and food preparation workshop would be held for the youth participating in this program.   

 

Organization: The United Church Downtown Mission of Windsor INC.
Project: Enterprise Program
Pillar: Employment
Grant Amount: $10,000

This program is a social enterprise that helps people who have barriers to employment develop the skills they require to find and gain employment. The program produces marketing and promotional items for businesses, as well as individual gift promotions and sports related apparel. Students develop skills related to customer service, production, logistics and inventory.