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Essex awards grants to area organizations through Community Partnership Fund

by Adam Gault

The Town of Essex’s Finance Committee recently awarded a total of $100,000 through the Essex Community Partnership Fund Grant to various local organizations that had requested financial support through this program. The decisions on the grants were made after two special meetings on the matter were hosted on January 21 and February 4.

  With 16 different organizations having requested funding in the total amount of just over $200,000, it was up to the Essex Finance Committee to determine how to distribute the $102,500 allocated for potential recipients. The final decision was made at the February 4 meeting.

  During the January 21 meeting, representatives from four of the groups seeking funding made presentations to the Committee, stating why they should be awarded with their respective funding.

  Seeking $13,000, Jamie Bombardier of the Kingsville Essex Associated Band came to ask for the funding for uniforms, instruments, and trailer repairs.

  Asking for $16,000 in funding, Becky Mills of the Windsor Essex Therapeutic Riding Association (WETRA) put forward that this organization needed the funding to create accessible outdoor paths and space, including additional catch basins.

  Long time Kiwanis Club of Windsor Sunshine Point Camp benefactor and manager, Daniel Inverarity, requested $10,000 from the grant to help construct a storage structure to securely store outdoor maintenance products.

  Donna Hendrick of the Storybook Learning Centre requested $60,000 to assist in the acquisition of a rubber yard for their playground.

  After a fire in 2016, The Storybook Learning Centre has had a temporary home at the former Sun Parlor Junior School. Plans are in place for later this year to build a new attached facility for the daycare at Essex Public School.

  After consideration, the 2019 Essex Community Partnership Fund Grant breaks down as follows: $20,160 awarded to Essex Community Services out of the requested $25,160; $8,858 to the Essex Retirees’ Social Club; $9,201 to Access County Community Support Services; $1,500 out of a requested $2,500 to the Harrow Early Immigrant Research Society (HEIRS), $750 to the Harrow Electric Eels Aquatic Team of the requested $1,500; and $7,500 to the Kingsville Essex Associated Band of the requested $13,000.

  Regarding ad-hoc donations, Canadian Blood Services had $678 worth of room rental fees waived. The Harrow Hockey Moms received $515.56, its total request. The Kiwanis Club of Windsor Sunshine Point Camp received $7,000 of the requested $10,000; the Windsor Essex Community Health Centre received their requested amount of $1,600; The Colchester Guardian volunteer rescue boat received $1,613; The Windsor-Essex Therapeutic Riding Association (WETRA) received $1,500 of their requested $16,000; the Camoes Portuguese Club received none of their requested $25,000; The Royal Canadian Legion received none of their requested $570; and Storybook Early Learning Centre received none of their requested $60,000.

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