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____ Friday October 30 , 2015 ____



Wilmot Receives $60, 000 Grant From The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation Vital Grants Program

Wilmot is set to implement a multi-year funding program directed at community groups and community initiatives that foster a greater sense of belonging for the community.

Baden - Vital Grants support multi-year projects that move the needle on the single most pressing issue as identified in Waterloo Region's Vital Signs®, which is currently belonging. Wilmot intends to utilize the funding to promote a culture of belonging within the municipality. This will be accomplished through municipal support of community initiatives and projects that promote belonging for all citizens.

A portion of the funds will be allocated towards an expansion of the existing Municipal Grants Program at the Township. This new stream of funding will be allocated, through a separate application-based program, to eligible community groups and voluntary organizations that foster community engagement and belonging.

The remaining funds will be used to establish the Discover Wilmot: A Community of Caring Communities Program. This goal of this program will be to support community-run projects and events that bring together all citizens into one common place to build and develop a culture of belonging.
“Vital Grants focuses on our collective community’s strengths. We are a community of communities, and each city and township The KWCF serves was challenged to design a program to impact belonging in a way that is meaningful and appropriate for the unique challenges they face.," said Rosemary Smith, CEO, The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation.

This new program from The KWCF is directly aligned with the Township’s Strategic Plan by supporting community events and celebrations that create a better quality of life in Wilmot. In addition, the involvement of volunteers and integration of community groups will help the Township meet the goal of being a more engaged and inclusive community. “Council and I are proud to have joined with The KWCF in creating a greater sense of belonging within our wonderful community. We look forward to the growth in community and volunteer initiatives this Vital Grant will bring to Wilmot," added Les Armstrong, Mayor of Wilmot Township.

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