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Newcomers

Three new grants announced for groups supporting Syrian newcomers

Waterloo Region – The Immigration Partnership Council announced three new grants to agencies and private sponsorship groups supporting Syrian newcomers. $51,470 in new grants under the Immigration Partnership Fund for Syrian Newcomers was approved in May, bringing total grants to $348,970.

New grants include:

• $6,000 to a private sponsorship group led by Mark Bowman to support the funeral costs of a Syrian family with a member who was diagnosed with a fatal illness upon arrival.

• $20,470 to Kitchener Public Library to convene women-focused social and conversation groups and English conversation circles at library spaces throughout the city.

• $25,000 to the Community Coalition of Refugee and Immigrant Concerns to help refugees access services and support their wellbeing, and to work with local agencies to develop cultural awareness and support private sponsorship groups.

“At our recent Community Forum, we heard loud and clear that supporting social connections and access to services is deeply important to successful newcomer settlement. The approved projects address these needs,” said Peter Donahue, Immigration Partnership Council Chair. “We thank the generous residents of Waterloo Region whose donations have made these initiatives possible.”

Community donations up to $400,000 are being matched through The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation. The Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation has also been collecting donations.

The Immigration Partnership Fund for Syrian Newcomers continues to accept applications for support from agencies and private sponsors on a rolling basis. The next deadline is July 6, 2016.

Since November 2015, more than 26,600 Syrian refugees have arrived in Canada. Over 1,200 have settled in Waterloo Region.

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