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Group funds 'small projects that make a big impact'

Gardens, murals, wildlife education and a portable water-bottle refill station — these are just a few of the nine community projects that got a financial boost April 7 through Project Impact.
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Project Impact grant recipients and committee members posed for a group photo after more than $3,500 in grants were handed out to fund small community projects April 7. Photo by Heidi Ulrichsen.

Gardens, murals, wildlife education and a portable water-bottle refill station — these are just a few of the nine community projects that got a financial boost April 7 through Project Impact.

The initiative of Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury handed out more than $3,500 in small grants for these projects.

Earlier this year, people were invited to apply for up to $500 through Project Impact to make short-term projects a reality. More than 1,000 members of the public then voted for their favourite project — there were 23 in the running.

“We just counted up the number of votes, and we just kept going down the list until we ran out of money, so we were able to fund the top nine projects with the funding,” said Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury chair Naomi Grant.

“We are really pleased with that. When we first started the project, our goal was to fund at least three, so to be able to fund nine, and to see their response, has been really, really great.”

The following projects received funding:

-Wild at Heart Wildlife Refuge Centre, $477.17 for wildlife education, teaching children to build houses for orphaned squirrels who are released into the wild.

-Charles Ramcharan and Leo Leclair, $260.50 to teach students to build birdhouses that will be placed in greenspaces.

-Junction Creek Stewardship Committee, $500 to paint murals depicting Junction Creek in places where it flows underground.

-Kingsmount/Roxborough Area Neighbours, $500 to plant milkweed in the Kingsmount/Roxborough neighbourhood.

-Ryan Heights Neighbourhood Association, $500 for the Ryan Heights Butterfly Garden and Pollinator Habitat Project.

-Northern Lights Festival Boréal, $250 to purchase a water buggy, allowing people to refill their own water bottles at festival.

-William Morin, $200 to plant sweetgrass and regreen the new St. David Catholic Elementary School.

-Ward 8 Community Action Network, $250 for a Creator's Turtle Garden.

-Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre, $500 for railroad mural in Capreol.

Northern Lights Festival Boréal executive director Max Merrifield said the festival decided to purchase the water buggy to cut down on the event's waste.

The Ramsey Lake Stewardship Committee also put forward $250 for the project, and a private donor also contributed a few thousand dollars. He said the device will also be available for loan for other local events.

Project Impact is “fantastic,” Merrifield said. “It truly lives up to its name — small projects that make a big impact.”

Learn more about the winning projects at www.liveablesudbury.org.

 

Original story

Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury announced this morning the winners of Project Impact.

Project Impact provided $3,000 to nine different projects, including Wild at Heart, the Junction Creek Stewardship Committee, the Roxborough community group and Northern Lights Festival Boréal.

To find out what projects they are undertaking, and to find out who the rest of the winners are, check back to NorthernLife.ca.




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