Peterborough GreenUP, Alderville Black Oak Savanna, and Camp Maple Leaf are three of 25 charitable organizations, Indigenous communities, and municipalities in Ontario each receiving a $25,000 grant from Hydro One’s Energizing Life Community Fund.
Hydro One established the fund in 2021 during the pandemic to support community-led initiatives that promote physical, emotional, and psychological safety and well-being for Ontarians.
“Local charitable organizations, Indigenous communities and municipalities are powerful agents of positive change, and we are proud to support them through the Energizing Life Community Fund as they build a brighter future,” said Hydro One’s vice president of marketing and communications Jay Armitage during an announcement of the grant recipients in Goderich on Friday (February 24).
Peterborough GreenUP will receive a $25,000 grant for Summer Ride Club, a new program that will keep kids active and promote health by encouraging families to cycle together throughout the City of Peterborough. Participants who compete the Summer Ride Club passport get bragging rights and are eligible for a grand prize.
Alderville First Nation will receive a $25,000 grant for the Alderville Black Oak Savanna initiative, which aims to preserve, restore, and expand these rare grassland habitats, and educate and expand the environmental information about this ecosystem.
Camp Maple Leaf, a not-for-profit sleepover camp that fosters a sense of belonging and pride for children of Canadian military families and for children with other shared unique life challenges, will receive a $25,000 grant for their “Increasing Access” initiative will enable more children from across Ontario to benefit from the fun and friendships of camp. Headquartered in Oakville, Camp Maple Leaf established its flagship summer camp location on Jacob Island on Pigeon Lake in 1955.
The other 22 recipients of $25,000 grants from the 2023 Energizing Life Community Fund are:
- City of St. Catharines
- Elephant Thoughts – Durham & Southwest
- Enliven Cancer Care – Huntsville
- Garden River First Nation
- Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health – Goderich
- George Jeffrey Children’s Foundation – Thunder Bay
- Julien Gaudet’s House – Windsor
- Lac des Milles Lacs First Nation
- Live Love Louder – Sudbury
- Chatham-Kent Fire Rescue – Municipality of Chatham-Kent
- Municipality of Thames Centre
- Northwestern Ontario Métis Child and Family Services – Dryden
- Niska Foundation – Temiskaming
- Precious Minds Support Services – Uxbridge
- Rainbows for all Children Canada Inc. – Barrie
- Regional Food Distribution Association of Northwestern Ontario – Thunder Bay
- Shawanaga First Nation
- Town of Atikokan Public Library – Atikokan
- Township of Macdonald – Meredith – Aberdeen Additional
- Trans Canada Trail Foundation
- Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation
- 360°kids – Markham