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2020 Moffat Family Fund recipients

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On Monday night's town council meeting Fort Frances Mayor June Caul announced the recipients of this year's Moffat Family Fund. Due to COVID-19, funding received this year can be used over the next two years. What follows is the complete list of successful applicants, the amount of funding they were awarded, and what information was given about the organization or program, or what the funding will be going towards.

1. Community Living Fort Frances and District association: $2,500 to promote 12 sessions centred around art making in a group environment

2. Salvation Army fort Frances Corps: $2,000 for a virtual camp with $7,359.51 to hold in trust for 2021. “The development online camp will be offered at a lower fee than what would normally be done if they could have people being present for their camp,” Caul explained, “so that's why the difference in the funding.”

3. Fort Frances Meals on Wheels: $4,743 to assist with their program costs

4. Rainy River District Community Policing Committee: $3,000 for Project Safe Halloween

5. Canada Day Committee: $20,000 “which we'll tide over for next year because we had to cancel Canada Day activities this year,” said Caul.

6. 908 Rainy Lake Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron: $10,000 to subsidize increasing cost of rental and providing a safe and secure meeting site, and activities for their cadets.

7. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Diagnosis Community Partners of the Rainy River District Northwestern Health Unit: $1,000 “These funds will be used to organize and offer a caregiver retreat for parents and caregivers who care for individuals affected by FASD,” Caul said.

8. Fort Frances Community Garden and Kids Club: $10,000 for the expansion of their raised bed program and the installation of a water source supply for their garden

9. Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology: $6,847.49 which is used to engage youth in hands-on fun one week camps with various themes to provide opportunity for career exploration

10. St. Mary Discovery Camp: $5,000 “I assume that will be tied over since the camp was not able to run this year,” Caul said.

11. Nutrition on Weekends: $9,300 “This is a program to improve health and academic outcomes among low-income and disadvantaged children by increasing food availability to students,” said Caul.

12. KidSport Fort Frances chapter of KidSport Canada: $4,500 “This goes toward low-income families requesting assistance to help with the cost of sport registration and equipment,” Caul explained.

13. Kenora Child and Family Services Clinical and Community Services: $5,500 for the use of electronic platforms to deliver mental health services

14. Borderland Pride: $2,000 for organization, promotion and implementation of community events.

Total amount of funding received: $93,750

“Congratulations to all who applied and received funding,” said Caul.

“We certainly owe a big debt of thanks to the Moffat family for continuing to include Fort Frances in their donations every year, these organizations certainly have a lot of use –and good use– of activities that they have applied for.”

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