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Grants available to improve community safety and wellbeing in Central Newmarket

The Central Newmarket Community Action Table, led by the Canadian Mental Health Association, York Region and South Simcoe is awarding $1,000 Quick Action Grants to residents leading community-driven initiatives.  

 “The Quick Action Grants are an amazing opportunity for residents to be leaders in bringing meaningful and positive change for the safety and wellbeing of their community,” says Shauna Eisen, Manager of Community Engagement, Canadian Mental Health Association. 

 Facilitated by the Community Safety and Wellbeing Plan, Quick Action Grants support projects led by community members to increase a sense of belonging, neighbourhood safety, access to mental health support, and support for housing stability and essential needs. Grants of $1,000 are awarded to local residents to lead community improvement initiatives that can be achieved within three months. 

 The first three grant recipients in Central Newmarket are:  

  • Community BBQ in Central Newmarket. In July, this resident group held a BBQ at Inn From the Cold to bring the community together for food, music and family-friendly activities.
  • Pet Therapy for Youth Improving Mental Health. In August, the pet therapy program created a space for residents to feel a sense of belonging and improve their mental health while interacting with farm animals.
  • Denison Lunch Gaming Program. In this program, students are able to connect during lunch hours to play video games and board games. Students have been given leadership roles to help care for the gaming equipment and organize the program. 

 Applications for resident-led Quick Action Grants in Central Newmarket are being accepted until October 1, 2022. Central Newmarket spans the borders of Yonge Street to Main Street, Davis Drive to London Road. Examples of resident led initiatives may include: 

  • a community BBQ
  • workshops about tenant issues or wellness
  • clothing swap event
  • local soccer tournament
  • social/buddy benches
  • a community mural 

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