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Grants available to improve community safety and wellbeing in South-Central Richmond Hill

The South-Central Richmond Hill 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 South-Central Richmond Hill are:  

  • Happy to Chat Bench. In June, the Happy to Chat Bench announced that a bench will be installed in the community as a place for residents to connect with their neighbours, start meaningful conversations, exchange resourceful information and establish lifelong relationships.
  • Gapper Park Community Group. In August, the group hosted a neighbourhood picnic for residents to come together as a community and engage in family-friendly activities while fighting the barriers of social isolation.
  • Genesis Place for Seniors Lunch Connect Group. From August to September, this program enables seniors to connect, engage in topical discussions and listen to live music performances. 

Applications for resident-led Quick Action Grants in South-Central Richmond Hill are being accepted until October 1, 2022. South-Central Richmond Hill spans the borders of Yonge Street to Bayview Avenue, 16th Avenue to Elgin Mills 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 

To apply for a grant or for more information visit 

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