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ReForest London receives London Community Foundation Grant

Game Changers Awarded Community Vitality Grants

London Community Foundation announced on November 24 their 2011 Community Vitality Grant Recipients.

Over $200,000 was awarded to two organizations. Foundation C.E.O. Martha Powell says these are some of the largest Community Fund grants awarded in recent history.

  • The Coach House Project ($102,000) at My Sisters’ Place
  • Million Tree Challenge ($120,000) at Reforest London

“With knowledge gained from our Vital Signs Report, we know key issues for this city are environment, closing the gap between rich and poor, and work.  Each organization receiving a grant today is involved in a creative solution that will have lasting benefits for everyone in this City. This is one reason why we are investing so heavily in their success.”

To celebrate the announcement, a tree planting took place on the grounds near The Coach House at My Sisters’ Place. The tree was a gift from ReForest London who will be using their Community Vitality Grant towards the Million Tree Challenge campaign.

The Coach House Project at My Sisters’ Place

The Community Vitality Grant is going towards the renovation of the historic coach house that is located behind My Sisters’ Place. The now vacant and boarded building is being restored to house their successful Micro-Enterprise endeavour and will include a large studio and a retail store.

“One woman purchased her first car, another started her own web-based business and another secured safe housing, all successes directly related to their involvement in the micro-enterprise.  Women who have struggled with lifelong poverty are getting off social assistance. A bigger space for the micro-enterprise means more women can participate and transform their lives and find hope for a future that they never imagined they could have again.” Susan Macphail, Director of My Sisters’ Place

The Coach House Project at My Sisters’ Place, is a program of WOTCH Community Mental Health Services

Million Tree Challenge at ReForest London

The Community Vitality Grant is going towards their Million Tree Challenge, specifically the development and implementation of the new program, a comprehensive metrics system, and outreach and promotion.

"We are delighted that London Community Foundation has supported this community initiative which will  leverage our phase one  tree planting goal of One Tree for Every Londoner by 2014," said David Crockett, Chair of ReForest London. "The Million Tree Challenge will transform London, making it a healthier, more vibrant city worthy of its Forest City name. This grant will enable ReForest London and partners to get trees to Londoners to plant throughout the city."

About this Grant Program and London Community Foundation

The Community Vitality Grant Program invests in charitable initiatives that demonstrate innovation and investment in London or Middlesex County in one or more of the issue areas identified in London’s Vital Signs Report.

The Community Foundation thanks all grant applicants, grant committee members, and the donors who make this program possible, in particular all donors to the Community Fund. The Community Fund supports the Community Vitality Grant Program.

Through the power of giving, London Community Foundation (lcf.on.ca) creates a vibrant and caring community by investing strategically in innovative community-based solutions.