The Woolwich Community Fund celebrated 10 years of presenting grants to groups in Woolwich Township this week and distributed grants to this year’s recipients.
Approximately $4,500 was handed out this year to Woolwich Community Services’ Women of Courage program and the Elmira Boy Scouts. The Scouts are using the funds to move a storage shed and rebuild its hall.
The Woolwich Community Fund was started in the late 1990s and began distributing funds 10 years ago. The fund’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in Woolwich. The money is managed and invested through the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation, and applications are reviewed by a committee of Woolwich residents.
“It continues to build,” said committee member Pat McLean. “We’ve provided grants to a number of groups in Woolwich Township over the years.”
Over the past 10 years, approximately 35 grants totaling almost $50,000 have been handed out to local groups. The money has gone toward such projects as equipment for the library, playground equipment at local schools, a horticulture therapy program for seniors and support for a community band.