Here's How You Can Make Your Community Better in Burlington

If you have an idea to make your community a better place but think it’ll never happen don’t despair; it is possible.

Burlington is giving $20,636 to five community projects as part of this year's Neighbourhood Community Matching Fund program.

The chosen projects will receive as much as 50 per cent of their needed funding from the city, up to a maximum of $5,000.

"Supporting local community groups who host events and activities such as these will help our communities not only grow stronger, but grow stronger together,” said Julia Rodgerson, Supervisor of Marketing and Sponsorship for the project. “That is the real benefit of the Neighbourhood Community Matching Fund. We're breaking down barriers so people can meet, talk and build relationships."

The Neighbourhood Community Matching fund exists to motivate Burlington residents to start their own community initiatives to make Burlington a better place for everybody.

These are the five projects that received the money this year:

Mindfulness in the Park:

  • Organizing free mindfulness sessions in park settings in Aldershot and Elizabeth Gardens communities.
  • Any Burlington resident may attend.

Neurodiverse Universe - Art Mural Project:

  • A neighbourhood art project to bring awareness and appreciation to the skills and talents of people with autism.
  • Location for the project is yet to be determined.

Live Out Loud - Outdoor Play Spaces:

  • Providing fences to create safe outdoor play areas (basketball court and play area) for all Burlington residents in the Guelph Line, Woodward and Prospect communities.

Burlington Food Bank Community Garden Expansion:

  • Community garden expansion in Maple Park Community Gardens will provide fresh produce for users of the Burlington Food Bank.

Walk with a Doc - Hamilton Burlington Trails Association:

  • The program will offer 12 community walks on Burlington’s community trails and parks. Walks are led by local doctors and health care providers, and include a short health talk at the start of each walk.

These projects will be worked on over the next year. Neighbourhood or community groups interested in learning more about the Neighbourhood Community Matching Fund criteria and guidelines for funding can visit the Burlington city website.

This is the fund’s third year.

In 2016, $35,000 was provided to eight community projects, and in 2017, $26,100 was provided to six community projects.

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