Record Setting Year

The Altona Community Foundation (ACF) is celebrating a record setting year for the organization, one that saw ACF grant the most money back to the community in its history.

Between its Spring 2020 grants, and two rounds of the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF), ACF provided nearly $91,000 to non-profit organizations in the Town of Altona and Municipality of Rhineland.

“2020 was a tremendously difficult year for many organizations as their usual revenue streams were reduced significantly or cut entirely,” explained ACF President Chris Sumner. “Our board was thrilled to support these groups, and the projects they wanted to move forward this year, giving back to the community when needed most, with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

ACF was also very thankful for the ongoing support it received from donors, with November’s Endow Manitoba Giving Challenge raising nearly $29,000 for the Foundation’s Endowment Fund.

“Even though we have all been facing very trying and difficult circumstances this year, we can’t say enough about the generosity of our donors who continued to support us,” added Sumner. “We have been very fortunate to continue to see a strong level of support, which in turn, will allow the Foundation to continue its track record of granting thousands of dollars back to the community every year.”

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Below is a list of the 2020 Granting highlights for ACF:

ECSF Round 2 – Total Granted $31,860 – Delivered October 2020
Altona and Area Family Resource Centre – $13,627 – Rental of larger space to allow program to continue while maintaining social distancing.

Regional Connections – $6,720 –  Tablets for Hippy (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) Program to allow virtual Home Visitors to newcomer mothers of preschoolers who are isolated at home.

Altona Mennonite Church – $4,500 – To provide video streaming of services to those that are unable or choose to avoid large gatherings during the pandemic.

Kiddie Sunshine Centre – $3,955 – Strengthening communication and learning through technology by using electronic devise to train Childcare workers and to document and share program activities and children’s learning, development, and needs with parents.

Blue Sky Opportunities – $3,058 – Plexi glass barriers for workroom to facilitate the safe return to work for adults with intellectual disabilities in our community in compliance with the mandated safety requirements.

ECSF Round 1 – Total Granted $38,900 – Delivered July 2020

Altona YFC/The Station – $20,000 – YFC Altona Connected Initiative focused on connecting and supporting vulnerable youth through online & limited in-person interactions.

Altona and Area Family Resource Centre – $7,400 – Creation of take-home activity kits for families and purchase of tablets to deliver programming.

Regional Connections – $6,000 – Laptop lending library for newcomers that provides internet-ready devices for newcomer families who are only able to access services, supports, and learning online.

Kiddie Sunshine Centre – $5,500 – Enhancing the School Age Program to meet additional needs for curriculum activities and staffing which has emerged due to the pandemic.

ACF Spring 2020 Grant Recipients – $20,000 – Announced July 2020

$3,350 – Access Field – Construction of a Fieldhouse
$3,250 – Altona Senior Centre – Kitchen Renovation
$3,000 – Trans Canada Trail Committee – Tree planting along trail from Altona to Gretna
$2,500 – Kiddie Sunshine Centre – Kitchen Renovation
$2,000 – Neubergthal Heritage Foundation – Signage, dishwasher, construction of cement pad
$1,500 – Altona Minor Hockey – purchase new team jerseys
$1,500 – Gardens on Tenth – Replacement of Common Area Tables/Chairs at Ebenezer Home
$1,000 – Altona YFC/The Station – Purchase computer for Maker Space
$750 – Gallery in the Park – Printing costs for Mennonite photography exhibit
$500 – Altona Pickleball Club – Purchase third net, paint permanent court lines
$500 – Gretna Prairie Centre – Construction of wheelchair accessible washroom
$150 – Altona Family Resource Centre – Desk renovations

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