Over 100 charities, non-profits get nearly $1.5M funding boost in Brampton

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Published March 7, 2024 at 3:25 pm

The money comes through the city’s Advance Brampton Fund, which provides funding grants between $5,000 and $75,000 for organizations in the arts, community safety, recreation and many other fields. (Photo: City of Brampton)

Over 100 charities and non-profits helping meet community needs in Brampton have received a nearly $1.5 million influx of funding from the city.

The money comes through the city’s Advance Brampton Fund, which provides funding grants between $5,000 and $75,000 for organizations in the arts, community safety, recreation and many other fields.

The fund has been around since 2020, but the city made changes to the application process this year by removing the requirements for organizations to match grant funding, making the program “more accessible for new and small organizations,” the city said in a release.

There are three funding streams available for different types of organizations, ranging from a $5,000 grant for new and small projects up to $25,000 for those with well-developed projects and a successful operation history.

“The Advance Brampton Fund plays a crucial role in empowering our community organizations to deliver impactful projects that enrich our city and enhance residents’ quality of life,” Coun. Rowena Santos said in a statement. “We are proud to support these initiatives and look forward to seeing their positive contributions.”

The full list of approved charities and non-profits for the 2024 funding has yet to be released.

City staff told members of Brampton City Council in 2023 that the program saw nearly two times more applications for funding than what is available in the program that year. Council passed a motion to tackle the Advance Brampton Fund shortfall with a more than $460,000 top-up to fund an additional 20 non-profits and charity organizations in Brampton

The fund has provided over $4 million in grants to Brampton’s non-profit and charitable sector, supporting hundreds of projects including arts presentations and performances, youth summer camps, recreational programming, job and skills-based training, and programs designed to improve mental health.

The next round of applications for the annual Advance Brampton Fund will open in the fall of this year. For more information visit www.Brampton.ca.

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