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Community Foundation takes part in new Healthy Communities Initiative 

$1,386,780 in funding available in Central Eastern Ontario to transform public spaces in response to COVID-19 

[For Immediate Release Feb 2021]

The Deep River and District Community Foundation announces that it will be taking part in the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative to provide $1,386,780 to transform public spaces in response to COVID-19 within the Central Eastern Ontario Region. 


This funding is part of the Government of Canada’s new $31 million Healthy Communities Initiative. This investment by the federal government will support community-led organizations in developing local, small-scale infrastructure projects that respond to the immediate needs arising from COVID-19, while building towards a more pandemic-resilient future. 


Organizations are invited to apply for funding between $5,000 and $250,000 to lead projects that help create safe and vibrant public spaces, improve mobility options, and provide digital solutions to help their neighbourhoods or communities navigate the pandemic and look to build back better in the COVID-19 recovery. This could include projects that adapt crosswalks and access to public transport to allow for safe physical distancing, the creation of community gardens, and art installations, and free Wi-Fi in targeted public spaces. A variety of community-led organizations are eligible to apply, including local governments, charities, Indigenous communities, and registered non-profit organizations. 


The Deep River and District Community Foundation is working alongside Community Foundations of Canada, the Canadian Urban Institute and other partners to serve communities across Canada, including equity-seeking groups interested in applying. 


“As we continue to face isolation due to COVID-19, the Healthy Communities Initiative will help our community to safely connect with others. it will benefit the well-being of our residents by helping to make our community safe, vibrant and connected” said Dianne Lemire, Chair of the Deep River and District Community Foundation. 


The application period for the first round of funding closes on March 9, 2021 at 5:00 PM PST. A second application period for funding will take place starting in May 2021. Visit to find out more about how to apply, explore resources for applicants and sign up for community mobilization sessions. 

About the Deep River and District Community Foundation Founded in 2002, the Deep River and District Community Foundation has been working hard with the help of its members and volunteers to provide funds to charities in our area. Its work is dedicated to funding and delivering charitable services, and strives to inspire and improve the lives of those in our community. For more information visit its website or contact it at