Ten community projects received funding at the Charlottetown Micro-Grant Pitch Party on Thursday, May 12 thanks to successful pitches, public votes and the support of the Community Sustainability Micro-Grant program.
The City of Charlottetown hosted the Micro-Grant Pitch Party to provide an opportunity for the public to vote on community projects to fund through the Community Sustainability Micro-Grant Program.
Organizations and individuals who submitted proposals for the Community Sustainability Micro-Grant Program were invited to present their idea in five minutes or less at the Pitch Party. Groups demonstrated how their community project contributes to and meets objectives outlined in the City’s Integrated Community Sustainability Plan. Projects generally are categorized under one of the plan’s four pillars of sustainability – Economic, Social, Environmental or Cultural.
"The Pitch Party was a huge success and we want to thank everyone who was able to attend and participate," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "This new event provided a unique way for the community to be involved and vote for projects that inspired them. I am excited to see all of these projects, initiatives and events come to life in the capital city."
"The Community Sustainability Micro-Grant Program encourages sustainability efforts through creative projects and initiatives," said Deputy Mayor Mike Duffy, Chair of the City’s Environment and Sustainability Committee. "The funding provided assists organizations and individuals with projects that otherwise may not have the means to pursue their vision."
The 2016 recipients and projects are as follows (in no particular order):
- PEI Food Exchange – Community Food Preservers Program - The Community Food Preservers program (CFPP) will be offered to individuals who are interested in teaching canning and food preservation methods (drying, root cellar technology, fermenting, freezing) and sharing this knowledge in their community.
- Betty Begg – Buy-Local, Eat-Local Community - Buy-Local Eat Local Community Kitchen will provide hands-on training on how to source and prepare good healthy food on a low income budget. The project will focus on a variety of different food related skills to provide students with a broad range of applicable knowledge in the kitchen.
- Patricia Bourque – My Two Worlds - This photography exhibit at the Guild will showcase Mi’kmaq culture and dancing against the backdrop of urban and rural PEI landscapes. It will be held from June 22 to July 3, 2016. The artist, Patricia Bourque, captures and expresses her experience of being a Mi’kmaq on Prince Edward Island through the lens of her camera.
- Fusion PEI – Solar Powered Mobile Phone Charging Station - Fusion has been working on the design of a semi-portable solar powered charging station for mobile devices to both inform and inspire users to consider the potential and current availability of solar power in our everyday lives. The station will be set up in a busy public location, such as around Victoria Row, where people can plug in for a few minutes and get a free charge for their phone.
- The Farm Centre – Breaking Ground Workshop Series - The Farm Centre Legacy Garden Breaking Ground workshop series is an extensive series of hands-on workshops that will provide fun, informative, and engaging opportunities for Islanders of all ages.
- Reg Porter – Trinity United Church - The History and Archives committee of the Trinity United Church in Charlottetown want to showcase and inform the public about the unique architecture of the Trinity United Church. This project is part of an awareness campaign of the wonder of this historic church – one of three public buildings present when the Fathers of Confederation met in 1864.
- UPEI Food Collective – Panther Pantry - The UPEI Panther Pantry Food Collective addresses food insecurity on campus by preparing and serving healthy, locally supported lunches to students, free of charge. The Panther Pantry is operated exclusively by student volunteers and provides food for 50-100 students on serving days.
- Chris Sallie – Charlottetown Junior Sous Chef Program - The Charlottetown Junior Sous Chef Program is an interactive and inclusive program aimed at youth age 8-16 that seeks to improve health and wellness through food literacy, food skills training, and kitchen confidence. Over the course of six classes and one field trip, the program will provide hands on workshops that focus on key areas of meal planning while allowing the children to work in and environment that is safe and fun.
- BGHJ Architects – Urban Bee-Hive - BGHJ Architects in Charlottetown have come up with a creative and innovative project seeking to educate the public on the importance of honeybees in relation to food security and sustainability in the community. They have designed four honeybee hive structures to be placed at the Farm Centre Legacy Garden.
- Sperenza – Bike Co-op - Sperenza plans to operate a bike co-op in downtown Charlottetown. A variety of bikes and helmets will be available for people to sign out and use free of charge. It allows persons of all ages and economics the joy of riding bicycles, helping to create a healthier happier City.
For more details about the Community Sustainability Micro-Grant Program visit www.charlottetown.ca and click the button on the homepage.
Photo cutline: The City of Charlottetown hosted a Micro-Grant Pitch Party to provide an opportunity for the public to vote on community projects to fund through the Community Sustainability Micro-Grant Program.
Photos of the recipients are available upon request.
City of Charlottetown