The City of Charlottetown has selected eight community partners to fund through the Community Micro-Grant program for 2014. Applicants to the fund must demonstrate 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 micro-grant projects are funded in partnership with the City of Charlottetown – Office of Sustainability and the PEI Adventure Initiative.
"These community organizations and individuals are showing great leadership in community sustainability and we are happy to be able to support them through the Community Micro-Grant program," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "There are so many important goals and actions outlined in the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan that were identified through public consultation. In order to achieve these goals, we will all need to work together and bring our varied perspectives and expertise to the table."
"The Community Micro-Grant program is all about building sustainability awareness at the grassroots level," said Councillor Rob Lantz, Vice-Chair of the Urban Beautification and Sustainability Committee. "Providing funding, even at this small scale, can still help individuals and organizations committed to sustainability achieve measurable goals."
The 2014 recipients and projects are as follows:
• Bike Co-op - Sperenza Vision Sport: Sperenza will be creating a Bike Co-op in downtown Charlottetown which will be open to all members of the general public. There will be a variety of bikes and helmets available for children and adults to sign-out, free of charge.
• The Business of Art Bootcamp- Culture PEI: Culture PEI will run a 12-week pilot program that is designed to provide entrepreneurial training for individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enhance their business knowledge and career prospects as working artists.
• In Celebration of BATS! – The PEI Potters Studio: The PEI Potters Studio will create a number of pieces representing bat species found on Prince Edward Island, in particular the endangered Little Brown Bat. The pieces will be displayed on trees in a suitable location in Victoria Park as part of the Art in the Open event on August 23, 2014.
• North of Euston Community Engagement Project – Samantha Murphy: The engagement project is designed to build a sense of community and engagement in the downtown area bounded by Euston Street, University Avenue, Allen Street and Longworth Avenue. The project will bring together residents of the community at a community event to gather suggestions and build consensus on a name for the neighborhood.
• Ode to a Tree – This Town is Small: This project will provide a series of seven, free embroidery workshops with artist Carina Phillips (BFA 2009). The workshop participants will be lead through a self-reflective process, reflecting on the large tree that once stood in Rochford Square and what it meant to them/their community. At the end of the series a community social celebrating place will showcase the artworks and celebrate the life of urban trees.
• Rag Tag Players Production of Desiderata – Murphy’s Community Centre: The Murphy’s Community Centre will expand their theatre program and provide children with an opportunity to show their talents on stage with their Rag Tag Players program. This provides them with a basic introduction to the theatrical arts through the production of Max Ehrmann’s 1927 poem, "Desiderata" which will be presented on the centre’s main stage.
• The Social Consumption Project – Peter Rukavina: A prototype of a home-based "data collection and sharing system" will be built to enable citizens to expose information about their water electricity consumption to the public. The act of sharing has the potential to positively influence consumption patterns and provide further incentive to conserve.
• Start with a Seedling – Lyndsay Moffat: This project will bring together elders, young adults and young children to learn about gardening, and to celebrate local food. It will include time for sharing stories and songs about food and gardening, making food together, learning about eating seasonally, and planting garlic and flower bulbs at the Farm Centre Legacy garden.
For more information on the ICSP and sustainability projects and programs, visit www.TheInspiredCity.com
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