Terence Haight 2022 Funding Announcements

At last week’s virtual town council meeting in Gravenhurst, Mayor Paul Kelly introduced this year’s recipients of the Terence Haight Community Funding.

The announcement was an opportunity to formally recognize each community group for their valuable contributions and to learn more about how they intend to use the community betterment grants awarded.

Wednesday, March 16and, recipients joined Mayor Paul Kelly, Deputy Mayor Heidi Lorenz and District Councilor John Gordon for in-person presentations and photos. This funding announcement will inject $25,000 into local community groups whose efforts aim to benefit the residents of Gravenhurst.

The following 10 groups received funding for their proposed applications:



Object of the request

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muskoka


Host an open house in Gravenhurst to build deeper connections with the community and increase awareness of available services

Gravenhurst Elderberry Choir


Help the choir focus on replenishing resources.

Gravenhurst Bifocal Band


Develop and implement an awareness program to mobilize the community. Buy sheet music: provide group-owned equipment as needed; and provide transportation strategies to facilitate a more inclusive audience.

Gravenhurst Women’s Center


Program to provide personal care supplies to women in the community



Provide suicide awareness training

Gravenhurst Ladies Auxiliary (Legion)


Replace badly worn floors in the kitchen thereby allowing full and safe use of the kitchen for ongoing fundraising efforts and community events such as the Remembrance Day service.

Beast of the Woods Productions


First full-scale production of Citronella – a hilarious disco-inspired, Gravenhurst-flavored pantomime – at Gravenhurst Quay. Intended to challenge and inspire seasonal and permanent residents.

Calm and safe lakes


Support awareness and education programs; expand the Wakes and Speed ​​project, support lake associations and distribute equipment to local rental agencies and marinas.

Muskoka Ringette Association


Attract and engage the younger age groups in ringette by hosting weekly reduced cost practices followed by 4 exhibition games at the end of the season against other associations in the area.

Muskoka Women’s Y


Run the Boys Quest program at KP Manson School for Boys. The program focuses on building trust, identifying healthy relationships, discovering positive coping skills, setting goals, and exploring individual talents.

In addition to this annual grant process, in 2020 the COVID-19 Financial Relief Fund was created with $25,000 from the Terence Haight Endowment. The fund, in response to the pandemic, was to be made available on a one-time basis to help established community organizations and service clubs that provide, among other things, financial, mental health and food security assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. 19.

A review committee made up of three Council members has been established to recommend grants under this program. To date, a total of $18,500 has been donated to the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst, Moon River Metis Council, Gravenhurst Against Poverty and the United Way Simcoe Muskoka Urgent Needs Fund. Currently, a balance of $6,500 remains to meet community needs related to COVID-19 through this additional fund.

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