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Gordie Howe International Bridge Announces Funding To Local Community Organizations

Wednesday June 10th, 2020, 8:42pm


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The Gordie Howe International Bridge announced Wednesday the distribution of $100,000 as part of the project Community Benefits Plan to be shared by nine projects. Six in Windsor and three in Detroit.

The Community Organization Investment, an initiative under the Community Benefits Plan, is a five-year annual investment allowance with $50,000 allocated to registered non-profit or charitable organizations located in or serving residents in Sandwich/west Windsor and Delray/Southwest Detroit respectively. The funds support events, programming and infrastructure improvements that will benefit the communities and align with one of the community investment priorities, including community partnerships, community safety and connections, economic benefits, and/or aesthetics and landscaping.

This year’s recipients will receive funding in July 2020. The projects include:

  • Sandwich First Baptist Church: Sandwich Underground Railroad Freedom Museum
  • Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Windsor Essex Central Council: Helping Hands Friendship Centre
  • Friends of the Court: Spreading Our Roots
  •  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windsor Essex: Big Neighbourhood – Sandwich
  • Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA): Binational Detroit River Cleanu
  •  Les Amis Duff-Bâby: Grand Opening Event – Duff-Bâby Mansio
  •  West Vernor & Springwells Business Improvement District (BID): The Bid Is Open for Business!
  •  Bridging Communities, Inc.: Southwest Expanded Seniors Services
  •  Ste. Anne de Detroit Catholic Church (Food Pantry): Food Pantry Equipment & Replacement Expansion Program

The recipients were selected following an application process that ran from November 2019 through January 2020 and resulted in 50 eligible submissions. The project’s Local Community Group, comprised of stakeholders from the host communities on both sides of the border, played a significant role in reviewing the applications and providing recommendations to the project team.

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