Owen Sound Riverfest

Pop Up Granting Events

Photo Credit: Stuart Reid


In the summer of 2017, representatives from Community Foundation Grey Bruce visited 24 organizations and projects across Grey Bruce that received grants. There were 6 visits on the Bruce Peninsula, 10 visits in the Durham & Hanover area, 5 in South Grey and 3 near the towns of Meaford and Thornbury. At each visit, we were able to see the project site and talk to the individuals and organizations that delivered the program out in the community. Not only was it a great pleasure to travel across this beautiful region, but it was so important to gather the community stories that document our work in philanthropy.  
We also celebrated some talented young people who received scholarships managed by the Foundation in 2017. One of the highlights was the presentation of the first scholarship through the Janice Bye Memorial Fund. This scholarship was presented to Natalie MacDonald in the Foodland parking lot in Hanover at a fundraising BBQ held for her by the local Lion’s Club. The Bye family were able to be there to make the presentation and to congratulate Natalie in person. That heartwarming event that brought together generous funders and a grateful recipient, on a sunny summer day, made us think differently about how we distribute grant monies. 

In 2018, rather than gathering the representatives from charities and non-profits in a banquet hall for a night of handshakes and cheques passing hands, we’ve decided to take our show on the road! We’ll be celebrating your grants, getting out into towns and villages across Grey Bruce, creating pop-up events to bring folks together to share stories of gratitude and the incredible impact of regional non-profits and charities. We’ll also congratulate scholarship and award winning local students while we are travelling. Whenever possible, we hope to engage fundholders and their families in these gatherings. 

Thanks to the kindness of community partners and sponsors, we’ll be travelling the backroads and highways in a branded second-hand vehicle that will promote the Foundation and our work. We are very grateful to Luckydog Motors in Owen Sound for the use of this vehicle, Integra Design for the vehicle wrap graphics and Have1.com for producing and installing the wrap. We’re also grateful to our media sponsors Bayshore Broadcasting and Grey Bruce Boomers who’ll be along for the ride. Our trustworthy 2010 Nissan Rogue will be the backdrop for our presentations, photo-ops and celebrations at regional festivals, community celebrations or even at local coffee shops – wherever we can meet the people and talk about community philanthropy.
All our travels and adventures will be documented, videotaped, tweeted about and shared on social media with the assistance of a Summer Marketing and Communications Intern whose role is supported by Canada Summer Jobs. Follow the hashtag #youmakeyourcommunity to see all the visits on our road show. Watch for our vehicle at your local festival or event in the coming months.

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