Two local organizations were recipients of grants from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and recently celebrated with local MPP Laurie Scott.

Club “bowled over”

Members of the Bobcaygeon Lawn Bowling Club received a $47,800 Capital grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The grant gives the Club the green light to buy a new automatic external defibrillator and lawn maintenance equipment.

The popular club has been operating in the community for 84 years and welcomes people of all ages who wish to learn how to lawn bowl, or who are re-discovering the sport. They are located at 87 Dunn Street, right next to the Settler’s Village. For more information, visit www.bobcaygeonlawnbowling.weebly.com.

Mentoring Works

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes-Haliburton used their $6,100 seed grant to conduct a mentoring study. The grant enabled the group to look into whether a site-based group mentoring program would be feasible and how it would help young people in the community.

The organization feels that children and youth in the community can benefit from a group mentoring program that has an environmental, engineering or other specific focus. Big Brothers Big Sisters is determining whether this type of programming can work within a small organization’s budget and resources while remaining sustainable.

The Seed grant put Big Brothers Big Sisters in a position to dedicate a specific number of hours per week for this research. Further information on mentoring can be obtained by contacting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes-Haliburton at 705-324-6800.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded more than $120 million to some 700 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities.

Local NewsDeb Crossen