York Region invests more than $420,000 in community agencies in 2012
NEWMARKET - York Regional Council today endorsed an investment of over $420,000 to support new and emerging community agencies across the Region through the New Agency Development Fund (NADF).
The New Agency Development Fund supports the growth and development of new community-based agencies five years old or less. Eligible agencies must provide services within the following priority areas: homelessness programs, family and children’s services, employment support and programs that complement public health initiatives. It is a unique fund that provides agencies with professional development activities and networking opportunities which can lead to collaboration with other agencies.
“The New Agency Development Fund continues to be an important addition to the Region's strategic social investment in the community,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. “It provides agencies with the tools to strategically plan for the future, become strong organizations and achieve long-term success.”
In 2012, 10 agencies will receive support through NADF, including four first-time recipients. Successful agencies range from those who are expanding their organizational capacity to new agencies that are just starting up. Some of the 2012 investments are:
• Family Lifestyle Community Services provides nutritional information and healthy eating educational programs to Asian families living in York Region. Funding will be used for board development, creation of staff and agency policies and procedures
• Moving Forward 2015 Foundation provides financial support in the form of interest-free loans to low income residents for activities such as returning to school. Funding will help the agency complete bylaws, expand board of directors and build on partnerships
• York Region Seniors Wellness Centre provides social, recreational, educational and mentoring programs to seniors in the community. Funding will assist the agency establish bylaws, a strategic plan and develop management processes and administrative procedures
“Given the diversity and growth of our Region, it is even more important to have strong community agencies in place to prepare for the future,” said Town of Markham Deputy Mayor Jack Heath, Chair of the Region’s Community and Health Services Committee. “Investing in new local agencies enables us to address the needs of residents and provide better community service.”
For more information on the New Agency Development Fund or to see the complete list of the agencies supported visit www.york.ca\NADF
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