Thunder Bay, Ont. – With submissions for the fall 2019 Tbaytel for Good Community Fund campaign now open, Tbaytel is inviting teachers, students, parents, volunteers, not-for-profit groups, coaches, community members, associations and neighbours from throughout its serving territory to apply for funding to be used for community betterment through a project, idea or initiative.“We want to remind everyone living in the communities Tbaytel serves that the community fund is an opportunity to help meet a need or find a solution to a challenge facing people right where they live,” says Tbaytel communication co-ordinator Laura Foulds. “The fund is designed to be inclusive, supporting initiatives of all different scopes, and that really starts with asking the question, ‘What do I need or what can I do to help make my community a better place?’”
Tbaytel will award project funding to six successful applicants at the close of the fall campaign: two in the $500 category, two in the $1,500 category and two in the $5,000 category. Submissions can revolve around something as simple as the purchase of new equipment or supplies to more complex project ideas like events or the development of new client programming.
Past winners include submissions from a range of sectors including education, sports and recreation, youth, the environment, technology and innovation and health and wellness. Previous successful projects funded through the community fund include community gardens, arts and culture programming or initiatives, the purchase of building materials or program supplies, community events and workshops or educational series, among others.
Applicants are asked to consider project submissions that appropriately answer questions focusing on the following four key areas of criteria: impact, beneficiaries, feasibility and budget. Members of the Tbaytel for Good selection committee are then responsible for selecting the two successful projects in the $500 category, as well as narrowing down a shortlist of project submissions to be eligible for public voting.
Submissions for the fall campaign will be accepted from Sept. 3, 2019 until Oct. 11, 2019 with public voting on the semi-finalist video submissions in the $1,500 and $5,000 funding streams to take place from Oct. 28. 2019 to Nov. 8, 2019. The winners from all three categories will be announced on Nov. 18, 2019.
For more information, including full eligibility criteria, submission guidelines and campaign milestone dates, anyone interested can visit tbaytelforgood.net/communityfund.