Tbaytel is calling all people and organizations across northern Ontario to think about that question and will award three of the answers with $10,000 each to make their idea a reality.
Back for another year the Tbaytel for Good Community Fund is taking submissions until Sept. 19, inviting teachers, students, parents, volunteers, not-for-profit groups, coaches, community members, associations and individuals from across its serving territory to apply for funding and make the places we live better through a project, idea or initiative.
“Since launching the campaign in 2013, we’ve invested $276,342 in funding to support 93 unique community-based projects in 22 communities throughout our region,” said Tbaytel Communication Coordinator Jamie Smith.
“Last year when we changed the format to a $10,000 prize we were absolutely amazed by the incredible ideas that northerners have to enrich the communities we live, work and play in. This year we are expecting even more game-changing ideas and we are excited to see what the great people of northern Ontario come up with.”
Past winners include Harvest Kenora, which was able to make gardening accessible for all at its Homerun Gardens thanks to the Tbaytel for Good Community Fund. St. Basil’s Catholic School in White River is looking forward to a brand new accessible and sensory-friendly playground while Hammarskjold High School built a multi-use Viking Room to support its co-curricular activities. Details about all the past winners and their projects are available at www.tbaytelforgood.net.
Examples of initiatives that qualify for funding include:
- Community gardens & food security projects
- Animal welfare projects
- Arts and culture programs
- Sports and recreation programs
- Events, workshops & educational opportunities
- Youth activities & leadership programs
- Community building initiatives
- New materials, equipment or program supplies
- Health and wellness opportunities
Those interested can apply online at www.tbaytelforgood.net. Applications should include a brief description of the need or challenge they want to address, and how their project will create positive change. Applicants must also submit a simple 60-second video to further demonstrate to the judges their need, their project or initiative and how the funding would help them make a difference.
Submissions are open until Monday, September 19 at 4 p.m. ET. Semi-finalists will be selected by a judging panel of community members and announced Thursday, Oct. 6. Winners of the Tbaytel for Good Community Fund will be determined by public voting, which will take place from Oct. 6 to Oct. 18. The winners will be announced Oct. 26.
For more information, visit www.tbaytelforgood.net.