Moffat Fund choices forwarded for approval

A total of 32 local individuals and organizations—looking to get a share of the $50,000 the town has been allotted by the Moffat Family Fund—filed their applications last month.
Now, 12 of those have been chosen by the local Moffat Family Fund committee and forwarded to the Winnipeg Foundation for final approval, Fort Frances CAO Mark McCaig said.
He noted the town should hear back on the foundation’s choices by the end of the year, with the beneficiaries likely receiving their cheques in January.
While he couldn’t name the applicants nor the projects they were looking to fund prior to the Winnipeg Foundation approving them and signing the cheques, McCaig did say there was a variety.
Administrative assistant Loreen Holt noted the 32 applications requested a total of $361,019.84 in funding.
These were pared down to 12 applicants to get a share of $50,000 allotted to the town for this year.
The criteria to access the Moffat Family Fund is that the request must be to help financially support a project “to help local youth and families.”
Individuals and organizations were invited in September to submit their requests, including a specific dollar amount and the rationale behind the request.
The local committee, headed up by McCaig, then reviewed the submissions and decided which applicants should be allocated how much.
The town received 21 requests during the application process last year. After deciding who the recipients would be and how much they would receive, a total of $56,365 ended up be divided between 13 local recipients this past January.
They included the Kiwanis skate park committee, Fort Frances Highlanders, Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau, Fort Frances Centennial Celebrations Advisory Committee, Fort Frances “Community Chest”/Canadian Cancer Society, and the Fort Frances and District Association for Community Living.
The others were the Fort Frances Museum, Friends of the Library, Friends of Little League, Joy of Life Fellowship Church, Memorial Sports Centre, Fort Frances OPP (D.A.R.E. program), and Rainy Lake Air Cadet Squadron.
In 2002, the Moffat family entrusted $100 million to the Winnipeg Foundation, which, in turn, is responsible for investing the money and distributing it to communities in need.
After learning of this, Fort Frances applied for—and was chosen to be—one of these recipient communities. That first year, the town was allocated $33,000 to divvy up.
Year after year, the town—along with other communities once served by the Moffat family’s cable television business—is eligible to receive some of the interest from that $100 million investment.
Fort Frances is among 12 communities that are being allocated funds to distribute to worthwhile causes this year.