Applications flood in for piece of Moffat fund

About 30 organizations and individuals looking to get a share of the $50,000 the town has been allotted by the Moffat Family Fund filed their applications by Tuesday afternoon’s deadline.
“We got a ton of applications with requests well exceeding the amount the Moffat family gave us this year,” said Fort Frances CAO Mark McCaig, who also heads the local Moffat Family Fund Committee.
“There’s going to have to be a scrutinizing process to pare them down,” he added, noting the committee will meet next Thursday to begin that very job.
McCaig said the number of applications was very encouraging. “It shows people are more aware of the program, and that there’s the opportunity to secure some funding through it,” he remarked.
While he couldn’t name the applicants nor the projects they were looking to fund prior to the selection committee having a chance to look at the requests, McCaig did say there certainly was a variety.
“There’s some new things. And there’s some people involved in various projects that have applied before,” he noted. “And there’s some that might not fit the criteria.”
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 to submit their requests, which could run between four-six pages long and had to include a specific dollar amount and the rationale behind the request, before 2 p.m. on Tuesday.
The local committee now will review the submissions and decide which applicants are allocated how much.
The committee then will forward its choices to the Moffat Family Council in Winnipeg by the beginning of October. The council, in turn, will review those choices, with its recommendations reaching the Winnipeg Foundation’s board of directors for final approval by December.
Recipients should find out who gets what by January.
During the application process last year, the town received 21 requests. 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.