Community fund will be seeking applicants again

For the fourth-straight year, the Town of Fort Frances will be receiving money from the Moffat Family Fund to hand out to local groups and service clubs with the aim of helping youth and families.
Fort Frances CAO Mark McCaig, head of the local Moffat Family Fund committee, confirmed Monday that Fort Frances is among 12 communities that again will be allocated about $50,000 to distribute to worthwhile causes this year.
McCaig will be calling a meeting in the next couple of weeks, after which the local committee will put out a call for individuals and organizations to submit their requests.
As in previous years, the requests can run between four-six pages long and must include a specific dollar amount and the rationale behind it (as well as charitable numbers for organizations).
The funding proposals must benefit children, families, and the “less advantaged.”
The deadline for submissions will be sometime in October, noted McCaig.
After the local committee reviews the applications, they then will be reviewed by the Moffat Family Council in November, with recommendations reaching the Winnipeg Foundation’s board of directors by December.
A total of $50,000 was divided up between 12 local recipients back in mid-March as the town disbursed money from the Moffat Family Fund on behalf of the Winnipeg Foundation.
They included Crime Stoppers, the local Salvation Army, Navy League (sponsor of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets), United Native Friendship Centre, 908 Rainy Lake Air Cadets, Sister Kennedy Seniors’ Centre, Eighth Street Trail Volunteers, Bethel Baptist Church (AWANA Kids’ Club), Beta Sigma Phi (Alpha Upsilon chapter), J.W. Walker School Council, Fort Frances Meals on Wheels, and the Rendezvous Yacht Club.
A total of 32 local individuals and organizations filed their applications by last September’s deadline. Altogether, they requested a total of $361,019.84 in funding.
A dozen of those were chosen by the local Moffat Family Fund committee in October and forwarded to the Winnipeg Foundation for final approval.
McCaig noted those that have received a portion of the funds in the past can apply again, but this fact will be take into consideration.
“We want to make sure to spread it [the funds] around,” he said. “Groups shouldn’t see it as a steady revenue source.”
The history of the Moffat Family Fund goes back to 2002 when 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.
Fort Frances applied for—and was chosen to be—one of these recipient communities.
Year after year, the town, along with other communities once serviced by the Moffat family’s cable television business, is eligible to receive some of the interest from that $100 million investment.

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