2017 Impact Grant Recipients Announced

The John Howard Society of Fredericton, along with Fredericton Arts & Learning have been selected to receive the Fredericton Community Foundation’s Impact Grants for 2017. The awards are valued at $13,850 and $23,650, respectively.

The John Howard Society of Fredericton Inc. has been providing services to the community of Fredericton’s disenfranchised population since 1955.  As one of the oldest community service agencies, they continue to advance service offerings to meet the ever-increasing needs of our most vulnerable citizens, specifically the homeless population in our community.

Recognizing the need for additional staffing, JHSF embarked on yet another community first by hiring a Housing Specialist with a grant from Post-Secondary Education Training & Labour.  This position is designed to support the Outreach team and remove the duties of housing procurement from the team which in turn allows them to focus primarily on the provision of supports.  

With the support of the Fredericton Community Foundation they will be able to continue to provide the services necessary to secure affordable housing and support our most vulnerable population.

The Charlotte Street Arts Centre is a unique community of artists and cultural organizations that works to make the arts accessible to all. Established in 2005 by a grassroots group of artists and community activists, the Charlotte Street Arts Centre’s historic building presents cultural performances, recitals, film festivals, art workshops, exhibitions, and more. Through ArtReach, their community outreach platform, the Charlotte Street Arts Centre brings the enormous benefits of arts-based programs to underserved community members, such as newcomer families, at-risk youth, and senior groups. The Charlotte Street Arts Centre is committed to ensuring that the arts are available to all, so that everyone has the opportunity to grow and meaningfully participate in Fredericton’s vibrant cultural community.

Thanks to the generosity of the Fredericton Community Foundation, the Charlotte Street Arts Centre will be able to properly and appropriately equip their newly renovated spaces to become a truly dynamic vehicle for community engagement. Through their 2018 Community ‘Renaissance’ Performing Arts Project, the Charlotte Street Arts Centre will acquire much-needed performing arts equipment that can be accessed and used by members of the community. With accessible spaces that are properly equipped, they will enormously enhance the quality of performances we host and the programs that they offer.

The Fredericton Community Foundation is happy to support these projects that are poised to positively impact our community. The passion that these two organizations show for improving the Fredericton Region is remarkable and we are excited to help fund their projects and enhance lives into the future. More information on the Impact Grant is available through the Fredericton Community Foundation at https://www.fredfdn.ca/our-grant-types/ .

Katie Beers