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Community Development in South Mountain Neighbourhoods

Hamilton - The Social Planning Research Council (SPRC) is delighted to announce it received a $174,500 Grow grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) in late 2015. This grant will be used over the next two years to facilitate community development initiatives in the south mountain Hamilton neighbourhoods of Butler, Barnstown, Chappel East and West.

"I'm delighted with this investment, with the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, to help build our neighbourhoods on Hamilton Mountain. Our sense of community is vital to the well-being of our city and all who live here and to be successful, it is essential that residents play an active, leadership role. I am confident in the skills of the Social Planning Council and the experience they bring to the table and I'm excited about what can be achieved working with social housing providers." - Monique Taylor, MPP for Hamilton Mountain.

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Posted on: Apr 27, 2016

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Karen Davis Scholarship!

Applications for the 2016 Karen Davis Scholarship are now being accepted! Interested Applicants should submit all required documents by September 15, 2016.

Commencing in the year 2015, Kiwanis Homes established the Karen Davis Scholarship to be awarded to a person or persons, residing in a Kiwanis Homes housing unit, wishing to pursue post-secondary education. The scholarship is available to any qualifying student(s), who are or will be enrolled full-time in a degree or diploma program at a recognized publicly funded Canadian university or college during the current calendar year. The scholarship(s) will be a cash award of up to $1,000 in total and will be awarded annually.

Please review our selection criteria? and download the application form.

Posted on: Apr 11, 2016

Beautiful Alleys spring Clean Up!

Saturday, April 16, 1016 - 11am to 3pm

Join the growing team of enthusiastic neighbours and generous sponsors for the spring city-wide alley cleanup.

Recycle and trash bags, gloves and safety training are provided. A free pizza party at Powell Park follows the event. Food, beverages and other donations are gratefully accepted.

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Posted on: Feb 25, 2016

Meet Greg... The New Community Developer!

Q: Who are you?
A: My name is Greg Tedesco and I'm the new community developer for the Butler, Barnstown, Chappel East and West Neighbourhoods (See map below).
Q: What is a community developer?
A: A community developer works to support residents, neighbourhoods and neighbourhood planning teams, to build resident engagement and capacity. Basically, my role is to help connect people, ideas and help neighbourhoods identify assets and the challenges that impact them the most. I then work with the community to mobilize the assets and build on their strengths.
Q: Who do you work for?
A: I work for the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton (SPRC).
Q: Is there anything else we need to know about you?
A: Of Course! I moved to Hamilton in 2003 to go to McMaster, stayed here and love this city. I've worked with individuals and groups in many different communities across the lower city and am excited to now be working up on the mountain. I love playing and watching sports (Go Habs Go! Sorry...) and do a ton of walking and biking all around the city. There's a lot more, so be sure to find me in the neighbourhood to connect...
Q: How can you get in contact with Greg?
A: To start, I'll be at the office in the Kiwanis meeting room (595 Rymal Road East) on Tuesdays (3pm - 5pm) and Wednesdays (10am - 12:30pm). Drop in to say hello! If you want to set up a time outside of this to meet, grab a coffee and hear more about what I do, here's how to get in contact:
Tel: (905) 522-1148, Ext. 125
E-mail: gtedesco@sprc.hamilton.on.ca
Website: www.sprc.hamilton.on.ca
Posted on: Feb 11, 2016

Ontario Electricity Support Program - There's help for low-income households

If you are a customer of an electricity utility and in a low-income home, you may qualify for a reduction on your electricity bill through the Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP).

You could receive a credit on your electricity bill.

Beginning in 2016, the OESP will reduce the cost of your household electricity by applying a monthly credit directly to your bill.

The amount of the credit you receive depends on two factors:

  • How many people live in your home and
  • Your combined household income.

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Posted on: Dec 9, 2015
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