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City of Kawartha Lakes Targets Provincial and Federal Funding 

GRANTMATCH ASSISTED IN ELIMINATING THE FRICTION THE CITY HAD EXPERIENCED IN THE PROCESS OF IDENTIFYING, QUALIFYING FOR, AND SECURING MUNICIPAL GRANT FUNDING TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY BUILDING INITIATIVES

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The CIty of Kawartha Lakes takes on municipal funding in a big way 

For nearly a decade, the GrantMatch team has served The City of Kawartha Lakes as their government funding strategists, leading to many funding approvals.  Over the years, the City's grant strategy has focussed on keeping taxes low, green initiatives, and generating affordable housing for residents. City staff work hard to generate shovel-ready projects, and align municipal priorities with those held by higher levels of government to ensure the City gets its fair share of funding.

GRANTMATCH STACKED THE LOW CARBON INNOVATION FUND, AND THE GREEN MUNICIPAL FUND FOR  A CARBON-NEUTRAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT FOR THE CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES

The City was approved for a loan of $5 million and grant of $750,000 to construct affordable housing units that have the potential to maintain a ‘net-zero energy capability’  ​

As a GrantMatch client, The City of Kawartha Lakes finance team remains focussed on serving their community, with the assurance that the GrantMatch team will actively pursue funding opportunities to support community-building initiatives.

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A MUNICIPAL GRANT STRATEGY TO FIT A GROWING, AND FORWARD-THINKING CITY

The City of Kawartha Lakes is a unitary municipality in Central Ontario, Canada. It is a municipality legally structured as a single-tier city; however, Kawartha Lakes is the size of a typical Ontario county and is mostly rural. It is the second largest single-tier municipality in Ontario by land area, and has a population of 75,000 residents. 

 

The City of Kawartha Lakes constructed an innovative net-zero energy mixed use building that, through the use of renewable energy systems, produces at least as much energy as it will consume annually.
The net-zero energy building (NZEB) integrates public offices and affordable residential accommodations on what was previously a brownfield site.
 
Through strategically targeting government funding programs, the community has benefitted from the increased availability of affordable housing through the creation of a beautiful, sustainable, and energy efficient structure, created in partnership with the United Way, with green space and a community garden on what was once unusable land.

PROACTIVE FUNDING STRATEGY - THE 'OUR KAWARTHA LAKES' PLAN INTEGRATES ECONOMIC, ENVIRONMENTAL, AND SOCIAL FACTORS 

A strong (and affordable) local economy

The City's funding strategy aligns with several goals outlined in a Local Action Plan. Objectives in this plan include creating adequate housing for all members of the community, converting low-value land into tax-generating assets, and stimulating local economies related to infrastructure, and green technology.

Environmental 

Funding goals target infrastructure to better handle storm water, enhanced stewardship of water resources for sustainability, improved air quality (reduction in GHG emissions), the fostering of a culture of energy conservation and renewable energy production.

Social

Funding is allocated to support an integrated community sustainability plan that has 9 areas of focus, some of which include resource consumption; health, education, and social well-being; innovation; and active communities.

$5M

FUNDING APPROVAL: A $5,000,000 LOAN SECURED THROUGH THE GREEN MUNICIPAL FUND FOR THE CARBON NEUTRAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT

$750,000

FUNDING APPROVAL:  $750,000 FROM THE LOW CARBON INNOVATION FUND FOR THE CARBON NEUTRAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT

$ 245,500

FUNDING APPROVAL: $245,500 SECURED THROUGH THE RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUND FOR COMMUNITY DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION PROJECT

In the past, the City of Kawartha lakes has found applying to government funding programs to be a daunting task. Often, tight deadlines and comprehensive programming eligibility requirements have left our staff feeling overwhelmed and ultimately unsuccessful.
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