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Canada Sikh Community Centre Project Among Trillium Grant Recipients


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
Sikh community centre project among Trillium grant recipients

WATERLOO REGION — The Sikh community in Cambridge is half a million dollars closer to the construction of a new temple and community centre after receiving a large grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The grant for the Sri Guru Singh Sabha community centre on Townline Road isn’t just for the construction of the Sikh temple, but a building meant for the entire community, called the Cambridge Cultural Society.

“There will be senior circles, youth groups, athletic camps, a whole bunch of things that will be coming through the pipe line … but a community centre in the true sense of the word,” said Lakhdeep Dhaliwal.

The Sikh faith, which originated in the Punjab area of India in the 15th century, focuses on service to the community, Dhaliwal said, and he hopes this centre will be the chance for multiple faiths to come together.

“It’s really interesting because the site is in between the Italian and Portuguese clubs, so it will be used for just about everything those two communities already bring, but also a growing population of South Asians that have moved to Cambridge.”

The grant comes from the Community Capital Fund of the Trillium Foundation, a provincial wide program.

Dhaliwal, who wrote the grant proposal, said construction won’t start yet, as there is still a lot of money to be raised through the community, but the grant will help “build the place, and start the programs.”

Another $1 million was awarded to other groups in Waterloo Region through the Trillium community program fund.

Over two years the partnership between Sustainable Waterloo, the Region of Waterloo and Waterloo Region Green Solutions (REEP) will receive $150,000 to help develop a community-wide greenhouse gas inventory and action plan.

Grants are often awarded based on the amount of collaboration, said Tracey Robertson, Trillium program manager for Waterloo, Wellington and Dufferin.

But there is “a high decline rate” for grant proposals, she said, because there just isn’t enough money to go around.

About 60 submissions were received for all three areas, and only 21 grants were awarded.

Other groups in the region included the Kitchener Blues Community Inc., which will receive $163,500 over three years to support operating and stage costs, and the Polonia Alliance of Kitchener Waterloo Region, to create an accessible building to host indoor and outdoor recreational activities for people with physical challenges.

Some $140,400 will go toward the collaboration between Opportunities Waterloo Region, the Community Garden Council and the Region of Waterloo to increase accessibility to community gardens in Kitchener.

The Trillium Foundation has granted hundreds of millions of dollars to charitable and not-for-profit groups since 1982. The grants are focused on sports and recreation, arts and culture, social services and the environment.




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