Posted by Brian Smith on Aug 31, 2019
Thanks to North Sydney, Sydney Sunrise, New Minas Sunrise, Halifax Northwest and Harbourside, Sackville, Kentville, Exploits, St. John’s and St. John’s East (and their partner Clubs) for the 2019-20 District Grant submissions. These were reviewed by Stella Roy, Miriam MacLeod, Fred Hayward and Brian Smith (District Grants Sub-Committee Chair), forwarded to Rotary International, and approved in July. Projects include local youth centre facilities and programs, youth education and experiences, upgrades to community facilities, helping the homeless and international community assessment and water supply.
One of the first projects out of the gate this year, organized by Halifax Northwest and partnering clubs in HRM, was a collaborative project with Outward Bound Canada and Phoenix Youth Services to send ten at risk youth on an six-day canoe expedition through the Kejimkujik and Tobeatic Wilderness areas from July 22-27. 
By participating in the District Grant program, our Clubs are expanding the reach of their activities with up to $5,000 from RI, and they are taking advantage of the Rotary International Foundation contributions from District 7820 clubs and members. In total, the District Grant program will facilitate over $100,000 in worthwhile service projects in the District for 2019-20.