The South Kent Wind Community Fund

Pattern Canada and Samsung are committed to finding ways to expand project benefits for the communities where we operate. Acting on this commitment, the South Kent Wind (SKW) project established the SKW Community Fund that is administered by the Chatham Kent Community Foundation and helps build strong and vibrant communities in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. The Chatham Kent Community Foundation is accepting grant applications for the 2019 spring funding cycle.  The application deadline is on March 31, 2019

South Kent Wind contributed an initial one million dollars to establish the SKW Community Fund Endowment in 2013 and will donate an additional ten million dollars over the next twenty years, with a portion of the annual contribution going into the endowment and a portion going directly to fund grants. This allows the SKW Community Fund to continue creating significant impacts for many generations to come.

Funds are distributed among five areas of giving through a grant process to charitable and qualifying non-profit organizations in support of capital, operating and special one-time costs for facilities, programs and events. Grant applications are evaluated bi-annually by a committee of seven members from the Chatham-Kent community and The Chatham Kent Community Foundation.

The South Kent Wind Community Fund will support community resilience and prosperity through each of the following areas:

  • Community: Initiatives that inspire local community spirit and engagement, including through community events and beautification projects.
  • Environment: Initiatives that enhance community action on ecological preservation, restoration, land stewardship and education.
  • Health and Wellness: Initiatives that are working proactively on fostering individual and community health and wellness.
  • Youth and Education: Initiatives that are working to meet the needs of children and youth development through education, recreation and safety.
  • First Nations and Métis: Initiatives benefiting First Nations and Métis whose traditional territory is within Chatham-Kent, with emphasis on causes that support cultural awareness, the environment, health and wellness, and youth and education.

South Kent Wind Community Fund 2018 Grant Recipients

The South Kent Wind Community Fund administered through the Chatham Kent Community Foundation congratulates the following organizations upon receiving grants totaling over $250,000:

  • Bidassigewak Native Way School and Walpole Island Land Trust
  • Blenheim District Freedom Library and Military Museum
  • Blenheim Youth Centre
  • Branch 206 Legion Tilbury
  • Canadian Cancer Society, Chatham-Kent Office
  • Chatham-Kent Student Breakfast Program
  • Chatham Kiwanis Music Festival
  • Chatham Minor Baseball Association
  • Chatham Outreach for Hunger
  • Chatham-Kent Children's Safety Village
  • Chatham-Kent Crime Stoppers
  • Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation
  • Children's Treatment Centre Foundation of Chatham-Kent
  • Community Living Wallaceburg
  • Dresden Side Streets Youth Centre
  • Friends of the New Animal Shelter
  • Loads of Love Humanitarian Aid & Mission Society
  • Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario
  • May Court Club
  • Mental Health Network of Chatham-Kent
  • Morpeth Community Club
  • Palmyra Community Club
  • Ridgetown Campus, University of Guelph
  • Rotary Club of Blenheim
  • Royal Canadian Legion - Wallaceburg
  • Shrewsbury Raglan Assembly
  • St. Andrew's Residence, Chatham
  • SWONT Conductive Education Trust Fund
  • The Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society
  • The Historical Society of Blenheim and District
  • Veterans' Tribute Garden Association
  • Westover Treatment Centre