Smiths Falls took a chance on a company with big plans, and in turn gave us the opportunity to connect with the community and build something great. Now, as we continue to grow across the country, we’re hoping to make an impact in every neighbourhood we’re lucky enough to call home.
So how does that happen? Great question.
Tweed Collective is seeking out project proposals from charitable organizations—Non-profits, Registered Charities, and Business Improvement Areas (BIA)—who are looking to make a positive, lasting impact on their community. These organizations are invited to submit proposals for projects that strategically align with Tweed Collective’s three main pillars: Grow Opportunities, Grow Greener, and Grow Connections. For a little more clarity on the types of projects that could fall into each pillar, let’s look at some of the Tweed Collective partners who have already started to make a change.
Tweed Collective will Grow Opportunities by fostering projects that help Canadians develop their skills and work towards prosperity.
The John Howard Society is committed to supporting those who have been, or are at risk of being, affected by the criminal justice system. From crime prevention initiatives, to effective integration into the community, to the delivery of justice and social justice-related programs, the John Howard Society is dedicated to promoting an effective, just, and humane response to the causes and consequences of crime.
“Very often people's perception about folks involved in the criminal justice system is that you do the crime you do the time and there's not really a lot of understanding beyond that as to why people come in conflict with criminal justice. Often times the issues are complex. They're everything from mental health issues, substance abuse, low levels of literacy and education. Very few employment skills, employment history, and they could come from dysfunctional family backgrounds.”
—Cindy Murphy, executive director of the John Howard Society of Newfoundland & Labrador
To help communities Grow Greener, Tweed Collective will provide grants to organizations helping to build our understanding of the planet and how we can all work towards a more sustainable future.
Earthwise Society has devoted itself to promoting sustainability through education and community operating out of the Earthwise Garden and Earthwise Farm. This B.C.-based organization has been involved in many initiatives that empower individuals to take responsibility for social, economic, and environmental well-being.
“We're breaking down the barriers between urban and rural living by bringing growing food right into the communities where people live. It's very appropriate for this particular community right on the urban edge...What we do is we connect residents who live in the community with our organic farming professionals and we help them convert their lawns into healthy and productive food gardens. We provide the education we actually do the work of transforming lawn areas into gardens and we provide homeowners with the knowledge to be able to continue to look after those, those gardens.”
— Patricia Fleming, executive director of Earthwise Society
Communities are stronger when people feel safe, connected, and have a sense of ownership. Tweed Collective will support projects that Grow Connections, and work to encourage connectivity through shared interests, improved accessibility, and the creation of welcoming spaces.
The Laneway Project works in partnership with residents, local businesses, developers, and the design community in the Toronto area, turning neglected laneways into vibrant, shared spaces. It all results in engaging, lively, and richly-textured places where people want to live, work and visit. Pretty great, right?
“We all can understand on some level that the public space is absolutely vital to not only how we experience that space as a visitor, but how we experience that space as a resident or someone that works in the neighbourhood. And that public space is essential to fostering the public life of that community. Without that public space, there really is no public life to the city. I think that that's sort of the key thing that underlies, you know, why do we improve our streets? Why do we improve our parks? So that we have vibrant, viable spaces for people to come together.”
— Michelle Senaya, co-founder and executive director of The Laneway Project
Project proposals are submitted to Tweed Collective during the granting window, which will be open from December 3, 2019 to February 3, 2020. Once that window has closed, the applications will get looked over to see how they align to the three impact pillars, and the successful organizations will receive a grant to help turn their proposal into a reality. Every initiative, no matter the scale, can help make an impact.
There’s definitely no shortage of deserving charitable organizations, but unless an application is submitted, how will we ever find them? If you know of an organization who fits the bill and is creating measurable impact in your community, let them know about Tweed Collective and the opportunity that’s available. Or hey, maybe you’re part of one of these organizations already. If that’s the case, go ahead and apply for a Tweed Collective grant.
Tweed Collective is just one of the ways we’re pushing to make a positive social impact on all of the communities we call home.
Let’s grow good together.