Scout House Community Grant

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Preston Scout House Band Inc. has again received a donor designated grant from the Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation (CNDCF), continuing an annual tradition that began about 15 years ago.

The 2020 designated grant from the William and Vera Fisher Family Fund is for $1,106.75. The grant is roughly the same amount each year, amounting to about $15,000 over the years.

The CNDCF builds and manages endowment funds to help build a stronger community. By working together and partnering with local organizations and caring citizens the CNDCF provides grants to worthy local causes. The goal is to support a wide range of initiatives, which sustain and improve the quality of life in Cambridge and North Dumfries.

CNDCF is part of Canada’s community foundation movement. The Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) has been connecting donors to community needs and opportunities since 1921.

CFC now represents more than 190 community foundations across the country, serving 82% of Canada’s population. Together the community foundations hold combined assets of more than $3.8 billion and return hundreds of millions of dollars back into communities annually.

Scout House will also receive a $3,000 grant from the city of Cambridge this year. The city’s grants review committee earlier this year recommended approving the annual grant request to city council, shortly before normal municipal routines were suspended because of COVID-19 shutdown regulations. The grant will be formally approved when council next meets in person.

All Scout House Band activities are currently suspended until activities involving more than five people are again allowed by the government of Ontario. Spring events that had been on the Scout House 2020 performance schedule have all been cancelled.

Preston Scout House Band, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with registered charity status able to issue tax receipts to donors, incorporated under the Corporations Act of the Province of Ontario on November 29, 1956.

Preston Scout House Band Inc. offers individuals of any age the opportunity to “Arrange the soundtrack of your life” in marching arts activities starting as young as age 8 and continuing throughout life. These units are:

*Preston Scout House Cadets drum and bugle corps for young men and women up to age 22, Silver Award winners at the 2016 Drumline Ontario provincial championships.

*Preston Scout House Band is for those over age 18, performing concerts, parades and other special events in the Cambridge area.

*Silver Leaves Brass ensemble and percussion accompaniment, appearing at drum corps and community events throughout the year across southern Ontario and upstate New York.

*Magic of Scout House competitive winter guard, established in the fall of 2014 and winners of five consecutive North East Color Guard Circuit championships. The final few weeks of the 2020 contest schedule and championship tournament were cancelled because of COVID-19 restrictions.

*Heritage Drill Team, with members wearing tight black shorts, knee socks, short sleeved burgundy tunics, white gauntlets and Aussie hats as in the 1950 and ‘60s.

For more information about Preston Scout House Band Inc. activities, contact telephone (519) 653-3376, email prestonscouthouseband [dot] adm [at] sympatico [dot] ca or visit the website at:

Posted by on Thursday, June 4th, 2020. Filed under Current News, DCA News, FrontPage Feature.