Community Foundation provides $1,800 grant to support Scout House

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Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation (CNDCF) has provided an $1,800 grant to help with instruction costs of Scout House Youth Band, formerly known as Preston Scout House Cadets drum and bugle corps. The youth organization still performs with drum and bugle corps instruments.

The CNDCF grant was issued a few weeks before the CNDCF and Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) unified to become the Waterloo Region Community Foundation (WRCF). In 2022, WRCF is granting about $1million to 66 local charitable organizations across Waterloo Region.

“The Community Fund has dollars available to grant in the community, thanks to donations generously provided by individuals and organization over the past 38 years,” stated Lynne Short, vice president, WRCF. “Their financial contributions allow WRCF to work annually with a committee of dedicated volunteers who review grant applications and recommend how these funds will be distributed.”

Preston Scout House Band Inc. has also received an annual donor designated grant from the CNDCF for more than 15 years. The designated grant from the William and Vera Fisher Family Fund of about $1,100 annually has amounted to about #15,000 over the past 16 years.

WRCF 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 per cent 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 also received a $1,000 grant from the city of Cambridge this year to be used primarily for advertising and publicity campaigns to help maintain community awareness following two years of inactivity because of pandemic restrictions. Municipal support for Scout House Band dates back to the Band’s early years through the 1940s and 1950s, when the Town of Preston began providing annual grants to help support the group’s operating costs. The tradition continued when the towns of Preston, Galt and Hespeler amalgamated to become the city of Cambridge.

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. The multi-unit organization offers individuals the opportunity to “Arrange the soundtrack of your life” in marching arts activities starting at a young age and continuing throughout life.

The three active units are: Scout House Youth Band for young men and women up to age 22; Silver Leaves Brass, an award winning brass ensemble; Magic of Scout House competitive winter guard, winner of five consecutive North East Color Guard Circuit championships since 2015.

For more information about Preston Scout House Band Inc. activities, contact telephone (519) 653-3376, email PSHBAND [dot] INC [at] outlook [dot] com

Posted by on Monday, September 12th, 2022. Filed under Current News, DCA News, FrontPage Feature.