Grant makes beach more accessible.

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Lambton Shores Improves Accessibility at Grand

Bend Beach


June 15, 2017 – (Lambton Shores, ON) – With the official start of beach season just

around the corner, the Municipality of Lambton Shores is pleased to announce two new

additions to the Grand Bend Beach that will provide an enjoyable beach going

experience for persons of all abilities.

The boardwalk at the Grand Bend Beach has been completely transformed to a

concrete surface after receiving funding from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure

Program. Not only will maintenance of the concrete be easier than the previous

wooden surface, but it will also provide a more level surface for people with mobility


In addition to the concrete boardwalk, thanks to a generous grant received from the

Grand Bend Area Community Foundation, the Municipality has purchased a PathMat.

The PathMat is made of recycled material and is designed to increase accessibility to

the waterfront for people in wheelchairs, pushing strollers, or simply anyone else that

wishes to use the mat to access the beach area.

“Lambton Shores is continuing to improve access to municipal properties,”

says Lambton Shores Mayor, Bill Weber. “The new concrete boardwalk and installation

of the beach access mat are great examples of Council’s commitment to making

municipal spaces accessible for all”.

The PathMat beach access mat provides a durable, slip-resistant pathway that is both

pedestrian and wheelchair accessible. The UV-resistant, mesh elastomeric material

adapts to uneven surfaces, and provides a sturdy way to travel over soft sand. It is

portable, easy to install, and easy to maintain.

The 5 foot wide mat will run from the boardwalk to near the waterfront, starting at the

beach house. It will remain in place for the 2017 beach season and will be reinstalled for

subsequent beach seasons.

For more information: Kevin Williams, CAO

Municipality of Lambton Shores

Phone: (519) 786-2335

Turtley Awesome Scavenger Hunt

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in News | 0 comments

South Huron Community Fund organizes 

Turtley Awesome Scavenger Hunt- A Canada 150 Event


Family-friendly charity event to profile the leadership of local

environmental stewardship organizations in a fun and engaging way 

Exeter, Ontario, May 18, 2017.

On May 28th, the South Huron Community Fund is hosting a special family event called the Turtley Awesome Scavenger Hunt. From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., participants can meet real live turtles and snakes native to Ontario courtesy of the Huron Stewardship Council, participate in a fun scavenger hunt activity supported by the Huron County Library – Exeter Branch, and enjoy a charity barbeque courtesy of Libro Credit Union.

“With this event we’re celebrating two very important environmental stewardship organizations at work in our community: The Huron Stewardship Council and the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority,” said Melanie Miller, Chair of the South Huron Community Fund. “Everyone is invited to come out and have some fun!”

The Huron Stewardship Council is a local not-for-profit volunteer organization committed to creating a healthy environment that’s maintained and appreciated by our communities. The Council works alongside farmers, landowners and partners to promote the adoption of best management practices, species at risk recovery, youth education and habitat restoration projects. They are driven by respect for our environment and a desire to conserve all that makes Huron County a remarkable place.

As part of its extensive natural areas network, the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) manages the MacNaughton-Morrison and Morrison Dam Conservation Area sections of the South Huron Trail. The South Huron Trail begins in Exeter at MacNaughton Park and links the town, via the MacNaughton-Morrison Trail, with the trail that begins east of Morrison Dam (at Morrison Reservoir / Morrison Lake). ABCA protects water, soil, and living things as guided by the community through its Conservation Strategy.

“These organizations work in partnership with the community to help look after the health of our local environment and provide valuable stewardship services to all residents,” added Miller. “This support for natural health, human health and recreation is part of the reason why South Huron is such a great place to live.”

To learn more about the Turtley Awesome Scavenger Hunt event, like us on Facebook @SouthHuronCommunityFund. The South Huron Community Fund is dedicated to supporting the long-term needs of our region. Funds raised from individual and group donors create a permanent endowment that generates annual grants for local charitable organizations. To learn about our work or to create a legacy fund with us visit

Media inquiries:

Melanie Miller, Chair

519-235-0640 x 7807

South Huron Community Fund receives its first ‘family’ donation

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016 in News | 0 comments

South Huron Community Fund receives its first ‘family’ donation

South Huron Community Fund receives its first ‘family’ donation

Tom and Beverly Prout of Exeter gift $10,000 to their community

Exeter, Ontario, December 21st, 2016.

In the spirit of giving, a local family with deep roots in this community has made a generous gift to the future of South Huron. Thomas and Beverly Prout have established a family fund within the South Huron Community Fund.

“We believe in the positive impact that this fund can have on community building so we are pleased to support it,” said Tom and Beverly Prout. “It’s our hope that by paying it forward South Huron will continue to be a great place to live for generations to come. We encourage other families to help build a legacy for South Huron.”

The South Huron Community Fund is dedicated to supporting the long-term needs of our region. The fund was established in 2015 by a group of volunteers with the mandate of making South Huron a stronger, caring and resilient community in which to live. Funds raised create a permanent endowment that generates annual grants that are disbursed to local charitable organizations by a committee of volunteers. Other community funds started with nothing and today, across Canada, there are 191 community foundations granting over $200 million annually to community projects.

“Donations to the South Huron Community Fund return to South Huron as annual grants to support our local health, education, environment, recreation and arts,” said Melanie Miller, Chair of the South Huron Community Fund. “This is a wonderful gift that will keep giving for years to come.”

Due to their experience, commitment to projects in South Huron and for administration efficiencies, the South Huron Community Fund operates as part of the Grand Bend Community Foundation, which is a registered charity that can issue tax deductible receipts to donors. The South Huron Community Fund implements the Community Foundations of Canada model, which is to build and manage funds, grant investment income to local non-profit projects and provide charitable leadership close to home. To learn more about our work, visit or like us on Facebook at ‘South Huron Community Fund’.

Media inquiries about the South Huron Community Fund:

Melanie Miller, Chair

519-235-0640 x 7807

Media inquiries about the donor:

Tom Prout


Grand Bend Community Foundation Grants 2016

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The Grand Bend Community Foundation Supports Local Projects with 2016 Grants.

The Grand Bend Community Foundation today announced more than $120,000 in grants for the 2016 year.  The grants support 20 different community projects that make a difference in the lives of both the seasonal and year-round residents of our communities.

Each year the Foundation is delighted to receive grant applications from local charities and non-profits who need support to achieve their goals. This year the Foundation received 28 grant applications, in areas ranging from arts and culture and healthcare, to education and the environment.

“Our grants committee worked hard to evaluate all the requests,” says Penny Nelligan, Chair of the Foundation’s Grants Committee. “Although we didn’t have the funds to meet all the requests, we were able to provide some level of funding to 20 organizations.”

Nelligan noted that the Grants Committee has a challenging job to determine where grants are needed most and will have the most impact. Projects that build on community as a whole, capacity in local charities and those that touch the lives of seniors and children and families are given priority, she explains.

“We are excited about this year’s grants,” says Nelligan. “We are thrilled to support these community innovators who are making life better for everyone.”

The 2016 grants go to the following organizations and projects:

Grand Bend Rotary Community Stage – Building grant (Year 2)

Grand Bend School music program (2016 and 2017)

Drayton – Grand Bend Youth Summer music theatre program

Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre –  Collective Impact seminar

Canadian Diabetes Association – Kids Diabetes camp

Grand Bend Art Centre- Creative writing program

Friends of the Pinery- Trail Wheel chair

Multiple Sclerosis society- Grand Bend, London Bike Ride

Zurich Scouts – Canadian Jamboree

5000 Trees – Klondyke park project

Junior AchievementGrand Bend School program

Grand Bend Yacht Club –Sailing school underprivileged youth -(Supported with Funds from London Community Foundation Canada Games Fund)

Municipality of Lambton Shores – Grand Bend beach handicap accessibility

Big Brothers Big Sisters South Huron – Big bunch group and in school mentoring

North Lambton Secondary School Bursary – (Provided by the MUMA Fund)

Canada 150 Celebration Grants (These grants are  made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between The Grand Bend Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.)

Canada 150 – Grand Bend Stage Opening Events 2016

Canada 150 – Ausable Heritage Tree Festival 2017

Canada 150 – ALGARVA day for Mentally Challenged 2017

Canada 150 – Summer Sunset Celebrations 2017

To learn more about how we make a difference, please visit

Grants 2015

Posted by on Mar 11, 2016 in Grant stories, News | 0 comments

In 2015 The Grand Bend Community Foundation  delivered over 120,000 dollars to area community charities and projects.

Launch_picWe were delighted to provide a matching grant with the Grand Bend Rotary club to the Municipality of Lambton shores in order to launch a major local project – The Rotary Community Stage. This wonderful project will bring music and entertainment back to the beach in a big way. Ground has broken for construction and project completion is expected by end of May 2016. Thanks also goes out to the many local donors who stepped forward with flow through funds for this project .


In 2015 Grants were also provided to

Municipality Lambton Shores    
     Grand Bend Christmas lights & decor 
     Rotary Community Stage $15,000  
    Summer Sunset Sounds  $2000  
Scouts Canada (Zurich) $1,500  
     Equipment & facilities upgrades    
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority  
     Grade 8 Water Education  $5,000  
     5000 Trees Project $3,000  
     Lambton Shores trail Association (docks)  $2,500  
 Huron Shores United Church $10,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters South Huron  $10,000  
     Big Bunch Group
     Partially funded by   the Relouw Fund  and the 2001 London alliance Canada Summer games fund 
Lambton Kent District School Board $1700  
   MJ. Muma Bursary (2)recipients     

Special thanks to our fund holders who have helped with funding of these grants.

The Tony and Fran Relouw Fund. The MJ Muma fund, The Krech Family Fund, The Donaldson Family fund, The Charlotte Edwards Fund for the Arts, The Hay Communications Fund, The Sabourin Family Fund.

We also need to thank the following donors who have established emerging funds in the foundation through donations. The Catherine Campbell Fund, The Jim and Jacquie Southcott Fund, The Hank and Nancy Winters Fund, the Brian and Irene Hall Fund and The South Huron Community Fund.

Local donors also supported the following with flow through funds through the foundation.

Forest Cliff Camps, Salvation Army, South Huron Hospital, Rotary Community Stage, United Way Perth Huron, World Wild Life fund, MMT Foundation.


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Grand Bend Rotary Pledges 45,000 to launch Rotary Community Stage Project.

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Grand Bend Rotary Pledges 45,000 to launch Rotary Community Stage Project.

Grand Bend Beach: July 12th 2015 7 pm

The Rotary Community Stage launched its fund raising drive to a crowded audience of music lovers on the Grand Bend Beach Sunday evening.

At the start of the Summer Sunset Sounds concert featuring Michael VanHevel, Peter Phillips from Grand Bend Rotary Club took a couple of minutes to tell the crowd about the project and the launch of the fund raising.

This project is a big step forward for Grand Bend, and a big project requires support from a broad base.

The stage is designed to sit facing the water,

It will have a roof, supports for equipment, and will sit in harmony with our beautiful surroundings.

Tonight is the launch our fund raising for this wonderful project.“

Music has been a huge part of the Grand Bend experience since the golden days of Big Band music at the Casino. Many famous artists including Guy Lombardo and Louis Armstrong made the Grand Bend beach the place to be. Grand Bend has been without a permanent stage for a long time.

“ It will fill the need for an open-air venue. A place to gather on a summer night to savour the sounds of the talented musicians from near and far. A place to experience the best of our community.”

The stage is a structure designed to sit facing the water, slightly to the north of the beachhouse. It will have a roof, supports for equipment, and will sit in harmony with the surroundings.

This stage is designed for optimum rain and sun cover without blocking the view of Lake Huron. A sign with and Artist rendering was unveiled to show the actual location and information on the project.

The project still needs help from the community and the fund raising includes the ability for businesses , community organizations and individuals to be involved.

We are making sure our community members are a part of this. You can be a STAR on the stage or A Stage Hand” A limited number of stars are available and can be done via a one time donation or a pledge over 3 years. Stage hand recognition is via a one time donation. We expect all the available Stars will be spoken for by the end of August.”

The project is expected to be completed in 2016.


To make a donation contact David Campbell At the Grand Bend Community Foundation. 519-238-2190 or

For project nformation Contact Jim Southcott (Rotary Grand Bend) 519-238-8800,

For information about Summer Sunset Concerts Contact Glenn Baillie at 519-238-1472

Big Bunch Grant 2014 Thanks .

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Grant stories, News | 0 comments



” The Grand Bend Community Foundation is delighted to make grants that make a real difference in the lives of residents of our community. It is lovely to receive a thank you in this way. Keep up the wonderful work Big Brothers Big Sisters South Huron”

Hank Winters – Board Chair





Grants 2014

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in News | 0 comments

The Grand Bend Community Foundation  announces the community grants funding for 2014.  

” We are delighted to announce our 2014 grants. This has been a very special year for us, as we have now exceeded one million dollars in grants to the community since the foundation was founded in 2001. The founding members should be very proud  ” Hank Winters -Chair

“This year  we had a total of 21 grant applicants with the total dollars requested up over 65 % from 2013. The grants committee did a great job on sorting through the applications and dividing up the funds available as best as it could, to make the most positive impact on their community. The results were an overall approval rate of 71.4 % of applicants receiving some level of  grant funding. ” David Campbell -Executive Director

The grants committee is composed of a blend of community members and Grand Bend Community Foundation board members. The committee meets to review the applications for completeness, eligibility and impact.

Grant applications are reviewed for eligibility and impact,  which ensures the applicants are registered charities or have a charitable partner, the impact the project will have on the  local community and  residents  and current community needs and best fit for the community.

The grants committee recommends the grants to the board of directors of the foundation and then the board  reviews and discusses each recommended grant.  The board then has to vote to approve the  the final list of grants and funding.

In 2014 the following list of charities and projects have received funding. (funding provided by)

Grand Bend Community garden- partner Lambton Shores ( Environment Fund)

Earth Rises Environmental Seminar   (Environment Fund)

Lambton Kent District School Board – local student bursary. (The M J Muma Fund)

Drayton- Huron Country Playhouse – Accessibility & lighting (Community Fund)

YMCA – Grand Bend Youth (The Relouw Fund and The True Sport Foundation)

Community Improvement Coalition Feasibility study  (Community Fund)

ABCA Phragmites control projects (Community Fund)

Friends of Hay Town Hall – restoration project (The Hay Communications Fund)

Big Brothers Big Sisters South Huron – Big Bunch project and School mentoring (Community Fund)

Bosanquet Central School – Digital Literacy project (Community Fund)

Grand Bend 5000 trees project – tree replanting  (Community Fund)

Lambton Shores -Grand Bend Stage project  (Community Fund)

Grand Bend Art Centre – art angels project (Charlotte Edwards Robinson Memorial Fund For The Arts)

Grand Bend Klondyke Soccer Fields facility upgrades ( The 2001 London Alliance Canada Summer Games fund,The Relouw Fund and The True Sport Foundation)

Grand Bend Beach Enhancement – scheduled payment  (Community Fund)

Flow Through – Vision Ministries (Paul Turnbull)

Through the continued building of the community fund, funds established by  local donors and flow through donations the Grand Bend Community Foundation has been able to grant over 1,070,000 dollars since 2001 .

“We are delighted  to have received so many great quality grant applications this year.  Each grant application was focused on enhancing our community, we wished we could have funded them all at some level.  The grants being made this year to education, youth recreation,  the environment, social services and local infrastructure projects  will make a real  difference to our community. We also really appreciate the matching funds pledged by The True Sport Foundation on two of the Youth recreation projects. Through these grants I believe we are living our mission: We connect people and charities to build a smart and caring community. “ David Campbell -Executive Director, Grand Bend Community Foundation.

About the Grand Bend Community Foundation.
The Grand Bend Community Foundation was established in 2001 and provides both community leadership and grants to local charities and projects. We have three main activities.

  • We build and manage funds that are invested for the long-term
  • We use a portion of the income from our funds to support local charities that have bright ideas to improve our community
  • We provide leadership in our community.

To learn more about the Grand Bend Community Foundation, please visit

August 2014 News

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Reprinted courtesy Lakeshore Advance.

Grand Bend Community Foundation supports tornado recovery.

In their capacity as ambassadors, making a positive impact on the community, the Grand Bend Community Foundation has taken a leadership role in the restoration process.

On August 6 the Grand Bend Community held an emergency meeting to discuss its response to the tornado that ripped through parts of Grand Bend on July 27. The storm took down hundreds of trees in a wide swathe between Klondyke Road and Main Street.

“Right now we’re dealing with an emergency,” says GBCF Chair Hank Winters. “But when the clean-up is complete, Grand Bend will look very different. The Foundation wants to play a role in restoring the beautiful Carolinian woodlands for which our community is famous. We recognize, too, that trees store carbon, an important way to slow climate change.” (link to information on Native plants and Trees for Grand Bend / Port Franks area Carolinian woodlands.)

During discussions, the Board of the Foundation explored two possibilities. Should the affected areas be declared a disaster area, and a Disaster Relief Committee is established, the Foundation is ready to provide support in the form of leadership, fundraising expertise, and potentially, matching funds.

In addition, the Board sees an opportunity to work with the local Conservation Authority to develop a forest restoration program. The program would include education and awareness on native species and planting techniques, and possibly a subsidy program to help homeowners purchase replacement trees. Working with environmental groups, the Foundation envisions a community-wide spring tree-planting weekend.

The Foundation will have further discussions with the municipality and its community partners about what can be done. “The tornado created devastation, but our community came together to support one another. Now it’s time to look forward with hope,” said Winters.

Community Survey From CIC

Posted by on Jun 15, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Community Improvement Coalition wants your opinions. 

The Community Improvement Coalition (CIC) is made up of volunteer members from the Grand Bend community. Since August, 2013 the members have held regular meetings to research and assess how we can improve the services, quality of life, economic opportunities and facilities available to residents of the community. In the past year the committee has visited and had interviews with neighbouring communities and has had early discussions with the municipality, local businesses and associations, professionals and would like to gather information from the community as a whole. The communities visited all relayed the positive impact and benefits that can be had by having a multi-functional community facility. We would like you to share with us how you would use or items you think would be asset in a Community facility in the questions below. Leave all the feedback you’d like; we value your feedback! We want to understand how a Multi Purpose facility could become your number one neighborhood destination for community activities. The hope of this committee is to produce a feasibility study focused on how a multi-purpose, multi-generational, multi-tenant community complex could be funded and operated and the facilities it should contain.

To see or print a copy of the community invitation follow this link.

To take the survey follow this link

To see a summary of responses to date follow this link