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MacDonald Trust Fund Projects

In 2016, the Township of Centre Wellington received a very generous gift from Jack R. MacDonald in the amount of $3.436 M that must be used for the long term positive impact in the former Village of Elora. Council approved $1.805 M to be used towards enhancement of Downtown Elora in the means of reconstructing the Victoria Street Bridge for pedestrians, and the public realm improvements to West Mill Street.

Council determined to use the remaining $1.509 M towards exciting projects/ideas proposed by the community.

22 applications received for evaluation by the Community Services Advisory Committee totalled $6,029,591 in funds requested from the MacDonald Trust fund. The committee diligently worked on the evaluation and have put forth a schedule to allocate $1,509,000 in funding to 8 projects/programs as submitted for evaluation, those being:

The Elora Rockers in partnership with the Lions Club were allocated $350,000 toward a multi-use surface at Bissell Park in Elora.

The Elora Centre for the Arts in partnership with Riverfest were allocated $100,000 for a performing arts and cultural centre.

The Elora Centre for the Arts was allocated $380,000 for accessible washroom upgrades, new windows, front entrance upgrades and an artist residence.

CW Skatepark was allocated $203,296 for a skatepark to be located at the Elora Community Centre. 

CW Community Foundation was allocated $392,509 for a Community Endowment Fund.

Bungalow 55 was allocated $23,195 for a green house, garden shed and growing tables for a community garden.

KIPP was allocated $35,000 for water and electrical service to the KIPP oven in Bissell Park.

Elora Sculptures was allocated $25,000 to create a sculpture that will recognize Jack R. MacDonald's legacy.

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