SIX NATIONS, ON – November 27, 2019– The Six Nations of the Grand River Economic Development Trust (EDT) is proud to announce the Community Investment Funds for 2020 have now been allocated. This year, the EDT received 19 applications with a total ask of over $3.8 Million. From these applications, 13 were deemed complete by an EDT representative and sent to the Trustees for official review. Following individual and group scoring, as well as shortlist presentations, the Board of Trustees approved eight general and three grassroots applications for Community Investment. Together these 11 organizations will receive $1,400,000.00 to invest in the collective benefit of the Six Nations of the Grand River.

EDT funds are made available through annual distributions of surplus profits by the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation (SNGRDC). These profits are a result of SNGRDC’s operations both on and off reserve, including but not limited to, Six Nations Bingo, A6N Utilities, Six Nations Tourism, along with various investments in the renewable energy industry. All approved EDT applications must benefit the Six Nations collectively and align with the Trust Indenture, Community Plan, Community Needs & Priorities, and the EDT Investment Guidelines.

The following 11 projects have been approved for 2020 Community Investment:

General Recipients
– Six Nations Community Food Bank will receive $42,380.00 toward a generator for power outages and paving the laneway and lot for the safety and accessibility for the elderly.

– Six Nations Fire & Emergency Services will receive $489,250 to purchase a new tanker truck to service areas of the community not currently on the waterline.

– Six Nations Language Commission will receive $100,000 to assist with their on-going goal to create a critical mass of speakers for the three language programs they currently offer.

– Six Nations Central Administration will receive $291,453.38 to design a multi story, fully accessible Central Administration building to accommodate central administration staff as many are located off site.

– Woodland Cultural Centre will receive $59,577.36 for a Strategic Planner to guide the vision and strategic priorities of Woodland, and a Marketing Coordinator who will be responsible for rebranding and marketing.

– Six Nations Polytechnic Inc. will receive $100,339.26 to increase learning space due to significant growth and to increase wifi and cellphone signal to accommodate daytime program delivery.

– Six Nations Farmers Association will receive $50,000.00 for a feasibility study to determine the need for a community owned agricultural resource center.

– Ganohkwasra Family Assault Support Services will receive $225,000.00 for renovations to the Youth Lodge to accommodate the growing needs of our youth.

Grassroot Recipients
– Grand River Pow Wow Committee will receive $12,000 to provide meals for the dancers, singers and volunteers. Projected 500 meals per day will be needed in 2020.

– Jamieson Elementary Home & School Association will receive $15,000 to install an electronic digital display sign to help with signage and communication to parents/community.

– Two Row on the Grand celebrating their 5th year will receive $15,000 to assist with cultural teachings and community participant fees for this 1613 Two Row Treaty commemoration.

Since the formation of the EDT in 2016, over $9.4 Million has been invested to date. The 2020 allocation raises the grand total to just over $10.8 Million. In addition to the allocated funds listed above, the Board of Trustees has decided on a second call for 2020 Grassroot applicants. “An additional $120,000 has been made available to organizations, who do not have regular employees, and work towards the collective betterment of the Six Nations,” said Rachel Martin, Chair of the EDT. “Grassroots organizations can apply for up to $15,000 for projects taking place in the second half of 2020.” Additional dates and details about this second call for Grassroot applications will be released in the new year. A complete list of all current and past recipients is available at www.sndevcorp.ca/recipients/.
For more information about the EDT visit www.sndevcorp.ca/edt

About the Economic Development Trust
The Economic Development Trust (EDT) is the mechanism in which surplus profits generated by Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation (SNGRDC) are invested into the Six Nations Community for the collective benefit of its members. This model of distribution was a direct result of the 2011 community engagement study “We Gather Our Voices”. The EDT will continue to invest in the Six Nations Community in future years through yearly distributions made possible by SNGRDC. Economic Development Trustees include Rachel Martin (Chair), Jill Hill, Julie A. Hill, Cathy General and Alaina VanEvery. For more information visit www.sndevcorp.ca/edt/

About Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation:
Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation (SNGRDC) manages the Six Nations’ economic interests in 20 renewable energy projects and numerous economic development opportunities, in and around the Six Nations territory. SNGRDC’s current green energy portfolio is capable of producing over 1300 MW of renewable energy through its direct or indirect involvement in seven solar, 13 wind project(s). SNGRDC is located on the Six Nations Reserve and directly employs over 140 employees through Nation Enterprise or the administration of Economic Interests projects. For more information please visit www.sndevcorp.ca

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