SIX NATIONS, ON – July 10, 2019– The Six Nations of the Grand River Economic Development Trust (EDT) is proud to announce the second round of Community Investment Funds for 2019 have now been allocated.  Through the second call for Grassroots applicants, the EDT received an additional nine applications with a total request of $90,648.42. All nine applications were deemed complete by an EDT representative and sent to the Economic Development Trustees for official review. Following public presentations, as well as individual and group scoring by the Board of Trustees (BoT), seven were approved for Community Investment. Together these organizations will receive $44,709.61 of the additional $150,000 which was available for Community Investment in 2019. All unutilized funds from this second call have been allocated to the following year’s Open Call for Applications whose applications is launched annually in August.

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 seven Grassroots Applications met the requirements of the EDT and have been approved for Community Investment:

2019 Second Call for Grassroot Recipients

–         Friends of Stump Hall will receive $11,089.53 to replace the fence surrounding the cemetery to help prevent vandalism and illegal dumping of garbage.

–         Haudenosaunee Ways of Life will receive $9,800.00 for a 5 day gathering to learn about Haudenosaunee laws including Creation Story, Great Law, Thanksgiving Address and Ceremonies.

–         Sweetgrass First Nations Council will receive $10,359.60 to assist with sending 20 members to a Language Conference in Cornwall, Ontario.

–         The Six Nations Book Club will receive $1,170.00 to assist with a new start up Book Club for young adult Six Nations members.

–         The Golden Spoon will receive $5,610.39 to assist with an elders outreach program.

–         Christ Anglican Church will receive $3,494.00 to replace the outdated heating system and outdoor security lighting.

–         Chapel of the Delaware will receive $3,186.09 to replace rotting window in sanctuary.

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. To date, the EDT has invested over $9.4 million into the Six Nations Community providing funding for a range of activities including architectural plans for a future Iroquois Lodge, capacity funding for the language commission, and the installation of a portion of Phase One of the waterline expansion. A complete list of all current and past recipients is available at www.sndevcorp.ca/recipients/.

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 13 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 nearly 900 MW of renewable energy through its direct or indirect involvement in seven solar, and six 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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