The Kenora District Services Board is looking to donate $130,000 back to the region.

The KDSB says they're now seeking proposals for its Child Poverty Reduction Reinvestment Funding, which aims to prevent and reduce the depth of child poverty across northwestern Ontario.

“The Board feels the Child Poverty Reduction Reinvestment Fund is a vital investment that will help remove barriers for youth participating in their communities,” says Board Chair, Barry Baltessen.

The funding opportunity is provided solely by the Municipalities and Unincorporated Territories that comprise the KDSB’s Board, and assists over 1,000 children and their wellbeing each year.

“The pandemic and inflation have also put additional burdens on families when trying to ensure that their youth are able to feel involved and connected with their community,” adds Baltessen.

“Approved programs and services that receive funding help provide an opportunity for inclusion and youth being able to take part in something that may not have been available to them due to financial cost.”

In 2021, the KDSB’s Child Poverty Reduction Fund allocated $130,000 to a variety of community programs, including the Northwestern Health Unit’s and the Rotary Club of Kenora’s Nutrition on Weekends programs, Making Connections for Children and Youth in Dryden and Triple PLAY in Kenora, to name a few.

Organizations and groups are asked to obtain an application from the KDSB HERE, or by requesting a form from feedback@kdsb.on.ca. Proposals will be accepted until April 29 at 4 p.m.