Here are all the awesome projects that were submitted for 2018!   See the posters here.  See the presentations here.

Thank you to everyone who participated.

You can see which projects got funded here.


1. Sign explaining First Nations history of Ramsey Lake, connecting waterways and ancestral land in the area – $500

We are the Ramsey Lake Stewardship Committee and members of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nations and we would like to erect a permanent sign in English, Anishinaabe and French with the original name of Ramsey Lake, ‘Bimitimagamising,’ and a description of the historic passage of First Nations people between Ramsey Lake and Atikameksheng Anishnawbek.  We hope to install this sign in Bell Park.

See a video of their presentation

2.  WITHDRAWN  Courtyard Healing Garden – $500

We are the Aboriginal Support Worker and Life Skills Teacher at Sudbury Secondary School and we plan to build a Healing Garden in our courtyard area for our school community and the wider community.  As our school is built on Anishnaabe territory and many of our school community members are of indigenous descent, we would like our school to be more inclusive and welcoming to all.  We also hope to instill a greater sense of appreciation and respect for nature with our future leaders!

3. Place Hurtubise and Keewatin Community Gardens – $500

We are the Place Hurtubise Community Action Group and we want to start a community garden with raised garden beds in two low income housing complexes in New Sudbury.  These gardening beds will allow many tenants, adults and children to share in their creation and maintenance, and will provide a positive sense of self-worth and community pride.   Read their brochure.

See a video of their presentation

4.  Seniors Helping Seniors – $500

We are the Coniston Community Garden’s Seniors and we will grow food in our community garden and greenhouse and provide a selection of fresh vegetables to those seniors who are not able to garden, or those who have limited ability, either physical or financially, to shop for fresh vegetables. We would like to partner with the Good Food Box to deliver a weekly box of vegetables to a seniors’ apartment buildings in Coniston.

See a video of their presentation

5.  Ryan Heights Community Bee Hotel and Garden Upgrades with a Spinner compost – $500

We are the Ryan Heights Neighbourhood Association and we would like to build two bee hotels to help with healthy cross pollination of our community garden and the Four Mill Urban Farm. We would also like to add a spinning composter which is very simple and easy to use, and is senior and kid friendly.

*Bee houses or hotels accommodate solitary bees, which are harmless, are not aggressive, and do not form colonies.

See a video of their presentation

6.  Bee Wary, Bee Wise – $500

We are the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre and the Capreol Communities in Bloom Committee and we would like to install bee houses throughout Capreol’s downtown core to provide safe habitats for these important but endangered pollinators which will help the gardens we have worked hard on.   This is one of the priority projects that has been identified by the committee  ahead of the 2018 Communities in Bloom Showcase.

*Bee houses or hotels accommodate solitary bees, which are harmless, are not aggressive, and do not form colonies.

See a video of their presentation

7.  Citizen Scientists of Junction Creek – $500

We are the Junction Creek Stewardship Committee and we would like to hold a series of monthly environmental outreach events open to the public that will feature guided walks to survey for plants and wildlife in the Junction Creek watershed. Participants will gain information about local flora and fauna in the Junction Creek ecosystem, as well as surveying techniques, data collection, and how to submit their findings, and will be connecting with nature and aiding in the restoration and conservation of the Junction Creek ecosystem in the process.

See a video of their presentation

8.  Free Wildlife and Ecology Day Camps at Wild at Heart Wildlife Refuge Centre – $500

We are Wild at Heart Wildlife Refuge Centre and we would like to offer free day camps August 13-15th for students aged 6-12, focusing on environmental issues like wildlife-human conflict, water pollution, and pollinators and native plants. By removing the cost of admission for these camps, all students will have the opportunity to attend and learn first-hand about local environmental issues, how they can make a positive difference in their community, and where they can bring an injured, orphaned, or sick wild animal.

See a video of their presentation

9.  Community Art Boards at Twin Forks Park – $500

We are the Twin Forks Park Association and we are hoping to create art boards in our community garden area. Local artists and Cambrian College students will team up with children from local schools and local groups to create artboards that will highlight our community garden and beautify our park.

See a video of their presentation

10. Community Garden Painted Rain Barrels – $335

We are the Art Creative Homeschoolers, aged 9 to 15, and we would like to artistically paint rain barrels in community gardens, parks or public places and turn them into positive and nature-based pieces of art to motivate people from the community to participate more in community gardens. Hopefully, it would also encourage citizens to purchase rain barrels for their own use because they are environmentally friendly. 

See a video of their presentation

11.  Southgate Neighbourhood Park Clean-Up – $475

We are a group of neighbours from the Nepahwin Avenue/Walford Road/Southgate Crescent area and we would like to hold a park clean-up.  Our neighbourhood lacks a park and we are working to make the designated parkland between our three streets a usable natural space.  We’re planning a clean-up event to remove debris, trash and some of the fallen trees on the parkland to make it more accessible.

See a video of their presentation

12.  Funding for lights for our outdoor rink in Garson – $500

We are the Penman Park Association and we would like to add outdoor lights at the outdoor rink that we maintain, so we can extend our skating time into the evening for all our neighborhood families especially the children.  Our community has really rallied around this project and has brought us closer together for the good of the kids.

13. Rink Change Room – $500

We are the Penage Road Community Centre and we would like to build a change room for the Penage Road Community Centre rink to allow users of the skating rink to have a place to put on or remove skates in a room that is out of the weather.  This will increase community participation in the rink and attract younger individuals to get involved.

See a video of their presentation

14. Artistes Trans Artistry (ATA) – $500

We are Myths & Mirrors Community Arts and we want to continue Artistes Trans Artistry (ATA) which provides transgender people (including those questioning their gender identity) a safe, confidential, and inclusive space to explore and create. Through weekly workshops with visiting guest artists, participants will work to create a body of work to be exhibited at a public gallery.

15. Sputnik League Basketball – $430

I am a resident of Sudbury and I would like to start a 3-3 ultimate basketball league.  Gender neutral, LGBTQZ, promoting inclusion, non-judgemental attitudes among players. 

16. Girls are strong club – $400

We are students at Chelmsford Valley District Composite School and we would like to start a club about how girls can raise their self-esteem, realize their potential, learn about body image and challenge the appearance ideal (using material from the Dove self-esteem project). It will start in our school and hopefully it will move onto other schools and community centers. 

17. Biking for Transportation and Wellness – $490

We are the Canadian Mental Health Association – Sudbury / Manitoulin, Victoria Street Place (VSP) and we would like to install a bike rack and fix up gently used bikes for residents at VSP, as a transportation option to access wellness opportunities in the area.   Having bikes available will teach individuals how to use bike transportation in the Sudbury area, and will provide an option for physical exercise which is a great wellness tool for mental health.

See a video of their presentation

18. NLFB Young Songwriters Challenge – $500

We are Northern Lights Festival Boreal, and we would like to launch a Young Songwriters Challenge, geared specifically towards teens (under 20) and designed with them in mind, to give young artists an opportunity to develop their craft and learn from local artists, who will diversify their experience in artistic mentorship and coaching.  This will be a ‘sister program’ to our Canadian Songwriter Challenge which is a songwriting workshop for Northern Ontario songwriters where songwriters write and record a demo throughout the festival weekend, under the direction of artistic mentors.

19. Mission top secrete – $500

Ce projet est conçu par le Comité pastoral à l’École secondaire catholique Champlain, à Chelmsford. L’objectif est d’impliquer aux élèves engagés, et leur donner l’occasion de mettre en pratique leurs habilités de leadership, en participant à l’organisation, gestion, et réalisation d’une « mission top secrète ».  Cette « mission » aura le but de faire une différence dans la vie des gens qui besoin à la communauté, en délivrant, par exemple, des biscuits aux personnes âgées, des fleurs aux patients au centre de cancérologie, entre autres.

We are ‘Comité pastoral de l’École secondaire catholique Champlain’ in Chelmsford and we want to hold a ‘top secret mission’ with engaged students to develop their leadership and community service.  The ‘mission’ will have several stages, culminating in students creating and carrying out contributions to the community and to those in need, such as giving baking to seniors, delivering flowers to cancer patients, etc.

See a video of their presentation

20. Robotics Rocks

We are S.Geiger Public School in Massey and we want to ensure that all of our junior / intermediate students have an opportunity to engage in programming basic ‘sphero’ robots in our Robotics Rocks program.   We hope to involve community members with expertise to share, and we will have the robots as an interactive component of our Open House.

21. WITHDRAWN  New Ways to Stay Physically Active – $500

I am a  Physical Education Teacher at S.Geiger Public School in Massey and I would like to purchase 5 Spikeball sets for the school to be used in our Physed Program, as an intramural activity, and for students to take out at recess. 

22.  Food Bank Service 2.0 – $500

I am a resident of Greater Sudbury and I would like to work towards a non-profit grocery store as a good alternative for people struggling financially to access affordable and healthy food.   While working with others towards this goal, this summer I will also share tips on couponing and other strategies for buying more with less.

See a video of their presentation