There’s “A” Fresh Start for those wishing to obtain a community support grant from the Town of Amherst.
Amherst town council approved the “A” Fresh Start Community Initiative when it passed amendments to its community support grant policy during its regular session on June 25.
“The new program would see presentations made and voted on in a manner loosely based on the 100 Women Who Care format,” Deputy-Mayor Sheila Christie explained as she presented the motion to make the amendments.
“In order to qualify, the presentation, idea, or use of the money must be for creative, new events or initiatives, or that enhance current programs. For example: a new cultural play, new event, festival, fundraising event with funds going back into Amherst and area, or new enhancement to an existing service or event.”
More than $84,000 in Community Support Grants were handed out by the Town of Amherst to 21 local organizations during a ceremony at town hall on June 20.
"Amherst wouldn’t function without these very active community organizations. Their work, whether with children or adults, is priceless to this community,” Mayor David Kogon said prior to handing out the grants.
“The groups here today truly help make Amherst a great place to live, work and play.”
The Town of Amherst’s recently adopted Active Transportation Plan has been lauded by provincial health officials.
"The leadership from your municipal government to demonstrate your commitment to improving the health of the community should be applauded,” Dr. Ryan Sommers, medical officer of health for the Northern Zone of the Nova Scotia Health Authority, and Gary O’Toole, the director of public health for the Northern Zone, wrote in a letter the town received on June 20.
"On behalf of the Northern Zone Public Health Healthy Communities team, Nova Scotia Health Authority, we would like to extend our congratulations and support to the Town of Amherst on their recent approval of the Active Transportation Plan.