Posts tagged Jim Armstrong
CIP Office Hours

Carlie Arbour will be at the Fenelon Falls library on December 6 and 13, from 12:30 pm to 4 pm for office hours and walk ins to discuss the Community Improvement Plan.

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(submitted by Jim Armstrong)

There is over $1 million dollars in financial incentives available through loan and grant programs. Successful applicants will be able to use the funds to improve their commercial, mixed-use, or heritage designated residential buildings.

Funding is available to support eight types of improvement projects:

  1. improving signage

  2. improving façades

  3. building repairs and renovations

  4. accessibility improvements

  5. heritage conservation

  6. outdoor art

  7. outdoor patios

  8. design studies

One million dollars is available in loans to property and business owners across the City of Kawartha Lakes. Loans will be a low interest rate over a five year term. The loan program is especially attractive to land owners who are looking to make significant improvements on one or more story of their building.

Matching fund grants (50% of eligible costs) are available to properties within the downtown areas that completed a Downtown Revitalization project: Coboconk, Fenelon Falls, Lindsay, Norland and Omemee. Grants are available for the signage, façade and building repair and renovation improvement projects.

The Million Dollar Makeover is now open! Applications will be accepted until 4:30pm on Thursday January 17, 2019.

Santa Supports CIP Funding for Business Owners

Submitted by Jim Armstrong

The Community Improvement Plan is now open for funding applications so Fenelon Forward is hosting a special meeting on Thursday, November 29th, 5:30 to 6:30pm at St James Church Hall.

 
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Carlie Arbour, the person who will be handling applications at City of Kawartha Lakes, is coming to discuss all the details of eligibility and approval process.

There is over $1 million dollars in financial incentives available through loan and grant programs. Successful applicants will be able to use the funds to improve their commercial, mixed-use, or heritage designated residential buildings.

Funding is available to support eight types of improvement projects:

  1. improving signage

  2. improving façades

  3. building repairs and renovations

  4. accessibility improvements

  5. heritage conservation

  6. outdoor art

  7. outdoor patios

  8. design studies

One million dollars is available in loans to property and business owners across the City of Kawartha Lakes. Loans will be a low interest rate over a five year term. The loan program is especially attractive to land owners who are looking to make significant improvements on one or more story of their building.

Matching fund grants (50% of eligible costs) are available to properties within the downtown areas that completed a Downtown Revitalization project: Coboconk, Fenelon Falls, Lindsay, Norland and Omemee. Grants are available for the signage, façade and building repair and renovation improvement projects.

The Million Dollar Makeover is now open! Applications will be accepted until 4:30pm on Thursday January 17, 2019.

Kawartha Works Community Co-operative

Written by Tyson Shennett

Around town, it is hard not to notice the good work being done by a number of different groups, from the Snowshoe Race to Simcoe Day, Fenelon Forward to Friends of Lock 34. All these groups are run by wonderful, hardworking volunteers who do a great job of adding something special to Fenelon. 

What’s harder to notice is the good work being done in the background. Back in 2014, I first heard of the idea of a community co-op from Jim Armstrong. He had been involved in a variety of small non-profit groups and had noticed that an issue these groups had was around the basic administration of the organization - that when it came to applying for grants, it was difficult to have the structure required to satisfy the granting agencies. 

In other areas, he had seen a community co-operative formed which can provide a separate corporate structure and administration support, while allowing the various non-profit groups to still operate independently on their own projects. 

In 2015, the Kawartha Works Community Co-operative was born, with the founding members Friends of Lock 34 and Impact 32. Since then, others have joined for the benefits of sharing overhead costs like insurance, sharing dedicated administration and finance support, and the ability to share information and successful strategies between groups. 

Jim’s dedication to selling this project to new groups and making sure that Kawartha Works runs smoothly is behind the scenes, but the impact his efforts have made have surely been felt by all. Thanks Jim and the Kawartha Works Community Co-Operative!