Recent Canton Community Fund Grants Benefit Quality of Life in Town and Village

St. Lawrence Plaindealer, October 7, 2014, Page 2

By Neal Burdick

From a Smart TV for the Morley Library, to a new floating dock at Taylor Park, to support for this fall’s Remington Arts Festival, the Canton Community Fund (CCF) continues to provide financial grants aimed at improving the quality of life for all residents of the Town and Village of Canton.

Since December 2013, the CCF has made the following grants:

*To the Morley Library, to enable the purchase of a 50-inch flat-screen Smart TV, for showing children’s and family movies and training films for presentations such as Red Cross-sponsored baby-sitting classes, and for programs such as those offered by the Morley History Group. “It is these grants and donations that keep our library going,” wrote Morley Library Association Secretary D. Kay Casey in a January 2014 thank-you note to the CCF.

*To McKenney Middle School, to fund two teams of students in last spring’s North Country Junior Iron Chef competition. The regional event encourages students to develop healthy recipes, with locally grown ingredients when feasible.

*To St. Lawrence NYSARC, toward hosting the music ensemble Flame during Dairy Princess Weekend in Canton in June.

*To the Canton Recreation Department, toward the cost of a new floating dock at the Taylor Park beach, to replace one that was more than 40 years old and was deteriorating to the point that it was unsafe.

*To Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY), for an ongoing project that will culminate in the design and printing of a small North Country orientation exhibit at the TAUNY Center in Canton. The exhibit is “intended to inform travelers and new residents about the region in which they find themselves,” wrote TAUNY Executive Director Jill Breit in TAUNY’s grant request.

*To Grasse River Heritage, for landscaping and other beautification at the former Dwight Church property on the corner of Main and Gouverneur Streets in Canton.

*To the Remington Arts Festival, for sponsorship of its opening event on September 25, including such features as musical entertainment and a birthday cake for Mr. Remington.

A grant request from the Church and Community Program, for a convertible refrigerator/freezer to help the C&CP staff manage the growing infusion of food destined for those in need through its food bank, is under review this fall.

“This partial list of CCF efforts in recent months shows the rich diversity of programs supported and/or initiated by the Canton Community Fund,” said CCF Board President Christopher Angus. “In the 15 years since the Fund’s inception on the initiative of the late Peter Van de Water, the CCF has grown in size and scope. Our dedicated board is constantly listening to residents for suggestions as we look to improve life in Canton for everyone.”

The Canton Community Fund encourages not-for-profit groups and organizations in the Town and Village of Canton to apply for grants. Guidelines, as well as other information about the CCF, can be found at the CCF website,