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NCC President Todd Russell unveiling the George Roberts Community Grants Program at NCC’s Annual General Assembly in Mary’s Harbour in November.
NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) has announced a one-year, $40,000 pilot program intended to celebrate culture while improving the economic, social, physical and mental well being of its communities.
“We want to improve the quality of life in NunatuKavut and give our members the power to shape what those improvements will be,” says Todd Russell, NCC President.
Non-profit and community organizations within NunatuKavut can apply for a maximum of $2,500 for programs, events, festivals and other initiatives that meet the criteria.
“We recognize the tireless work and endless commitment that our members put in to make sure their communities are healthy, strong communities – most times with very little resources.” Russell noted.
“We wanted to help our members as they are the experts on what is needed in their communities.”
The program is called The George Roberts Community Grants Program. It is named after the late George Roberts, an NCC member from Norman Bay who’s years of volunteering and commitment contributed to the betterment of his community and the communities of others.
“George Roberts was a man whose heart and soul was in doing good for his community and all of Labrador. George was such a persistent and respectful advocate and we are proud to honour him by naming these grants in his memory,” said Russell.
NCC unveiled the pilot project at its Annual General Assembly in November and released the guidelines and application on its website on Dec. 16. Visit www.nunatukavut.ca for details.
The grant program is made possible with contributions from the NunatuKavut Community Council, NDC Fisheries Limited and NCC mining partners: Labrador Iron Mines, Tata Steel Minerals Canada, Search Minerals and Alderon Iron Ore Corp.