A total of nine grants, plus scholarship money for two graduating Canton High School seniors, have been awarded by the Canton Community Health Fund, according to the organization’s chairman, Jay S. Tourigny.
The total value of the annual awards for 2011 is just over $22,000, Tourigny said.
The organizations named as recipients are Focus on Canton, the Town of Canton, the Canton Food Bank, Friends of Canton Football, the Roaring Brook Nature Center, the Canton High School Class of 2011 Substance Free Graduation Party, Canton Middle School, Canton Parents as Teachers, and Canton Connections.
Tourigny wouldn’t reveal the value of the individual grants, but he said CCHF received 17 grant applications seeking a total of nearly $80,000.
In some cases, grant money will be spent at the discretion of the organization that received it. In others, it will go toward a specific need. As examples, Tourigny said the money going to the town will be used to purchase a defibrillator for town hall. He said the nature center money would go toward a handicap accessible bathroom. The money for the middle school will go toward a program about “cyber bullying and responsible Internet use,” Tourigny said.
The checks will be handed out in a ceremony at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7, in Room F at the Canton Community Center, 40 Dyer Ave.
The Canton Community Health Fund awards grants annually to organizations in town that enhance the health and well-being of Canton residents. Tourigny said. The money comes from a fund establish nearly 50 years ago.
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