The Muskoka Community Foundation has announced that the Cowan Family Fund at the Muskoka Community Foundation has made a minimum pledge of $5000.00 over the next five years to support the efforts of Gravenhurst Against Poverty (G.A.P.) as they work to develop a community hub and an affordable housing project in downtown Gravenhurst.
The Cowan Family hopes that by making this multi-year pledge that others in a similar position will do so to help provide sustainable funding to support the operational costs of the community hub. Both the Cowan Family and the Muskoka Community Foundation acknowledge the efforts and dedication of G.A.P. as they work to find creative and sustainable solutions to supporting their Gravenhurst neighbours.
Lynn DeCaro, Executive Director of the Muskoka Community Foundation noted “ the Foundation has had the opportunity to work with G.A.P. a number of times over the last couple of years and there is no doubt that they will continue working until the dream of creating a community hub and affordable housing is reached. The G.A.P. team is one of the most dedicated group of volunteers I know and they work tirelessly to support their neighbours and community. We are thrilled to work with the Cowan Family Fund and G.A.P to help them reach their goal”.
G.A.P.’s vision is to develop the Ing Building in downtown Gravenhurst as a welcoming, hub with 10 affordable housing units, 2 emergency youth shelters, a community teaching kitchen, a dedicated young adult center, meeting spaces, and youth training opportunities. Bonnie Dart, G.A.P. Chair said “We are very grateful to the Cowan Family for this generous multi-year pledge. Allocating funds in this specific manner provides a strong anchor of support over time which will be vitally required in sustaining our future. We appreciate the Cowans’ careful consideration of G.A.P.’s needs and their strong belief in our dream”
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