The Ontario Association of Christian Schools Foundation (OACSF) has provided 13 schools with grants towards their building or renovation projects.
This year the foundation received a record 25 applications for grants through its school development fund. Thirteen is also the highest number of recipients to receive a grant in a given year.
OACSF director Lawrence Lutgendorff says with close to $85,000 allocated to this year’s recipients, the committee chose to try to give “some money to as many projects as possible.”
The schools receiving funds are all Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS) members: Orangeville Christian School, Rhema Christian School in Peterborough, Listowel Christian School, John Knox Christian School in Brampton, Woodland Christian High School in Breslau, Halton Hills Christian School in Georgetown, Scugog Christian School in Port Perry, Timothy Christian School in Barrie, Kingston Christian School, Immanuel Christian School in Oshawa, Dunnville Christian School, Jarvis Community Christian School and Wallaceburg Christian School.
Lutgendorff is visiting each recipient school to present the cheques.
“It’s good to get out and see how some of these projects are working on the ground,” he tells the OACS News.
“It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to provide support to these projects. The importance of Christian education these days is something that I think needs to be emphasized much more in our community,” says Lutgendorff.
Doug Osborn, Jarvis Community Christian School’s chief operating officer, says the school is “very grateful and appreciative” of the grant they received this year to repair the foundation of the school’s gymnasium.
Last year, the Jarvis school received a $10,000 OACSF grant, as well as a grant from Haldimand County Hydro, towards replacing lighting fixtures with high efficiency lighting.
“It’s a fantastic program and we are very appreciative of the OACS Foundation because they enable us to make capital improvements to our facilities that we wouldn’t be able to do otherwise or as quickly,” says Osborn.
The grants enable the school to spend its limited resources on other projects, adds Osborn.
Woodland Christian High School, Halton Hills Christian School and John Knox Christian School received funds towards their capital campaigns for expansion.
Wallaceburg Christian School’s grant is toward renovating the windows in its building. The renovations are part of the school’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
Kingston Christian School applied for funds towards the cost of putting solar panels on its roof.
The school development fund will be open again for applications from Dec. 15, 2012 to Jan. 15, 2013.
To learn more about the school development fund, or how to make a donation to the OACSF, visit the website at www.oacsf.org.