Benjamin Moore announces community grants to take care of places that matter

NIAGARA, ON, July 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Community groups across Canada are receiving a helping hand to care for the places that matter most to their communities. The grants from Benjamin Moore in partnership with Community Foundations of Canada will assist community groups to improve local buildings and provide important services.

This year, the Benjamin Moore Community Restoration Program is making 23 grants totalling $72,000 - plus some $16,000 in paint - to assist with a wide range of important renovation and heritage restoration projects in communities across the country.

"These grants highlight how a company like Benjamin Moore can work with local partners to tap into specific community needs and then respond in very practical ways. Over the years we've been able to make a difference in communities across the country - renovating everything from small museums to residences for seniors to historical post offices, while connecting grants to places and programs in need of care," says Doug Funston, Commercial Manager for Benjamin Moore in central Canada.

Since its inception in 1998, the Benjamin Moore Community Restoration Program has supported more than 243 community groups in all parts of Canada with grants of more than $746,000 and $179,000 in paint donations.

"The Benjamin Moore program is a perfect example of how community foundations and community groups are working together to have a local impact," says Ian Bird, President and CEO, Community Foundations of Canada. "This program has contributed to building smart and caring communities by using local networks and knowledge to revitalize the places and programs that matter most to communities."

For a full list of the 2013 Benjamin Moore grants and recipients visit www.communityfoundations.ca.

Community Foundations of Canada is the national network for Canada's 191 community foundations, which help Canadians invest in building strong and resilient places to live, work, and play. Community foundations are one of the largest supporters of communities, providing more than $143 million in support of local priorities and organizations in 2012. To find out more visit www.communityfoundations.ca.

Benjamin Moore & Co., a Berkshire Hathaway company, was founded in 1883 and established its Canadian operations in 1906.   One of North America's leading manufacturers of premium quality residential, commercial and industrial maintenance coatings, its products are distributed through a network of independent paint and decorating retailers.  Benjamin Moore has been a longstanding steward of the environment with a relentless commitment to sustainable manufacturing practices plus the ongoing development of the most eco-responsible formulations possible.   Its portfolio of Green Promise® products continues to grow and includes Aura, über-performance low-VOC paint; Natura, the true zero-VOC interior paint, remaining zero in any colour, any sheen; and, EcoSpec Zero-VOC Paint for commercial interiors. For more information visit www.benjaminmoore.com

SOURCE: Community Foundations of Canada

For further information:

David Venn
Communications Manager
Community Foundations of Canada
dvenn@cfc-fcc.ca
613-236-2664 ext. 302

Kimberly Bradshaw 
Director of Communications
Benjamin Moore
Kimberly.bradshaw@benjaminmoore.com
201-949-6370

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