As part of the Showcase Program, City Council earmarked $1.76 million for a Pan Am Community Projects initiative to support community based Games related or inspired activations and projects. At its meeting of July 8, 9, 10 and 11, 2014 City Council directed the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A to report back to the August 20, 2014 meeting of the Executive Committee on the distribution of the $1.76 million for this initiative, with due regard to any advice offered by the Mayor's Pan Am /Parapan Am Games Reference Group or other community perspectives.
Responding to this directive and reflecting advice received from the Mayor’s Pan Am / Parapan Am Games Reference Group, this report recommends that Council distribute the $1.76 million through three complementary grant streams and authorize the Executive Director of Social Development, Finance and Administration to implement application processes for each grant stream and report on recommended allocations in early 2015. Funding in the amounts indicated below is recommended to be set aside for each grant stream:
- $0.560 million to support Games-inspired activities and projects in all parts of Toronto;
- $0.885 million to support projects which profile or provide longer-term economic and/or social infrastructure benefits for Toronto’s Latin American, South American and Caribbean communities;
- $0.315 million to support arts and cultural animation along the Pan Am Path.
We would like also to congratulate the Mayor’s Reference Group which was composed by
Councillor Cesar Palacio (Chairman)
Councillor Mark Grimes (Co-Chairman)
Councillor Michael Thompson
Councillor Ana Bailao
Councillor Gary Crawford
Manuel Rodriguez ( President - Toronto Hispanic Chamber of Commerce)
Fernando Valladares ( Founder and President Hispanic Fiesta & Las Flores Community Housing Foundation)
Jose Ortega (Artistic Director – Lula Lounge)
Frank Alvarez ( President CIRV Radio)
Tania Nuttall ( Editor – Brazilan News)
Courtney Betty ( Lawyer)
Ihor D. Wons ( Special Assistant to Councillor Thompson)
who volunteered their valuable time to draft the recommendations that led to this resolution being adopted.
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