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2021 Community Organization Investment

Windsor, Ontario – Registered non-profit or charitable organizations can now apply for Community Benefits funding through the 2021 Community Organization Investment. The Gordie Howe International Bridge team will accept applications between November 17, 2020, and January 27, 2021.

The Community Organization Investment, an initiative under the Community Benefits Plan, is an annual investment allowance with $50,000 (CDN) allocated to registered non-profit or charitable organizations located in or serving residents in Sandwich/west Windsor and Delray/Southwest Detroit respectively. Through this initiative, the project team will invest a total of $500,000 (CDN) in the two communities from 2020-2024.

Eligible organizations can submit an application for funding ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 (CDN) for events, programming or infrastructure improvements that will benefit the communities nearest to the project. The funding requests must align with one of the Community Benefits investment priorities, including community partnerships, community safety and connections, economic benefits, and/or aesthetics and landscaping.

Eligible applications will be reviewed by members of the project’s Local Community Group as well as senior representatives from Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA), Bridging North America (BNA) and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).

The projects selected for funding will be announced in spring 2021.

Interested organizations can learn more about the 2021 Community Organization Investment initiative, application process and eligibility criteria by visiting GordieHoweInternationalBridge.com or attending an upcoming virtual information session.

2021 Community Organization Investment Virtual Information Session
Wednesday December 9, 2020
1PM – 2PM
Free of charge

Registration is available at www.GordieHoweInternationalBridge.com. A link to the event will be provided following registration.

A second virtual information session will be held in January 2021. The date and time of the session are still to be determined.

Quick Facts

  • The Gordie Howe International Bridge Community Benefits Plan is being delivered by Bridging North America with collaboration and oversight from WDBA and the State of Michigan.
  • The Community Benefits Plan is comprised of two components: the Workforce Development and Participation Strategy and the Neighbourhood Infrastructure Strategy. In partnership with WDBA and Bridging North America, more than 30 agencies and organizations will support the implementation.
  • A Local Community Group representing the communities of Delray, Sandwich, Windsor-Essex County and the Greater Detroit Area has been formed by WDBA to act as informal partners during the implementation of the Community Benefits Plan.

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About Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority

Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) is a not-for-profit Canadian Crown corporation created to deliver the Gordie Howe International Bridge project between Windsor, ON and Detroit, MI through a public-private partnership (P3). WDBA is responsible for overseeing and managing the construction and operation of the new crossing. For more information visit www.GordieHoweInternationalBridge.com and follow the project on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GordieHoweBrg.

About Bridging North America

Bridging North America (BNA) became the private-sector partner to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Gordie Howe International Bridge project in September 2018. BNA is comprised of some of the most recognized leaders in the construction and infrastructure industry which includes North American and international companies. BNA partners have significant experience carrying out major infrastructure projects such as the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway in Windsor, Ontario; New Champlain Bridge Corridor in Montreal, Quebec; Autoroute 30 in Montreal, Quebec; Eglinton Crosstown LRT in Toronto, Ontario; Réseau Express Métropolitain (REM) in Montreal, Quebec; Automated People Mover at LAX Airport, California; Harbor Bridge, Corpus Christi, Texas; Tappan Zee Bridge in New York and San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, California.


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