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Philanthropy

The Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) is a not-for-profit organization that owns and operates the Grand River Raceway and The GrandWay Events Centre. Known for its philanthropic contributions to the community through scholarships, community mini-grants and major donations, GRAS is striving to bring agriculture, education, and community together.

AgScape- Connecting in a Virtual Education Environment

In September 2020, schools across Ontario entered a new virtual learning environment. Zoom, Google Meets and YouTube became spaces AgScape had to become versatile in as teachers had a surging demand for interactive and digital resources. Online became the new reality, a reality that AgScape embraced with help from The Grand River Agricultural Society’s (GRAS) philanthropic funding and our shared goals for supporting agriculture engagement and awareness across the province.

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Elora Skatepark

Thanks to the $1,500 GRAS grant, we were able to plant 80mm caliper Pyrmidal Oak trees at the Skatepark in Elora and they look fantastic! Up until these trees were planted the space was looking forgotten and sad unless community members were there, but now the space looks like it is alive and thriving.

Often when projects like this are built, it is the landscaping that cements the project into place giving it a sense of community and thoughtful placement. It is with this that your funding money for this makes this area a success.

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Community Report

For more great stories featuring community recipients of GRAS philanthropic funding visit our community report.

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Sponsorship Partners

GRAS is proud to have multi year funding arrangements with the following organizations

Our Initiatives

Applications open April 1

Community Mini Grants

Do you have a project that will benefit our local community? Need financial support for it? Since 2017, GRAS has awarded over $42,000 to over 47 recipients to help bring their projects to life.

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GRAS Funding

The GRAS Philanthropic Committee provides funding to non-profit community groups and initiatives that support agriculture, environmental conservation, and activities that promote improvements in the quality of rural life.

All philanthropic submissions are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. To have an application considered, please submit by the relevant deadline.

Dates & Timelines:

2021 application deadlines:

  • March 31st
  • September 30th

How to apply:

  1. Download and fill out the application form. Please read all guidelines and processes carefully to ensure you meet our application criteria.
  2. Submit your application via email to Dkey@Grandriverag.com
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GRAS in kind requests

Are you a community group or not for profit or charity? Apply to the GRAS philanthropic committee to use one of the many great spaces on site. Are you looking for an event in the 6 acre in field? Or perhaps need the parking lot… Do you want to host a gala at The GrandWay? Or perhaps have a market in the barn?

Reach out to let us know more.

Dates & Timelines:

Always open

How to apply:

  1. Download and fill out the application form. Please read all guidelines and processes carefully to ensure you meet our application criteria.
  2. Submit your application via email to Dkey@Grandriverag.com
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GRAS Scholarship & Bursary Program

The Scholarship & Bursary program is designed to provide financial assistance for students that reside in Wellington County, Perth County, or Region of Waterloo and are entering or currently enrolled in agricultural or environmental college/university programs.

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