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Benjamin Moore program grants cash and paint to community and heritage groups across Canada

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(Ottawa, ONT.) May 31, 2012 — Community Foundations of Canada and Benjamin Moore & Co. today announced grants and donations of paint to help 38 community groups across Canada improve historic buildings or significant community meeting places in their communities.

This year's grants from the Benjamin Moore Community Restoration Program total $72,000 in funding and $24,100 in paint for organizations from Victoria, BC to St. Stephen, NB.

"This is an innovative and valuable partnership because there are very few programs that help community groups maintain their physical space," says Ian Bird, President and CEO of Community Foundations of Canada. "For more than a decade, Benjamin Moore has been building smart and caring communities from coast to coast by helping us take better care of the places that matter to us. "

A partnership between Benjamin Moore and Community Foundations of Canada, the Community Restoration Program supports a wide range of renovation and heritage restoration projects, including this year:

  • a graffiti workshop with at-risk youth in Mission, BC
  • restoration of the landmark Canmore Miners' Union Hall in Alberta
  • repairs and painting of the Herbert Heritage Village train station and school house near Swift Current, SK
  • upgrades to apartments and common areas of Urban Native Homes' transitional housing in Hamilton
  • refreshing the Niagara Pumphouse Visual Arts Centre in Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • restoration work to the Maison d'animation sociale et culturelle in downtown Jonquière QC;
  • and helping restore the Van Horne Estate, a New Brunswick and Canadian Historic Site

"This program is a wonderful way for Benjamin Moore and its retailers to connect with their communities with the support of Community Foundations of Canada. Together we find projects where our products and expertise can make a real difference to organizations that work so hard in our communities," says Doug Funston, Commercial Manager for Benjamin Moore in central Canada.

Since 1998, the Benjamin Moore Community Restoration Program has supported more than 220 community groups with grants totalling $674,000 and $163,000 in donated paint. Community foundations across the country assist the program by using their local networks and community knowledge to identify applicants that meet the program's criteria.

Community Foundations of Canada is the national network for Canada's more than 180 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 $154 million in support of local priorities and organizations in 2011. To find out more, visit

Benjamin Moore & Co., a Berkshire Hathaway company, was founded in 1883. One of the country's leading manufacturers of premium-quality residential, commercial and industrial maintenance paints and other coatings, its products are distributed via 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 its ongoing development of the most eco-responsible formulations possible. Its portfolio of Green Promise® products continues to grow and includes Aura®, the über-performance low-VOC paint; Benjamin Moore NaturaTM, the true zero-VOC interior paint, remaining zero after tinting in any colour, any sheen; and Eco Spec®WB a zero-VOC paint for commercial interiors.

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See the backgrounder below for a full list of 2012 Benjamin Moore Community Restoration Program grantees.

For further information please contact:

Skana Gee
Communications Coordinator
Community Foundations of Canada
P: 902-466-7191

Anne-Marie McElrone
Director of Communications and Marketing
Community Foundations of Canada
P: 902-461-8284


Benjamin Moore Community Restoration Program 2012 Grant Recipients

Benjamin Moore Western Market

  • Open Space Arts Society: toward energy upgrades and painting of their heritage building in central Victoria BC
  • The Land Conservancy of British Columbia: toward the Ross Bay Villa restoration, for painting this historic house museum in Victoria
  • Shawnigan Cobble Hill Farmers Institute & Agricultural Society: to paint the Cobble Hill Hall near Victoria
  • Mission Youth Arts Council: to support a workshop on graffiti with at-risk youth and to paint their studio in Mission BC
  • Fraser Valley Humane Society: toward upgrading facilities in their Mission BC animal shelter
  • Mission Adopt-a-Block Society: to refresh the home of this anti-litter group in Mission, including a mural by youth and other volunteers
  • Bow Valley SPCA: toward painting and upgrading their shelter in Canmore, Alberta
  • Canmore Miners' Union Hall Committee: toward the Centennial Restoration Project for this landmark building in Canmore
  • Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum: to rejuvenate the gift shop and other spaces in this historical fort museum in Banff, Alberta
  • Rundle Memorial United Church: to paint this heritage building in central Banff with historically accurate colours
  • Herbert Heritage Village: to repair and paint the museum's train station and school house near Swift Current, SK
  • Southwest Cultural Development Group: to help with restoration of the heritage Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, SK

Benjamin Moore Central Market

  • Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba: toward renovation of the Dominion Exhibition Building in Brandon, MB
  • Brandon Seniors for Seniors: to paint their kitchen, banquet hall and other areas
  • Minnedosa District Museum and Heritage Village: to paint the 1919 Cardurcis House in Minnedosa, MB
  • Stinson Neighbourhood Action Plan with the Stinson Community Association: to create a mural on the Claremont Underpass in this downtown Hamilton, Ontario neighbourhood
  • The Equestrian Association for the Disabled: to help spruce up the facilities near Hamilton where they provide disabled children and adults with therapeutic riding and fun
  • Urban Native Homes Incorporated: to help with painting the apartments and common areas in their transitional housing for aboriginal men on Kenilworth St. North in Hamilton
  • Green Venture: to paint the outside of the EcoHouse in Hamilton, a demonstration site where visitors learn about environmental issues
  • Beasley Neighbourhood Association: to create a mural on the exterior wall of Beasley Community Centre in downtown Hamilton
  • Theatre Aurora: to renovate the auditorium of Aurora, Ontario's community theatre
  • Aurora PACT: to support the police liaison group and their youth and community partners with a graffiti cleanup day in Aurora, ON
  • Niagara Pumphouse Visual Arts Centre: to paint and refresh this heritage pumphouse art gallery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
  • Willowbank: to rehabilitate the exterior stairs and trim of this 1834 mansion on the Niagara River, which houses the School of Restoration Arts
  • YWCA Niagara Region: to paint and improve the furnishings of their emergency homeless shelter in St. Catharines, Ontario

Benjamin Moore Eastern Market

  • Mississippi Valley Textile Museum: toward restoration of the windows in this National Historic Site near Ottawa
  • Maison d'animation sociale et culturelle: to help with the restoration of this community resource building in central Jonquière, QC
  • Centre du Lac Pouce: paint to rejuvenate the terrace of this camping facility for young people with disabilities in Saguenay region
  • Fondation Jean Allard: to help the foundation and the Autism Society refurbish joint facilities in a heritage building in Chicoutimi
  • La maison ISA-CALACS: to help refurbish the counselling areas of this Saguenay organization that works with women and adolescents who have experienced sexual assault
  • Maison des jeunes 'Le Repère' de L'Ancienne-Lorette: to renovate their basement space to provide youth with a more private discussion and counselling area
  • Regroupement des femmes sans emploi du Nord de Québec: to upgrade the community room and kitchen area where they provide programmes for women experiencing poverty in Québec City
  • Centre Multi-services Le Complice: to help renovate the food distribution area in this anti-poverty youth organization in the Charlesbourg neighbourhood of Québec
  • Projet intervention prostitution inc. de Québec: to refurbish a multi-service room in this Québec City organization
  • The Salvation Army: to help refurbish rooms in the men's transition home in Old Québec
  • YWCA Québec: to help repaint emergency housing for women facing homelessness
  • The Van Horne Estate on Minister's Island Inc.: toward the restoration of this New Brunswick and Canadian Historic Site
  • Charlotte County Museum: to repair and repaint this local community museum in one of St. Stephen, New Brunswick's oldest homes
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