Four Halton Hills-based community groups were among 18 that received a share of $316,745 to be distributed by Halton Healthy Community Fund Partners. Halton Healthy Community Fund grants are awarded to community-based groups, who form collaborative partnerships to launch projects that enhance various aspects of a healthy community. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton with the Halton Catholic District School Board received $37,363, split over two years, for the In-School Mentoring Outreach program in north Halton. The cash will help to recruit and train volunteers to mentor at-risk children. Halton Hills Chamber of Commerce with Junior Achievement received $25,000 over two years to expand the J.A. program in Halton Hills. In response to demand by schools and students, the goal is to increase the program by 230 per cent. Talk `n Tumble program, led by Halton Hills Gymnastics Centre partnered with the Halton Hills Speech Centre, received $47,816 over three years. This is a participation class for children with special needs to let them explore use of gym equipment safely and effectively and promote development of social and communication skills. Funds will be used to pay for coaches' salaries, gym equipment, professional fees and training. Arts Alive received $4,000 for its Celebration of Arts to be held this October. This celebration acknowledges the contribution of arts related to community groups in Halton Hills, provide an opportunity to showcase talent and to mark the 25th anniversary of the Halton Hills Cultural Centre. The Halton Healthy Community Funding Partners have been working together for nine years. The partners include the Town of Halton Hills and the Halton Hills United Way.