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Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries announces shutdown

After serving the community for 30 years, the Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries is shutting down.

The shutdown comes after a decrease in available grant money through the province, according to the council

The council served Cambridge and North Dumfries for 30 years. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

After serving the community for 30 years, the Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries is shutting down.

The council has carried out research about social issues for decades, such as tracking the number of users at the Cambridge Food Bank and those staying at the local shelter. It also held 16 all candidate meetings over the years, according to executive director Linda Terry.

It's been a way to project trends "to see what the community was all about," said Terry in an interview on CBC's The Morning Edition.

"I must have 40 to 50 e-mails sitting in my inbox, mainly agencies that are saying 'what are we going to do without you?'"

The shutdown comes after a decrease in available grant programs through the provincial government, according to Terry.

CBC contacted the Ontario Trillium Foundation yesterday, where the council receives some of its funding, but has not received a response.

As for whether anyone will take up the work of the organization to fill the void, Terry says "unfortunately I don't think anyone is."

The council will close it doors at the end of April.