Ontario Trillium Foundation 2007 Great Grants award winners: Toronto


    TORONTO, Dec. 3 /CNW/ - Six remarkable Ontario not-for-profit
organizations will be honoured for the difference they have made in their
communities at the Ontario Trillium Foundation's 25th Anniversary celebration
in Toronto, December 3rd, 2007. The evening will be hosted by Clifton Joseph
of CBC The National.
    "The Great Grants Awards recognize the vision, commitment and energy of
Ontario's volunteers and community organizations," said Alex Waugh, Grant
Review Team Chair for Toronto. "This is our 25th year of strengthening
communities and we've been celebrating by holding 16 award events across the
province. We look forward to meeting community members in Toronto who help
make Ontario a great place to live."
    The Foundation presents the Great Grants Awards every two years. The
award winners were selected by volunteers who serve on the local Grant Review
Team. In Toronto, six organizations were chosen for their outstanding
achievements in the Arts and Culture, Sports and Recreation, Environment and
Human and Social Services sectors.

    2007 Great Grants Award Winners: Toronto

    -   Arts and Culture: Jumblies Theatre. In 2004, OTF granted the theatre
    company $225,000 over three years to engage members of the
    Dundas/Islington community in a new theatre project. In partnership
    with Montgomery's Inn, Toronto Community Housing and other local
    organizations, members of diverse cultural and economic groups in the
    neighbourhood collaborated on a performance piece. The residency
    program involved 130 volunteer performers, 542 volunteer production
    participants, 59 paid theatre professionals, 15 paid interns and 220
    student volunteers.

    -   Sports and Recreation: Doug Philpott Inner City Children's Tennis
    Fund. In 2004, OTF granted the Children's Tennis Fund $100,000 over
    three years to branch out across the city and get kids excited about
    this intense game. The program has expanded to 10 locations
    throughout the city of Toronto, particularly in low income
    neigbourhoods. By the end of the program's second year, two new
    summer tennis camps in lower-income neighbourhoods welcomed 3,500
    players.

    -   Environment: Community Garden Network c/o Foodshare Toronto. In 2003,
    the Foundation granted $225,000 over three years to increase the
    number of community gardens in Toronto. Horticultural workshops and
    leadership training assisted existing and new community garden
    groups, particularly in high rise, low-income areas. Community
    management and leadership are encouraged, to better sustain the
    program.

    -   Human and Social Services: Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention
    (BlackCAP). In 2005, OTF granted the Black Coalition for AIDS
    Prevention (BlackCAP) $210,000 over three years to develop and
    implement an HIV/AIDS prevention program. The program uses yoga and
    Kwanzaa principles to educate youth ages 15 to 24 in ways that are
    engaging, relevant and fun. In its first year, 40 young people
    participated in the program.

    -   Grant Review Team Chair's Award - for exemplary volunteerism: Fatal
    Light Awareness Program. In 2004, the Foundation granted $175,000 to
    FLAP to expand its Bird Friendly Building program. By encouraging
    businesses to turn off lights at night and apply window films on
    high-rises to reduce day and night time collisions, FLAP also
    promotes energy and cost saving measures. FLAP has recruited and
    maintained a core of 65 dedicated volunteers who carry out bird
    rescues on downtown streets.

    -   25th Anniversary Award - for remaining a leader in the not-for profit
    or charitable sector by consistently delivering on the Foundation's
    granting priorities: North York Community House. In 2002, the
    Foundation granted $118,600 over three years to help launch the
    Newcomer Connections Program. Through arts, recreational activities
    and leadership development, immigrant women gained confidence in
    themselves and became familiar with their new country. Over the three
    years, 70 peer leaders completed 60 hours of training and connected
    over 4,800 immigrant women to community resources and services.

    The 2007 Great Grants Awards will be held Monday December 3rd from 4:45
p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the St. Lawrence Hall in Toronto. The award presentation
begins at 5:30 p.m. The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the
Government of Ontario. To learn more about OTF, visit
www.trilliumfoundation.org

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For further information: Carolyn Bennett, Writer/Communications Officer,
1-800-263-2887 ext. 293, cbennett@trilliumfoundation.org; Jumblies Theatre:
Ruth Howard/Abby Callard: (416) 203-8428; Doug Philpott, Inner-City Tennis
Fund: philpottfund@tennisontario.com; Community Garden Network c/o Foodshare:
Debbie Field: (416) 392-1628 ext. 228; Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention
(BlackCAP): Mr. Shannon Ryan: (416) 977-9955; Fatal Light Awareness Program:
Michael Mesure: (416) 366-3527; North York Community House: Shelley Zuckerman:
(416) 781-7457 ext. 227