Ontario Trillium Foundation invests in local community groups
TORONTO, July 30, 2013 /CNW/ -
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is investing in 141 not-for-profit
and charitable organizations in the Golden Horseshoe from Niagara to
Toronto, and Haliburton and Muskoka in Central Ontario.
Many of the grants announced today will help local community
organizations increase their impact and create sustainable benefits for
residents and neighbourhoods. OTF funding will be used to create more opportunities to help families
and individuals of all ages and abilities become more engaged in local
community life through access to community programs and infrastructure.
In addition to Community grants, OTF is announcing 30 Province-Wide
grants. The social and economic impact of this broad funding to larger
organizations will benefit communities across the province.
"The Government of Ontario is proud to partner with our not-for-profit
and charitable organizations to build strong and vibrant communities
across the province. Not-for-profit and charitable organizations are
well positioned to capitalize on local partnerships and collaborations
thanks to the investments made by the Ontario Trillium Foundation that
strengthen a variety of initiatives at the local level and throughout
- Michael Chan, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
"OTF invests for impact in the community. Whether it's a new roof on the
community hall, a strategic plan to move an arts group onto solid
financial footing or a program to get more kids playing team sports,
our grants help make all our communities healthier and more vibrant."
- Christine Clark Lafleur, Chair, Niagara Grant Review Team, OTF
"Collaboration, inclusion, and civic engagement - these are three areas
in which OTF is particularly interested in because we know investing in
these types of initiatives will have a profound impact on individuals
and the communities they live in."
- Gayle Wadden, Chair, Halton-Peel Grant Review Team, OTF
"Community organizations know the needs of local individuals and
families best. That's why we are so pleased to invest in community
organizations across the region - the goals are well known and the
- Savi Singh, Chair, Simcoe-York Grant Review Team, OTF
Big Brothers Big Sisters Oshawa-Whitby (Durham, Haliburton, Kawartha,
$71,700 over two years to hire a coordinator who will recruit and train
new volunteers for the mentor-matching program and work collaboratively
with the other Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies in Durham Region to
develop a shared community-and-volunteer-engagement strategy
Eden Food Bank (Halton-Peel)
$225,000 over three years to provide programming at the Community
Learning Kitchen in Mississauga that will help low-income individuals
improve cooking skills and healthy eating habits and give them the
necessary skills to prepare healthy meals and live healthier
Hamilton Out of the Cold Program Coalition (Hamilton)
$54,600 over two years to coordinate, engage and retain volunteers who
support serving meals to the homeless. Funding will also support the
development of a strategic and stability plan for the organization.
Early Childhood Community Development Centre (Niagara)
$150,000 over two years to provide early science and technology skills-
and play-based learning kits to be used by trained child care workers
and community volunteers at 175 licensed child care centres in Niagara.
Funding will be used to create a website, buy kits providing lifelong
learning to 6,000 children, and deliver training sessions to 1,000
Goodwill Industries of Toronto (Simcoe-York)
$132,700 over two years to develop and implement a volunteer service
program by hiring a volunteer coordinator in York-Simcoe. This project
will increase employment opportunities for 245 volunteers over a two
year period by engaging them in opportunities to gain skills and
develop positive work habits while contributing to the community.
East Scarborough Storefront (Toronto)
$53,300 over one year to develop a five-year operational plan. The
project will engage 35 service delivery agencies as well as 40
neighbourhood groups, organizations and agencies, to ensure the new
plan will strengthen the economic, social and physical infrastructure
of the Kingston Galloway and Orton Park community of Toronto.
Muskoka Conservancy, as lead organization on this collaborative
$113,000 over two years to create a flagship shoreline-stewardship
program that will build community-wide awareness of water-quality
issues and shoreline-management options. This will help to improve the
quality of Muskoka's shorelines and wildlife habitat connectivity,
reduce human impact on lake and river water quality, and empower
landowners to undertake simple shoreline restoration projects.
Ontario University Athletics
$265,900 over two years to align university athletic programs with Long
Term Athlete Development models of eight provincial sport
organizations. This will ensure a more seamless sport system, and
provide enhanced opportunities for student athletes to stay in Ontario
for their post-secondary athletic experience. Funding will also support
a partnership with the Ontario Football Alliance to deliver a
grassroots program to encourage youth football across the province.
ABOUT THE FOUNDATION
The leading grant-maker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation
strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in
community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario,
OTF helps build healthy and vibrant communities.
SOURCE: Ontario Trillium Foundation
For further information:
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