$2 Million in Funding Help Environment Organizations Think Locally, Act Effectively and Create New Jobs

    Funding from Ontario Trillium Foundation Supports New Collaborations and
    Strengthens Ontario's Green Future

    TORONTO, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) today
announced five new Future Fund grant recipients. These key organizations will
lead collaborative ventures involving a total of 27 environmental groups. They
were selected to help drive change in Ontario communities through research,
planning and action. The $2 million funding announcement was made by the Hon.
Aileen Carroll, Minister of Culture.
    "The McGuinty Government is pleased to support the creation of green jobs
and other environment opportunities in Ontario," said Carroll, "By
strengthening the not-for-profit environment sector, OTF's Future Fund is
bringing together partners who may not otherwise have the resources to tackle
certain challenges alone."
    "Ontario has long recognized the Ontario Trillium Foundation as an active
partner in building a greener future for all communities, large and small,"
said John Gerretsen, Minister of the Environment. "It's exciting to see that
some of the newest projects funded by the Future Fund bring together
organizations that will ensure a greener future for all Ontarians."
    The Future Fund grant recipients announced today are Farmstart, Ontario
Land Trust Alliance (OLTA), Ontario Nature, Ontario Sustainable Energy
Association (OSEA) and Sustainability Network. These five established
organizations, with their environment partners from across Ontario, will help:

    -   Build sustainable energy options
    -   Protect community lands in Ontario
    -   Enhance Ontario's sustainable food system
    -   Strengthen effective environmental leadership in Northern Ontario
    -   Facilitate greater diversity in Ontario's environment sector

    "The Future Fund was created to invest strategically in Ontario's
future," said Helen Burstyn, OTF Board Chair. "One year into the Future Fund
program, and after a total investment of $4 million to 10 umbrella groups, we
are thrilled to see significant changes in the way not-for-profit
organizations work together and share their expertise to tackle specific
environment issues." The 10 projects funded in 2008/09 involve over 100
organizations and will eventually touch just about every region of the
    The Ontario Trillium Foundation established the Future Fund in 2007. This
targeted funding program supports partnerships among not-for-profit
organizations within a specific sector in order to strengthen their impact,
enhance leadership and build capacity within that sector.
    OTF conducted a research study on the not-for-profit environment sector
in Ontario. The study indicated that OTF was uniquely suited to play a
leadership role. Moreover, it suggested that the Foundation could enhance its
impact by focusing on targeted results in the area of capacity building and
environmental outcomes.
    In 2008/09, the Future Fund's focus has been on the environment sector.
Starting in the spring of 2009, the program's funding will support
not-for-profit initiatives that create innovative opportunities in Ontario's

    About the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the environment sector
    The Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario,
is the largest funder of the not-for-profit environment sector in Ontario.
    Since April 1, 2003, OTF, through its Future Fund, Community Grants and
Province-Wide programs, awarded more than 580 grants valued over $54M to
projects benefiting the environment.
    View Future Fund stories
(http://www.trilliumfoundation.org/cms/en/ff_stories.aspx) and backgrounder

For further information:

For further information: Renée Ouellet, Senior Communications Officer,
Communications and Public Affairs, Ontario Trillium Foundation, (416)
963-7965, or (800) 263-2887 ext. 265, rouellet@trilliumfoundation.org

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