Ontario Trillium Foundation 2007 Great Grants Award Winners: Grand River

    BRANTFORD, ON, Nov. 14 /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 Brantford, Wednesday, November 14, 2007. The evening will be hosted by
Brock Dodington of CKPC FM 92.1 Brantford.
    "The Great Grants Awards recognize the vision, commitment and energy of
Ontario's volunteers and community organizations," said Delia O'Byrne, OTF
Grant Review Team Chair for Grand River. "This is our 25th year of
strengthening communities and we're celebrating by holding 16 award events
across the province. We look forward to meeting community members in the
Grand River area 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 Grand River, 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:

    -   Arts and Culture: Old Town Hall Association. A provincial winner at
        the OTF 25th Anniversary Great Grants Awards held in Toronto,
        November 1st, the Association was created to restore Waterford's
        historic town hall. In 2003, OTF granted $75,000 to assist with
        restoration. The OTF grant helped improve safety and accessibility to
        the building, specifically to the upper auditorium and stage.
        The Old Town Hall is frequently booked by theatre, musical and
        recreation groups.

    -   Sports and Recreation: Lynn Valley Trail Association. Once an
        abandoned rail line, the Lynn Valley Trail is used for hiking, biking
        or cross-country skiing through a part of the Carolinian forest
        region. In 2005, OTF granted the Association $61,000 to help repair
        the Burt Bridge. The Association raises funds each year to cover
        costs, but the majority of trail maintenance work is done by
        volunteers. The trail was also widened to accommodate more users.

    -   Environment: Brant- Brantford Children's Water Festival c/o
        Grand River Conservation Authority. In 2005, OTF granted the
        Authority $99,800 over three years to establish the Water Festival.
        The free event encouraged students in Grade 4 to become aware of our
        primary natural resource. Over 1,460 students participated it the
        festival and 400 parents acted as volunteers.

    -   Human and Social Services: Kids Can Fly. In 2003, OTF gave a two-year
        $70,000 grant to the early childhood development group to establish
        more programs. Ten Launch Pad parent-child drop resource centres were
        opened in area schools. Their Roots of Empathy anti-bullying program
        reached more than 500 children. A strong effort has been made to
        reach low income neighbourhoods. Kids Can Fly is also a driving force
        behind the Family Literacy Committee in Brantford.

    -   Grant Review Team Chair's Award - for exemplary volunteerism:
        Big Brothers Big Sisters of Brantford and District. In 2004 with an
        OTF grant of $60,100 over two years and through the hiring and
        training of staff, BBBS Brantford and District attracted 121 new
        volunteers. The agency has increased its programming options by
        reaching out to new volunteers like university and college students.

    -   25th Anniversary Award - for remaining a leader in the not-for profit
        or charitable sector by consistently delivering on the Foundation's
        granting priorities: Visual Heritage Project: Phase 2 (c/o Cayuga and
        District Chamber of Commerce). In 2003 with the help of an OTF grant
        of $60,100, the local community produced a DVD highlighting the
        heritage and culture of its region. Volunteers were involved in story
        development, filming and historical reenactments. The DVD is in use
        at area museums and schools and has provided teachers with a new tool
        to bring history alive for students.

    The 2007 Great Grants Awards will be held Wednesday, November 14th from
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Sanderson Centre in Brantford. 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

For further information:

For further information: Carolyn Bennett, Writer/Communications Officer,
1-800-263-2887 ext. 293, cbennett@trilliumfoundation.org; Old Town Hall
Association: Barbara Tanner Billings, (519) 443-0113; Lynn Valley Trail
Association: Gord Pennington, (519) 428-3292; Brant-Brantford Children's Water
Festival c/o Grand River Conservation Authority: Louise Heyming/Tracey Ryan,
(519) 621-2761 ext. 278; Kids Can Fly: Sharon Brooks, (519) 448-1713; BBBS
Brantford and District: Wendy Trenholm, (519) 759-0970; Visual Heritage
project: Phase 2 c/o Cayuga & District Chamber of Commerce, Zach Melnick,
(705) 222-1984

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