OTF Grants Help Not-For-Profits Increase Their Impact in Communities across Southwest Ontario

Ontario Trillium Foundation invests in local community groups

TORONTO, July 30, 2013 /CNW/ -


The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is investing in 43 not-for-profit and charitable organizations in Grand River, Thames Valley, Essex, Kent and Lambton.

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 Ontario."

- 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."

- Anne Tinker, Chair, Grand River, 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."

- Maurice Janisse, Chair, Essex, Kent and Lambton, 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 benefits sustainable."

- Ann Lapchinski, Chair, Thames Valley, Grant Review Team, OTF


Community grants

Fisherville District Lions Club
$60,000 over one year to increase opportunities for free recreational activity for residents of Fisherville and the surrounding rural area. A new multipurpose and accessible outdoor facility will be constructed to provide a large covered rink for outdoor skating in the winter and an arena for ball hockey, basketball, tennis, shuffleboard and walking at other times of the year.

Youth & Family Resource Network of Essex County, as lead organization on this collaborative
$271,600 over four years to engage a youth-strategy coordinator to facilitate the collaborative work of the Windsor Essex Youth Strategy Action Committee as it develops networking and learning opportunities, supports and services for youth 16 to 24 years.

Stevenson Children's Camp Foundation
$101,100 over one year to upgrade the kitchen to meet all public health and fire safety requirements and ensure the safety of food programs offered to youth at risk from the London area. Renovations and new kitchen equipment will increase community use of facility for training and retreats and enhance the delivery of nutrition and physical activity programs to 120 children per week.

Province-Wide grant

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. 


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:

Alexis Mantell amantell@otf.ca or 1.800.263.2887 ext. 218

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