TORONTO: The Ontario government is investing $83 million through the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to provide grants to help eligible non-profit organizations, including food banks, child and youth programs and Royal Canadian Legion branches, recover from COVID-19 and continue the deliveryof vital programming in their communities.
The announcement was made on Wednesday (July 5) by Premier Doug Ford and Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries.
“I am proud of the hundreds of volunteer organizations and thousands of volunteers who have stepped up over the last few months and shown the Ontario spirit in caring for others through these difficult times,” said Premier Ford.
“Our local non-profits, including our local Legion branches and food banks, are the bedrock of our communities and their work will implementation, research & development, mental and physical health and wellbeing supports); Improving and increasing ability to access financial resources and develop new and/or alternative sources of revenues (e.g. develop fundraising plans, identify fundraising and financial technology resources, seek opportunities for public-private partnerships and social finance); Adapting or re-imagining the delivery of programs and services to meet the needs of the community, employees and volunteers (e.g. identify new health and safety processes and required personal protective equipment, technology supports, staffing and volunteer recruitment and training);
• Procuring equipment or renovating spaces to meet the changing needs of the organization, its programs and services, and adapt to new ways of working; and
• Creating and/or adopting new approaches for organizations to work together to meet the needs of communities like peer learning, professional development, networking and data sharing).
“The Resilient Communities Fund is a tremendous example of the innovation and flexibility of Ontario agencies,” said Minister MacLeod. “While we work towards the province’s economic and social recovery, we’re proud to support programs like the OTF Resilient Communities Fund that are making a positive contribution in communities across Ontario.”
Katharine Bambrick, CEO of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. “The Resilient Communities Fund will support the recovery and rebuilding of non-profits and help them as they return to building healthy and vibrant communities.”
• The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations.
• OTF awarded $115 million to 645 projects last year to Premier Ford at the press conference. Pic: Twitter build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.