The Ontario government is investing $83 million through the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to provide grants to help eligible non-profit organizations across the province – including non-profits, food banks, and Royal Canadian Legion branches – recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and continue to deliver the vital programming that communities need.
“We are blessed to have so many dedicated volunteer organizations across Huron-Bruce that do so much for their local communities,” said Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson. “These groups have always shown the Ontario spirit and they are doing their part to help others during this difficult time.”
The announcement was made this week, 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. “We are proud to provide critical funding today to these local organizations, including our local Legion branches and food banks, to help strengthen our communities and help people rebuild their lives.”
The OTF’s Resilient Communities Fund will provide grants of up to $150,000 to help eligible non-profit organizations in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19 with support for:
- Equipping board members and employees with supports to implement new approaches, prepare for change and build resiliency (e.g. organizational training and coaching, strategic planning and 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 (e.g. equipment and/or renovations to meet changing technology health and safety, and service delivery requirements); and
- Creating and/or adopting new approaches for organizations to work together to meet the needs of communities (e.g. peer learning, professional development, networking, resource, knowledge and data sharing).
“The Resilient Communities Fund is a tremendous example of the innovation and flexibility of Ontario agencies,” added 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.”
Thompson is encouraging all eligible groups to apply for a grant. “This funding can be very helpful for local organizations. For more information, please visit the Ontario Trillium Foundation website on eligibility requirements and application deadlines, or contact my offices in Blyth (519-523-4251) or Kincardine (519-396-3007).”