News Release: MPP Bill Walker announces support for non-profits as province recovers from COVID-19
For Immediate Release
August 6, 2020
MPP Walker announces support for non-profits as province recovers from COVID-19
Grant Program Will Ensure Royal Canadian Legions and Other Non-Profits Can Continue to Deliver Vital Services
OWEN SOUND – 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 and Royal Canadian Legions in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and continue to deliver the vital programming our community needs.
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.”
“I’m very happy to see this support for the non-profit sector, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker. “Our government encourages all Legion branches and non-profit organizations, who may need assistance, to contact the OTF for more information and support through the application process.”
For more information, please visit the Ontario Trillium Foundation website on eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
- 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 build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario
- OTF has redirected provincial funding previously allocated for the 2020 Grow and Capital grant streams into the one-time, $83 million Resilient Communities Fund
- Provincial funding delivered through the Ontario Trillium Foundation supports the arts, culture, heritage, sports and recreation, human and social services, and environment sectors