Jim McDonell, MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, has announced on behalf of the Ontario government that three worthy organizations will receive a total of $175,900 to rebuild and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant is part of the first round of funding through the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s new $83-million Resilient Communities Fund.
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.
“Non-profit organizations are a crucial and valued part of any community, especially here in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry,” said MPP McDonell. “Countless people rely on their services every day, and even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, they still deliver.”
The local organizations receiving grants are: Association canadienne-francaise de l’Ontario – Stormont Dundas et Glengarry, Beyond 21, and Glengarry, Nor’westers and Loyalist Museum. The Glengarry Curling Club in North Glengarry Township has also been selected.
The Resilient Communities Fund provides grants of up to $150,000 to help eligible non-profit organizations. They can apply for a broad and flexible range of needs, such as mental and physical health and wellbeing supports for staff or volunteers, identifying new health and safety processes, or purchasing new technology and personal protective equipment. The fund will also provide grants to support capital needs, such as renovations and facility updates to meet the changing needs of the communities they serve.
“COVID-19 has resulted in a ‘triple threat’ of health, economic and social crises in Ontario, and this funding will help 486 non-profits adapt to those challenges, and ensure that they have the tools and resources to provide the best service to those who need it the most,” said Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, Lisa MacLeod. “As we work towards the province’s economic and social recovery, supporting programs like the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund will make a real difference in the lives of individuals and families.”