The Future Fund 

2009 - 2010

Building Skills for the Green Economy

Approved by the Board of Directors on March 4, 2010

Greater Toronto Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council
$393,100 over three years to train building professionals and trades people in the technologies and benefits of green building, increasing capacity in energy and water conservation and efficiency, and renewable energy in communities in  Ontario.

Biomass Network Group c/o Biomass Innovation Centre at Nipissing University
$565,000 over 44 months to help establish biomass as one of new clean technologies in the province and to support the economic growth of Northern Ontario through curriculum development and training in a wide range of jobs and professions.

Partners in Skills Development for the Green Economy c/o Youth Employment Assistance Headquarters Inc.
$503,300 over three years to further the development of solar generation programs and provide skills training in Leeds Grenville to meet the needs of Eastern Ontario employers in the photovoltaic area of the green economy

Windfall Ecology Centre
$538,600 over three years to develop and launch REpower Ontario, a community based training program designed to connect participants with employment opportunities in Ontario's Green Economy.

Creating Innovative Economic Opportunities
Approved by the Board of Directors on November 2, 2009

Access Community Capital Fund (pdf - vignette)
$125,500 over three years to scale-up and develop chapters of the organization in six Toronto neighbourhoods. The expanded community loan program will provide credit to a greater number of low-income individuals starting small businesses.

Artscape Inc. (pdf - vignette)
$30,000 over one year to determine the feasibility of establishing a multidisciplinary incubation centre. The centre would deliver specialized training and business support for creative sector enterprises.

Homeward Bound Replication Partnership c/o Woodgreen Community Services (pdf - vignette)
$484,400 over three years to replicate the successful Homeward Bound program. This initiative helps homeless single parent women to achieve economic security by providing housing, training, child care, employment readiness, work internships and work.

Investing for Impact c/o Social Investment Organization 
$90,000 over 18 months to investigate and plan for the development of an Ontario community venture fund. This innovative intermediary financing structure will facilitate private capital investment in not-for-profit social enterprise ventures.

$488,500 over three years for the staff and resources to help develop innovative, workplace-integrated, skill development and training programs. These will facilitate the employment of displaced workers and youth into new emerging employment sectors.

PARO: Centre for Women's Enterprises (pdf - vignette)
$336,600 over three years to establish the Accelerated Placement Agency, a new social enterprise that will provide training and more access to new opportunities and the human resource management support needed to grow existing women-centered businesses.

Pikangikum First Nation (pdf - vignette)
$445,000 over three years to integrate indigenous knowledge into the province's forest management program, resulting in sustainable jobs for the residents of Pikangikum First Nation and area.