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November 1 deadline
The Community grants listed below were ratified on March 6,
Barrie Seniors Get Together Club #23 c/o United Senior Citizens of
$4,800 over one year to increase physical activity among
members of this seniors' social and recreational club by purchasing carpet
bowling equipment and relaunching a carpet bowling program.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Simcoe c/o Big Brothers of North
$123,000 over three years to serve more children and youth
aged 6 to 18 years in North Simcoe by expanding current programs, launching two
new ones and building infrastructure to increase the core of volunteers.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Simcoe
three years to enable this community agency to serve more children and
strengthen its sustainability by building its infrastructure and launching new
Canadian and African Business Women's Alliance
over two years to help low-income and newcomer women improve their economic
situation. Training and mentorship will be provided and an African cultural
festival will be held in Newmarket. Another OTF grant will support this
La Clé d'la Baie en Huronie
$87,000 over six months to
update digital equipment for the community radio station Radio-Huronie CFRH FM.
A satellite station will then be opened in Barrie, and repairs made to the
primary building of La Clé d'la Baie in Penetanguishene.
Collingwood Trailblazers c/o Ontario Basketball
$5,000 over six months to purchase shot clocks for this
recreational organization. Funding will improve the level of play for children
and youth participants and help the club to host larger regional and provincial
Corporation of the Township of King
$7,000 to purchase
children's educational resources and equipment for all four branches of the
Township of King's library. These additions will help to engage young minds
through the use of new technology and media formats.
Eating Disorders of York Region
$125,500 over three years
to increase non-institutional support to people with eating disorders. Staff
resources will be obtained to build this agency's infrastructure and increase
its operating and fundraising capacity.
Evergreen Hospice Markham-Stouffville
$99,000 over two
years for staff resources, communication materials and advertising to conduct
outreach to the Chinese and South Asian communities of Markham-Stouffville,
promoting awareness of hospice services, volunteerism and funding needs.
Formosa Evergreen Senior Citizens Centre
renovate a multipurpose facility and purchase equipment needed to increase the
social, recreational and physical programming at this seniors centre located in
Gilda's Club Barrie Ontario
$70,800 over two years to
hire staff, provide training and develop programs. This will build
organizational capacity and help to open the new facility in Barrie to better
meet the needs of area residents touched by cancer.
$186,400 over three years to obtain
staff, customize the website and enhance the organization's infrastructure and
capacity. Funding will help to achieve sustainability and deliver services to
better meet the community's need for palliative care.
Integrated Sports and Leisure Network c/o Breaking Down Barriers an
Independent Living Centre Inc.
$141,000 over three years for staff,
outreach activities and equipment purchases. This will enable an integrated
sports and leisure network to be developed in South Georgian Bay for youth and
adults with disabilities.
The Jewish Nature Center of Canada - Torat Hateva
over one year to increase environmental knowledge and individual stewardship
among community members of all ages by creating a teaching garden and
naturalization project at the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus in
Ladies of the Lake Conservation
$75,000 over 18 months to plan, design and market Behind
the Lens, a youth engagement project. This arts initiative includes a summer
film school, film festival and conference designed as an environmental
call-to-action for Lake Simcoe residents.
Lake Country Harmony
$4,200 over one year to enhance this
Orillia-based women's barbershop group's performances and increase its
sustainability by purchasing new sheet music that meets copyright standards.
Markham Music & Arts Group c/o Markham Village Music
$67,500 over two years to hire a professional fundraiser to
develop and execute a sponsorship campaign. These efforts will help ensure the
long-term sustainability of three cultural festivals in Markham.
Matthews House Hospice
$180,600 over three years for
staff, computers and materials to build the organization's capacity as an
independent agency. This will provide the infrastructure needed for ongoing
hospice services to the residents of Cookstown and surrounding areas.
Modern Times Stage Company
$44,400 over 18 months to
engage the Persian community in York Region while developing an audience base
for the 2009 season at the Richmond Hill Performing Arts Centre. Funding will be
used to obtain staff and develop marketing promotional materials.
My Friend's House
$46,600 over one year to make this
Collingwood-area women's shelter safer and more welcoming for women and children
who have experienced violence. Funding will be used for altering the parking lot
layout, improving lighting and landscaping.
North Toronto Players
$40,500 over four years to help
operate this Gilbert and Sullivan company in its new venue at the Vaughan City
Playhouse and develop new audiences in York Region.
Prime Time Club Inc.
$46,300 over one year to complete
clubhouse upgrades and renovations, purchase appliances and equipment. Area
seniors will then have a safer and more accessible space for social and
recreational programs in Wasaga Beach.
Richmond Hill Curling Club
$79,100 to replace aging ice
and kitchen equipment. These improvements will provide a safer sport,
recreational environment and gathering space for the community of Richmond
Royal Canadian Legion- Milton Wesley Branch #426
$139,400 over one year to make this Newmarket Legion
hall more accessible for community members of all abilities by installing a
covered ramp at the front entrance and electric doors throughout the hall, and
upgrading one washroom.
Shadowpath Theatre Productions
$75,000 over three years
for salaries, venue rental and publicity to enable this small professional
theatre company to produce one multicultural play per year at the new Richmond
Sheppard House Retrofit Collaborative c/o Windfall Energy
$100,000 over one year to complete extensive
energy-efficient renovations to Sheppard House in Aurora. This heritage building
will become home for two local agencies and create a new public sustainability
centre for the community.
Simcoe County Archives, Art Galleries and Museums Group c/o Simcoe
$200,000 over four years to develop a marketing and
advertising plan for area art galleries and museums. Funding will help increase
attendance at cultural attractions and encourage arts appreciation.
Township of Springwater
$18,000 over six months for the
expertise to develop a recreational trails master plan for the town. This
initiative will establish a comprehensive guideline for all future decisions
concerning use, development, operation and maintenance.
United Way of Greater Simcoe County
$36,000 over six
months to improve the organization's capacity to manage fundraising and granting
programs. Funding will be used to purchase and train staff on new software.
Water Ski Wakeboard Ontario
$25,000 over nine months to
enhance the organization's capacity to host provincial and national tournaments.
Computer and electronic equipment will be purchased to use at the High
Performance Centre in King Township during the national championships.
York Region Alliance to End Homelessness: A Project of Sage Centre
c/o Sage Centre
$150,000 over two years for a co-ordinator,
communications materials and co-ordination to build the organization's capacity
to develop a strategic response to homelessness in the
York Region Environmental Alliance
over three years for salaries and to build the organization's capacity as an
environmental leader. It will help contribute to a healthy, sustainable
environment, conduct outreach and raise funds for four pillars of capacity
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July 1 deadline
The Community grants listed below were ratified on November 1,
Aurora Minor Softball Association
$28,500 over eight
months to engage professionals who will enhance the teaching abilities of the
association's coaches. Skill-building clinics will also be delivered for players
Barrie Rugby Football Club
$50,000 over one year to
assist in creating two rugby fields at the Barrie Community Sports Complex. The
addition of dedicated fields will enhance the organization's ability to offer
quality sports programs to participants of all ages.
Barrie Speed Skating Club
$14,800 over one year to
purchase speed skates that will support introductory programs for children and
youth of all abilities. Funding supports the Active 2010 strategy and encourages
physical activity for all.
Cantabile Chorale of York Region
$4,300 to purchase a
sound system and accessories that will enhance the capacity of this community
choral group in Thornhill to deliver more professional calibre concerts.
Coldwater Shuffleboard Club
$14,200 over six months to
purchase equipment, supplies and roll-out courts so this new club will be able
to continue its activities throughout the year. More opportunities for healthy
recreation will then be provided for all, especially seniors.
Community Home Assistance to Seniors
$180,000 over three
years for a director of development to build fund development programs, attract
volunteers and improve public awareness. More assistance will be provided to
seniors, helping meet the ongoing needs of the York Region community.
The Couchiching Conservancy
$70,000 over 30 months for an
outreach co-ordinator to help update and execute a strategic plan. New community
members will be engaged in conservation efforts and partnerships will be made,
fundraising expanded and volunteers recruited.
Creating Bridges for Healthy Communities c/o Blue Hills Child and
$201,200 over three years for resources and materials
to help develop and sustain linkages between the South Asian Community and
mainstream children's mental health services in York Region.
Educational Vision Aids Computing Assist for the Blind and Visually
$9,000 over six months for volunteer training, website
development and consulting services. Funding will support the development of
business and fundraising plans and program models to better serve Ontarians with
visual impairments in York Region.
Georgian Bay Métis Council c/o Métis Nation of Ontario
$54,800 over two years for an office co-ordinator for
this Midland-based organization. The position will provide key administrative
support, enabling the organization to better provide health education and
homecare services to its members.
Georgina Arts Council
$38,000 over two years to hire an
administrative assistant. This will allow the executive director to focus more
directly on fundraising and increasing program participation by the community.
Georgina Mobility Transit Inc. (GMT)
$173,000 over three
years to establish a storefront office, provide ride dispatch capabilities and
create a hub for transit information. This will make the organization more
visible and accessible to riders at risk of social isolation.
Girls on the Run York Region and GTA (Div. of You Go Girl
$123,100 over three years for promotional and administrative
support to continue developing and delivering running programs for girls in
Grades 3 to 8. This will help prepare and educate them for a lifetime of
self-respect and healthy living.
Habitat for Humanity North Simcoe
$128,200 over two years
to establish a ReStore in Midland that will serve communities in North Simcoe.
Revenues from retail operations are used to address the affordable housing
shortage in the community and provide a hand-up to families in need.
Highlands Trail Blazers
$35,700 over nine months for
tents, site improvements and equipment to host the Junior World Trials
cross-country ski race in Duntroon. The event takes place in January 2008,
helping to promote healthy sports and outdoor recreation for youth.
Jewish Family & Child Service
$132,500 over three
years to increase staff and expand current programming at this family resource
centre in Thornhill. Funds will help with outreach to newcomers, reduce
isolation and meet the changing needs of the community.
Kerry's Place Autism Services
$103,800 over three years
to develop a large volunteer base in order to create 21 new social and
recreational groups for individuals with autism and other pervasive
developmental disorders in the York Region.
Kinsmen Club of Orillia Collaborative c/o Kinsmen Club of
$32,600 to build a fenced, lit, concrete pad with a well to
supply water for an ice rink in the winter. Tennis courts, volleyball, badminton
and basketball will be offered in the summer, providing a multiuse recreation
facility year-round in Oro.
Learning Disabilities Association of Simcoe
$145,000 over two years for marketing materials, a computer,
software and staff support. These resources will help the organization become
self-sustaining and provide information and assistance to people with learning
Markham Historical Society
$40,500 over two years to
research and publish the history of Markham. Funding will be used to collect
first-hand accounts, photos and archival materials and to publish stories of
this changing community.
Markham Human Services Group c/o York Support Services
$100,000 over one year to purchase furniture and equipment
for this shared-space initiative. Funds will enable partner organizations to
occupy one location so they can provide the community with greater access to
programs and services.
Newmarket Baseball Association (NBA)
$66,400 over one
year to fund training clinics for volunteer coaches and umpires, upgrade the
website and purchase equipment. Funding will also expand the executive director
position from a part-time to a full-time position.
Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust
$155,500 over three years
to increase the capacity of the organization in the areas of volunteer
resources, fundraising and marketing. These enhancements will support expanded
land-securing initiatives across the Moraine.
Penetanguishene-Midland Basketball Association c/o Basketball
$7,900 over six months to purchase eight shot clocks and
help the club implement international Basketball Federation rules and conform to
Basketball Ontario standards at the community level.
Richmond Hill Historical Society
$5,200 to purchase
up-to-date technology in order to catalogue research, create dynamic
presentations and attract a broader audience to the community presentations of
this historical society located in Richmond Hill.
Richmond Hill Lawn Tennis Club
$14,100 over eight months
to purchase new equipment and furniture, helping to enhance overall enjoyment
for members who use the tennis courts and club house.
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 508 Everett
$65,900 over one
year for upgrades to the facility, including the kitchen and washrooms, roof and
parking lot. A new heating and cooling unit will also be purchased, making the
building more comfortable for all who use it.
The Curtain Club
$50,000 over six months to upgrade
lighting and sound equipment in order to meet current standards and ensure the
continued safe operation of this community theatre located in Richmond Hill.
Thornhill Seniors Club
$35,000 over six months to equip a
new games room with pool tables, other games and furniture. These additions will
encourage social and light physical activity among seniors.
Town of Wasaga Beach
$30,000 over six months to develop
an active transportation plan for the town. It will establish a comprehensive
and interconnected network of clearly marked off-road trails, on-road bike lanes
and other community routes for pedestrians and cyclists.
Vox Huronia Chamber Choir
$21,800 for an orchestra,
promotions and hall rental to present a professional performance of Vivaldi
Gloria and Rutter Gloria. Singers and audiences will be given a unique artistic
and educational experience that includes period instruments.
WhiStle Community Radio
$15,000 over six months to
purchase the technological equipment needed to operate a low-power, community
broadcasting station in the town of Whitchurch-Stouffville.
Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care
$214,700 over three
years for staff, renovations and equipment to integrate best practices in caring
for and improving services to Chinese Canadians with Alzheimer's Disease and
related dementia in the York Region.
York South Simcoe Training & Adjustment Board
over six months for a Chinese cultural guide for employers to help integrate new
immigrant labour forces in York Region. The guide will be distributed through
the Chamber of Commerce and will be available to the public.
Young Parents Initiative c/o Rose of Sharon Servies for Young
$177,300 over three years to open two satellite locations
offering support programs and services for young mothers in Markham and
Georgina. Funding will see programs expand in collaboration with community
Youth Haven (Barrie)
$140,000 over three years to
strengthen programs and services for homeless youth in the city of Barrie.
Funding will improve staff support for the 400 youth served by the shelter
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March 1 deadlineRatified by the Ontario Trillium Foundation Board of Directors on June 28,
140 Aurora Royal Canadian Air Cadet
$14,500 over one year to purchase woodwind instruments for
the newly established band programs. Funding will allow this 22-member,
Aurora-based band to participate in numerous community events throughout the
The Air Cadet League of Canada 778 Richmond Hill
$36,500 over one year to assist with the purchase of
woodwind instruments and marching drums for this rapidly growing band
AMICI Museum and Italian Interpretive Centre
over three years to implement Phase 2 of the organization's business plan.
Funding will be used to support staffing at the interpretive centre located in
Bereaved Families of Ontario - York Region
two years to enhance community outreach in order to promote services specific to
children and youth. A youth outreach co-ordinator and a fundraising co-ordinator
will be hired to help ensure the sustainability of the organization.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of York
$152,400 over three
years to establish after-school homework clubs across York Region, which will
help increase the academic success of children at risk.
Biminaawzogin Regional Aboriginal Women's Circle
over three years to co-ordinate programs for Aboriginal women at risk while
strengthening connections to mainstream service providers across Simcoe County
and York Region.
CHS/DAS Co-location Initiative c/o The
Canadian Hearing Society Simcoe/York Region c/o The Canadian Hearing
$100,000 over six months to assist the organization in
establishing shared office space with Deaf Access Simcoe. This will help to
enhance service delivery for people who are deaf, deafened and hard-of-hearing
in Simcoe County.
Collingwood Dragon Boat and Canoe Club
$50,000 over one
year to restore an historical boathouse located in the municipal harbour.
Preserving the boathouse will allow the club to establish a waterfront clubhouse
that will serve as a base for all its programs and services.
The Corporation of the Town of Collingwood : 2008 Ontario Paralympic
$60,000 over 10 months to help fund the hosting
of the second Ontario Paralympic Winter Championships. Volunteer recruitment and
training will be done to ensure a world-class event that showcases the Town of
Collingwood in a positive way.
Corporation of the Town of Midland
$42,500 over two years
to support the restoration of 34 historic murals in the downtown area. The
murals are a significant tourism draw for this rural community and a key
component of the town's tourism strategy.
Elspeth Heyworth Centre
$212,500 over three years to build community capacity to
respond to the needs of South Asian immigrant and refugee women and girls living
in the City of Vaughan.
Enaahtig Healing Lodge and Learning Centre
one year to organize an indigenous Aboriginal music and dance festival to help
celebrate Enaahtig's 10th year of community service in Simcoe County.
The Environmental Network Collingwood Inc.
two years to assist with organizational capacity building. Funding will support
training and the development of a community sustainability model that can be
For You Telecare Family Service Inc.
$30,000 over three
years to provide Korean-Canadian fathers with the resources necessary to build
stronger and healthier relationships with their children by hosting regional
workshops, seminars, outreach events and self-help groups in Simcoe-York.
(Additional grants of $30,000 to Halton-Peel and $90,000 to Toronto will support
Girls Incorporated of York Region
$90,000 over two years
to develop a variety of programs for girls aged 12 to 15 years in York Region
and Bradford that will focus on increasing skills, self-confidence and
Habitat for Humanity York Region
$150,000 over two years
to increase the capacity of the organization to develop volunteer resources,
raise funds and market itself, which will help to support expanded building
projects in York Region.
Housing Services Sustainability Project c/o Georgian Triangle
Residential Resource Centre
$93,500 over two years to help develop
the internal fundraising capacity of the collaborative organizations. Staff and
volunteers will raise needed operating dollars and draw community awareness to
hidden homelessness in the Nottawasaga Bay area.
$117,800 over three years to support
and strengthen volunteerism in Northeast Simcoe by creating a virtual volunteer
service using Web-based software.
Men Of Note
$7,200 over one year to purchase sheet music
and sound equipment, which will help maintain the quality of musical
performances by this male voice choir in York Region.
Orillia Silver Band
$80,000 over three years to establish
a youth silver band, purchase and repair instruments, and record a CD.
Opportunities for youth to receive music training will be provided and cultural
experiences broadened for the Orillia community.
Richmond Hill Ringette Association
$36,100 over one year
to increase participation in the sport by promoting entry-level programs,
improving the quality of instruction programs for beginners and reducing cost
barriers to participation through an equipment-lending program.
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 375
$89,500 over one
year to replace a leaking roof, damaged ceiling tiles and the furnace. The
building entrance will be made more accessible to people of all abilities,
resulting in a safer and healthier facility for the Richmond Hill community.
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 521, Orville Hand
over one year for renovations and upgrades to the building and its kitchen that
will increase energy efficiency, safety and accessibility for community groups
Serenata Choir Inc.
$12,600 over one year for honoraria,
fees and promotions to present two gala concerts in the Midland-Penetanguishene
area. These will celebrate the organization's 20th anniversary and provide
cultural activities for community members of all ages.
County Arts and Crafts Association
$46,400 over two years to
increase community access to quality, historical-crafts instruction and improve
the techniques of artists. Artists' ability to sell their work will be improved
by an on-line store and the Business of Crafts Conference.
Stayner Granite Club Incorporated
$65,000 over six months
to upgrade the club's original refrigeration system and replace outdated
lighting fixtures. These improvements will decrease energy costs and enhance the
curling facility for community use.
Washago Community Centre Corporation
$22,100 over six
months to equip the newly renovated community centre with kitchen appliances, a
computer, and safety, fire and security systems. These will ensure the centre is
a safe and well-used facility in the community.
Women's Support Network of York Region
$220, 800 over
three years for staff, travel and administration costs to deliver a
sexual-violence prevention program for Grade 7 and 8 boys at five schools in
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