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November 1 deadline

Ratified by the Ontario Trillium Foundation Board of Directors on March 4, 2010

Association des francophones de la région de York Inc.
$149,000 over three years to hire staff, purchase equipment and cover expenses, which will help to build the capacity of this organization to become a vibrant cultural centre providing programs and activities for the Francophone population of York Region.

Aurora Historical Society
$60,800 over three years to help preserve the Town of Aurora's heritage by restoring the Hillary House National Historic Site and enhancing its programming. A staff member will be hired to promote community relations, develop volunteers and fundraise.

Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts
$76,800 over two years to hire a full-time manager who will enable this arts council to increase information, programming and support for artists in the Georgian Triangle. Infrastructure, sustainability, outreach and volunteer management will all improve and strengthen.

Canadian Chinese Table Tennis Association
$118,200 over three years to hire an operations co-ordinator, so that the club can operate seven-days-a-week to support member services, programs and activities.

Chabad Youth Network
$112,000 over two years to obtain staff, furniture and equipment to expand the Teens for Community program. Youth will develop leadership skills as they plan and implement community service projects to benefit low-income families, isolated seniors and neighbourhood children.

Chippewas of Georgina Island
$171,000 over four years to research and publish the history of families representing the Tri-Council of Georgina, Rama and Christian Island. First-hand accounts, photos, archival materials and the oral traditions of local band members will be collected and contributed.

Deaf Access Simcoe Muskoka Inc.
$144,000 over two years to establish five new educational, recreational and support programs for youth who are deaf and their families, that will help to improve academic and employment potential and quality of life.

Elizabeth Fry Society of Simcoe County
$126,700 over two years to increase the supply of fresh, local food to low-income families in Barrie, Midland and Orillia. Apprentices and volunteers from participating social service providers will grow organic vegetables at three sites and donate them to not-for-profit agencies that regularly serve or provide food.

Friends of the Rouge Watershed Inc.
$70,000 over three years to hire staff, purchase supplies and train youth and volunteers to plant trees, seeds and wildflowers to restore Rouge Park sites and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollution. (Another OTF grant supports this project.)

Georgina Arts Council
$143,500 over two years to develop and implement a collaborative marketing strategy that will grow arts and culture tourism in Georgina. Funding will be used to hire a marketing manager, purchase media and evaluate programs.

Girls Incorporated of York Region
$145,900 over two years to launch Saddle Up!, an equine-assisted therapy program for girls aged 9 to 14 years who are at risk. In-school programming and after-school riding lessons will promote physical activity and help develop confidence, trust and leadership skills.

Humber River Shakespeare
$100,000 over three years to pay salaries and assist with touring and production costs. The project will enable this community theatrical company to grow and engage communities in York Region in free and accessible Shakespearian workshops and theatrical productions.

Hurons Gymnastic Club Inc.
$50,000 over one year to increase the availability of recreational and competitive gymnastics training for people of all ages and abilities in Penetanguishene by replacing aging equipment and enabling the club to meet new safety and competition standards.

Lance Krasman Memorial Centre for Community Mental Health
$286,000 over four years to hire staff and provide training for a pre-employment program. This will promote wellness and recovery for over 800 people in the Greater Toronto Area who have experienced homelessness and have mental health and substance abuse challenges.

Mariposa Folk Foundation
$110,000 over three years to obtain administrative support and technological upgrades that will benefit both the festival and other year-round concerts and workshops. Higher-calibre programming will then be provided to wider audiences in the Orillia area.

PFLAG Canada - York Region ON
$50,000 over two years to obtain educational materials and help launch a publicity campaign. Funding will be used to raise awareness, reduce homophobia and promote respect for diversity as well as grow services and supports for community members across York Region.

Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité
$142,300 over two years to create a community garden in Lafontaine that offers training to farming apprentices and volunteer opportunities for local residents. Workshops on nutrition and local food will be offered and agrotourism developed in this Francophone Simcoe area.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 68 - Penetanguishene
$50,000 over one year to upgrade the hall's cooling units, flooring, washrooms and furnishings, which will make it safer, healthier, more energy-efficient and accessible for community members in Penetanguishene.

Skate Canada Lakeside
$6,700 over one year to assist with the purchase of office and audio-visual equipment that will be used for programs as well as the organization's annual gala. Funding will also support an enhanced marketing strategy to promote the club within the Georgina community.

Social Services Network for York Region
$149,100 over three years to hire staff and obtain supplies and transportation. Outreach and connections within the South Asian community will be strengthened to ensure better access to culturally and linguistically sensitive services and supports that promote better health.

Spirit of Life, A Community Organization
$56,100 over one year to obtain staff, consultations and tools for a needs assessment study. This will help identify challenges faced by Chinese Canadians with developmental disabilities and their families in York Region so service co-ordination and delivery can improve.

The Hearing Foundation of Canada/La Foundation Canadienne de l'Ouie
$58,300 over one year to deliver a free educational program to Grade 6 students in Simcoe County and York Region about the causes and impact of hearing loss. The importance of reducing noise from listening devices and at music and sporting events will be stressed.

The Richmond Hill Centennial Pipe Band
$33,000 over one year to purchase instruments, rent rehearsal space and hire instructors to help establish a junior section of this band. Local youth will then have better opportunities to learn and play musical instruments and help preserve the area's Scottish heritage.

Toronto City Summit Alliance
$25,000 over one year for an initiative that will provide tools and resources for the community to engage in discussions that will lead to the identification of leaders from the diverse communities of Simcoe York. (Other OTF grants support this project )

United Way of Greater Simcoe County
$150,000 over two years to hire staff who will increase fundraising and create volunteer community investment teams. These will promote better alignment between agencies' resources and community priority needs, build collaboration and increase the United Way's effectiveness.

Upper Canada Children's Chorus
$151,000 over three years to hire staff, produce communication materials and purchase equipment that will build this choir's organizational and revenue-generating capacity. This will provide greater access to choral training for more children and youth in York Region.

WhiStle Community Radio
$15,000 over one year to upgrade technical equipment, which will enable this community radio station to better serve its listeners in Whitchurch-Stouffville and surrounding areas.

Women and Children's Shelter (Barrie)
$127,800 over three years to hire a public relations/fundraising co-ordinator who will help recruit and develop volunteers, create a communications plan and establish annual campaigns to raise awareness and support for women and children's programs in Simcoe County.

Yakudo Traditional Japanese Drummers
$10,500 over one year to repair drums and enhance the work of this Markham group that promotes Japanese culture through the performance and teaching of taiko.

York Region Community Foundation
$82,000 over two years to hire staff and consultants to complete a multiyear strategic plan that will emphasize fundraising and ensure the foundation is positioned to support the community's goals.

York South Simcoe Training & Adjustment Board
$47,500 over two years to obtain contract staff and the equipment needed to launch a website that will provide information for job seekers with disabilities, the service providers who support them and the employers who want to hire them.

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July 1 deadline

Ratified by the Ontario Trillium Foundation Board of Directors on November 2nd, 2009

Barrie Film Festival
$60,000 over two years to build organizational capacity by hiring part- time staff. These new additions will be responsible for growing programs and helping to build a strong audience base in the surrounding municipalities.

Beth Chabad Israeli Community Centre
$102,200 over three years to establish a volunteer mentoring program at the centre in Thornhill. Funding will be used to hire a volunteer co-ordinator who will recruit, train and match volunteers with isolated individuals in the community.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orillia & District
$187,000 over three years to build organizational capacity by supporting core operating costs. In addition to supporting salaries, funding will be used to upgrade IT systems and develop business and fundraising plans.

Blue Frog Youth Enterprise c/o South Simcoe Community Information Centre
$176,000 over two years to collaboratively develop a centre that will offer youth in South Simcoe crucial work experience, an opportunity to launch their own small businesses and have access to self-employment information and support.

Canadian Freestyle Ski Association
$40,000 over six months to host a World Cup Ski Cross event in Collingwood in 2010. It will offer coaches and officials development programs and provide an equipment legacy for freestyle skiing in Ontario. (Another OTF grant supports this project.)

Carefirst Seniors & Community Services Association
$83,000 over one year to complete facility upgrades and accessibility renovations at the One-Stop Access Multi-Service Centre located in Richmond Hill. These will help make the facility more accessible to people of all abilities.

Couchiching Jubilee House
$147,000 over two years to help develop the internal fundraising capacity of the organization. Staff will be hired to work with volunteer teams and raise much needed capital to establish a new home for this Orillia-based organization.

Creemore Artists' Centre
$78,500 over two years to support organizational capacity building. Funding will be used to complete IT upgrades, advertise events and hire staff to display and market local art.

Employment and Resource Services of Georgian Bay Area, Incorporated
$216,800 over three years to provide youth aged 15 to 29 with hands-on opportunities to start their own businesses. Participants will be helped to develop business skills, research business ideas and create their personal business implementation plan.

Family Services York Region
$300,000 over four years to develop and implement a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender service-delivery hub with phone lines, referrals, supportive counselling and on-line therapy in York Region.

Habitat for Humanity - Huronia Inc.
$116,000 over two years to build organizational fundraising capacity and complete heating upgrades at the Barrie Re-store. Funding will be used to hire a fund development officer who will ensure the organization has the resources to build four homes.

The Historic Marine Association of Canada (Atlantic Challenge Canada)
$13,800 over one year for signs, provisions and tent rentals to host the International Contest of Seamanship from July 24 to 31, 2010. This Midland-based event will attract participants from around the world and support local tourism in North Simcoe.

Huronia Museum
$35,600 over nine months to make the museum's collections and heritage programming more accessible to the community. Funding will support the development of educational programs and the digitization of images.

The Latcham Gallery Association
$15,000 over one year to upgrade dated office equipment, including computers and a photocopier. This will improve efficiency and help cut costs by enabling the organization to prepare promotional materials and meeting packages in-house.

Markham Jazz Festival
$50,000 over two years to hire a part-time executive director to manage year-round tasks and activities, and develop a broader membership plan and marketing strategy. This addition will help to improve the quality and sustainability of the festival.

Markham Women's Ringette Association c/o Ontario Ringette Association
$9,600 over six months to purchase player and goalie equipment, shot clocks and rings for adult women's ringette league in Markham. The equipment will help to make the sport more accessible to women with low incomes.

Parya Trillium Foundation
$225,000 over three years for a general manager and a consultant to develop organizational capacity and strengthen connections in the Iranian-Canadian community in York Region while providing social and cultural programs for seniors and youth.

Social Enterprise for Canada
$238,000 over four years for staff, supplies, travel costs and equipment to build programs for boys and girls in York Region. The organization will then begin to offer leadership, recreation and after-school programs and services five days per week.

South Shore Community Broadband
$132,000 over three years for a program co-ordinator, communication materials and equipment to enhance organizational capacity. Funding will support operating expenses as the organization extends broadband Internet access to the Georgina community.

Stouffville Stingers Basketball Association
$46,600 over one year to expand the basketball league to include more female basketball players and coaches. Funding will help create leagues, development clinics, camps and organizations that will build greater capacity to serve female players.

York Region Arts Council
$275,000 over five years to build organizational capacity and member services for the organization. Funding will be used to establish a website called, host an annual arts conference and support artists from around York Region.

York Region Community Foundation and York University Joint Community Report c/o York Region Community Foundation
$164,100 over three years for staff, community meetings and equipment to identify strategies that will assist in the development of connected, sustainable communities and services across York Region.

The York-Durham Heritage Railway
$79,100 over three years for a program co-ordinator, advertising and website enhancement. These will build organizational capacity and help ensure the Heritage Train remains a tourism draw. (Another OTF grant supports this project.)

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March 1 deadline

Ratified by the Ontario Trillium Foundation Board of Directors June 25th 2009

BarrieKempettes Gymnastics Club
$56,800 over one year to purchase new equipment that complies with Ontario Gymnastics Federation safety and competition standards.  The club will then be able to continue hosting provincially sanctioned events that draw sport tourism dollars.

BarrieMinor Hockey Association
$63,400 over one year for web hosting, computers and office equipment to enhance the organization's efficiency and administrative capacity to effectively deliver hockey programs.

Le Club de l'âge d'or de Lafontaine
$30,500 over six months to purchase energy-efficient appliances and other equipment for this drop-in centre for Francophone seniors in the Lafontaine area. More recreational activities will then be available to those who are isolated in the community.

The Community Support Centre c/o Hospice Richmond Hill
$355,300 over five years for staff, facility rental and equipment to help the centre provide a broad range of services to those with life threatening illnesses while delivering cost-effective and efficient services to marginalized communities.

The Curtain Club
$47,100 over one year to equip the theatre in Richmond Hill with a new curtain system, projector and energy-efficient appliances in order to reduce their environmental footprint.

Friends of Scanlon Creek c/o Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Foundation
$328,300 over 54 months for a project co-ordinator, an environmental assessment and trail upgrades. These will expand and enhance the facility for thousands of school children and tourists who visit each year.

Georgina Arts Marketing Committee c/o Chippewa's of Georgina Island First Nation
$200,000 over three years for a marketing manager, media purchases and evaluations to develop and implement a collaborative marketing strategy that will grow arts- and culturally-based tourism in Georgina.

Humanity First Canada
$233,600 over three years for staff, a phone system and delivery vans to develop organizational and administrative capacities as well as enhance service delivery for this relief agency in York Region.

King Edward Choir
$118,500 over three years to build organizational capacity and increase audience attendance. Funding will be used to enhance marketing efforts, hire guest musicians as well as commission work for the choir's 60th anniversary.

Learning Disabilities Association of York Region
$135,200 over two years to assist children and youth from diverse cultures who are affected by learning disabilities and their families. Funding will support community outreach, service delivery and translation of program materials.

MarkhamArts Council
$94,000 over three years for part-time staff, program materials and a computer. These will help to develop the capacity of the organization to ensure long-term sustainability create plans, policies and procedures.

MarkhamChinese Soccer Association (MCSA)
$29,100 over one year for permits, referee fees and insurance to expand soccer leagues to people in the underserved Chinese community.  Funding will also help attract other Asian groups to develop community partnerships and promote physical activity.

MarkhamSledge Hockey Club
$71,400 over two years to expand recreational and competitive opportunities for disabled athletes. Funding will be used to certify volunteers, purchase equipment and support program costs for both senior and junior teams.

Maytree- Governance Centre of Excellence c/o Ontario Hospital Association
$95,500 over two years to develop a governance training program for members of ethnic and immigrant communities in York Region, which will help to increase their access to not-for--profit and public boards of directors.

Midland & District Lawn Bowling Club c/o Ontario Lawn Bowls Association
$38,100 over one year to make repairs to a damaged roof and to install specialized lawn bowling sun shades in preparation for the club's hosting of the National Lawn Bowling Championships in the fall of 2009

Nottawasaga Community Futures Development Corporation
$168,000 over three years for staff, conference and outreach costs to expand the YNOT Youth Councils. These will create recreational, educational, social and development opportunities for rural youth and increase youth engagement in South Simcoe.

Perspectives c/o MOTUS O Dance Theatre
$310,000 over 54 months to develop a sustainable arts-based social infrastructure in Stouffville and York. Funding will support a collaboration of artists, agencies, schools and organizations to deliver a multimedia community arts project.

ScarboroughHousing Help Centre
$55,000 over one year to conduct outreach to seniors in the Chinese and Tamil communities in their native languages. Information will be disseminated about housing, helping to bridge isolation and provide housing support in Markham.

Seasons Centre for Grieving Children
$300,000 over two years to complete much-needed repairs and accessibility renovations to the Barrie facility. A review will also be conducted to ensure the provincial standard of quality care is being provided to children, youth and families.

SimcoeCountyFetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Advisory c/o Catulpa Community Support Services Inc.
$77,600 over one year for a project manager, surveys and travel expenses to create a multisystem collaborative-intervention approach to detect, address and assist children, youth and adults with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and other disabilities.

South Simcoe Arts Council Inc.
$60,200 over three years to better engage youth and seniors in South Simcoe in innovative arts-based initiatives. More paid staff hours will be provided and contract staff hired to support volunteers and arts programs.

STEPS Society for Permanent Recovery
$180,000 over three years to hire a life skills manager to assist clients who are recovering from alcoholism and drugs by guiding them through a STEPS program employment experience at a farm in York Region.

Tottenham & District Chamber of Commerce Inc.
$13,000 over six months to increase local family participation in the Bluegrass Festival. Sound equipment will be purchased that will increase hours of children's programming on a second stage and initiate a school music program.

Working Together Project c/o Oak Ridges Trail Association
$144,800 over two years to support the collaborative capacity-building work of The Moraine For Life partners. Funding will implement a joint volunteer management strategy, co-ordinate fundraising activities and improve stakeholder relations.

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