November 1 deadline
The Community grants
listed below were ratified on March 6, 2008.
Anna Francis Arts
$70,000 over two years to hire a year-round, part-time
artistic co-ordinator who will assist with the planning, promotion,
administration, implementation and delivery of the organization's programming in
Big Sisters of
$80,000 over two years for a co-ordinator, education
materials and marketing to expand a health program. Post-secondary students will
partner with girls aged 12 to 14 years to give support and encourage informed
choices about healthy active living.
Canadian Great War
$22,100 over one year to obtain 15 sets of
replica-World-War-One Canadian uniforms for use in historical re-enactments in
Southwestern Ontario. This will allow the society to recruit new, younger
members and participate in parades and museum events.
Festival of Ingersoll
$48,500 over one year to improve stages and
canopies for this outdoor annual festival in Ingersoll. The community will then
have a better opportunity and a more comfortable venue in which to experience a
variety of cultural and artistic disciplines.
Church of St. John
the Evangelist - London
$9,400 over one year to purchase dining
chairs that will be used in this London church's Saturday Dinner Program and for
other events held in the parish hall.
Fairmont Lawn Bowling
$37,000 over one year for the installation of new lights at the
lawn bowling club located in east London. This upgrade will improve safety and
enable more members, especially seniors, to participate in the sport.
Forest City Diving
$15,000 to purchase dry-land training equipment, which will
enhance the safety of practising divers and increase participation of more youth
in the sport of diving.
Initiative c/o Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation
three years to help restore wetland habitats in Huron and Middlesex counties,
providing opportunities for a greater understanding of the importance of
wetlands to water quality and quantity. Another OTF grant will support this
Painting Performance Group
$20,000 over eight months to hire a
project manager and add new and diverse programming. This will increase
awareness, financial support and attendance for the group's three-day summer
In Good Company c/o London Fanshawe Symphonic
$51,000 over nine months for an artistic director, promotion,
venue rental and supplies to plan and deliver a four-week festival in London
that will celebrate the contributions of new Canadians to the arts in this
Inflatable Arch c/o Thames Valley Children's
$4,900 over one year for the purchase of an inflatable arch
that will be used to mark the finish line of the annual Forest City Road Races,
which raise funds for the children's centre in London.
$35,400 over nine months to replace old lighting and
update maintenance equipment and backboards. These improvements will allow the
club to more easily accommodate all of its members and extend activities into
The London Camera
$10,000 over one year to purchase new computer equipment
which will allow the guild members to increase their technical skills and
provide photo shows for the broader community.
$115,000 over 18 months to hire an executive director to
build the capacity of the organization to present plays and performances and
operate a financially successful rental venue in East London.
$7,400 over one year to replace and repair windows,
which will help reduce energy loss and improve the comfort of this facility that
provides support and referrals to 1,000 clients and education to 3,000 high
school students each year.
London Fringe Theatre
$76,000 over three years to expand the festival with the
addition of an assistant producer. This will allow the festival to introduce
additional components and types of performances and increase its capacity for
$50,000 over one year to hire a full-time co-ordinator. This
will allow this newly formed heritage umbrella group to provide better
supervision to a granting program, improve marketing and enhance its
Council/London Legion Track Alliance c/o London Sports
$130,000 over one year to install indoor track and sport
court flooring in the Western Fair agri-plex building. This renovated complex
will be a multi-sport facility offering track and field, volleyball, basketball
Collaborative c/o Upper Thames River Conservation Authority
over one year for a co-ordinator and computer equipment to implement a
community-based watershed strategy for the Mud Creek watershed in the Township
of Zorra and East Zorra-Tavistock.
$31,400 over one year for walkways, a batting cage,
baseball and swimming equipment. A safer walkway will be constructed in the Sons
of Scotland Park and sports and recreation improved for the entire community,
Norwich Lawn Bowling
Club c/o Ontario Lawn Bowls Association
$12,000 over one year to
replace the greens' backboards and repair the sprinkler system in order to keep
the bowling green in good and safe playing condition for its members and
Otter Valley Rod and
$50,000 over ten months to make this Straffordville club's
facilities safer, more accessible and more energy-efficient. Pond clean-up will
also be carried out to enhance the quality of the club's spring fishing derby
$81,500 over three years for part-time staff,
administration and program costs to launch a new organization that will provide
a focal point and co-ordinating body for cultural activities taking place across
$14,300 over one year to purchase specialized instruments to
improve the quality of performance for this Oxford County instrumental
Port Stanley Skating
$7,900 over one year for the purchase of skating costumes that
will be used at the club's annual carnival. Office equipment will also be
obtained to help streamline communications between the club, parents and
Multiculturel Francophone de London
$14,900 over six months to
purchase supplies and office equipment, which will enable this Francophone
organization to successfully and efficiently carry out its activities.
La Ribambelle centre
préscolaire francophone de London
$60,000 over three months to
provide training to board members, instruction to child-care workers and develop
a website. This will enable the organization to grow, providing more effective
French-language services and child care to the community.
$9,100 over one year to install a new roof,
upgrade the hot water system and repair the back exit of this barbershop singing
group's club house. This will allow members to continue their choral activities
in more pleasant and comfortable surroundings.
Children's Water Festival c/o Kettle Creek Conservation
$49,500 over six months for a festival co-ordinator, tents
and volunteer support. These will help the organizing committee plan and present
a four-day water festival that teaches students in grades 3 to 5 about water
conservation and protection.
Community of London Ontario and Area
$20,000 over one year to
replace furniture and equipment that was lost in a fire. This will allow the
organization to begin providing social and sporting programs again to over 200
members of the Sudanese community.
$15,000 over one year to make washrooms in the Station
Arts Centre fully accessible so that community members of all abilities can
attend art classes and enjoy events and programs at that location.
Tillsonburg Minor Soccer
$50,000 over six months for field lighting at the Tillsonburg
soccer complex to allow evening play. This will enable more community members of
all ages, but especially adults, to take part in this healthy physical
$35,000 over one year to make upgrades to the park in
Springford. Worn-out fencing will be replaced, hand rails installed to make
bleachers more accessible and new playground equipment added.
Trout Creek Collaborative
c/o Upper Thames River Conservation Authority
$23,100 over one year
to conduct community consultations and implement a community-based watershed
strategy for the Trout Creek watershed in Oxford and Perth Counties. Another OTF
grant will support this activity.
Project c/o John Howard Society of London and District
15 months to conduct outreach activities and implement culturally appropriate
services and programs for the Vietnamese community in Northeast London.
Woodstock Lawn Bowling
Club c/o Ontario Lawn Bowls Association
$11,000 over one year for
the purchase of a new greens mower and to buy materials necessary for a creative
youth program to increase interest in the sport of lawn bowling by
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July 1 deadline
The Community grants listed below were ratified on November 1,
AIDS Committee of London
$96,800 over two years to help
implement a youth peer education program. This will allow teams of peer
educators to deliver presentations on HIV/AIDS and related sexual health topics
to an estimated 500 students in Grades 7 to 9 per semester.
Amabile Choirs of London Canada
$53,600 over two years
for the choirs to establish an office location and hire a part-time manager.
These improvements will enhance the organizational structure, support the
efforts of volunteers and increase the choirs' professionalism.
The ARTS Project
$32,000 over one year to install ramping
and a fully accessible washroom. These upgrades will make the main floor gallery
and theatre accessible to all members of the London community and help to
promote cultural and artistic activities.
Association Canadienne-Française de l'Ontario,
$32,000 over one year to help Francophones from
ethnocultural communities in London and Middlesex develop entrepreneurial
skills. Opportunities for self-employment will increase, enabling participants
to better contribute to their economic well-being.
Canadian Red Cross Society St. Thomas Branch c/o Canadian Red Cross,
$14,000 over one year to purchase emergency response
equipment to rapidly deploy, set-up and run a shelter for 100 people. This will
allow the organization to increase disaster response capacity in both
London/Middlesex and St. Thomas/Elgin.
Cantorion Cymraeg - Canada/Canadian Welsh Singers Inc.
$2,900 over one year to purchase new sheet music for this choral group in
London. The new acquisitions will enhance the range of music available to the
choir and enable it to broaden its repertoire.
Colombo Club of Oxford
$40,000 to replace the aging roof
of the club's hall in Beachville, which will allow it to continue operating
safely and providing recreational activities for its members and the entire
Elgin Elder Abuse Resource Committee c/o Victim
$58,000 over two years for a computer, supplies and a
staff member who will develop, co-ordinate and implement a service response to
any difficulty, including abuse and neglect experienced by older adults in Elgin
Glanworth Recreation Association Inc.
$13,500 over one
year to purchase and install a home-run fence and warning track at the
association's ball park, thus allowing the club to offer safer and more
enjoyable minor ball programs to its members.
Ilderton Agricultural Society
$10,000 over one year to
assist with the purchase of a tractor, which will be used by the society's
volunteers to maintain the grounds for many agricultural and community
Lions Club of Straffordville
$13,000 over one year for
upgrades to the community centre concession booth and washrooms in
Straffordville, which will improve the safety of the facilities and ensure that
they remain open for the entire community to utilize.
London Police Boys Band 65th Anniversary Project c/o Kiwanis Music
Festival of London Inc.
$29,800 over one year to publish and
distribute a history of the London Police Boys Club Band created in the 1940s
for boys whose fathers were overseas. The books will be distributed to libraries
and schools, increasing interest in local history.
London Ski Club
$35,000 over one year for advertising and
promotions that will raise awareness of skiing as a healthy, alternative winter
recreational program for people of all ages.
London Titans c/o Ontario Basketball Association
over one year to purchase four shot clocks and help the club implement
international Basketball Federation rules and conform to Basketball Ontario
standards in London.
Mindyourmind.ca and Problem Gambling Services c/o Family Service
$29,000 over one year for collaboration between
mindyourmind.ca and Addictions Services Thames Valley. An interactive on-line
tool will be developed and will increase youth's awareness of the physiological
effects and dangers of gambling.
Mother Reach London & Middlesex c/o Middlesex-London Health
$55,500 over two years to operate a weekly two-hour drop-in for
women and their families at risk of experiencing postpartum depression. Women
will receive support, information and meet others experiencing similar
Museum of Ontario Archaeology
$51,300 over two years
for a community development officer who will promote and expand the museum's
education programs to schools and tour operators throughout Southwestern
Northwest London Resource Centre c/o Sherwood
$30,000 over one year to help retain an executive director
who will enable the centre to move forward in implementing its strategic plan,
delivering needed services to the residents of Northwest London.
Ontario Senior Games
$48,000 over one year to help
promote, equip and operate the Ontario Senior Games - Actifest 2008 event being
hosted in London for 1,500 seniors.
Optimist Club of West Lorne Inc.
$60,000 over one year to
install a splash pad for the children of West Elgin. This fully accessible play
structure will encourage young people to be involved in physical activity and
Oxford Attack c/o Ontario Basketball Association
over one year to purchase shot clocks and help the club implement international
Basketball Federation rules and conform to Basketball Ontario standards.
Polish Canadian Club (London)
$45,000 to replace the
roof on the club's hall on Hill Street, which will permit the Polish-Canadian
community of London and area to enjoy programming and social gatherings in a
The London Co-operative Store
$32,400 to replace aging
freezer units with a walk-in freezer, which will significantly reduce power
consumption and help the co-op continue to provide healthy, natural food to its
The Naval Officers Association of Canada (London Branch) c/o The
Naval Officers Association of Canada
$2,000 to edit a book outlining
the recent history of the HMCS Prevost in London. Copies of the book will be
provided to libraries, helping to increase interest in the history of the
The Navy League of Canada (London Branch) c/oThe Navy League of
Canada (Ontario Division)
$25,000 over one year to replace a number
of outdated musical instruments. This will allow more young people to be
involved in the band programs which include performances for military
organizations and the general public.
Pride London Festival
$25,000 over one year to hire a
program co-ordinator who will help promote the 10-day Pride London festival. The
event will raise the visibility of the GLBTQ2 community in London and generate
community awareness of sexual and gender diversity.
Qulibie Gabriel Church
$32,500 over one year to replace
the roof of this building, which is used for community activities including the
delivery of a meal program in London.
Royal Canadian Legion Tavistock Memorial Branch (Ont. No
$9,100 over one year to replace the asphalt roof and the
emergency fire door. These upgrades will help to improve safety and ensure the
community's continued use of the facility for meetings and recreation.
Royal Canadian Legion, Port Burwell, Ontario No.
$15,000 over one year to replace the roof on the Port Burwell
Legion and its attached patio. This repair will improve the facility, making it
more comfortable for community social and recreational events.
Schizophrenia Society of Ontario - London and Southwest Region c/o
Schizophrenia Society of Ontario
$28,000 over two years to implement
a volunteer training program. New volunteers will then help provide enhanced
services in more rural communities, empowering families and raising community
awareness of this illness.
St. Andrew's Society of London and Scottish Social
$42,700 over one year for equipment, seed and a water line to
assist in the maintenance of six new soccer fields being built in Thames Centre
next to Fanshawe Lake. This will help to promote recreation and healthy physical
activity for all ages.
Tavistock Minor Ball Association
$75,000 over six months
to replace the baseball diamond lights in Queen's Park in Tavistock. This is
part of a phased plan to upgrade recreational facilities in the municipality,
encouraging sports and physical activity for children and youth.
The Optimist Club of North Dorchester
$40,000 to renovate
the kitchen of the Optimist Hall in Dorchester so that all equipment is safer
and the hall may be rented and used more often for recreation and community
The River Project c/o Forest City Gallery
one year to produce a book of essays, sketches and photographs. It will profile
works by 19 artists that were inspired by the Thames River in London and help to
raise awareness of the cultural and historical significance of the area.
The Secrets of Radar Museum
$80,000 over two years to
improve the organizational capacity of the London museum by hiring a
director-curator. This will help protect artifacts and promote community
awareness of this unique element of our history.
The Unity Peace Labyrinth c/o St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art
$7,900 over one year to install irrigation equipment,
permanent signage and white stone dust in the labyrinth. These upgrades will
support volunteers who maintain the path system, helping to preserve it for
meditation and community enjoyment.
The Woodstock Curling Club
$40,000 over one year to
replace the roof of the curling club. This repair will enable the club to
sustain sports and recreational activities for members of all ages in the
communities of Oxford County.
Tillsonburg Aquatic Torpedoes Inc.
$10,000 over one year
to help purchase a wireless timing/training system. This tool will improve
accuracy and effectiveness, allowing the club to run bigger meets and helping
the coaching staff to improve training sessions.
Victim Services of Middlesex County
$9,500 over one year
to purchase display equipment and supplies for use during activities and public
education events. These materials will enable the organization to provide more
effective service to victims of crime and tragic circumstances.
Woodstock Fanshawe Singers
$34,000 over one year to help
organize and hold the annual Kaleid Choral Festival. The event enables amateur
singers, audiences, high school students and teachers to participate in
performances and workshops with international artists and clinicians.
YMCA of London
$25,000 over one year to help with the
costs of installing an elevator in the Bob Hayward Y in East London. This will
upgrade the facility, making it fully accessible for people of all ages and
abilities to enjoy programs and recreation.
Youth Opportunities Unlimited
$75,000 over one year to
renovate and upgrade a commercial kitchen in a downtown London building. This
will allow the organization to produce commercial food products, which will
provide young people with skill development and employment training.
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March 1 deadlineRatified by the Ontario Trillium Foundation Board of Directors on June 28,
B.A.R.K. c/o Craigwood
$113,800 over 18 months to pair youth from
Craigwood's residential program in Middlesex County with puppies to be trained
as service dogs. This will benefit the young people involved and provide more
trained dogs for people with disabilities.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
of St. Thomas-Elgin
$62,000 over three years to implement a Go Girls
program that encourages participation in physical activity, healthy eating
choices and the development of a positive self-image among girls aged 12 to 14
years in St. Thomas-Elgin.
Canadian Association of
Student Activity Advisors
$25,000 over six months to support
volunteers hosting a national youth leadership event to be held in London in
September 2007. In addition to attending workshops, young people at the event
will leave a legacy through their involvement in community.
Canadian Harvard Aircraft
$72,000 over one year toward the cost of building
upgrades, which will improve public accessibility to this rare heritage resource
in Tillsonburg and surrounding communities.
Coalition and Thames Canadian Heritage River Committee Collaborative c/o
Carolinian Canada Coalition
$15,000 over one year to publish the
Thames Watershed Landscape Guide, a comprehensive description of the natural
heritage and history of the Thames watershed. (Additional grants of $10,000 to
Essex, Kent and Lambton area and $10,000 to Grey, Bruce, Huron and Perth area
will support this activity.)
régional de London
$75,000 over two years to implement a
French-language program for Francophone children and youth in London, which will
help them prepare for school.
Columbus Club of St.
$14,700 over one year to replace the roof and air
conditioning unit at the club. This will improve the safety and comfort for the
19 charitable and not-for-profit groups that use this community
Corporation of the
Township of Southwold
$35,000 over one year to provide new
playground equipment and promote safe and healthy activity for children and
youth at the Keystone Complex Centre.
$11,200 over one year to purchase a portable docking system for
the rowing program and ensure that children and youth from St. Thomas and area
are able to safely launch boats.
Festa Italiana c/o
Italian Seniors Project
$30,000 over one year to hire a co-ordinator
to grow the festival and broaden their funding support. Festa Italiana is a
three-day annual event held at the Covent Garden Market in downtown London.
Ontario Great Lakes
$45,800 over one year to furnish the new
donation centre in London, which includes a used bookstore and work connect
program. The centre will provide employment and training and be partially funded
through the sale of donated goods.
Home County Folk
$2,000 over one year to purchase tents that will protect
performance areas and sound equipment from weather conditions during London's
free Home County Folk Festival held annually in July.
Hutton House Association
for Adults with Disabilities
$15,000 over one year to upgrade
washroom facilities and improve accessibility of the building for persons with
disabilities in London.
$8,800 over one year to purchase instruments and equipment and
support the band in delivering free public concerts to the general public and to
seniors living in long-term care facilities.
London Museum School c/o
The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
$27,000 over three years to hire a
part-time co-ordinator for the London Museum School program. The initiative
partners local museums with school boards to provide a week-long, on-site unique
learning experience for elementary school children.
London Rep Hockey
$30,000 over one year to support the skill
development of volunteer trainers and coaches. New systems for communications
and records management will be also be purchased for the association's volunteer
London Squash Racquets
$23,000 over six months to improve the club's accessibility for
spectators of all ages and repair two court areas, which will improve the
playing experience for all participants.
Municipality of Southwest
$15,000 over one year for new, safe playground equipment
in Wardsville's Little Kin Park. The equipment will be installed by local
volunteers and will complement the park's well-used picnic shelter.
Muslim Association of
Canada, London Chapter c/o The Muslim Association of Canada
over one year to provide staffing at the centre, which will enable the
organization's volunteers to assess needs and develop plans for future
sustainability and programming.
Association c/o Boys' & Girls' Club of London
$25,000 over eight
months to implement phase II of the Working Together to Support London Seniors
plan. This involves identifying goals, responsibilities, timelines and resources
needed to improve senior services in London and Middlesex.
Locomotive Restoration Society
$25,000 over two years for supplies
to get the historic steam-powered locomotive railway back in operation across
Southwestern Ontario. Tourism will increase and the local economy will be
enhanced in St. Thomas and area.
$60,000 over one year to upgrade the historic Sparta
Community Hall, improving its accessibility and fire safety. It will be used as
a community library with access to high-speed Internet and continue to provide
space for many community groups.
St. Sava Serbian Eastern
$5,800 over one year to purchase authentic dance
costumes from Serbia. This will enable the London-based folklore group
Svetosavlje to expand its repertoire of region-specific dances and perform on
tours and at many cultural festivals.
St. Thomas Photographic
Guild c/o Canadian Association for Photographic Art
$13,200 over one
year to purchase new equipment, which will help guild members to increase their
technical skills and continue to provide photo shows to audiences in the
$75,000 over one year toward the cost of purchasing and
installing a new database management system. Funding will enhance the
technological capacity of this professional theatre group that serves over
95,000 patrons in the London-Middlesex area.
$12,700 over one year to purchase circuit lighting
equipment and complete upgrades to the building to improve safety for volunteers
and audience members.
Unity Project for Relief
of Homelessness in London
$89,200 over two years to create and
implement a resource development plan. This will increase the agency's capacity
to support volunteers and the more than 700 adults facing
Women's Rural Resource
Centre, Strathroy and Area
$150,000 over three years to increase its
fundraising capacity so that the organization can provide more outreach to rural
Middlesex and increase awareness of violence prevention through public
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