Thames Valley

2010-2011

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November 1


November 1 deadline

Ratified by the Ontario Trillium Foundation Board of Directors on March 3, 2011

Chippewas of the Thames 
$15,000 over eight months to explore the feasibility of creating a museum that will present the role of residential schools in the history of First Nations people.

Columbus Club of Aylmer 
$28,500 over one year to replace the floor and lower the ceiling of the club's building in order to create a safe, level surface for the dancers and many groups who use the facility in this rural community.

Daya Counselling Centre, as lead organization on this collaborative 
$29,000 over one year to sponsor meetings and discussions that will explore how the organization can work collaboratively with Family Services Thames Valley to improve system efficiencies and clients' access to services.

Drumbo and District Heritage Society 
$20,100 over one year to purchase equipment and upgrade the electrical system at this new museum in Drumbo, which will help the heritage society safely preserve its collection of important historical artifacts.

Elgin County Railway Museum 
$63,400 over one year to help renovate the model-railroad exhibit room with a new heating system, viewing platforms and upgrades to the model railroad. This will enable it to operate for six additional months each year, so more children and youth may participate in educational programming about the county's rich railroad history.

Embro Zorra Lawn Bowling Club 
$11,500 over one year to replace the ditch boards and brackets at the lawn bowling club in Embro, which will help to maintain a level playing surface so that rural seniors may continue to enjoy this physical and recreational activity.

Good Grief Resource Centre, as lead organization on this collaborative 
$40,000 over one year to increase the availability of bereavement counselling services for children and youth in London.

Goodwill Industries, Ontario Great Lakes 
$300,000 over two years to implement the Certified Recycling Service Worker program and launch the Recycling and Training Hub. These projects will help process unsold, donated goods and e-waste for all of Southwestern Ontario, which will reduce waste in landfills while providing new skills and increased job opportunities for workers. This grant has an impact in more than one OTF catchment area.

Jet Aircraft Museum 
$17,300 over three months to purchase and install appropriate safety equipment, which will allow this London organization's refurbished T-Bird jet to fly in air shows and help raise awareness of the role of jet aircraft in Canada's history.

Kee-mo-kee Camp Site of the United Church of Canada 
$45,000 over nine months to replace the dishwasher and dish-washing station and bury the facility's electrical wires, which will prevent frequent power outages and improve safety at this camp just west of London.

London Sports Council, as lead organization on this collaborative 
$34,000 over six months to assist with hosting the 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challenge in April, 2011, which will involve Canada, the United States, Norway and Japan, and to develop a legacy volunteer manual for future sledge-hockey tournament hosts to use.

London Track 3 Ski School 
$20,100 over six months to replace worn-out ski equipment and purchase a sit ski for use by people with mobility issues who wish to participate in downhill skiing.

Mennonite Community Services of Southern Ontario 
$116,200 over one year to strengthen the organization and broaden community understanding of Mennonite culture by supporting its radio station operation, helping in its review of organizational needs, and funding a barn-quilt cultural tour throughout East Elgin.

Middlesex Tourism 
$43,600 over nine months to establish the first-ever Doors Open Middlesex County program, which will allow residents and visitors to visit a number of built and natural heritage sites, encouraging tourism and an interest in local history.

Mnaasged Child and Family Services 
$75,000 over one year to continue to fund a program coordinator position, which is crucial to the ongoing development of a culturally sensitive system of custodial care for First Nation children within the seven First Nations in Southwestern Ontario. This grant has an impact in more than one OTF catchment area.

Peacekeeper Park, A Living Memorial 
$50,200 over nine months to install additional physical-activity-challenge equipment, including low ropes and a climbing wall, which the many different groups who access this group campsite at Lake Whitaker may use.

Polish National Union, Branch #10 
$101,200 over one year to increase the accessibility of this broadly-used Polish community hall in Woodstock by upgrading its kitchen and women's washroom and installing a fully accessible washroom.

RCL Branch 598 - Delaware 
$32,500 over nine months to complete renovations to the Legion hall, which will result in conservation of energy and improved health and safety for the many community groups who use the premises.

Regroupement Multiculturel Francophone de London 
$11,800 over one year to engage in a collective re-examination of the organization's mission, goals and objectives in order to identify timely objectives and strategies for serving the Francophone ethnocultural communities in the area.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 531 - Ilderton 
$79,600 over one year to undertake renovations that will make the Legion hall fully accessible to all members of the community, and replace old windows to improve energy efficiency and reduce heat loss.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 557 - Thamesford Memorial 
$10,500 over one year to repair the roof of the Legion hall and help preserve this gathering space for the enjoyment of the whole community.

Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre 
$29,900 over one year to purchase a van in order to increase access to health services as part of the Supporting Aboriginal Seniors at Home Program which operates throughout the region.

St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre 
$9,000 over one year to purchase and install three resource/directional panels in the public art centre, which will provide visitors with up-to-date information on exhibits, workshops and programs in order to increase public awareness and participation.

Thames Region Ecological Association 
$25,100 over one year to engage in a strategic planning process that will help to increase the organization's capacity, clarify its role in the community and create volunteer-management and fund-development plans in support of its future direction.

The Arts & Cookery Bank...a community heritage centre 
$45,100 over one year to create a permanent collection of dynamic heritage photos and video displays of cultural stories capturing the essence of rural life in the County of Elgin.

The Elgin Military Museum Inc. 
$18,200 over one year to help with the cost of replacing two furnace units and an HVAC system in order to ensure the safe preservation of the museum's collection of artifacts.

The Harry Geris Wrestling Club 
$23,900 over six months to purchase equipment, which will allow more young people to participate in wrestling at this east London club.

The London Camera Club (TLCC) 
$10,000 over eight months to compensate experts on photographic art who will present informative workshops and share their expertise with experienced and novice photographers at a three-day conference in London.

The London Cross Cultural Learner Centre 
$74,100 over eight months to replace aging windows and repair crumbling bricks, which will improve energy efficiency and enhance the safety of this community centre building.

The London Ski Club at Boler Mountain 
$110,000 over eight months to install a lift system on the new man-made hill, which will increase the facility's capacity to help skiers of all ages participate in this healthy outdoor physical activity.

Tillsonburg District Craft Guild 
$13,500 over one year to equip, advertise and coordinate the launch of a new, annual two-day spring show for local artisans to display and sell their wares and showcase their abilities. The show will attract tourists, promote interest in the arts and have a positive economic impact on the community and local artisans.

Township of Blandford - Blenheim 
$30,000 over one year to help purchase and install equipment for a skateboard park in Bright Park, which will support rural youth by providing greater opportunities to be physically active.

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July 1 deadline

Ratified by the Ontario Trillium Foundation Board of Directors on October 28, 2010 

#11 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corp
$22,400 over one year to improve the quality of camping equipment, thereby enhancing the camping experiences and skills of the Cadet Corps in the Strathroy area. The funds will give youth a program that promotes confidence and leadership and improves their physical fitness.

African Community Council
$75,000 over two years to implement a homework club program in London targeting children from African origins and help decrease high drop out rates in these communities.

Amabile Choirs of London, Canada
$100,000 over four years to hire a fund development officer to develop a strong funding base that would solidify the artistic vision of the Choirs for the long term. This grant will promote arts and culture for the London community.

ARK404 Lodge, Independent
$15,000 over one year to enhance a community meeting space by repairing the roof of the ARK 404 Lodge in Springfield.

Aylmer & District Museum Association
$30,000 over one year to improve accessibility to the community museum that will increase tour visitors and usage.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of St. Thomas-Elgin
$15,000 over one year $15,000 over 12 months to create an accessible main floor washroom so that families of St. Thomas/Elgin County can congregate and access Big Brothers/Big Sisters services more easily.

Elgin Community Futures Development Corporation, as lead organization on this collaborative
$150,000 over two years to establish a business incubator for start-up employers that will create employment opportunities, facilitate growth and stimulate economic development in St. Thomas, Elgin County and the surrounding region.

Friends of Ye Olde Towne Hall, as lead organization on this collaborative
$11,500 over one year to develop and host an annual community quilting festival in Ailsa Craig. Funding will help celebrate cultural heritage and bring community residents together in an initiative that promotes volunteerism.

GOLS Soccer School
$14,900 over one year to implement a year round soccer program allowing children from diverse backgrounds in London-Middlesex more access to structured physical activity.

Komoka Railway Museum Inc.
$15,000 over one year to bring a 1979 "Hi-Rail" vehicle belonging to the museum up to display and safe operating standards that will help attract more visitors to the museum.

La ribambelle centre préscolaire francophone de London
$27,200 over one year for renovations to help ensure the structural integrity of their main office and to help strengthen their operations by revising their current policy and operations manual.

Latin American Career Development Centre
$50,000 over one year to create a business incubator and offer a self-employment option to immigrants and newcomers from Latin America settling in London who want to become entrepreneurs.

Learning Disabilities Association - London Region
$87,300 over three years for hiring a fund development officer to initiate and build the agency's capacity to be self-sustaining.

Living History Multimedia Association, as lead organization on this collaborative
$84,800 over two years to support the overall cost of creating a three-part documentary series entitled, "Rural Raids and Divided Loyalties-Southwestern Ontario and the War of 1812". This documentary series will engage youth, descendents, historians and First Nations people in Grand River, Halton, Essex and Kent in telling the story of Western Ontario's involvement in the War of 1812. The documentary series and curriculum will be distributed to 900 elementary and high schools in Southwestern Ontario. This grant has an impact in more than one OTF catchment area.

London Beefeater Football Club
$15,600 over one year to purchase equipment that would allow the players and the personnel to enjoy football in a safer way.

Madame Vanier Children's Services, as lead organization on this collaborative
$60,000 over two years to help the collaborative of Vanier's Children Services, Western Area Youth Services (WAYS), Craigwood Youth Services and Oxford Elgin Child and Youth Centre amalgamate their four organizations to offer an innovative and more effective children mental health services delivery system.

Midwestern Adult Day Services, as lead organization on this collaborative
$9,200 over one year to produce and distribute a short informational video and online ad to increase public awareness of adult day programs. These two information items will be created to reach seniors, adults with special needs, caregivers, healthcare professionals and the general public in Southwestern Ontario. This grant has an impact in more than one OTF catchment area.

No.7 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps
$36,400 over one year to improve the quality of camping equipment, thereby enhancing the camping experiences and skills of the Cadet Corps in the St. Thomas area. The funds will give youth a program that promotes confidence and leadership and improves their physical fitness.

North Middlesex & District Minor Hockey Association
$20,000 over one year to renovate the equipment storage room to ensure long term maintenance of equipment and secure storage of players' information.

Ontario Federation of Agriculture, as lead organization on this collaborative
$102,600 over two years to develop and implement a comprehensive culinary tourism initiative that will promote local food resources among farmers, chefs and residents in the Oxford region. Funding will increase economic development opportunities for farmers, local food markets and restaurants, and build awareness of the demand for local food products and services.

Parkhill Silver Blades Skating Club Inc.
$10,000 over one year to enhance the storage space in the community arena for long term preservation of equipment and to provide training for coaches so they can accommodate skaters who have a disability in the town of Parkhill.

ReForest London
$40,500 over one year for a special projects coordinator to help strengthen this relatively young environmental organization, and successfully launch and expand new and existing programs that will increase community awareness of environmental issues and participation.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 510 - Melbourne
$16,600 over one year to build a community playground for the children of Melbourne and surrounding area.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 513 - Donnybrook, Dorchester
$14,300 over one year to repair the roof of the legion building. This will preserve the structural integrity of the facilities for the enjoyment of all its users.

Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Centre Inc.
$98,800 over three years to develop and implement a multi-year annual fundraising and marketing plan to make their operations more efficient, allowing for the expansion of their education and admissions programs. Salthaven is the only centre of its kind licensed by the government in 5 counties (Oxford, Haldimand, Norfolk, Middlesex, Elgin), which provides care to rescued wildlife as well as delivers education programs to increase public awareness on wildlife preservation and protection.

Sexual Assault Centre London
$34,600 over one year to help create a model of service coordination with other community partners and thus improve the systems that support survivors of sexual violence in the London area.

The Hearing Foundation of Canada/La Foundation Canadienne de l'Ouie, as lead organization on this collaborative
$83,200 over two years to continue delivering the Sound Sense hearing prevention program in the Thames Valley area and allow Grade 6 students to adopt a number of key strategies that would reduce their exposure to loud noise and prevent noise-induced hearing loss.

The St. Thomas Gun Club Inc.
$74,000 over one year to enhance the capacity of the club by installing accessible washrooms and upgrading trap shooting equipment in time for the 2011 Championships in St. Thomas.

Tillsonburg Minor Soccer Club
$44,500 over one year to enhance the Tillsonburg soccer field complex by installing an outdoor pavilion that will provide much needed shade and protection from negative weather conditions.

Western Ontario Therapeutic Community Hostel (WOTCH)
$100,000 over one year for an elevator to improve accessibility to My Sister's Place and allow all users full access to respite and other needed services.

Women's Emergency Centre - Oxford Inc.
$133,200 over three years to build the capacity of the Women's Emergency Centre to improve fundraising, volunteer management and community partnerships that will better serve women's needs in the Oxford area.

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March 1 deadline

Ratified by the Ontario Trillium Foundation Board of Directors on June 28, 2010

Ailsa Craig & District Historical Society
$50,000 over two years to hire a curator and help the Society strengthen its operations and expand its programming. This would help ensure its long term sustainability.

Athletics Ontario , as lead organization on this collaborative
$44,000 over one year to renovate the track and field equipment storage shed in St. Thomas where track and field clubs train for a minimum of eight months of the year and where a number of track meets and junior development programs are held. This funding will help promote physical activity for people of all ages and abilities.

Basketball Tillsonburg
$42,200 over one year to improve the basketball equipment at the community gymnasium that will enable more youth to participate in sports in Tillsonburg. Funding will also provide a salary for a resource developer to help with community fundraising.

Canadian Embroiderers' Guild, London
$11,100 over one year to cover program expenses for the three-day conference taking place in May 2011, including workshops, teacher's salary, rental of space and equipment, and advertising costs.

Centre communautaire régional de London , as lead organization on this collaborative
$15,000 over one year to conduct a feasibility study and develop a business plan for a francophone social enterprise (library/book store/ videoclub) that would increase access to francophone educational, cultural and recreational resources in the region.

CMHA, Elgin
$65,000 over two years for implementing an innovative Social Firm project that will increase employment opportunities for people who have a mental illness in St. Thomas. The project will facilitate a shift from vocational programming to a business that is run by people with a mental illness, and will sustain itself through generated revenue once the project is complete.

Deutsch-Kanadischer Verein London, German-Canadian Club of London
$50,000 over one year to renovate and improve the soccer facilities to safety standards. This will help promote healthy recreation for the community.

East London Soccer Club
$35,000 over one year to cover upgrading costs for soccer pitches, including topsoil, levelling, and installation of an irrigation system in St. Julien Park. The initiative will benefit more than 1300 children and youth by providing a safer and more enjoyable sport facility.

EcoLiving London
$75,000 over two years to enhance the organizational capacity of Ecoliving London and help them develop and implement their programs. This will help increase the visibility of the area's green programs and organizations and build the community capacity for addressing challenges related to sustainable living.

Emerging Leaders London Community Network
$120,000 over two years to help Emerging Leaders Network develop a new generation of collaborative leaders across business, arts and culture, social enterprise, and charitable sectors. Personal and professional development programs, and opportunities for meaningful community engagement, investment and development, will be targeted to adults aged 20 to 40 in order to secure London community's future.

Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre
$25,100 over one year to improve the facility by increasing the energy efficiency of the Arts Centre.

Ingersoll Pipe Band
$30,000 over one year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Ingersoll Pipe Band, one of the oldest operating non-military bands, by holding events through the summer. The funds will also help to purchase new uniforms and publish a commemorative book. This initiative will help promote artistic and cultural activities for people of all ages and abilities.

London Lesbian Film Festival
$22,700 over two years to cover production costs of a documentary film on the history of the London Lesbian Film Festival, including hiring an Artistic Director. Funding will increase awareness of the social and cultural barriers to inclusion that the lesbian community has faced.

London Regional Children's Museum
$130,000 over two years to implement the "Be Tween" initiative and enable the organization to focus on engaging youth aged 9 to 12 in arts, science and heritage through the development of services designed for this target audience.

London Wheelchair Basketball Association
$15,700 over one year to increase access to wheelchair basketball for young people with a physical disability in the London area. The grant will help buy new sport wheelchairs and cover other programs costs such as gym rental, advertising and repairs.

Middlesex-London Health Unit , as lead organization on this collaborative
$45,000 over one year to help expand this successful program and reach out to diverse populations. This will increase the community capacity to deal with postpartum depression and related issues.

Ontario Disc Sports Association , as lead organization on this collaborative
$15,000 over one year to improve the disc golf course at VA Barrie Park which has to be repositioned due to flooding and erosion issues in the park. This will help increase opportunities for physical activity for the community.

Pride London Festival
$24,000 over one year to help organize the 10-day festival and attract a larger audience base. This will help increase awareness of issues facing the lesbian, gay, bisexual community in the area.

RCL Branch 533 - Byron - Springbank, London
$30,000 over one year to replace the roof on the Legion building in Byron. This will help ensure the preservation of the building and the ability of the Legion to sustain its current activities.

Rotary Club of Woodstock
$75,000 over one year to establish a safe, recreational space for youth to skateboard and bike in Woodstock. This will promote physical activity in youth.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 190
$50,000 over one year to increase the energy efficiency and accessibility of RCL Branch 190 in the Town of Norwich. This will help maintain the building for the long term.

South Western Aquatics
$27,100 over one year to increase the strength, flexibility and competitiveness of swimmers by developing and implementing a dryland program for the aquatics club. This will help promote physical activity for people of all ages and abilities in Oxford County.

St.Thomas Seniors' Centre
$25,000 over one year to pay for a fundraising coordinator and to increase involvement of seniors aged 55 to 65. This will help seniors by providing a warm, friendly meeting place, focus on positive aging, encourage wellness, and provide opportunities for growth and learning through social, educational and recreational services.

Strathroy District Arts Council , as lead organization on this collaborative
$65,000 over one year to conduct a community-based capital campaign to raise funds for the construction of a multi-use arts, entertainment and business centre in Strathroy. Funding will provide for a campaign coordinator's salary and related costs of increasing the capacity of the collaborative in order to successfully engage area residents during the campaign.

Sudanese Canadian Community of London Ontario and Area
$27,700 over two years to increase access to after school programming for youth from the Sudanese-Canadian community and help prevent and decrease the drop out rates.

The German Canadian Club of Aylmer
$50,000 over one year to enhance the community space of the German Canadian Club of Aylmer by repairing the roof. This grant will assist the group to be more sustainable by increasing their revenue through increased rentals of the facility.

The Grand Theatre
$25,000 over one year to help the Grand Theatre expand its High School Project and provide students in London with the opportunity to learn and develop theatre skills by working with theatre professionals.

The Secrets of Radar Museum
$48,000 over one year to hire a curator and help the museum increase visibility and expand its programming. This will help ensure the museum's long term financial sustainability.

United Way of London & Middlesex
$104,200 over two years to upgrade information technology infrastructure to increase organizational effectiveness. The grant will create new opportunities for enhanced web-based services to more effectively engage volunteers, donors, partner agencies and create new opportunities for e-philanthropy. This will help improve social services offered to the community.

Upper Thames Military Re-Enactment Society
$7,400 over one year to build and install a large plaque on the March 4, 1814 battle site to tell the story of the battle and related events. This will help increase community engagement and civic awareness, and educate the public on events of Canadian historical importance.

Victim Services Elgin
$15,000 over one year to enhance training and support opportunities for volunteers and to increase public awareness of the services for victims of crime in St. Thomas and area.

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