Waterloo, Wellington, Dufferin
2007-2008March 1July 1November 1
November 1 deadline
The Community grants listed below were ratified on March 6, 2008.
Argus Residence for Young People
$51,800 over six months to help renovate the facility's basement in order to increase the number of beds serving youth at risk and homeless youth in Cambridge and North Dumfries.
Association des Francophones de Kitchener-Waterloo (AFKW)
$41,500 over one year for a program manager and promotion and administration costs in order to help the organization develop a directory of French-language and Francophone resources in the community.
Brain Injury Association of Waterloo-Wellington
$72,000 over 18 months for staff, consultants and administration to strengthen the organization's ability to respond to a significant growth in demand for services. Strategic, fundraising and volunteer-recruitment plans will be developed.
Catholic Family Counselling Centre (Region of Waterloo)
$254,800 over four years for two parent-support workers in six social housing communities. These resources will help to improve academic retention, attainment and success for high school students living in high-risk communities.
Community Living Guelph Wellington (CLGW)
$40,400 over one year for indoor sports equipment in order to offer accessible and affordable physical activities to persons with intellectual disabilities. Affordable rentals will also be made available to other community organizations.
Corporation of the Township of Amaranth
$7,000 over one year to install automatic push-button door openers at the recreational hall. These will improve accessibility and help to ensure that community members of all abilities have access to this facility.
Elora Rocks Lawn Bowling Club
$12,800 over one year to purchase new equipment that will ensure the safety of volunteers and better maintenance of the Elora Rocks Lawn Bowling Club.
First Light Theatre/John Howard Society Anti-Bullying Initiative c/o First Light Theatre
$11,800 over one year for staff and administration to produce an educational play on bullying performed by students in Guelph and Wellington County. A classroom activity manual for teachers and debriefing sessions for students will also be included.
Grand River Baroque Festival
$30,000 over three years for coaching fees, transportation and marketing related to an intensive summer baroque training program near Kitchener. Youth will have an opportunity to work with some of Ontario's finest baroque musicians.
Guelph CYO Knights All-Star Basketball
$11,500 over one year to purchase shot clocks in order for the basketball club to meet the new International Basketball Federation (FIBA) regulations and maintain the sport of basketball for children.
Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition c/o Family and Children's Services of Guelph and Wellington County
$14,900 over one year to purchase office and technology equipment to be shared among five neighbourhood volunteer associations. Program delivery and citizen access to information will be enhanced, helping to prevent problems within families.
Guelph Rowing Club
$91,500 over three years for an administrator/coach and computer equipment to help build the organization's sustainability. Membership and participants will increase in a variety of recreational and competitive rowing programs.
John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington
$62,000 over one year for an elevating lift, entrance improvements and an accessible washroom in a newly acquired facility in Cambridge. This will enable youth and adults of all abilities to gain access to the organization's programs and services.
Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre (KDCHC)
$75,000 over one year to help retrofit an elevator in order to ensure the building is fully accessible to over 4,000 clients and community groups who use this downtown facility.
Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter SPEBSQSA Inc.
$14,100 over one year to purchase musical and sound equipment. These will help to improve the skill level and sound quality of performances that the Twin City Harmonizers provide annually to 15,000 seniors in long-term care facilities.
Kitchener-Waterloo Counselling Services Inc.
$90,800 over 15 months to evaluate an innovative, new walk-in clinic that addresses the increasing demand for therapeutic counselling in the region. Best practices in establishing walk-in clinics will be shared with other agencies.
Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Basketball Association c/o Ontario Basketball Association
$14,800 over one year to purchase shot clocks in order for the basketball club to meet the new International Basketball Federation (FIBA) regulations and maintain the sport of basketball for over 600 children and youth.
KW Lightning Basketball Association c/o Ontario Basketball Association
$14,000 over one year to purchase shot clocks in order for the basketball club to meet the new International Basketball Federation (FIBA) regulations and maintain the sport of basketball for over 260 children and youth in Kitchener-Waterloo.
Lost & Found Theatre Inc.
$28,500 over two years to strengthen the infrastructure, expand educational programming, and increase administrative and management procedures for this new theatre group in Kitchener.
Multicultural Cinema Club Collaboration c/o The Working Centre
$76,200 over 18 months to research, test and evaluate a community film-studio system in Kitchener. Affordable rentals of production and post-production equipment will make film-making equipment more accessible to individuals and community groups.
Opening Doors c/o United Way Community Services of Guelph and Wellington
$115,000 over two years for outreach workers and a service planner to support a drop-in centre in Guelph and Wellington County. Resources will ensure adequate services and programs for youth at risk, while plans for a permanent solution are made.
Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival
$95,400 over two years to support the organization as it moves from being volunteer-driven to being a stronger self-sustaining organization that delivers a quality festival to over 20,000 people annually.
Orangeville Hawks Basketball Club c/o Ontario Basketball Association
$14,000 over one year to purchase shot clocks in order for a basketball club in Orangeville, Centre Wellington and Guelph to meet the new International Basketball Federation (FIBA) regulations and maintain the sport of basketball for children and youth.
Palmerston Lions Club
$75,000 over one year to build a splash pad with water and sprinkler play equipment as part of a seven-year redevelopment project of the Palmerston Lions Heritage Park.
Shelburne District Agricultural Society
$12,200 over one year to help purchase a mobile centre to launch Farmapalooza. This interactive agri-cation program will provide 1,000 children annually with education on agricultural practices in Shelburne, Grand Valley, Orangeville and Dundalk.
Taking Culture Seriously in Community Mental Health c/o Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre
$92,700 over two years to build organizational and community capacity within the mental-health service system. Education and leadership training will be provided to volunteers in cultural-linguistic minority communities in the Waterloo region.
Township of Guelph/Eramosa
$75,000 over one year to purchase and install a splash pad and other equipment in Rockmosa Park that will provide continual, interactive water play during the summer for children and youth.
Township of Wellington North
$6,600 over six months to purchase new tables and chairs for the Damascus Community Centre. These additions will increase safety and comfort for the many clubs, groups and gatherings that use this community meeting place.
Trees for Mapleton Steering Committee c/o Kinsmen Club of Drayton
$149,900 over three years to involve rural landowners in strategic tree-planting on their properties. This pilot project will demonstrate the economic value and ecological importance of replacing lost forest cover in southern Ontario.
UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival
$29,200 over 18 months for administration, performer fees and computer equipment to support the infrastructure of the festival. Audience size will increase and partnerships will be developed to ensure the future sustainability of the festival.
The Waterloo Region Nordic Sports Club
$10,300 to purchase ski-trail grooming equipment for maintaining cross-country ski trails at Bechtal Park in Waterloo. Better trails will increase opportunities for more community members of all ages to enjoy this healthy outdoor recreation.
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July 1 deadline
The Community grants listed below were ratified on November 1, 2007
Arts Together: Creative Intersections c/o Musagetes Foundation
$60,500 over one year for a co-ordinator who will create and implement business plans for region-wide projects and design collaborative ways to organize, broaden and accelerate cultural development in the Waterloo region.
Cambridge Amateur Radio Club (SWARC Inc.)
$10,500 over one year to upgrade amateur radio equipment. This will enable the club to continue in its role as a key player in the public emergency communication system in Cambridge.
Community Justice Initiatives of Waterloo Region
$75,000 over one year for resources to build on and catalogue the experience and knowledge of the restorative justice program. Community checklists, program delivery tools, and training and implementation manuals will be created and made accessible.
Diggable Communities Collaborative c/o Opportunities Waterloo Region
$102,900 over 18 months to strengthen and expand community gardens, which will create more innovative ways of linking people to local food production methods within the Waterloo region.
Dufferin Child and Family Services
$78,200 over two years to create a rural model for diversity training and implement cultural training workshops for the public across Dufferin County.
The Eating Disorders Awareness Coalition of Waterloo Region c/o CMHA
$9,300 to develop the capacity of the organization to be self-sustaining. Staff will assist volunteers in completing an assessment of the organization and creating a five-year business plan.
Ennotville Historical Library
$12,800 to replace eight windows, sills and drapes. These upgrades will eliminate water and moisture damage to windows and books and help preserve this historic structure as a gathering place for community events.
Everdale Environmental Learning Centre
$100,400 over four years to hire an executive staff member who will increase the development of sustainable farming-program models and the delivery of sustainable living workshops in South Central Ontario. (Another OTF grant will support this activity)
Fishermills - A New View Collaborative c/o Rotary Club of Cambridge North
$75,000 over one year for the collaborative to construct wetlands and support habitat as part of the first phase of environmental improvements at the Fishermills site in north Cambridge.
Grand House Student Co-operative Inc.
$41,700 over one year to develop and implement a series of sustainable living workshops on the benefits and use of sustainable design, technology and materials in building residential dwellings in Cambridge.
Guelph Business Enterprise Centre Inc.
$110,600 over two years to create training workshops and job placement opportunities for 120 rural youth and youth at risk. The program will help them obtain entry positions in retail, hospitality and the food services industry throughout the county.
The Guelph Community Foundation
$78,000 over two years to conduct Vital Signs, a community report card on significant trends in 10 community-determined critical areas that will be used to measure quality of life in Guelph and Wellington County.
Guelph Youth Singers
$34,500 over one year for staff resources to strengthen the organizational infrastructure, train more volunteers and create new marketing practices for future sustainability.
Hillside Community Festival of Guelph Inc.
$82,100 over 28 months to train and organize volunteers by supporting the creation of a new winter event called Hillside Inside in Guelph and Wellington County. This will increase the community's engagement in the arts.
J. Steckle Heritage Homestead
$37,500 over one year to develop and strengthen their volunteer program. This will engage Waterloo citizens in adopting sustainable agricultural practices and promote a rural-urban communication.
K-W Performing Arts Association
$75,000 over six months to upgrade the King Street Theatre Centre. Its two venues will be soundproofed so one can be rented while the association uses the other for arts and cultural initiatives currently underway in the Waterloo region.
Macdonald Stewart Art Centre
$75,000 to replace this Guelph centre's obsolete cooling and ventilating equipment, bringing the building up to international standards and helping to preserve and protect its important collection of contemporary Canadian art.
Neruda Productions for Arts, Culture and Community
$75,000 over 18 months to strengthen this Waterloo organization's mandate to bring the community together with powerful, enlightening and affordable multicultural performances, concerts and visual arts exhibitions.
$15,000 for training development, marketing and fees to produce an innovative, interdisciplinary audiovisual arts composition that will enhance the cultural fabric of the Waterloo region.
The Multicultural Theatre Space (The MT Space) Inc.
$147,000 over two years to support the creation of the International Multicultural Platform for Alternative Contemporary Theatre in the Waterloo region. This biannual, international festival of world-class calibre will be launched in spring 2009.
Nutrition for Learning
$82,600 over two years for equipment, training and support for volunteers to expand breakfast/morning nutrition programs to over 450 high school students in the Waterloo region.
rare Charitable Research Reserve
$80,000 over two years for the research resources to deliver an outdoor education program. Young people in the Waterloo region will be engaged to create a positive change in the way they think about the environment and their role in saving it.
ROOF (Reaching Our Outdoor Friends)
$40,000 over six months toward the overall cost of installing a lift. This will improve the accessibility of the facility, which serves over 1,600 homeless youth and youth at risk of homelessness in the Waterloo region.
Royal Canadian Legion Erin Branch 442
$43,800 over one year to replace the flat part of the Legion building's roof and install a ramp. This will improve its accessibility for all members of the community and increase participation in activities.
Synergy Handbell Choir
$15,000 over one year to purchase handbells for this Kitchener-area choir, in order to deliver community concerts to over 3,000 people annually across Southwestern Ontario.
Township of East Luther Grand Valley
$15,000 over six months toward the overall cost of purchasing and installing new safety glass in the community centre. This upgrade will ensure better safety for the patrons of three rural townships who use this facility.
Waterloo Regional Children's Museum
$75,000 over one year for construction supplies and sound and light installations for the Urban Streetscape project. A permanent, interactive neighbourhood block will inspire youth and youth at risk to participate in learning initiatives.
Wilmot Girls Hockey Association
$48,200 over three years to purchase equipment and offer volunteer and player training clinics. A girls minor hockey program will be developed and opportunities expanded for girls to be involved in physical activity programs.
Woolwich Community Services
$12,000 over six months to install a new furnace and purchase signage and recreational equipment, which will aid the organization in serving over 8,500 people annually in this rural community.
YWCA of Cambridge
$14,000 to purchase audiovisual equipment for use in the childcare centres and community programs. Children's learning will be documented, community workshops delivered and the YWCA's strengths and leadership enhanced.
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March 1 deadlineRatified by the Ontario Trillium Foundation Board of Directors on June 28, 2007
Alzheimer Society of Dufferin County
$58,800 over two years to establish a volunteer development program. The needs of individuals in Dufferin County dealing with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia will be better met, and greater community awareness and support will be created.
Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank (CSHFB)
$75,000 over one year to upgrade a room in the organization's building in response to a feasibility/programming study completed in 2006. Modifications will enable expanded programs, increase safety and improve the physical area.
Cambridge Shelter Corporation
$34,000 over one year for an organizational review, a best-practices document on the drop-in centre, and for appropriate staff and volunteer training modules. These will help to increase the effectiveness and responsiveness of the shelter.
Elmira Theatre Company Inc.
$13,500 to purchase tables and chairs, which will expand the seating capacity within the theatre. The facility will then be used more effectively and more community members will be able to participate in the arts.
Erin Community Radio
$70,000 over two years to develop a volunteer recruitment and training program for local youth and community groups in Erin. Weekly community radio programs will be created and training offered to participants in broadcasting and journalism.
gRowing up on the Grand c/o Kitchener Waterloo Rowing Club
$149,000 over five years for a shared professional rowing coach to develop and implement a youth rowing program. This will increase membership, enhance volunteer participation and engage school-age children and youth in Waterloo Region in the sport.
Headwaters Communities in Action c/o Community Living Dufferin
$126,000 over 30 months to implement three community-wide action priorities for this collaborative in Headwaters Region: a quality-of-life report card, a co-ordinated trail system and a youth engagement summit.
Homelessness and Housing Umbrella Group c/o Lutherwood
$131,600 over three years to research, design, test and implement local and affordable training opportunities. The capacity of staff and organizations in Waterloo Region to work with issues of homelessness and housing stability will be enhanced.
Hopewell Children's Homes
$28,000 over one year for specialized equipment to ensure better safety for preschool participants. Young people with developmental disabilities living in Guelph and Wellington County will also have increased opportunities for recreation and play.
Island Lake Rowing Club
$31,900 over three years to increase the club's membership and expand participation in rowing-club activities in Dufferin and Wellington counties. Resources for coaching and outreach will be improved, drawing more people to the sport.
Junior Achievement of Guelph Inc.
$95,000 over two years to build strategic partnerships and local commitment, broaden volunteer involvement and review organizational structure. This will increase program effectiveness for school children and youth in Guelph and Wellington County.
Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra
$22,000 over one year for a part-time promotions manager to raise community awareness of the chamber orchestra in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. The volunteer and audience base will be expanded and corporate support enhanced.
KW Diamond Ball c/o Waterloo Minor Girls Softball Association
$13,900 for a week-long event of clinics, games and development/training opportunities for local and Southwestern teams. Head coaches of the Senior Men's National Softball Team and Nova Scotia Canada Games Women's Team will provide the sessions.
Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support
$117,000 over three years to strengthen staff's capacity to create and implement a community-outreach and public-education program. A broader range of community volunteers will be encouraged to support refugee claimants in Waterloo Region.
Navy League of Canada, Kitchener-Waterloo Branch c/o Navy League of Canada (Ontario Division)
$10,200 for the purchase of musical instruments, which will enable this small, volunteer-run sea cadet's band to offer learning experiences to youth in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.
Parkinson Society of Canada, Southwestern Ontario Region c/o Parkinson Society of Canada
$75,000 over three years for community development programs for people with Parkinson's disease in Southwestern Ontario. (Additional grants of $75,000 to Essex, Kent and Lambton area and $60,000 to Grey, Bruce, Huron and Perth will support this activity.)
The Roller Coaster to Recovery Expansion Project Collaborative c/o Community Mental Health Clinic
$47,600 over one year to broaden the distribution of a guidebook for families navigating the mental health system in Wellington and Dufferin counties. The possibility of future on-line distribution will also be explored.
Run for Life Inc.
$94,000 over 18 months to strengthen the infrastructure and manage the growth of this volunteer-driven, grassroots running-and-fitness program for children and youth in Waterloo Region.
United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area
$100,000 over two years to purchase and implement a new software system. Computer upgrades will help integrate information from multiple databases and improve the organization's overall ability to strategically address and fund emerging local issues.
Waterloo-Wellington Centre of the Royal Canadian College of Organists c/o Royal Canadian College of Organists / Le Collège royal canadien des organistes
$10,500 over one year to promote an international improvisation competition that celebrates musical imagination. The July 2008 event takes place in Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph, helping provide cultural and artistic activity for the community.
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