Approval Date: June 26, 2014
$381,000 over 36 monthsTo hire staff and to digitize the organization's collections of Canada's dance history, including the legacy of artists from Aboriginal, Asian and Urban dance genres. Funds will also be used to market its archival and publishing work and to present educational programs about the diversity of Canadian dance in schools in Durham Region, Renfrew County, Essex-Kent, and Toronto.
$749,100 over 36 monthsTo enhance the capacity of community health centres (CHCs) to plan and evaluate effective health promotion. Funds will be used to increase the number of CHCs using the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) as a framework to improve community health. The initiative will also help broaden the provincial discussion on how the CIW can be used to measure, report and build on community health and wellbeing.
$200,200 over 24 monthsTo research and develop online training materials focused on integrating community engagement tools into performing arts presentations across Ontario. Workshops to educate leaders in the performing arts sector will also be conducted in all regions of the province. Funds will be used for research, workshops, staffing, and project costs.
$172,600 over 24 monthsTo help local communities to address unique barriers to housing by initiating local awareness-raising campaigns, creating self-advocacy tool kits, and facilitating human rights training workshops in Hamilton, London, Ottawa, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Toronto and Windsor. Funds will be used for staffing and program expenses.
$356,600 over 24 monthsTo build the financial management capacity of 80 to 100 Ontario charities and nonprofits by hosting 10 financial clinics. Participating leadership teams will gain understanding of their financial health, trends, risks, and opportunities, thereby enhancing their ability to incorporate financial planning into strategic plans. The initiative will also improve their knowledge of alternative financing options.
$205,900 over 24 monthsTo increase capacity by hiring personnel to train artists, foster collaborative projects and engage audiences through multidisciplinary performances in Burlington, Guelph, Kingston and St. Catharines. A tool kit for artists and presenters and a networking event will also be produced to share project outcomes and promote the model to the broader Ontario arts community.
$206,400 over 24 monthsTo promote safe, physically active and environmentally sustainable transportation to and from schools. Working with Green Communities Canada, the organization will host summits in four Ontario regions to share research and best practices, and provide supports to local communities wishing to integrate the Active and Safe Routes to School and School Travel Plan models into school district transportation policies.
$282,100 over 36 monthsTo increase community dance partnerships with arts organizations and local residents to co-create, produce and present dance performances in Cornwall, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ottawa and Sudbury. "Porch View Dances" are professionally-created dances for non-dancers, performed by local residents in their own front yards, porches, parks or other public spaces. Funds will be used for production, marketing and logistic costs.
$77,600 over 12 monthsTo support research to increase the accessibility of the organization's existing practices, programs, and resources. Funding will support this organization in providing better supports to the families and caregivers of children living with special needs who may be victims of bullying or assault.
$100,000 over 36 monthsTo deliver 14 traveling workshops, in collaboration with local media arts organization to media artists in Belleville, Guelph, London, North Bay, Ottawa and Thunder Bay. These workshops will be geared towards independent filmmakers, with a focus on dramatic and documentary filmmaking, and include classes on directing, producing, writing and grant writing, as well as animation, editing and cinematography.
$255,100 over 36 monthsTo implement Never Too Old for Gold, a comprehensive, sustainable table tennis program for seniors aged 55 and older in 45 clubs and community centres. The initiative will train hundreds of coaches and officials, engage more than 1,500 seniors in social activities using recreational and competitive table tennis, and provide nutritional and active living information to participants.
$211,100 over 24 monthsTo increase the capacity of this provincial network to sustain itself by diversifying its revenue base, identifying and responding to existing gaps and opportunities in the Network, and increasing Francophone member representation. Funds will be used for staffing and programming costs, as well as website upgrades to ensure bilingual access to the Network's knowledge products.
$130,000 over 24 monthsTo increase participation in sport for seniors aged 55 and older by expanding access to regional games and leagues, and developing partnerships with Ontario provincial sport organizations, adult recreational groups and seniors centres. The organization will also provide volunteer training and communication supports for members, clubs, districts and leagues. Funds will be used for staffing, regional and provincial meetings, workshops and equipment.
$228,600 over 12 monthsTo implement We Belong, a culturally and socially inclusive after-school physical activity program with a specific focus on newcomer children and youth in 10 Ontario communities. Funds will be used for program expenses, staffing and material development.
$750,000 over 36 monthsTo increase diversity for board and volunteer leadership positions in Hamilton, Ottawa and London. This organization will work with Volunteer Ottawa, Hamilton's Centre for Civic Inclusion and Maytree Foundation to pilot the diverseCity onBoard program in these cities, developing governance and accountability structures, as well as strategic and operational plans. This board diversity program will contribute to more inclusive and engaged communities.
$256,200 over 36 monthsTo increase capacity for communities to develop their own prevention and coordination strategies for addressing family homelessness. In collaboration with Port Cares, Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health and Oolagen Community Services, a research study will be conducted to generate new ideas, promote best practices, and develop practical tools and recommendations. This initiative includes in-depth community consultations, a final report, and a public education campaign.
$45,000 over 12 monthsTo develop a communications strategy to reach out to more Francophone parents and caregivers of children who are deaf and/or hard of hearing in Ontario. Funding will support the development of new marketing materials to promote the use of Langue des signes québecoise (LSQ) and to increase awareness of available supports and services.
$217,500 over 24 monthsTo develop and launch RDÉE Ontario THETIS, an online employment resource for Ontario Francophones. The program matches potential employers with candidates, and supports them throughout the interview and placement process. It will also help reduce unemployment and underemployment for newcomer and immigrant Francophone professionals.
$395,500 over 36 monthsTo expand the impact of the Back to Nature network and train educators and medical practitioners to provide practical opportunities for families, schools, academia and communities to help children and families connect with nature in significant ways, become physically active and learn about Ontario's natural environment. The funds will be used for staffing and program expenses to deliver learning opportunities and grow the network.
$560,000 over 36 monthsTo implement the Swim to Survive+ School program providing survival swimming skills for more than 30,000 Grade 7 students. The program provides lessons in local pools and classrooms with the goal to reduce drowning among youths aged 15 to 24, an age group with some of the highest rates of drowning and unsafe water practices.
$318,600 over 24 monthsTo implement a club consultation and capacity-building project for 375 skating clubs. More than 3,500 staff, coaches and volunteers will receive training and support on club operations and programming, and the newly-developed CanSkate learn-to-skate program. Funds will support staffing and program expenses.
$340,000 over 36 monthsTo present multidisciplinary arts festivals featuring artists with disabilities in Kingston, London, Ottawa, Sudbury, Thunder Bay and Windsor. Networking events for artists, organizations, businesses and supporters will also be held. Funds will be used to hire staff, cover artistic and promotional costs, and build partnerships.
$118,500 over 12 monthsTo increase skills-sharing, collaboration and to develop a strategic framework to tackle shared environmental issues across six Ontario cities. Environment Hamilton and Ecology Ottawa will collaborate with this organization to engage urban environmental groups in Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, Guelph, Windsor and Sudbury on energy conservation and greenhouse gas reduction activities. Funds will be used for staffing, workshops and project expenses.
$1,250,000 over 24 monthsTo plan and execute the Pan American and Parapan American Torch Relay programs in support of the 2015 Pan and Parapan Am Games. The Torch Relays will visit more than 100 communities, supporting artistic, cultural and sport-related community celebrations across the province. The initiative will provide opportunities for community organizations, youth and other diverse groups to volunteer and participate in celebrations of the Torch Relays and the Games.
$121,600 over 24 monthsTo provide mentoring and educational supports to students learning French as a second language. The Online Homework Help in French program will provide support to students attending French immersion schools in the Greater Toronto Area in the first year, and then in the Ottawa / Gatineau area in the following year.
$120,000 over 24 monthsTo increase capacity among northern arts organizations through collaborative arts development activities which will lead to a Northern Conference for the Arts in 2015. The conference will help to unify arts organizations and encourage future partnerships and resource sharing within the North and throughout Ontario. A project coordinator will be hired to undertake community-based consultations to shape the content of the conference.
$386,300 over 24 monthsTo expand the Homeward Bound program to Peterborough, Leeds Grenville and with the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres. Homeward Bound is a four-year program that helps under-housed or homeless single mothers become stabilized, graduate, start careers and achieve economic self-sufficiency. The organization will develop an advisory committee in each community, conduct a feasibility study, and lay the groundwork for replication in these communities.
Approval Date: October 30, 2014
$390,000 over 24 monthsTo increase meaningful employment opportunities for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Ontario. As part of a collaborative project, this initiative will work with employers to pilot concepts developed by Specialisterne Canada and proven to work in Europe, British Columbia and Quebec. It will include employment services management and assessment, training, data analysis, expanding partnerships in Ontario and program evaluation.
$57,300 over 12 monthsTo develop a code of practice for the visual and media arts sector and establish an online hub to support more effective networking and best practices in Ontario.
$372,400 over 36 monthsTo develop six curriculum modules about inclusion that will be used to help shape individual and institutional relationships with youth living with intellectual disabilities. The initiative will be guided by a provincial youth advisory committee, and funding will support annual retreats and community-based projects in communities across Ontario.
$118,900 over 24 monthsTo deliver education, outreach and support services that allow community groups, environmental organizations, First Nations and the aggregate industry to implement a voluntary certification system for responsible aggregate use in Ontario. Funds will support workshops, training, resource materials and stakeholder participation.
$250,300 over 36 monthsTo conduct research and share best practices related to athlete and dancer development and career transitions. The project will culminate in a conference that will bring together the sport, dance, health and education communities to advance community-based sport and dance, two distinct sectors with common cultures and challenges in Ontario.
$326,700 over 36 monthsTo take action on environmental hazards such as mould, lead, pesticides, pests and chemicals experienced by people living in rental housing and on low incomes. Through the RentSafe initiative, tenants and service providers will devise local approaches to increase knowledge and confidence to overcome housing-related health risks. Educational materials and a video will be developed.
$150,000 over 24 monthsTo support the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Housing Action Lab, a collaborative project that examines the housing system with the goal of identifying and advancing scalable solutions for sustainable and affordable housing. Funding will support workshops and labs with housing sector change-makers, with the goal of prototyping solutions to improve housing affordability and sustainability for residents in the GTA.
$750,000 over 36 monthsTo strengthen the Aboriginal voice in the northern and mainstream media. Funds will be used to deliver journalism training to 100 Aboriginal people in ten reserve communities in Northern Ontario, and train community members to operate community radio stations. Courses in media engagement, public relations and communications will be developed, delivered, and integrated into the ongoing offerings at the Lac Seul Training Centre of Excellence in Hudson.
$202,200 over 24 monthsTo hire staff to begin implementing the strategic plan of Project George, the only land-based, cultural youth camp offered in the James Bay region. Funds will also be used to develop a succession plan, implement a youth leadership training program and create a procedures manual for staff and volunteers.
$60,700 over 12 monthsTo expand awareness and understanding of Northern Ontario professional artists, including Aboriginal, Francophone and culturally diverse artists, by implementing a unique Northern exhibition during Ontario Scene, a multi-disciplinary arts festival to be held April 28 to May 10, 2015. Funds will support artists fees, travel and other programming costs.
$715,000 over 36 monthsTo develop a smart phone app that will offer participants incentives for active living as well as provide the organization with an ongoing source of revenue. The app will offer health-related content, manage personal activity goals and feature a loyalty program providing reward incentives when users reach a daily target of walking 10,000 steps.
$235,400 over 36 monthsTo offer programs and services for playwrights and build partnerships with theatre organizations across Ontario. Local artists will be employed and new audiences reached through play readings, workshops and festivals in Brantford, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo Region, London and Sudbury.
$747,000 over 36 monthsTo provide financial literacy training and one-on-one coaching in four First Nations communities in Northern and Southern Ontario, as well as other assistance as identified by the communities. Funds will also be used to train people in 12 other communities, and make program tools and resources available online for all Ontario First Nations groups.
$371,800 over 24 monthsTo advance changes in local food systems by working with regional and municipal food groups to accelerate the implementation of initiatives and policies necessary for reform. Funds will support staff costs, a database of best practices and initiatives, sharing of topic-specific tools and resources, and cross-sectoral networking.
$75,000 over 36 monthsTo deliver online lectures and seminars for students of classical music, their teachers and the Orchestra's alumni. Funds will allow facilitators and master teachers to host and conduct ten sessions a year across Ontario and cover associated production and translation costs.
$61,000 over 12 monthsTo develop two online tool kits and supports to strengthen the organizational capacity of Francophone arts and cultural organizations and groups in Ontario. Funding will support a starting kit with resources on governance and planning, and a project delivery kit with resources on co-design, labs and touring. Free training opportunities will also be offered in Toronto, Ottawa and Sudbury.
$1,000,000 over 36 monthsTo complete more than 1,300 kilometres of the Trans Canada Trail from North Bay to the Manitoba border, and enhance the capacity of Aboriginal eco-tourism businesses along the trail.
$214,100 over 24 monthsTo promote indigenous models of river protection in Ontario’s Far North and build capacity for First Nations communities to provide informed input into community-based land use planning. Funds will support a northern coordinator who speaks OjiCree or Cree and the creation of culturally appropriate tools and materials to advance river protection.
$258,400 over 24 monthsTo hire staff to digitize the organization's archives, publish research on the efficacy of art and mental health programs, and expand its practice model to three communities in Ontario. This project also includes partnerships with Ontario universities to assess the social return on investment in art and mental health programs.
Approval Date: March 4, 2015
$279,400 over 36 monthsTo create an online hub for artists, organizations, scholars, arts project funders, research and analysis to advance and foster the arts in diverse Ontario communities. New organizational models will also be developed to sustain operations and networking activities. Funds will be used for salaries and program costs.
$65,000 over 12 monthsTo increase support for women in Ontario who have been abused, by redesigning its crisis helpline and website to meet the province's accessibility standards. Live chat capability and a mobile application will also be included. Funds will be used for accessibility upgrades and outreach.
$413,300 over 36 monthsTo develop tools and information dashboards that will engage donors and also provide charitable organizations with research and analysis into giving practices. Existing CanadaHelps data systems will be updated, links will be made to publicly available data sets and webinar/workshop opportunities will be provided to 750 charities. Funds will support staff and program costs.
$478,700 over 24 monthsTo expand the Succeed Clean initiative, an awareness and education program addressing issues around appearance- and performance-enhancing drugs. It will be expanded to 12 new communities, reaching over 30,000 children and youth, while engaging community stakeholders to create effective education tools for young people, parents, educators and coaches. Funds will support salaries and program costs.
$129,600 over 24 monthsTo introduce this unique Toronto-based festival format to seven regional communities. Workshops led by filmmakers and athletes will be offered to young audiences to deliver a positive message about creativity and physical activity. Funds will be used to hire part-time staff and to develop new business and marketing strategies.
$85,600 over 24 monthsTo expand the reach of Playlinks, a program that enhances the theatrical experience of students attending plays by Roseneath Theatre and Carousel Players. Up to 15,000 children and youth from Southwestern and Central Ontario will be able to interact with actors through workshops, exploring issues ranging from inclusion to bullying. Funds will help with salaries and program costs.
$200,000 over 48 monthsTo enhance the impact and capacity of a program offering experiential learning about democracy that is designed for elementary and high school students. The program will serve school boards across Ontario, expand fundraising and increase volunteer numbers for the Local Teacher Ambassador Network. Funds will help with salaries and program costs.
$321,100 over 36 monthsTo improve community sport by creating 10 to 15 new sport councils and enhancing the sustainability of 21 existing councils. This initiative supports local sport programming through volunteer training, developing partnerships between municipalities and sport councils, and providing tools to enhance their operational capacity and financial viability. Funds will support salaries and program costs.
$199,100 over 24 monthsTo engage volunteers in data collection, reporting and the building of new community partnerships that will help to conserve local ecosystems and biodiversity. Funds will support outreach, training, and workshops that provide hands-on outdoor opportunities.
$300,500 over 36 monthsTo increase capacity by hiring staff to expand the "Tale of a Town" story gathering and performance model to 24 new communities. This initiative involves the collection and preservation of community stories and oral histories, engaging artists, community organizations and 2,000 volunteers to collect, map and digitally disseminate up to 6,000 stories.
$238,300 over 24 monthsTo develop a network of public health, planning and environmental agencies working together to safeguard, restore and enhance ecosystems and green spaces. Funding will go towards research, communication, and knowledge development.
$260,200 over 24 monthsTo connect Ontarians with three UNESCO Biosphere Reserves: Frontenac Arch, Georgian Bay and Long Point by expanding the Amazing Places Conservation and Stewardship program. Virtual and onsite education materials will be used to promote the program, enabling people to appreciate outdoor experiences and understand the need to safeguard Ontario's ecosystems. Funds will support staff and program costs.
$339,200 over 24 monthsTo establish early detection and rapid response networks for invasive plant and insect species in four pilot areas across Southern and Northern Ontario. Volunteer networks consisting of environmental and conservation groups, farmers, woodlot owners, educators, students and other interested community members will receive training on responding to and controlling priority species. Funds will support staff and program costs.
$395,500 over 24 monthsTo increase safety and empowerment levels of abused women when engaged in the family law system by adapting and implementing the Luke's Place Service Delivery model. This will be delivered in the Nipissing, Temiskaming, Parry Sound and Cochrane areas. Funds will help with salaries, training, and program and administrative costs.
$151,100 over 24 monthsTo launch the second phase of the "Craft Export Readiness" program, connecting craft makers, galleries and guilds to Canadian and American markets through online education and marketing. Funds will help hire a project manager to oversee the hosting, marketing and promoting online courses and webinars. Community sessions will be held in Thunder Bay, Haliburton, Kitchener, Toronto, and Kingston.
$300,800 over 18 monthsTo enable 30 nonprofit organizations to achieve new revenue through enterprise activities. Promising practices will be studied and shared, nonprofits will learn about enterprise development through webinars and training sessions. Funds will be used for salaries and program costs.
$510,600 over 60 monthsTo expand on a program that supports youth living in low-income families to graduate from high school and pursue a post-secondary education. New ways to deliver the program will be developed and piloted in up to three communities. Funds will be used for staffing, as well as program and equipment costs.
$222,800 over 36 monthsTo expand Project Neutrals neighbourhood climate change program, encouraging people to make tangible household greenhouse gas reductions. Working with community partners in Toronto, Guelph, London and Eden Mills, it will implement strategies to build market reach and realize a sustainable model to enable future expansion across Ontario.
$30,500 over 12 monthsTo deliver leadership and skill-building workshops to Francophone post-secondary students living in Toronto, Ottawa, Hearst and Sudbury. This series of workshops will encourage Francophone youth to become more civically engaged and involved with coordinating and promoting local Francophone activities. Funds will support staff and program costs.
$414,900 over 24 monthsTo improve the quality of physical activity and sport experiences by employing physical literacy tools for children between six months and five years of age. More than 250 front-line early childhood educators, teachers and coaches will be trained, and provincial sports organizations will receive support to implement Physical Literacy and Long-Term Athlete Development models.
$134,100 over 24 monthsTo make Ontario Culture Days a sustainable organization focused on engaging the public in their communities' arts and culture sector. Funds will support salaries, as well as program and equipment costs.
$361,000 over 24 monthsTo scale-up the IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Training program, providing more leadership training opportunities for youth. Funds will support salary and program costs as this initiative is introduced in the surrounding areas of Ottawa, Guelph, London and Sudbury.
$175,800 over 12 monthsTo develop an information management system that will digitize the delivery and fee structure of its publishing and archival materials. Funds will be used to hire a Project Manager and help with other salaries for consultations around designing online services, professional development, education and networking activities.
$249,100 over 24 monthsTo launch Parkbus South, a service enabling GTA residents to gain outdoor experiences through day-trips to provincial parks, conservation areas and other outdoor facilities. These trips will reach a wide demographic, including beginner-adventurers, new Canadians, low-income residents, families and seniors. Funds will help with salaries and program costs.