March 6, 2014
$225,000 over 36 monthsTo support a project coordinator to implement a civic education program in Scarborough to enable newcomers to learn about Canada's political system and civic culture. A research component and a Community of Practice will help to build knowledge on what makes for an effective community-based civic engagement initiative.
$43,900 over 12 monthsTo support a collaborative mentorship program in which Just BGRAPHIC will increase its administrative, governance and resource development capacity to deliver responsive and sustainable programming for youth in the Jane-Finch community, while Art Starts will develop its mentorship systems and policies, increasing its ability support emerging community arts organizations in Toronto.
$300,000 over 48 monthsTo hire a project coordinator to deliver healthy and sustainable food programs and workshops to learn to grow, choose, prepare and sell healthy food. Project WEALTH (We Enable, Affirm, Lead, Thrive, & Honour) will enable over 1,000 women, teenagers, seniors, new comers and people with low income in Scarborough to improve their well-being through food skills development and community engagement opportunities.
$150,000 over 12 monthsTo improve the organization’s theatre space by repairing the stage rigging, upgrading the lighting, replacing the projector and purchasing blinds for the upper lobby. These improvements will enable the theatre to continue to operate at a professional level, develop new programs and improve efficiencies. The P.C. Ho Theatre, located within the Centre in Scarborough, has served over 400,000 people since opening seven years ago.
$150,000 over 6 monthsTo renovate the basement of the largest shelter in Toronto dedicated to refugee families in order to create space for educational workshops and recreational, physical and social activities.
$115,100 over 24 monthsTo provide training and resources that will increase cultural competency among Toronto organizations that support people who have developmental disabilities. Funding will be used for salary and program expenses.
$150,000 over 24 monthsTo provide community-tailored civic literacy training workshops and educational materials to increase civic engagement, knowledge of government roles and voter participation rates among youth, newcomers, Aboriginal and racialized community members and individuals living with low incomes. This initiative will reach 200,000 people through a train-the-trainer approach, social media, town-hall workshops and endorsement by 200 local agencies.
$75,500 over 12 monthsTo support a community development initiative that will engage youth, youth workers and residents in Toronto's Weston-Mt. Dennis neighbourhood. Workshops and training sessions will help build the skills necessary for participants to improve neighbourhood conditions and work collaboratively on community issues. Funds will support staffing and program costs.
$224,700 over 36 monthsTo use the sport of cricket to engage youth in Toronto's Regent Park community. The ‘Can-Cricket’ project begins with in-school coaching, followed by community events, and leads to locally-led junior cricket leagues in the community that focus on fun physical activity, inclusiveness and participation. Funds will support coaching, program staffing and administrative costs.
$64,800 over 12 monthsTo upgrade theatre and office equipment. Located in Toronto's distillery district, this troupe collaborates with over 60 organizations and 500 artists, and has an average of 4,000 visitors each year.
$87,000 over 24 monthsTo build a youth-led cross-sectoral support network for non-status youth in Toronto involving key stakeholder organizations serving this population. The network will engage stakeholders in dialogues around issues that affect non-status youth and work collaboratively to respond to the unique needs of this vulnerable and under-served group.
$225,000 over 36 monthsTo establish the Cross-Cultural Food Access Innovation Hub, a capacity-building platform for communities of colour, new Canadians, and Aboriginal communities in Toronto to develop innovative, self-determined and healthy food access solutions, projects and organizations. Funds will support staffing and project costs associated with building the capacity of the Hub's first cohort of mentees: Toronto Black Farmers Collective, Thorncliffe Park Women's Committee, and Three Sisters Aboriginal Community Kitchens.
$197,700 over 36 monthsTo establish a peer program at the collaborative Reintegration Centre in South Etobicoke. It will offer peer support, referrals and accompaniment to the more than 200 men released weekly from the Toronto South Detention Centre. This will increase their chances of successful reintegration, and will provide valuable training and employment opportunities for peers.
$59,100 over 36 monthsTo expand programming in Scarborough. Last year, a total of 1,262 students in Scarborough were reached. Funds will support staff, and program materials to address the increased demand for programs in the area. Over the next three years, programs will be delivered to an additional 2,340 students.
$94,000 over 12 monthsTo install an elevator to increase access to the organization's classes, workshops, library and conference room. The Centre serves over 120,000 Korean-Canadians in the Greater Toronto Area.
$16,400 over 12 monthsTo support a program of art workshops and lectures for children and youth focused on Latin American art history and culture. Local artists, academics and community organizations will be engaged in sharing their understanding of Latin American art and culture.
$170,000 over 36 monthsTo support community arts programming in the Dundas and Islington area of Etobicoke, involving children, youth, families and seniors. The organization will share its learning and support community arts leaders in other neighbourhoods to launch new initiatives. Funds will be used for salaries and program expenses.
$41,600 over 12 monthsTo purchase two vans to increase access to an adult day program for seniors with physical and cognitive impairments from the Beaches/East York community of Toronto.
$12,700 over 12 monthsTo increase the quality of concerts and develop new performance opportunities in community spaces by purchasing new audio equipment. The 160-member choir, ranging in ages from 17 to 70, has a diverse audience of over 2,400 patrons a year.
$315,000 over 36 monthsTo install an elevator and hire staff to develop arts programming for the Centre's new permanent facility in Toronto's Oakwood Village. This innovative collaboration will seek to enhance the well-being of Oakwood Village community members and African Canadian young people by providing barrier-free access to health care, social services and an array of artistic programs.
$258,500 over 36 monthsTo build the capacity of the North Toronto neighbourhood food bank network through investments in infrastructure and the creation of a shared platform to deliver mentoring, capacity building, and leadership development services to neighbourhood food banks, starting with four pilot sites.
$43,700 over 12 monthsTo work with a consultant on the second phase of an initiative to explore innovative and collaborative integration opportunities with other organizations for the purpose of strengthening services for women in Toronto. The centre will identify potential alternatives to its current structure, create integrated framework and implementation plans, and pursue opportunities with prospective partners
$225,000 over 36 monthsTo increase the knowledge of Toronto newcomer youth regarding sexual health and relationships by providing peer-designed and -led training and resources.
$163,000 over 12 monthsTo prepare for WorldPride 2014 Toronto by hiring staff, enhancing accessibility and sustainability programs and by purchasing furniture, tents and equipment. The 10-day event in the city’s downtown core will use more than 40 square blocks, six parks, two City-owned squares and a university campus to accommodate approximately two million attendees.
$34,000 over 12 monthsTo move two organizations to the same site, construct a group room, install telephone systems and purchase kitchen and office equipment. This initiative will provide clients living with HIV/AIDS in Toronto with increased accessibility and comfort.
$184,100 over 36 monthsTo support a Toronto and Peel region project that will provide Latino-Hispanic high school students with opportunities to acquire leadership skills. This initiative will also train 500 teachers and teacher candidates to become agents of change in building a school culture that values the diverse contributions of all students. A project manager will be hired and an expanded toolkit made available online.
$158,800 over 24 monthsTo train Francophone volunteers to help seniors access services and resources to improve their quality of life. This initiative will provide Francophone seniors with socializing opportunities, reduce their feeling of isolation and increase their well-being.
$59,500 over 12 monthsTo hire a coordinator to mobilize Muslim and South Asian seniors from Toronto's Thorncliffe Park, Flemingdon Park and Victoria Village areas to form the “Senior’s Network for Integration” . Funds will also be used to develop an educational toolkit and a multilingual website to eliminate the barriers that prevent them from accessing services that are key to their well-being and integration.
$150,000 over 12 monthsTo renovate the Punanai Centre, an addiction treatment facility in downtown Toronto that serves up to 350 men a year. This initiative will increase accessibility, conserve energy and help preserve a heritage property.
$105,000 over 24 monthsTo undertake a multi-level capacity building initiative that will strengthen the governance structure and management systems of the Hub, develop an integrated service delivery model with its eleven partner agencies, and enable better engagement with grassroots organizations and resident groups in Toronto's Rexdale-Jamestown neighbourhood. Funds will support staff and programing costs.
$225,000 over 36 monthsTo increase administrative infrastructure, developmental strategies and programming for CUE, an arts initiative dedicated to providing accessible arts support and mentorship to young people on the margins. The initiative will engage over 225 young artists through the support and creation of 60 youth artists’ projects, 60 youth writers in writing projects, a residency program and the development of a long-term strategic framework for CUE.
$67,100 over 24 monthsTo provide Somali youth aged 12 to 16 with a peer-led mentorship program that will create opportunities for positive personal growth and achievement. Participants will implement an action plan that will include a personal volunteer commitment and/or business activity.
$102,000 over 24 monthsTo train service providers and peer mentors using the centre's training manual called RIGHTS.fm - Resource Information Guide to Human Trafficking Systems (Forced Marriage), to increase community awareness and services for South Asian women facing abusive domestic situations. Train-the-trainer workshops will be held in central and west Toronto and Scarborough. Funds will be used for staffing and program costs.
$147,500 over 24 monthsTo train community peer leaders who will provide culturally-appropriate education and resources to prevent violence against women. This initiative will serve Toronto's Urdu, Tamil, Bengali and Tagalog speaking communities.
$150,000 over 12 monthsTo renovate the Jane and Finch Boys' and Girls' Club to make it a more child-friendly, safer, and healthier facility for the dozens of children who benefit from the lunch and after-school programming on a daily basis.
$168,000 over 36 monthsTo support a contemporary art education program led jointly by The Power Plant (TPP) and St. Alban's Boys and Girls Club. This will increase arts education opportunities for youth in the Weston-Mount Dennis community and increase participation of inner suburban youth in the contemporary arts education programs at TPP.
$130,000 over 24 monthsTo support the development and establishment of a unique and emerging peer-led support group program in Toronto for partners of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Funds will be used for staffing, volunteer and staff training, manuals and computer equipment.
$14,100 over 12 monthsTo develop a musical training and mentorship program for youth who live in Toronto's Weston community. Youth will participate in personal development workshops and learn to play an instrument under the guidance of experienced young musicians.
$150,000 over 12 monthsTo renovate the centre’s kitchen area and improve the heating and ventilation systems, electrical systems, plumbing and tiling. This will support the Toronto centre’s role of providing social service, cultural and recreation programs for all ages.
$224,200 over 36 monthsTo support five organizations to work collaboratively to increase residents' capacity to build an inclusive community in the Toronto neighbourhoods of Lawrence Heights, Lotherton Pathway and Neptune. Train-the-trainer sessions and 'community cafes' will be held to gather input, identify priorities, and create opportunities for residents to collaborate amongst themselves and with others. Funds will be used for staffing and program costs.
$140,900 over 24 monthsTo deliver a series of creative writing workshops in Toronto geared to people who are homeless, youth facing multiple barriers, abused women and members of the Aboriginal and LGBTQ communities. This initiative will create a community of writers in often-silenced populations while increasing the literacy skills of participants.
$14,900 over 12 monthsTo conduct a research initiative in Toronto’s St. Clair West community to assess existing homelessness programs and services and increase the organization’s capacity to respond to the needs of its clients. Individuals who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless will participate in interviews and focus groups to share their experiences. Consultations will be held with local agencies doing similar work.
$119,300 over 24 monthsTo design and renovate a 2,400 square feet space to provide an open, accessible and safe venue for youth from the Victoria Village, Crescent Town, Kennedy Park, Dorset Park communities of Toronto. This drop-in lounge will enable youth to connect and engage within their communities and with several local service providers.
December 3, 2013
$1,125,000 over 36 monthsTo invest in a co-funding partnership between the Ontario Trillium Foundation and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation in collaboration with Park People, to support community-based initiatives that will protect and enhance park spaces and green infrastructures across Toronto. This initiative will act as a pilot for potential replication and/or scaling across Ontario.
October 31, 2013
$194,400 over 36 monthsTo increase community outreach and partnership-building efforts to deepen the impact of this social finance enterprise across Toronto. Workshops on financial literacy, business planning and business skills development will also be delivered to disadvantaged individuals, increasing their opportunities to receive a microloan.
$71,200 over 12 monthsTo conduct Phase 2 of a research study engaging 200 people with disabilities in Toronto in 20 peer-led focus groups on the topic of aging with a disability. A final research paper, disseminated broadly, will help policy makers identify service gaps and required resources, and make recommendations to inform and improve the work of the 12 organizations in the Aging With a Disability Working Group.
$210,000 over 36 monthsTo coordinate a personalized music program that will reach people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and engage 100 volunteers, particularly youth, in an iPod donation drive and the provision of technical support and online content. Website and social media components will also be launched to connect with other agencies, encourage financial donations and enable the recycling of digital audio players.
$185,400 over 36 monthsTo teach computer gaming skills to 120 participants aged 16 and older who reflect Toronto's cultural, gender and social diversity. This project will bring more voices to Toronto’s game community while increasing participant access to education about a creative medium with many job opportunities.
$199,400 over 36 monthsTo engage youth aged 16 to 25 from the Toronto communities of Regent Park, Kingston Galloway/Orton Park, Malvern and Jamestown to train under top theatre, dance, video and music professionals. Participants will collaborate to create a final showcase of their original work. Funds will support staffing and program administration costs.
$66,300 over 24 monthsTo modify and expand the peer-led grief support program for youth to be more accessible and better meet the needs of youth, moving to a flexible drop-in model to be offered at six locations in priority neighbourhoods across the city, and increasing supports to schools.
$136,700 over 36 monthsTo expand programs serving the vulnerable and at-risk in the Lawrence Heights and Westminster-Branson neighborhoods of north-west Toronto. These programs include Yenta's Kitchen meal production, Baker’s Dozen cooking program for at-risk youth, as well as weekly socio/educational groups for seniors.
$180,100 over 36 monthsTo support Advocacy for Change: A Community Mental Health Initiative, a resident-led consumer survivor advisory group that will guide the work of the Northwest Community Mental Health Network, composed of 25 organizations providing mental health services to residents of Toronto's Jane & Finch community. The initiative will build the skills of individual participants, improve community mental health literacy, and both inform and improve local service delivery.
$150,000 over 12 monthsTo purchase equipment and renovate the reception area, large boardroom and kitchen at the new location of this multidisciplinary agency that offers a large range of services to the Toronto Francophone community.
$70,000 over 6 monthsTo purchase two eight-passenger vehicles, which will provide 6,000 rides annually, maintaining access to health care appointments and social and recreational activities for seniors, the frail elderly and people with disabilities in Toronto.
$16,800 over 9 monthsTo support the 2014 Courage Canada National Blind Hockey Tournament to be held in Toronto. More than 50 players who are blind or visually impaired from across Canada will participate. Funding will support the purchase of adaptive pucks, ice rental and accommodations.
$140,100 over 24 monthsTo provide training, mentoring and employment to youth volunteers in community-based research, transforming the way youth health services are planned and delivered at the centre. Trained youth community advocates from Toronto's Weston-Pelham Park area will have opportunities and support to shape the health programs and services available to them.
$141,800 over 6 monthsTo purchase equipment and make accessibility renovations to its two locations in Scarborough, at Kingston Galloway/Orton Park. These improvements will benefit community members who participate in programs such as community social planning, mental health support, choirs, soccer and community lunches organized by the five collaborative partners and 35 service delivery hub partners from across Toronto.
$184,500 over 36 monthsTo expand the FitClub program in Toronto to encourage teenage girls facing physical inactivity, food and self-esteem issues to discover the advantages and enjoyment of being active, in an environment that is positive and promotes a healthy self-image. In partnership with a Toronto school board, the program is expected to reach 6,000 girls by 2016.
$14,800 over 12 monthsTo update the organization's computer system with current hardware and software that will make the computer courses offered at the Centre more relevant and accessible for hundreds of seniors in Toronto.
$69,000 over 36 monthsTo increase the organization's capacity, sustainability and visibility by hiring staff and developing new programs and activities in preparation for 2014 World Pride, the 400th Anniversary of Samuel de Champlain and the 2015 Pan /ParaPan American Games. The organization serves the Francophone LGBTQ community in Toronto, providing all programs and activities in French.
$79,100 over 24 monthsTo implement the education and engagement strategy of The Dream Team, a consumer-survivor led organization focused on advancing the causes of supportive housing and eradicating stigmas for people with mental health and addiction issues. Funding will support member training and skill development, the creation of outreach and education resources, and the expansion of public education activities to include 60 presentations in Toronto annually.
$35,000 over 12 monthsTo purchase equipment for a second Tool Library located in Toronto's east end that will allow community members to access tools and training to improve their neighbourhoods. The new facility will also include a Makerspace, a hub for creativity, community building, skill development and education.
$14,900 over 12 monthsTo conduct a social media education and awareness campaign and gather, synthesize and disseminate information on isolation, depression, anxiety and addiction to the new wave of Toronto Irish immigrants, in particular those aged 18 to 35.
$150,000 over 24 monthsTo support the Collaborative Leaders for a Collaborative Future initiative to increase the impact of local service delivery by immigrant-serving employment agencies. Funds will be used to support staffing and administration costs associated with designing, evaluating and sharing a collaborative leadership development program for 50 managers from across Toronto.
$225,000 over 36 monthsTo support staffing and program costs for the Community Arts Guild as it builds community arts capacity In East Scarborough. Local residents will be able to participate in visual arts, theatre, music, dance, puppetry and mask-making.
$235,000 over 36 monthsTo invest in equipment, develop joint activities with other organizations and deliver new training opportunities for artists and school workshop programs. The only Francophone media arts-based artist-run centre outside Québec, the organization will operate within a cluster of artist-run media-arts organizations at its new venue in Toronto’s Queen St. West district.
$30,000 over 12 monthsTo study the feasibility of a plan to secure a permanent facility in downtown Toronto, where all activities could be consolidated under one roof. The organization is a leading French-language theatre in Ontario and presents five productions a year to approximately 8,000 Francophone and Francophile spectators.
$149,000 over 24 monthsTo develop a collaborative community-based documentary film program and conference with the organization DOC Toronto. Interpreters will lead screenings and discussions as well as form local film clubs in up to fifty linguistic communities across Toronto. The initiative will harness the power of documentary films to encourage community dialogue, inspire civic engagement and combat isolation among newcomers.
$211,200 over 36 monthsTo support the Sunshine Project, an after-school tennis program in the northwest region of Toronto, an area where social and economic challenges pose barriers to playing tennis. Through this initiative 900 children in grades 1 to 6 will have access to subsidized tennis lessons.
$83,600 over 12 monthsTo purchase an industrial air conditioning unit and make necessary studio and office equipment upgrades. These improvements will improve the efficiency of this Toronto organization, enhance the quality of its educational programs and artistic activities, and help preserve an extensive archive of Canadian print-based artwork.
$183,900 over 36 monthsTo provide students at a high-need Toronto high school with increased communication, problem-solving, conflict-resolution, facilitation and leadership learning opportunities, using a circle model that combines a restorative justice philosophy with dispute resolution and consensus building principles, undertaken in a group setting.
$210,000 over 36 monthsTo support staffing, program and sports equipment costs. Up to 300 youth from priority neighbourhoods in Toronto will be invited to join a local sports team. Volunteer police officers coach and play alongside the youth, initiating positive interactions with police where officers are mentors rather than law enforcers.
$15,000 over 6 monthsTo purchase a set of 10 Taiko drums to enable the organization to expand its outreach and educational programming, including residencies at Toronto schools. Participating students will learn Taiko drumming and increase their awareness of Asian cultural heritage.
$210,000 over 48 monthsTo develop a multidisciplinary community art project in Toronto's inner-city Winchester Park community that will engage over 500 individuals. Seniors, youth, newcomers and low-income families will be involved in creating public art and community theatre based on the local stories and traditions of the people who live in the neighbourhood. Funding will support staffing and program expenses.
$112,400 over 36 monthsTo launch Mapping Genealogies, Building Futures, which will research, document and archive the South Asian history of Toronto and launch a youth mentorship program between emerging and established artists. Funding will be used to hire an outreach coordinator and support program expenses.
$46,300 over 12 monthsTo engage Toronto youth aged 16 to 25 to facilitate dialogue between youth and social service providers. C2Y is a collaborative initiative in which youth will receive leadership and anti-oppression training through a theatre arts-based process that prepare them to develop and deliver workshops for staff at shelters, child welfare agencies and group homes.
$75,000 over 18 monthsTo increase civic engagement with youth who are homeless and the broader public through Just CLAY, an experimental clay workshop at Evergreen Brick Works. The initiative will help grow the social purpose enterprise portion of Just CLAY to advocate for environmental consciousness and train youth to develop, deliver and evaluate the success of these workshops and improve overall administration.
$75,000 over 12 monthsTo help people tell their own bold, raw, personal stories of living with a spinal cord injury or other physical disability. This work will culminate in 12 performances of a play. After the performances, these individuals will be prepared to educate those in corporations, schools and at other events about issues facing people with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities. Funding will support artist and rehearsal costs.
$102,800 over 6 monthsTo purchase new theatre seating, assisted listening devices, large screen monitors, a lobby sound system, automatic door openers and closed circuit cameras. These investments will build a more comfortable, inclusive and dynamic environment.
$39,700 over 12 monthsTo support programs in which Toronto youth can build their own bicycles, make use of drop-In hours to maintain their bikes in a safe and supportive environment, and participate in a youth riding club that promotes the teaching of safe cycling skills by CAN-BIKE certified instructors. Funds will support bike parts, equipment, staffing and admin costs.
$230,200 over 36 monthsTo implement Men Can Cook!, a series of interactive nutrition and culinary workshops for youth at seven Community Health Centres in priority neighbourhoods across Toronto. Participants will work with professional chefs, nutritionists, dietitians and professors, build life and employment skills, and obtain their Food Handler Certification..
$66,000 over 36 monthsTo deliver a music education program to children and youth in five schools in Brampton and Toronto's Jane and Finch, East York, and western North York communities. "From Violence to Violins Program" reaches children and youth in priority neighbourhoods to take part in free ensemble music lessons taught on violins by world-class musicians and experienced teachers.
$150,000 over 12 monthsTo make electrical and mechanical upgrades at an emergency shelter for single women in downtown Toronto that provides supportive housing, addiction services and a learning centre. This initiative will improve the building’s sustainability and the safety and well-being of staff and clients.
$300,000 over 48 monthsTo support the six organizations in this collaborative to establish an Elder Persons Consortium in the Thorncliffe Park neighbourhood of Toronto that will engage seniors in the development of programs and outreach initiatives. This will result in better coordination of services for marginalized seniors.
$225,000 over 36 monthsTo provide 850 volunteers with practical leadership training in order to help build the capacity and vitality of the Toronto community. These volunteers will help organize neighbourhood games leading up to the 2015 Pan Am/Para PanAm Games, and then be placed with community organizations that need volunteers.
$224,500 over 36 monthsTo engage and mobilize both seniors and community stakeholders to make Toronto an Age-Friendly City in accordance with World Health Organization guidelines and the principles of Age-Friendly Communities Canada. Neighbourhoods across the city will be selected, working groups created, and community action plans developed and implemented. Funds will support staffing and program costs.
$76,600 over 9 monthsTo purchase audio-visual and computer equipment, software and furnishings. This will increase the Toronto organization's capacity to provide portable, easy-to-use equipment to emerging and mid-career artists and to collaborate with community organizations.
$219,900 over 36 monthsTo support a program based on a very successful model in the United States. Up to 100 students from the Jane and Finch area of Toronto will get training in the sport of squash as well as individualized academic support to help them succeed in school. Funds will be used to rent squash courts and classroom space, purchase computers, and provide coaching and academic supervision.
$90,000 over 36 monthsTo hire a part-time Artistic Director and General Manager to expand programming, diversify revenue and improve the operating plan of Ontario’s longest-running underground music forum.
$85,700 over 36 monthsTo develop and promote Queerstory, a free walking tour app for mobile devices containing a large collection of stories promoting, preserving and celebrating the richly layered history and achievements of Toronto’s queer community,to be showcased during Toronto’s hosting of World Pride in June 2014, and used as a tool to promote inclusion to students, educators and the community at large.
June 27, 2013
$236,500 over 24 monthsTo purchase computers, servers and database software as well as hire an IT manager in order to improve programming and services for people living with HIV, those affected and communities at risk in Toronto.
$50,000 over 24 monthsTo deliver 50 board leadership development training sessions to not-for-profit organizations in Toronto. The initiative will target groups serving youth, marginalized individuals and newcomers. The capacity of the organizations will be strengthened by being matched with chartered accountants seeking to serve with these organizations as board members or treasurers.
$230,000 over 36 monthsTo provide South Asian seniors with accessible, culturally specific and integrated physical recreation opportunities. Tamil- and Bengali-speaking outreach workers will be hired to coordinate programming at Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre, West Scarborough Neighbourhood Community Centre, Warden Woods Neighbourhood Centre and Harmony Hall Centre for Seniors in Toronto.
$149,200 over 36 monthsTo provide parents of Spanish-speaking students in Toronto with workshops on the Canadian educational system, while also ensuring participants develop their leadership abilities in order to teach their new skills to other parents.
$15,000 over 5 monthsTo purchase body microphones to improve sound quality and enhance the performance experience offered by this community troupe operating at North York's Fairview Library Theatre.
$53,300 over 12 monthsTo develop a five-year operational plan. The project will engage 35 service delivery agencies as well as 40 neighbourhood groups, organizations and agencies, to ensure the new plan will strengthen the economic, social and physical infrastructure of the Kingston Galloway and Orton Park community of Toronto.
$99,900 over 36 monthsTo implement a Long-Term Player Development model as mandated by Sport Canada. This approach will benefit the approximately 2,500 players of this Toronto club. Funding will support a part-time technical director, training supplies and administration.
$88,000 over 24 monthsTo hire a campaign director to secure private sector funding for a transitional housing facility for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and questioning (LGBTQ) homeless youth aged 16 to 24. The facility would serve up to 32 residents, providing housing, life skills and other supports needed to transition these youth to independent living in a safe and accepting environment.
$187,500 over 12 monthsTo assist with the relocation of this shelter for youth in Toronto that will include transitional housing, a youth training centre and a social enterprise, the Phoenix Print Shop.
$324,900 over 36 monthsTo support the establishment of the Black Creek Community Farm, Toronto’s first full-scale community-led teaching farm in the Jane-Finch community. The Farm will increase community access to fresh affordable produce, provide hands-on training and skills development, deliver environmental and food educational programs for people of all ages, and create a space for urban dwellers to connect with nature. Funding will support staffing, program costs and a multi-use pavilion.
$55,000 over 12 monthsTo upgrade equipment and arts management systems that will help the organization run more effectively, improve artist and audience experiences and increase revenue. The city's largest theatre festival presents non-juried theatre to audiences in playgrounds, parking lots and other unusual locations, as well as theatres.
$75,000 over 12 monthsTo replace old vans with new refrigerated cube vans to provide homeless and disadvantaged individuals in Toronto with access to donations of food, clothing and other essentials.
$27,000 over 12 monthsTo support staff and program costs for an outreach program that will engage young people in Toronto's Regent Park community. Students come together for weekly rehearsals and perform in concerts where they play alongside professional orchestra members.
$269,700 over 36 monthsTo build the capacity of youth to incubate and sustain their own arts-based projects. This initiative is shared between five multi-service and arts organizations and will serve hundreds of diverse youth living in Toronto's Taylor Massey neighourhood. Funding will support staffing, programming and equipment costs.
$125,300 over 24 monthsTo train leaders on ways to reduce the carbon footprint of their organizations by using a detailed methodology. Results from this pilot program will be monitored by organizations committing to this methodology and a website to collect and share results and resources across sectors will be created. Funding will support staffing and program costs.
$171,000 over 36 monthsTo establish and deliver after school programs for children and youth affected by familial incarceration in the Jane-Finch and Mimico communities of west-end Toronto, creating opportunities for peer mentoring, coping strategy development, tutoring and homework support as well as participation in arts, sports and recreational activities.
$222,100 over 36 monthsTo enhance arts, cultural and leadership programming for children and youth in south Etobicoke. Funds will support a literacy through the arts, a youth arts drop-in, and summer programs.
$48,000 over 12 monthsTo support an after-school tutoring program, music training and a leadership camp to increase success among immigrant Francophone youth in Toronto, Scarborough and the Greater Toronto Area. The program is designed to help children and youth achieve in school and develop leadership and transferable life skills.
$148,400 over 24 monthsTo hire a community animator to conduct outreach and community engagement activities for the Bringing Oakwood Together and Beyond (BOTAB) initiative, aimed at starting up an Oakwood Community Arts and Services Hub in Toronto.
$98,600 over 12 monthsTo expand and renovate the laundry facility for a shelter that is used by some 500 Aboriginal men each year for programs, community workshops and gatherings. The ability to have clean clothes will greatly improve the residents' well-being and new laundry equipment will increase the shelter's efficiency in meeting health standards.
$80,000 over 12 monthsTo deliver an educational component to this basketball association's programs. More than 500 players ages seven to 18 will have access to a homework club with tutoring by senior players and university students prior to basketball games.
$180,000 over 36 monthsTo support further development of the Making Room Community Arts program, creating opportunities for artistic collaboration and leadership for local community members. Funds will support staffing and program costs to offer weekly workshops, large scale community celebrations and support to a range of art groups.
$60,000 over 12 monthsTo raise literacy levels of children living in Toronto's Kingston-Galloway and Orton Park community in East Scarborough. The program takes place in two schools and one new community organization and will equip parents with the tools to teach their children aged four to six to read.
$144,900 over 24 monthsTo purchase IT equipment and engage a consultant to build on a strategic plan by articulating an organizational path forward, evaluating programs and services, reviewing partnership opportunities and conducting staff training. This work will make this north Etobicoke organization more resilient and better able to support immigrant, newcomer and refugee women of all ages and their family members.
$80,000 over 6 monthsTo purchase two vehicles to transport seniors and people with disabilities in Toronto, enabling them to attend to health care appointments, social services and recreational programs.
$36,000 over 24 monthsTo hire staff to increase marketing and outreach activities, develop volunteers and enhance sustainability. The organization is Toronto's LBGTQ community non-auditioned chorus and performs before more than 2,500 audience members each year.
$56,500 over 24 monthsTo support after-school music instruction programs at Parkdale and Yorkwoods Public Schools. Children will learn to play an instrument, sing in a choir, and work in rhythmic ensembles.
$150,000 over 24 monthsTo develop and implement 'Together We Win!', a family-centred program to equip newcomer parents in north-west Toronto with skills and coping strategies to prevent and manage damaging behaviours in their teens by building on the strengths and interconnectedness of the women’s own immigrant communities.
$27,100 over 3 monthsTo purchase computers and cubicle partitions to enhance the program space at this west-end Toronto organization to support South Asian Women in achieving their full potential.
$31,500 over 12 monthsTo purchase new equipment and platform risers that will increase the organization’s efficiency, improve communications and enhance the quality of concert performances in Toronto, North York and the Greater Toronto Area.
$225,000 over 36 monthsTo hire a coordinator to develop a more formal volunteer management system that will allow for more homeless men age 50 and over to participate in outreach and recreational programs in Toronto.
$13,500 over 3 monthsTo support the re-location of the choir's music library from Roy Thompson Hall to its new home at the Centre for Social Innovation at Bathurst and Bloor. The music library contains approximately 50,000 musical scores and is available to choral groups across North America.
$150,000 over 36 monthsTo support the Swallowing Clouds community arts initiative, which engages children in an arts experience that combines literature, dance and music. Youth will be mentored to take on leadership role to further develop this initiative.
$75,000 over 12 monthsTo create a civic engagement initiative that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, focusing on members of the South Asian community in Scarborough and North York. Participants will take part in waste diversion activities and learn more about environmental issues. Funding will support staffing and program costs.
$14,500 over 12 monthsTo purchase four tandem bikes. The additional equipment will allow the club to operate a fourth site in Toronto and translate into 500 additional hours of bike riding per season primarily for people who are blind or have low vision.
$25,000 over 12 monthsTo increase energy efficiency by replacing 30-year-old windows at this short-term residence for men in Toronto.
$152,100 over 36 monthsTo develop and test the Community Multi-Arts Youth Leadership Project in the Steeles-L’Amoreaux and Malvern communities of Toronto. Free drop-in sessions for low-income youth aged 12 to 18 will provide them with recreation opportunities and teach them artistic skills.
$56,000 over 12 monthsTo hire a consultant to conduct a feasibility study on the establishment of a community hub to serve the Junction neighbourhood of Toronto. The study will include community consultations, an assessment of community resources and needs, a review of the proposed facility, as well as capital and operational analyses. This organization is partnering on the study with two other local organizations.
$150,000 over 24 monthsTo launch a new healthy living train-the-trainer program for racialized women in Toronto. More than 120 women will become trainers in their communities reaching close to 4,000 people to address health and wellness issues. Leaders from several faith communities will collaborate to implement the program.