The provincial government is investing $83-million in the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to ensure that non-profit organizations are able to bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic and continue providing vital services to local communities.
The new cash will flow through the OTF to eligible non-profits like food banks, child and youth programs, Royal Canadian Legion branches and more.
“I am proud of the hundreds of volunteer organizations and thousands of volunteers who have stepped up over the last few months and shown the Ontario spirit in caring for others through these difficult times,” said Premier Ford. “Our local non-profits, including our local Legion branches and food banks, are the bedrock of our communities and their work will be absolutely critical in helping people to rebuild their lives as we restart our economy and reopen the province.”
Through the OTF’s Resilient Communities Fund, non-profits can get a grant of up to $150,000.
That could help cover the cost of organizational training or coaching for board members and employees or mental and physical health and wellbeing supports.
It could also help agencies develop fundraising plans, increase staff, boost volunteer recruitment and training, or seek out new opportunities for public-private partnerships.
Non-profits can also use funding to identify new health and safety processes, technology supports, data sharing methods, peer learning opportunities and more.
“Due to the significant impacts of COVID-19 on the non-profit sector, the Ontario Trillium Foundation saw an opportunity to respond to the needs of non-profit organizations that have been struggling to deliver their programs and services,” said Katharine Bambrick, CEO of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. “The Resilient Communities Fund will support the recovery and rebuilding of non-profits and help them as they return to building healthy and vibrant communities.”
For more information or to learn how to apply, click here.