Ontario helps six Bay of Quinte organizations rebuild and recover from COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2020

BAY OF QUINTE – Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, announced that six local not-for-profit organizations will receive $471,400 in grants to rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19 through the Ontario Trillium Foundation's new $83-million Resilient Communities Fund.

"Non-profit organizations are a crucial and valued part of any community. These organizations make a marked difference on the quality of life in Bay of Quinte," said Smith. "Countless people rely on their services every day and, even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, they still deliver."

The grants cover a broad range of needs, such as mental and physical health and wellbeing supports for staff and volunteers, the development of new health and safety processes, or the purchase of new technology and PPE. The funding also supports capital needs, such as renovations and facility updates, that will help meet the changing needs of the communities these organizations serve.

The successful local recipients in the first round of Resilient Communities Fund, among 486 organizations across Ontario, are as follows:

The Gleaners Foodbank (Quinte) Inc. - $150,000

This grant for a six-month project will allow Gleaners to purchase five freezers, two refrigerators, a Fold-Away Roller System, two vehicles, and PPE. It will also be able to hire an electrician to upgrade the wiring circuit to allow for a drive-thru style pick-up area.

Committee for Innovative Thinking for Youth Inc. - $94,500

This grant for a 12-month project will allow the Committee for Innovative Thinking for Youth Inc. to hire a fundraising coordinator to explore new fundraising options and to purchase computers, software, a printer, a scanner, and office furniture to meet public health and safety guidelines within the Quinte West Youth Centre.

John Howard Society of Belleville and District (JHSB) - $72,100

This grant for a 12-month project period will allow the John Howard Society to renovate a building to offer an alternative classroom setting, hire a youth worker and cleaner, purchase PPE and five Chrome Book devices, as well as helping with program-related travel costs.

The Ladies of Sacred Heart Batawa - $69,800 

This grant, over a 12-month program period, will allow the Ladies of Sacred Heart Batawa to renovate the parish kitchen, install high-speed Internet, add a computer workstation,  create an e-commerce website, and hire a consultant to develop a long-term strategic fundraising plan.

Children's Safety Village, Belleville - $55,000

This grant, over a 12-month period, will allow the Children's Safety Village to restructure existing safety programming to deliver the same educational programs in an interactive digital model outside of the village setting.

Hospice Prince Edward - $30,000

This grant, over a six-month project period, will allow Hospice Prince Edward to hire a general contractor to create an outdoor area for safer client visits that provides direct residential room access and circumvents common areas.

Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries Lisa MacLeod said supported projects will make a real difference in the lives of Ontario residents as the government focuses on economic and social recovery.

"COVID-19 has resulted in a 'triple threat' of health, economic and social crises in Ontario, and this funding will help 486 non-profits adapt to those challenges and ensure they have tools and resources to provide the best service to those who need it the most."

A second application intake closed earlier this month and additional approvals through the Resilient Communities Fund is expected in the new year. The Ontario Trillium Foundation relies on the expertise of a series of regional volunteer grant review teams appointed by the Province to steward its granting decisions.

QUICK FACTS

  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario and is one of Canada's leading granting foundations. The OTF awarded $115 million to 645 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.
  • OTF has redirected provincial funding previously allocated for the 2020 Grow and Capital grant streams into the $83-million Resilient Communities Fund.
  • A full list of recipients is available at www.otf.ca.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

  • 2020 Ontario Budget/Ontario's Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover - budget.ontario.ca
  • Learn how Ontario continues to protect its residents from COVID-19 - covid-19.ontario.ca