Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund aids 12 local organizations

BAY OF QUINTE– Today, Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, announced that 12 local organizations will receive $729,400 to help them offset the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic so they can deliver the bestservice possible for the people of Bay of Quinte and create a stronger Ontario. Thes grants have been provided through the Resilient Communities Fund.

“Non-profit organizations are a crucial and valued part of any community,” said Smith. “Countless people rely on their services every day, and even facing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, they still deliver. This funding will help them offset those impacts and continue supporting those who need it most.”

The grant totals are as follows:

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Hastings-Prince Edward -$25,400

Our organization, with a $25,400 Resilient Communities Fund grant over 12 months, will rebuild and recover from impacts of COVID-19 by engaging staff and experts to develop short and long term sustainability plans to better serve young people with our programs. 

Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward-Hastings - $74,500

Our organization, with a $74,500 Resilient Communities Fund grant over 12 months, will rebuild and recover from impacts of COVID-19 by building an e-commerce platform, hiring a Digital Coordinator, developing a new point-of-sale system and restoring our volunteer corps. 

Heal with Horses Therapeutic Centre - $39,600

Our organization, with a $39,600 Resilient Communities Fund grant over 12 months, will rebuild and recover from impacts of COVID-19 by engaging experts to develop strategic partnerships, renovating facilities to support year-round programming, and expanding programming to create new revenuestreams.

Hospice Quinte - $107,900

Our organization, with a $107,900 Resilient Communities Fund grant over 12 months, will rebuild and recover from impacts of COVID-19 by hiring staff, training staff, and hosting events to supporteducation, outreach, community connections and organizational resiliency.

Music at Port Milford - $22,000

Our organization, with a $22,000 Resilient Communities Fund grant over 9 months, will rebuild and recover from impacts of COVID-19 by completing renovations and purchasing equipment to support safe in-person programming.

Prince Edward County Arts Council - $33,700

Our organization, with a $33,700 Resilient Communities Fund grant over 12 months, will rebuild and recover from impacts of COVID-19 by engaging staff and experts to develop, promote and implement a drop-in studio program, and develop a fundraising plan. 

Prince Edward Yacht Club - $132,100

Our organization, with a $132,100 Resilient Communities Fund grant over 12 months, will rebuild and recover from impacts of COVID-19 by purchasing new infrastructure and hiring staff to expand and safely deliver our Learn to Sail program.

Quinte Film Alternative -$41,200

Our organization, with a $41,200 Resilient Communities Fund grant over 12 months, will rebuild and recover from impacts of COVID-19 by engaging experts to develop and implement a marketing plan, supporting rental costs, and supporting board members to attend film festivals.

Quinte Rouge Paddling Club - $58,500

Our organization, with a $58,500 Resilient Communities Fund grant over 12 months, will rebuild and recover from impacts of COVID-19 by hiring staff and purchasing equipment to run boating programs, engaging members and new paddlers and earning revenue.

Reaching for Rainbows - $37,600

Our organization, with a $37,600 Resilient Communities Fund grant over 12 months, will rebuild and recover from impacts of COVID-19 by supporting staffing costs, engaging experts for strategic plan development, and purchasing equipment for safe in-person program delivery.

The Recreation Outreach Centre - $101,100

Our organization, with a $101,100 Resilient Communities Fund grant over 12 months, will rebuild and recover from impacts of COVID-19 by engaging marketing experts for a re-branding of ROC, ensuring our role and value is recognized and supported in the community.

Volunteer Information HPE - $55,800

Our organization, with a $55,800 Resilient Communities Fund grant over 12 months, will rebuild and recover from impacts of COVID-19 by hiring staff and engaging experts to develop a new strategic plan and fundraising plan, and purchasing equipment for remote work. 

In total, the Ontario government is providing $95.8 million this year through the Resilient Communities Fund to help 1,146 non-profit organizations across the province recover and rebuild. The Resilient Communities Fund provides grants of up to $150,000 to eligible non-profit organizations to cover a broad and flexible range of needs, such as:
▪ Mental and physical health and wellbeing supports for staff or volunteers.
▪ Support to adapt or re-imagine program delivery and services to meet the needs of
communities, employees and volunteers, incorporate new health and safety processes, or
purchase new technology and personal protective equipment.
▪ Renovations and facility updates to meet the changing needs of the communities they serve.

“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our government has committed to supporting those
struggling the most,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “That’s why it’s been a priority for us to fund successful programs like the Resilient Communities Fund, which helps non-profits adapt and grow – ensuring they can continue providing the best service possible to the people of Bay of Quinte and make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and families.”

The Ontario Trillium Foundation will continue to offer the Resilient Communities Fund in 2022-23 to help more eligible non-profit organizations that have been impacted by COVID-19. Application details and a full list of grant recipients to date are available on the OTF website.

QUICK FACTS

▪ The Resilient Communities Fund is administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) – an
agency of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries – and has supported
2,191 projects across Ontario since it was announced in August 2020.
▪ In 2020-21, OTF redirected provincial funding previously allocated for the 2020 Grow and Capital
grant streams into the $83-million Resilient Communities Fund HYPERLINK "https://otf.ca/our�grants/resilient-communities-fund"to rebuild the capacity of non-profit organizations impacted
by COVID-19.
▪ OTF awarded $94.3 million to 1,238 projects in 2021 through its Seed grant stream and Resilient
Communities Fund to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.