Ontario Supports Niagara Non-Profits Delivering Vital Services

Published on December 24, 2020

Grimsby - The Ontario government is providing $882,200.00 to help 12 non-profit organizations across Niagara to rebuild and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants are part of the first round of funding through the Ontario Trillium Foundation's new $83-million Resilient Communities Fund.

The Resilient Communities Fund provides grants of up to $150,000 to eligible non-profit organizations. They can apply for a broad and flexible range of needs, such as mental and physical health and wellbeing supports for staff or volunteers, identify new health and safety processes or purchasing of new technology and personal protective equipment. The fund also provides grants to support capital needs, such as renovations and facility updates to meet the changing needs of the communities they serve.

"The Resilient Communities Fund will help key non-profits in our community adapt to the current challenges of COVID-19," said Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West.

"The new funding ensures community organizations like the FORT Youth Centre in Grimsby and Port Cares in Port Colborne, which also serves residents in Wainfleet, provide the best service to those who need it most."

"Ontario Trillium Fund's Resilient Communities Fund could not have come at a better time," said Beth Shaw, Executive Director of the FORT Youth Centre in Grimsby.

"The Foundation of Resources for Teens (FORT) has experienced a challenging year due to the pandemic. This funding will go a long way to ensuring that the FORT Youth Centre can remain open and continue to offer our critical services free of charge for all youth in West Niagara. A special thank you goes out to Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, and MPP Oosterhoff, for their incredible support in these unprecedented times. The FORT is very thankful and looks forward to a more promising 2021."

Across the province, the Resilient Communities Fund is providing nearly $41 million to help 486 non-profit organizations.

Ontario's Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover sets out a total of $45 billion in support over three years to deliver critical programs and tax measures to support individuals, families and job creators impacted by the virus, and lay the groundwork for a robust long-term economic recovery for the province.