March 4, 2015
$113,900 over 24 monthsTo improve services for Simcoe County's LGBTQ community by doing organizational assessments with local agencies around program delivery. Funds will be used to hire a Project Coordinator to develop the assessment and share results, enabling new policies and employment training opportunities to be developed.
$225,000 over 36 monthsTo increase awareness of services available in York Region for persons with Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias, and their families. Funds will be used to hire a Communications Coordinator and Human Resources Manager, as well as program costs.
$155,000 over 24 monthsTo increase awareness in the Francophone community with a French-language service directory and welcome kits for new residents. Three new cultural events in York Region will also be created. Funds will be used for salaries and program costs.
$147,600 over 24 monthsTo provide digital literacy and storytelling instruction to seniors and youth so that stories about the seniors' lives are shared with the community on a digital platform. Funds will be used for salaries, digital training, as well as equipment and program costs.
$6,500 over 12 monthsTo reduce the environmental and economic impact in Tiny Township caused by an invasive aquatic plant, Eurasian Watermilfoil, with an education campaign targeting over 1,600 residents and cottagers. The campaign will train people to identify, report and control the plant, provide inspections, and operate a permanent information kiosk. Funds will help with costs associated with the kiosk, signage, and printing.
$224,300 over 36 monthsTo improve the capacity and safety of ski and snowboard training programs by constructing Ontario's only "water ramp" and establishing Long-Term Athlete Development-based programs at a new training centre in Oro-Medonte.
$100,000 over 36 monthsTo develop new fundraising strategies that will support an office relocation and increasing the services available in the Georgian Bay area for cancer patients and their families. Funds will be used to hire a fundraising manager.
$11,200 over 12 monthsTo support needed capital improvements to this local tennis facility in order to encourage new memberships and active living in the community. Funds will be used to upgrade the kitchenette, create a storage area and purchase equipment.
$38,000 over 24 monthsTo increase the availability of Rhythm 'n Pitch, a free after-school music program for children in Barrie. This twice-weekly program encourages children to get involved with music and learn to play an instrument. Funds will be used for salaries, musician fees, marketing and administration.
$25,600 over 12 monthsTo host two concerts in York Region featuring artists and composers who have experienced mental health challenges. These concerts will promote the abilities of people living with mental illness. Funds will provide part-time administrative support and help with venue rentals, marketing and administrative costs.
$169,500 over 36 monthsTo initiate an eight-week program that helps youth with learning disabilities progress to post-secondary studies or gainful employment. Funds will be used to help with salaries, program development, and administration costs.
$166,500 over 36 monthsTo involve more youth with mountain biking in Simcoe County and York Region. Funds will be used to hire a Marketing Manager to develop a social media campaign, promote new events and help with program costs.
$14,000 over 35 monthsTo increase this community choir's visibility and long-term sustainability by hiring a Choir Manager to focus on promotion, member recruitment and sponsorship opportunities.
$14,700 over 12 monthsTo promote active living and recreational activities through the 2015 Ontario 55+ Summer Games taking place in Midland. Funds will support volunteer recruitment and training as well as event costs.
$74,500 over 12 monthsTo provide culturally appropriate housing information sessions for newcomer seniors living in York Region who may experience language barriers. Funds will be used to hire a Program Coordinator, train volunteers, and translate materials.
$13,000 over 12 monthsTo restore and relocate a set of heritage wrought-iron gates at the Sharon Temple National Historic Site and Museum's burial grounds.
$243,600 over 48 monthsTo increase access to information and services for grandparents in Simcoe County acting as their grandchildren's primary caregivers. Funds will be used to help with program costs and hire a System Navigator that will train volunteers and support caregivers with accessing services and sources of funding.
$130,200 over 48 monthsTo increase first aid and safety training services in York Region. Funds will be used to hire a Community Coordinator to recruit, train and oversee a growing number of volunteers, as well as coordinate the development of new fundraising and communications strategies.
$150,000 over 36 monthsTo increase the number of youth involved with BMX cycling in York Region by creating new programs and improving the facility's track. Funds will be used for upgrades and equipment, including the purchase of 12 bicycles and helmets.
$125,000 over 12 monthsTo increase energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of the Grant Woods Conservation Centre in Orillia. Visitors, staff and community groups will benefit from roof and building accessibility upgrades, increased meeting and storage space, new solar panels, and a geothermal heating system and a water filtration system.
$43,300 over 12 monthsTo offer training to high school students in York Region by having delegates from local schools attend a new diversity and cultural empathy conference. Delegates will then share their learning with students at their individual schools. Funds will be used for salaries, performers' fees, educational materials and program costs.
$121,200 over 12 monthsTo restore a historic church and share the story of the early African Canadian community in York Region. Funds will be used for restorations and to produce and distribute a book for area schools commemorating the history of the Oro African Methodist Episcopal Church.
$199,900 over 36 monthsTo launch the Leadership Development Certificate program, providing capacity building training to nonprofit organizations operating in Simcoe County. Funds will be used to hire a Program Manager to oversee the initiative.
$99,600 over 36 monthsTo enhance organizational capacity and community outreach across the Greater Toronto Area. This investment will support increased staffing levels and marketing efforts, to ensure long-term revenue growth.
$322,000 over 48 monthsTo increase awareness and attendance levels for festivals and events in York Region by launching a Festival Alliance. Its core functions will include market research, communications, fundraising and hosting professional development workshops. Funds will be used to purchase a ticketing system, build a website, support salaries and program costs.
October 30, 2014
$59,000 over 12 monthsTo help community workers understand the needs of people affected by trauma, by staging theatrical vignettes for York Region's Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Symposium in April 2015. Based on personal stories, the vignettes will explore the effects of war, persecution, and assimilation on members of the Aboriginal, LGBTQ, Tamil, Roma, Sudanese, Somali and South African communities. Funding will support the writing and staging of the vignettes.
$212,300 over 12 monthsTo provide accessible mental health services to York Region and Simcoe County youth aged 12 to 25 who are dealing with anxiety, depression, addiction and self-injury. A retrofitted van will visit malls, schools, skate parks, community agencies and other places where youth gather. Funds will support costs associated with the vehicle retrofit, a satellite link, and program costs.
$190,800 over 36 monthsTo enable this Orillia-based agency to deliver abuse prevention training workshops for children, youth, parents/caregivers and front line workers in Simcoe County. A media campaign will raise awareness of the prevalence of child sexual abuse and what can be done to reduce the risks. Funds will be used to hire an abuse prevention coordinator, and purchase a computer and cell phone.
$35,100 over 12 monthsTo preserve and promote the heritage of six local communities along the historic Penetanguishene Road in Simcoe County by creating and installing commemorative signboards. Through photos and text, these signs will recreate the villages at the height of their importance to the community in the early twentieth century.
$327,900 over 48 monthsTo expand active living choices and accessibility to adaptive sport activities offered in Simcoe County. Funds will be used to introduce sledge hockey, cycling and basketball programs, and to establish a community sports equipment library.
$116,400 over 24 monthsTo decrease the incidence of violence among girls aged 9 to 16 in York Region, and to provide girls and their parents with skills to prevent or deal with it when it occurs. Girls will participate in workshops at school, while parent-daughter workshops will help to increase parental understanding of the causes of and damage from girl-on-girl violence. Funding will support program and staffing costs.
$196,200 over 36 monthsTo develop a pilot program to provide character development training to French-speaking students in York Region. Francophone education and administrative staff will be hired to create culturally-specific programming that encourages life-long values, promotes responsible citizenship, self-confidence and self-efficacy and encourages youth to see themselves as leaders and agents of change.
$217,000 over 36 monthsTo increase transitional housing services to homeless youth in the Georgian Triangle area by opening a new youth housing complex in Collingwood and by hiring an event coordinator to raise funds for programming.
$50,000 over 24 monthsTo expand recreational equine-assisted therapy programs for people with disabilities and at-risk women and youth in Simcoe County. A truck will be purchased to ferry participants to the Severn Township farm for lessons and group programs, and take participants to exhibitions. A used house trailer will enable student volunteers to live at the farm, thereby allowing other volunteers to deliver more programming.
$116,600 over 12 monthsTo renovate this Vaughan-based family resource centre. The Clothing Cupboard, which provides free, gently-used clothing to low-income families, will be upgraded and the building entrance, washrooms and furnishings made accessible. Cabinetry, flooring, electrical wiring and plumbing will also be replaced.
$49,000 over 12 monthsTo develop and implement a collaborative study to establish the roles and mandates of all groups working to protect and restore Lake Simcoe and its watershed. The resulting report will inform future action by these groups, allowing them to work together effectively and minimizing redundancies.
$48,300 over 24 monthsTo enhance the safety of athletes participating in recreational and competitive programs. Funds will be used to replace aging crash mats and update the club's skate loan program by purchasing 19 pairs of skates.
$183,000 over 36 monthsTo support several signature programs for volunteers, coaches, athletes as well as promote sport, tourism and healthy active lifestyles in the Orillia area.
$71,600 over 36 monthsTo expand this youth orchestra's outreach program to elementary and secondary schools and to increase membership. Funds will be used to hire an artistic director and an administrator part-time, and to purchase instruments that will be provided to participants at no charge.
$243,400 over 36 monthsTo renovate a multi-function room and hire a property manager and administrator in order to expand programming available to seniors, youth groups and local community organizations at this popular community facility in Markham.
$120,000 over 12 monthsTo support capital renovations at this East Gwillimbury community facility. Funding will be used to replace the roof, insulate exterior walls and pave the parking lot.
$10,400 over 12 monthsTo increase services offered to library patrons with disabilities by creating an accessible workstation with three new computers as well as providing an FM assertive listening system.
$140,700 over 36 monthsTo ensure increased future access to this East Gwillimbury National Historic Site for students, historians and the public, by building its long-term sustainability. Funds will be used to hire a rentals manager, who will promote the Temple’s superb building, acoustics and landscaping for use as a location for weddings, recordings and film shoots.
$58,500 over 12 monthsTo create an online virtual exhibition showcasing women's soccer. Funds will be used to research and digitize the archival collection as well as develop a new web portal to share this Vaughan-based collection.
$5,500 over 12 monthsTo provide intellectually stimulating experiences for retired people in York Region by offering a series of lectures in the spring and fall of each year. Funds will support venue and operating costs.
$15,000 over 12 monthsTo preserve and promote an historic cemetery in Midland by hiring a consultant to develop a heritage and restoration plan. The plan will increase awareness of the cemetery and help make it an accessible and sustainable heritage attraction for the town.
$149,200 over 12 monthsTo commemorate the 400th anniversary of the landing of Samuel de Champlain on the shores of Penetanguishene Bay, by commissioning a statue depicting Champlain meeting Chief Aenons of the Huron Bear Tribe. The project is the cornerstone of a $6.8 million legacy project including a 54-acre park, Trans-Canada trails, an arboretum and amphitheatre, which, when completed, will help drive tourism to Huronia.
$312,000 over 60 monthsTo hire a coordinator to develop partnerships and raise funds for a sports and recreational program in Simcoe County. These funds will be used to help disadvantaged youth participate in sporting programs that otherwise would be unavailable to them.
$150,000 over 12 monthsTo support interior and exterior renovations that will reduce energy consumption for this Newmarket facility. Funds will be used to insulate walls and ceilings as well as replace windows overlooking the ice surface.
$51,400 over 36 monthsTo hire part-time support staff and recruit and train more volunteers in order to offer programming to more youth at risk. Funds will also be used to complete foundation repairs to the Barrie shelter to ensure the space remains warm and dry.
June 26, 2014
$104,700 over 12 monthsTo increase the ability of Markham youth aged 12 to 18 to develop musical skills and give back to their community by enhancing the Cadet band program. Funds will support the purchase of instruments and music for the Squadron's Junior and Senior Band, which will perform at local parades, community events and the annual Ceremonial Review.
$99,100 over 36 monthsTo increase mentoring services to elementary school youth in North Simcoe by hiring a resource specialist and by recruiting and training teen volunteers. The participating high school students gain leadership skills and benefit from learning from their peers as they assist each other in their mentoring role.
$65,900 over 12 monthsTo provide better and more inclusive treatment options to mental-health clients in York Region. Funds will help hire an outreach support worker for a pilot project providing participants with social, recreational and life-skills training activities that encourage community participation and minimize stigma. Funds will also be used to support program development costs and transportation.
$115,000 over 36 monthsTo decrease the social isolation of Holocaust survivors in York Region and ensure their stories are told to new generations. This Richmond Hill-based organization will pair young people aged 20 to 40 with Holocaust survivors living in their own homes. The bimonthly visits will see the young people providing company, support and a willing ear. Funding will support a program coordinator, transportation and administrative costs.
$113,500 over 36 monthsTo decrease the social isolation of seniors living in long-term care facilities in Vaughan by launching an inter-generational mentoring program with young children. "Kids for Kindness" will bring children together with seniors in weekly group activities. Seniors can share their experience and stories with children who then can develop a lifelong love of volunteering. Funding will support a coordinator and supplies for crafts, baking and games.
$130,100 over 36 monthsTo hire a fundraising and resource development director to expand volunteer, housing and transportation services in Tay Township.
$176,000 over 60 monthsTo provide increased and better transitional housing services to homeless and near-homeless women in the Orillia area by hiring a full-time program coordinator.
$25,000 over 12 monthsTo hire a project manager and to operate a boutique in Barrie offering free gently-used workplace-appropriate clothing to disadvantaged women who are re-entering the workforce. Career mentoring will also be provided. Clients will be referred from an authorized community partner such as Ontario Works, women's shelters and local agencies supporting women in Simcoe County.
$157,600 over 36 monthsTo enhance the quality and quantity of weekly art programs for women and seniors in Vaughan. Funds will be used for program and staffing costs.
$90,000 over 12 monthsTo complete renovations and repairs to the Patricia Kemp Community Centre in Vaughan. Funds will be used to repair heating and air systems, upgrade plumbing and ensure the building is fully accessible to all.
$150,000 over 12 monthsTo build and equip a kitchen for a new community hub in Georgina. Satellite office space for social services agencies will also be created. The new kitchen will host community meals, nutrition/cooking workshops, and food-related training. Both the kitchen and the hotdesk spaces will generate rental revenues for the hub.
$180,000 over 36 monthsTo hire staff to operate the Feed a Family Program. Staff will manage food bank operations, delivery and procurement activities to ensure community demand is met across York Region.
$253,700 over 36 monthsTo increase the sustainability of existing nonprofit agencies in York Region by providing free social enterprise training. The training will be provided by the York Entrepreneurship Development Institute, located at this centre in Vaughan, and will include academic training by Schulich Business School instructors, mentorship by successful entrepreneurs, and peer clusters. Funds will be used to support program costs and to hire instructors and a coordinator.
$8,500 over 24 monthsTo broaden engagement in the arts by creating murals and ceiling tiles for the Thornhill branch of the Markham Public Library and the Markham Stouffville Hospital. Up to 45 professional and amateur artists will participate. Funding will support modest artist honoraria and graphic design, carpentry and material costs.
$96,700 over 12 monthsTo support upgrades to the ice plant and lighting at this community facility that will reduce energy consumption and operating costs.
$189,400 over 36 monthsTo develop "Moving Stories," a mix of new dance works and movement workshops. This Stouffville dance company will work with the Markham Fair to create and perform five shows with agricultural themes, and with Autism Ontario and the York-Durham Aphasia & Acquired Brain Injury Centre on movement workshops and the formation of a dance troupe of clients and caregivers. Funding will support performance development costs.
$50,000 over 12 monthsTo provide increased and better quality financial support services to at-risk individuals and families in York Region by hiring a program administrator and a fundraising consultant.
$33,900 over 15 monthsTo support Learn to Play tennis lessons for children, youth and adults. Funds will be used to upgrade equipment, hire coaches and market programs in Newmarket and surrounding municipalities.
$24,700 over 24 monthsTo redevelop the organization's website, with the support of a local IT firm. The enhanced website will form the basis of a larger community engagement strategy by allowing community members to post photos and share project updates on Moraine Trust lands.
$22,000 over 12 monthsTo install lighting at the community fairgrounds in Oro Medonte. Funding will be used to upgrade electrical panels and install light standards on walkways to the midway, food court, track, and around equipment vendor displays, which are currently unlit.
$13,800 over 12 monthsTo increase the quality of programming for baton twirling participants by providing new competitive outfits, batons and audio-video equipment to this club serving Newmarket and Aurora. Having professional costumes and equipment will allow the club to present higher quality performances.
$225,000 over 36 monthsTo launch up to 15 "Legacy Projects," civic engagement initiatives created and implemented by youth and seniors in Whitchurch-Stouffville. Projects will include a youth and senior's summit, celebration of a 'Grandparents Day' and other activities that encourage youth and their elders to collaborate for community benefit. Funds will be used for staffing and program costs.
$49,000 over 12 monthsTo create and stage a contemporary dance work, the Krima Project, in Barrie, featuring professional and amateur dancers as well as clients of the David Busby Street Centre, people who are homeless, low-income or otherwise vulnerable. Funds will be used to produce, document and evaluate the work, as well as to mentor local arts organizations interested in developing future community-based arts programs with social services agencies.
$144,500 over 36 monthsTo enable this community orchestra to build its profile, attract younger/more diverse audiences, expand its youth programming, and establish a digitized music library to be shared with other orchestras and music groups. Funds will be used to hire a part-time librarian and cover costs related to musician fees, marketing and digitization equipment.
$234,600 over 36 monthsTo develop an accessible and sustainable local food system by expanding farmers' market and community garden programs and by providing educational workshops. Funds will be used to hire food access and outreach coordinators and to purchase equipment for the community gardens.
$271,200 over 36 monthsTo establish a wheelchair ballroom dance program. This Vaughan ballet company will work with a community organization, Whee'l Dance, to offer instruction and performance opportunities to integrated couples -- one dance in a wheelchair, one not -- taught by dance instructors and physio-recreation therapists. Funding will support accessibility renovation, staffing and marketing costs, as well as the purchase of five sports wheelchairs.
$114,400 over 24 monthsTo increase awareness of cyber-bullying among youth 8 to 13 in York Region, and provide them with the skills and resources to cope with it and prevent it. Participants in the "Clicks and Stones" program will attend in-school and community workshops, receive resource information for parents and access additional materials online. Funds will support administrative costs and a full-time coordinator.