March 6, 2014
$325,800 over 60 monthsTo hire a full-time fund development manager, allowing the organization to grow programs and services in Vaughan. Funds will also support computer software, office equipment, brochures and staff training.
$247,000 over 48 monthsTo increase the availability of Jewish cultural programming in York Region. This Toronto Jewish world music festival will provide music, theatre and dance performances to existing York Region festivals, as well as lectures, music master-classes and a mandolin orchestra at the Schwartz-Reisman community centre in Vaughan. Funds will support staffing costs, artist fees, marketing and musical instruments.
$89,900 over 24 monthsTo ensure people with disabilities get connected to the services they need to live independently and integrate into their communities across the Georgian Triangle. Funds will be used to develop a volunteer program to recruit volunteers to act as system navigators for participants and to expand a peer support group.
$180,000 over 36 monthsTo increase the availability of residential programs for people with developmental disabilities in Simcoe County by building fundraising capacity. By hiring a fundraising manager, this Angus agency will be able to increase its revenues and welcome more people, as well as develop a transferable model to be shared with other communities.
$262,000 over 36 monthsTo increase awareness of the potential of people with developmental disabilities in York Region with the "Beyond the Label" marketing campaign. Student volunteers will deliver the campaign to their peers, while a street team of people with disabilities will participate in community activities. Fund will be used to purchase a van and support staffing and marketing costs.
$224,700 over 36 monthsTo increase the quality and accessibility of services provided to the families of children with special needs throughout Simcoe York, by hiring a coordinator to develop a peer support program and a comprehensive, user-friendly website.
$12,100 over 12 monthsTo ensure the club has a safe and enjoyable space for members and the public. A storage unit and ground maintenance equipment will be purchased.
$282,000 over 36 monthsTo hire part-time support workers to provide skills training to women requiring transitional housing after being released from prison or mental health facilities in Simcoe County. Funds will also be used to renovate this 25-bed shelter in Barrie by installing a new elevator, appliances and a furnace, and renovating the kitchen and bathrooms.
$213,900 over 36 monthsTo increase understanding of traditional Aboriginal teachings and skills among First Nation and Métis people in Simcoe County by offering quarterly gatherings and monthly circles, led by Elders and Grandmothers, at this agency's rural site in Midland. Funds will support Elders' honoraria, travel and workshop costs.
$39,000 over 12 monthsTo install a webcam and camera tower in Tay Township, and redesign the website to showcase one of Ontario's largest intact marshes. These improvements will strengthen visitors' experience at this environmental education facility in southern Georgian Bay.
$19,900 over 12 monthsTo foster youth participation in sport, recreation and active living programs in York Region Schools. Funds will be used to hire a part-time coordinator who will work with students to paint depictions of sports games on the concrete playgrounds and school walls in the lead up to the Pan Am and ParaPan Am Games in 2015.
$43,000 over 24 monthsTo recruit, train and recognize volunteers. Funds will be used to hire a coordinator to work with volunteers in Barrie and across Simcoe County.
$81,000 over 12 monthsTo deliver the ''Back in the Saddle'' program that helps people with mental health issues return to work after long absences. Support sessions facilitated by an Equine-Assisted Facilitator and a psychologist will be combined with horse and barn care training. This will strengthen participants' ability to commit to schedules, and improve teamwork and problem-solving skills. Funds will be used for staffing and program expenses.
$120,000 over 36 monthsTo make the performances of this Nobleton-based theatre company more accessible to residents of York Region and Simcoe County by expanding its summer and winter tours, staging new heritage productions, launching an educational program for schools, and holding workshops for all ages. Funds will be used for salaries, equipment and touring expenses.
$221,600 over 36 monthsTo support a series of workshops and training programs for youth in York Region. Funds will support the development of Youth Leadership Councils that will work within three York Region Community Housing Cooperatives.
$180,000 over 36 monthsTo increase and improve the support programs available to men recently released from prison or in conflict with the law in York Region by building this Newmarket agency's infrastructure. An assistant Executive Director will be hired, and a second office opened in Richmond Hill.
$130,000 over 36 monthsTo develop the "Nine Mile Portage" walking-tour show into an annual event along Barrie's waterfront. Funds will be used for several contract staffing positions, rehearsal space, costumes, storage crates, and transportation.
$7,200 over 12 monthsTo upgrade the office space in Alliston in order to better serve clients in need of literacy training in the South Simcoe area.
$14,600 over 12 monthsTo purchase sticks, gloves, helmets and goal-tending equipment that will allow the club to introduce more children to the sport in Midland and North Simcoe.
$205,000 over 36 monthsTo support staff salaries for this Richmond Hill based organization. Funds will allow the organization to expand programs for the LGBTQ community across York Region.
$98,000 over 24 monthsTo provide better quality mental health services to young adults aged 18 to 29 by creating Youth and Family Summits for peer support and mentoring, and by providing specialized training to partnering agencies. This collaboration of four agencies would see representatives of more than 25 local agencies receive training to improve their skills in dealing with this age group.
$188,700 over 36 monthsTo increase organizational capacity by supporting the salary of a public relations and fundraising coordinator. Funds will also support facility renovations.
$116,500 over 12 monthsTo increase the profile of the South Asian Showcase in Newmarket and CariVaughan festival in Vaughan and build their sustainability by purchasing tents, sound equipment, generators, and walkie-talkies. Owning this equipment will allow the group to save on rentals, increase marketing and offer equipment rentals to other groups as a new revenue stream.
$63,200 over 12 monthsTo replace the facility's roof to ensure the safety of club and community members and the continued delivery of affordable sport and recreation programs for children, youth and families.
$24,900 over 12 monthsTo give children from low-income families in Midland an opportunity to learn and play classical music. The program will provide free, after-school instruction in string ensemble, teach musical skills, teamwork and discipline, and encourage improved academic results and player self-confidence. Funds will support staffing, instruments and program expenses.
$5,300 over 12 monthsTo rent rehearsal space and purchase sound equipment for a year-old women's barbershop chorus in Alliston.The group offers women the opportunity to learn to sing, and to perform at retirement homes and community events.
$75,800 over 36 monthsTo raise the profile of mountain biking in Simcoe County and attract new people to the sport by enabling this Shanty Bay club to deliver three new programs; Active Start and FUNdamentals for children aged 5 to 9, and Train to Train for youth aged 16 to 18. Funds will support equipment, coach salaries, accredited coaching courses, athlete development camps and communications support.
$84,900 over 36 monthsTo increase the availability of French language and cultural education to children, youth and their parents by expanding the programing of this Richmond Hill agency. Weekly Saturday and after-school French Clubs and quarterly culture events will be held in Markham and Richmond Hill, led by experienced teachers and local Francophone volunteers. Fund will be used to support a community outreach and program coordinator.
$191,100 over 36 monthsTo help Aboriginal boys in Barrie, Midland and Orillia connect with their heritage by delivering the Vision Quest program. Workshops covering traditional teachings and skills will be complemented by overnight trips. Boys will be mentored by fathers, uncles and Elders, and sessions will end with a Naming Ceremony. Funds will support staffing, Elders' honoraria, workshop supplies, travel costs and camping equipment.
$78,300 over 36 monthsTo purchase instruments and increase the availability of quality, affordable music education to children and youth from low-income families in Newmarket. A part-time administrator will be hired for the School of Music to promote the program and recruit new participants for a 10-week program of group music lessons, master classes, summer and March Break camps and ongoing workshops.
October 31, 2013
$192,500 over 36 monthsTo develop operating policies and procedures and collections and inductee criteria, create a web presence, promote programs and services as well as host an annual hall of fame induction celebration. Staff and communications support will enable the hall to become the focal point for sport history and celebration.
$278,400 over 36 monthsTo provide increased programming for young adults with developmental disabilities in Vaughan by launching an after-school program. Each day, an accessible van will transport participants to the Sara Elizabeth Centre where they will be involved in music and arts programs, adapted physical exercise programs and basic computer-skills training.
$15,100 over 12 monthsTo purchase 15 sets of player equipment and subsidize ice time in order to start a sledge hockey team and provide a sport opportunity for people with disabilities in the Georgian Triangle.
$146,800 over 24 monthsTo reduce the incidence of elder abuse across York region. Peer-led elder abuse workshops will be offered to seniors and training to front-line staff so service providers better recognize and respond to suspected elder abuse among their clients. Public Service Announcements and an upgraded interactive website will help promote activities and raise awareness.
$150,000 over 24 monthsTo hire a program coordinator along with activity coordinators to recruit more volunteers and expand arts, music and life-skills programming to children in York Region with serious illnesses. The one-day program will become two days and three new programs will be added in order to double the number of children served.
$172,000 over 36 monthsTo engage a full-time fund development officer to carry out the centre's fundraising plan, which will diversify revenues and increase arts and culture programming in Aurora. An accredited charity, this centre offers art and heritage exhibitions, history lectures, tours and community events as well as art classes and musical concerts.
$240,100 over 48 monthsTo establish a collaborative arts therapy program that will strengthen the psychological and emotional well-being of people with addictions, eating disorders and mental health challenges. Experimentation with a range of artistic media will be encouraged and participants' completed works will be displayed online and in community events at sites across York Region.
$23,100 over 12 monthsTo educate Markham students on the use of clean and renewable energy by launching Destination Zero Carbon (DZC), a program that teaches students to apply science, technology, engineering and math to real-life situations through hands-on learning. Computer equipment, resource kits and staffing supports will help students build zero-emission cars, which will be showcased in a competition car race.
$95,600 over 18 monthsTo purchase oars and rowing shells, training ergs and a new safety boat that will enable the club to expand programs and services to both youth and seniors in the Midland area.
$15,000 over 12 monthsTo equip a second training course and ensure athlete safety while training and competing in alpine ski programs at Mount St. Louis Moonstone. Safety netting, gates, timing and communications equipment will ensure club meets safety standards while improving training and competition conditions for participants.
$220,900 over 36 monthsTo hire a full-time sales and marketing manager to promote and replicate the success of the Entreprise Promotions and Investment Centre (EPIC), a social-enterprise incubator based in Vaughan. EPIC will work in partnership with Georgina Trades Training Inc. to replicate its model so that one or more social enterprises will be developed to support marginalized residents in Georgina.
$40,300 over 24 monthsTo protect natural and cultural heritage by completing a land-securement strategy and raising public awareness in North Simcoe. Grant funds include support for a project coordinator and contract Biologist as well as publication and presentation expenses.
$190,400 over 36 monthsTo hire project coordinators and fund the program costs of recruiting business mentors who will deliver programs to enhance the financial and business-literacy skills of 10,000-plus children and youth in rural schools and communities. The programs will be delivered to students in Grades 3 to 12 throughout the City of Kawartha Lakes and the counties of Grey, Bruce, Simcoe, Haliburton, Peterborough, Frontenac and Hastings.
$31,800 over 12 monthsTo assist with technology upgrades to the association's aging communications network. Failing technology will be replaced, which will enable the association to expand emergency support systems across Simcoe and Muskoka.
$72,000 over 24 monthsTo enhance environmental sustainability of three wetlands by removing invasive species in Tiny Township. Summer students will be hired to help remove invasive species and a side-swing mower and trailer purchased to control and eradicate invasive species. Resources for elementary school youth education and volunteer training will enhance programming.
$68,800 over 24 monthsTo support the delivery of Long Term Player Development programs in partnership with Softball Ontario. Grant funds will help provide youth programming, camps and clinics as well as volunteer certification programs. An increase in both certified coaches and registered players is expected.
$30,000 over 12 monthsTo equip the ensemble with a set of percussion instruments thereby enhancing the quality of performances and attracting new volunteer performers and audience members to concerts.
$136,400 over 36 monthsTo help newcomers in York Region become better integrated into their new community through the delivery of the Parya Resources for Immigrant Media Education (PRIME) project. PRIME will train volunteers to produce informational videos and a weekly radio show, develop a web-based community forum, and create a web-based showcase of newcomer achievements.
$249,500 over 36 monthsTo develop the birthplace of Sir Frederick Banting into a diabetes prevention and education centre and unique New Tecumseth heritage site. Plans include organizing school and public tours, digitizing and creating a permanent display of over 1200 Banting-related artifacts, and building public awareness of the renovated homestead's health-education and heritage value.
$10,900 over 12 monthsTo host the 32nd World Shuffleboard Championships to be held in Midland. The August 2014 event will offer volunteer development programs, promote active living and provide legacy opportunities for shuffleboard clubs in Ontario.
$112,100 over 12 monthsTo upgrade this Richmond Hill community theatre's electrical system in order to meet current standards and improve the technical quality of its five annual productions. The work will include installing new circuits, transformers, lighting and composite piping.
$5,000 over 12 monthsTo pilot Gardens2Groceries by installing six tower gardens in Orillia. This collaborative project will provide a source of fresh, nutritious produce for the local food bank, offer educational volunteer opportunities for over 100 youth and 100 seniors, and develop youth awareness and connection to growing and harvesting food. Over 1000 lbs of food is expected to be grown.
$202,000 over 36 monthsTo support the technical director position in order to guide and assist member clubs in adapting the national Long Term Player Development program. Along with enhancing the skills and knowledge of volunteer coaches, clinics and camp programs for children will be offered that will increase participation and reduce drop-out rates.
$20,000 over 12 monthsTo resurface four tennis courts so that the community can engage safely in both competitive and recreational programs.
$50,000 over 24 monthsTo increase the responsiveness and strengthen the sustainability of this volunteer-run Stouffville station by completing a listeners' survey and hiring an advertising sales manager. Grant funds will also support print marketing and sales material and the purchase of office equipment.
$94,000 over 24 monthsTo assist the organization delivery of Long Term Player Development programs to youth across York region and prepare to host the U11 Provincial Championships in 2014 and 2015. Grant funds will provide nets and basketballs as well as support some staff and programming costs.
$35,000 over 6 monthsTo engage a festival planner to create a business plan for a new multicultural festival in York Region to be launched at the Markham 2015 Pan Am Games. The festival will bring together a variety of small existing multicultural festivals into a diverse month-long showcase of food, dance, music and art at multiple locations.
June 27, 2013
$57,000 over 24 monthsTo promote Riverwalk Commons in the Town of Newmarket as a cultural destination by establishing a music festival there. The festival will also feature visual artists, children's art programs, film screenings, arts workshops and culturally diverse food. Funding will support staff salaries, artists' fees and advertising.
$25,500 over 18 monthsTo increase recreational programs for youth with physical disabilities in York Region by expanding a horseback riding program and launching a martial arts program. Part-time administrative support will also enable this East Gwillimbury organization to build its overall capacity, including fundraising.
$219,400 over 36 monthsTo help at-risk youth in Simcoe County to develop confidence, responsibility and transferrable skills by supporting salary cost to expand a unique program that has them train service dogs for people with disabilities. New chapters will be launched in Angus and Newmarket, with local support from Mars Canada's petcare division.
$66,200 over 12 monthsTo increase organizational and program capacity. Funding will be used to purchase an automated scheduling system to support the organization's transportation program which serves 70,000 Seniors from across York Region.
$71,800 over 12 monthsTo increase this Newmarket agency's capacity to provide social and recreational programming to people with sensory and cognitive disabilities by piloting a social enterprise. The Sensory Exploration Arts program will be delivered at a seniors' residence for one year, while agency also researches the feasibility of other business ideas. Funding will support program staff, a social enterprise consultant, and marketing and administrative costs.
$137,400 over 24 monthsTo increase public awareness and understanding of the human and economic costs of homelessness in the Georgian Triangle and Orillia. A social media and print campaign will show the benefits of increasing affordable housing in both areas, and offer workshops on creating accessory apartments in homes and above businesses. Funding will support staffing and program costs.
$39,900 over 12 monthsTo train volunteers and support social recreation programs for girls in Grades 3 to 5 across Simcoe County. Funds will be used for some staff and program costs.
$132,700 over 24 monthsTo develop and implement a volunteer service program by hiring a volunteer coordinator in York-Simcoe. This project will increase employment opportunities for 245 volunteers over a two year period by engaging them in opportunities to gain skills and develop positive work habits while contributing to the community.
$73,500 over 36 monthsTo expand and enhance a series of small festivals in Midland, Penetanguishene, Tay Township and Tiny Township, by establishing a festival committee, made up of local arts organizations, municipalities, service clubs and tourist attractions. The committee will develop joint organizing, purchasing, promotion and fundraising systems in order to offer a year-round series of events to benefit residents, visitors and the business community.
$285,000 over 36 monthsTo increase capacity to sustain new programs and engage more children and youth by running a social enterprise and hiring a community coordinator in Keswick. Funding will support a community liaison coordinator and programming costs as well as the purchase of three projectors and new seats for the GEM Theatre.
$145,000 over 24 monthsTo increase the capacity of the organization by hiring a full-time assistant director in Thornhill. Funding will also support administrative costs, program expenses and equipment for the drop-in centre open to all. This project will enable the organization to strengthen programs and increase youth engagement.
$185,000 over 36 monthsTo increase access to the visual and literary arts in York Region by creating Arts & Letters Ontario, a web portal that will unify, showcase and promote the work of local writers and artists. The site will allow artists to share resources, network, mentor each other, and interact with the public, and provide a platform for teen, emerging and established contributors.
$6,900 over 12 monthsTo purchase player and goalie equipment to allow more girls to enjoy the sport of ringette, thereby reducing financial barriers.
$139,700 over 36 monthsTo increase organizational and program capacity by training Bereavement and Transportation volunteers. In addition to training programs, funding will provide the organization with staff as they support families in South Simcoe County.
$69,800 over 12 monthsTo document and measure the impact of a five-year project designed to increase the capacity of Aboriginal social services agencies and to build bridges between them and mainstream agencies serving children, youth and families in Simcoe County. The project will be conducted in partnership with a university research department, and will evaluate joint service protocols, cultural competency tools and other resources, using stakeholder interviews, surveys and community forums.
$18,600 over 12 monthsTo engage youth in opera by delivering four community events, a short concert and workshops in the southern region of York. Voice training workshops will also be organized for children and youth at community events. The goal is to raise awareness of opera within the community's youth population.
$12,300 over 12 monthsTo increase quality and safety of programs for youth in Aurora. Funding will purchase new biathlon and camping equipment for use by current and future members.
$234,900 over 36 monthsTo increase the availability of arts programming in South Simcoe and build the capacity and sustainability of this organization and the Gibson Cultural Centre by supporting a strategic alliance between the two and supporting staff costs. Policies and procedures, program offerings and business practices will be streamlined, and promotional and fundraising activities will be undertaken jointly.
$63,500 over 12 monthsTo write, develop and produce a documentary raising awareness of substance abuse and addiction. Available in different languages, this broadcast-quality documentary will also support educational and outreach programs across York Region.
$190,600 over 36 monthsTo strengthen regional tourism in Huronia by celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of Samuel de Champlain in the area. A local committee, representing four Huronia municipalities and the region's three founding cultures of English, French and Aboriginal, will ensure new and existing tourism events in 2014 and 2015 have a Champlain theme. Funding will support staff salaries, advertising and a website.
$176,600 over 24 months
to hire a biologist who will develop the Duffins Creek Watershed Renewal Program, and purchase materials and supplies to engage the community in stewardship and restoration activities to protect the Duffins Creek ecosystem.
$71,900 over 12 monthsTo complete much needed facility upgrades. By replacing the refrigeration compressor, motor and dehumidifier, the club can extend its season and better serve the curling community in Markham.
$23,000 over 12 monthsTo strengthen the sense of cultural identity of Black students by enhancing Black History Month programming. New posters featuring important Black figures and an interactive exhibit will be created and loaned to schools, libraries and municipalities, while a one-day conference will be held for elementary and secondary school students in Vaughan.
$23,200 over 24 monthsTo enhance capacity and ensure sustainability of this newly established organization. Funding will support program delivery as well as train volunteer coaches who work with area youth.
$20,000 over 12 monthsTo increase program capacity by providing specialized training camps for young athletes in Aurora, Newmarket and Bradford. Funding will also be used to purchase audiovisual and IT equipment for coaching staff.
$90,000 over 36 monthsTo strengthen at-risk youth programs in Newmarket by increasing follow-up sessions in schools, expanding training for youth speakers, and producing a manual. Funding will support staffing, programming and travel costs.