March 7, 2013
$39,200 over 12 monthsTo increase the ability of youth aged 12 to 18 to develop musical skills and give back to their community by enhancing the music program of this Markham-area Air Cadet Squadron. A Junior Band will be created, with professional instructors and senior Cadets providing training and mentoring. Funding will cover the cost of instruments and music, and members will perform at local parades and community events as well as the annual Ceremonial Review.
$122,200 over 36 monthsTo fund staff and lease space to provide at-risk youth in Barrie with a creative outlet, positive mentoring and transferable skills by launching a music recording and touring program. Youth aged 15 to 29 will receive training from emerging and established artists in song-writing, playing instruments, performance, singing, recording and mixing, as well as album cover design, online and retail promotion and tour planning.
$219,000 over 24 monthsTo develop and implement a sport tourism strategy for Oro-Medonte. A cycling strategy coordinator will be hired and funding will also be used to develop a website and cover travel expenses, stakeholder meetings, counter devices and signage.
$10,000 over 12 monthsTo raise awareness of and create a larger audience for swing music in Simcoe County by celebrating this Barrie band's 20th anniversary with a marketing campaign and development of a student band. Promotional activities will consist of performances at local malls, media relations and a social media campaign. The students will be recruited from high school music programs, and mentored by experienced band members.
$140,500 over 36 monthsTo hire a full-time caseworker to serve South Asian clients in Aurora. Funding will also be used to purchase laptop computers for casework staff to do presentations and home visits.
$320,200 over 36 monthsTo increase the availability of children's, youth and family mental health and settlement services to residents of southeast Markham by forming a community hub with four well-established agencies. Funding will be used to renovate a large room in a community church, and to hire a project coordinator to develop common service protocol and encourage other agencies to join the hub.
$28,600 over 24 monthsTo increase awareness and appreciation of world-class classical music performances in the Midland area by undertaking a marketing campaign to promote this local music-presenting company. Activities will include the development of a website, a social media campaign, a blog and a patron database.
$30,000 over 24 monthsTo enhance the skills and knowledge of volunteers. In addition to coach education, funding will support the development of programs for children as part of the Canadian Soccer Association's Long Term Player Development Program.
$345,000 over 36 monthsTo expand a catering social enterprise in Thornhill that employs young adults with developmental disabilities. By installing an accessible greenhouse and opening an outdoor cafe area, Dani Dairy Delights will use its own herbs and vegetables in food preparation and create stronger connections between the youth and the greater community. Two job coaches will support participants.
$11,100 over 12 monthsTo raise awareness of the historical significance of Holland Landing in East Gwillimbury by holding a celebration of the War of 1812 at Anchor Park. Activities will include military re-enactments, a Pow Wow, a pioneer program for children, displays of heritage trades and crafts, and the return of a 19th century Aboriginal chief's deerskin jacket to family members from Georgina Island First Nation.
$13,800 over 12 monthsTo carry out renovations to improve the safety and comfort of a well-used church hall in Elmvale. Funding will be used to replace the carpets, update the electrical system and replace the ceiling tiles.
$91,700 over 24 monthsTo enhance capacity to deliver programs to women, children and youth by hiring three part-time counselors. Funding will also be used to expand the kitchen by purchasing a refrigerator, a chest freezer, dishwasher and electric range that will enable more access to healthy food.
$214,500 over 48 monthsTo provide certified coaching to athletes in Markham. The federation will operate as a national training centre for Badminton Canada, and funding will ensure Long Term Athlete Development programs are offered for all ages and ability level.
$96,600 over 12 monthsTo preserve Essa Township's only historically-designated building by supporting the restoration of Bell's Gristmill in Utopia, which celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2014. Funds will go towards stabilizing the building and exterior restoration work. Once restored, the Mill will serve as a vibrant community centre for educational, cultural and recreational activities.
$105,000 over 24 monthsTo expand Teaching for Tomorrow, a child and youth literacy program, by hiring a full-time coordinator in North Simcoe. Funding will also be used to hire a part-time social enterprise coordinator and support advertising, resources materials, program equipment and administrative costs.
$7,600 over 12 monthsTo assist with the purchase of new equipment to ensure the safety of members. Funding will allow the club to purchase a new dragon boat, paddles and personal floatation devices.
$238,900 over 36 monthsTo broaden learning experiences for youth and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder in York Region. Funding will support salary and equipment costs for the creation of The LIFE (Learning Independence through Facilitated Education) Academy for the Achievement of Individual Success.
$34,000 over 24 monthsTo enable the club to purchase equipment, undertake outreach activities and recruit volunteers. Funding will allow the club to continue to provide safe and accessible sport and recreation opportunities for children and youth in the community.
$175,400 over 36 monthsTo increase the availability of tutoring and cultural programs to children and youth of African-Caribbean heritage in Markham, Newmarket, Aurora and Stouffville by hiring a general manager to undertake day-to-day operations, program delivery and expansion, volunteer recruitment and coordination, and fundraising.
$207,300 over 24 monthsTo build the capacity and long-term sustainability of the Markham Village Festival, Markham Jazz Festival and other local festivals by hiring a full-time event coordinator and purchasing equipment. This will help the two festivals better plan events and reduce volunteer burnout. Funding will also support the purchase of tents, tables, chairs, PA system, outdoor lighting and stage that most festivals must rent each year and will be rented at a minor fee.
$68,600 over 24 monthsTo plan and host week-long Canadian Mountain Bike Championships by developing volunteer capacity and safety systems in Oro-Station. Funding will support coordinators for volunteers, media relations and first aid, as well as to hire summer students, rent equipment and cover some operational expenses.
$80,400 over 18 monthsTo develop new volunteer opportunities and recruit new volunteers for the 2013 Provincial Summer Games. Funding will enhance the games' Legacy Plan by introducing new athletes to sport programs in York Region.
$8,500 over 12 monthsTo preserve and showcase Tamil culture for Tamil and non-Tamil Canadians in York Region by translating and publishing a collection of 100 contemporary Tamil poems. "Moonless Night" will feature the work of modern Tamil poets and will be available through public libraries, community organizations and online.
$160,000 over 36 monthsTo hire a development officer to support Telecare Distress centres in Peterborough, Orillia and Lindsay in increasing their capacity for fund development, marketing and advertising. This will enhance the delivery of 24-hour anonymous and confidential telephone support services to those communities
$24,000 over 24 monthsTo enable this male barbershop chorus to celebrate its 20th anniversary and re-build its membership and audiences by developing a new Youth Chorus, holding a special anniversary showcase and producing a DVD, CD and other memorabilia.
$53,500 over 24 monthsTo hire a part-time special project assistant and extend the hours of the operations manager in Orillia. This will enable the food bank to convert to electronic record keeping, enhance social media and website updates, extend hours of operation, increase the number of volunteers and move towards the bulk purchase of food.
$315,800 over 48 monthsTo implement the PARC (Partnering, Advancing, Resource Community) project in Staynor by hiring a Project Supervisor and summer students to strengthen the local food bank and expand the community garden. A collaborative of five community organizations will work to strengthen the volunteer sector and engage youth through innovation and lasting partnerships that promote the economic and social health of local citizens.
$67,400 over 24 monthsTo enhance youth programs in the municipality. Funding will be used to hire seasonal staff and purchase a mobile skateboard park for use in a number of communities.
$197,600 over 36 monthsTo expand the SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together) Program. In partnership with the Social Service Network, the program will be offered to South Asian seniors throughout York Region. Funding will be used to recruit and train volunteers as well as support program delivery costs.
$65,400 over 24 monthsTo hire a project coordinator to expand the Growing Changes initiative in York Region. Funding will be used to work with community groups, schools and municipalities to expand the number of food gardens. A consultant will develop a business plan and strategy for an aquaponics project.
$8,400 over 12 monthsTo expand the Seeds to Trees program and hold a one-day environmental symposium in Aurora. Seeds to Trees provides elementary and secondary school environment teams the opportunity to collaborate and organize local environmental initiatives. Funding will be used for video production and rental, promotional costs, speaker honorariums, student travel expenses, audio-video equipment and event catering.
November 1, 2012
$26,000 over 12 monthsTo increase organizational capacity by conducting a comprehensive organizational review and re-branding. Building on a 25-year history, a new strategic plan will ensure the organization continues to serve those in need across the region.
$223,500 over 36 monthsTo build the infrastructure of this arts service organization and enhance and expand its programming. The creation of three new part-time positions will enable the group to develop new youth and music programs, reach out to new residents, partner with arts organizations in other municipalities and open a permanent Arts Centre in King Township.
$218,200 over 48 monthsTo promote cycling as a life-long activity by increasing membership, expanding programs and promoting the sport in Simcoe County. Funding will be used to hire a team manager and coaches to provide professional development and training, organize volunteer ride leaders, as well as cover volunteer expenses, athletic training tools and to purchase a cargo trailer.
$149,100 over 12 monthsTo enable this local film festival to increase its ability to screen a wide variety of Canadian and international films by converting its 35mm equipment to a digital system.
$223,400 over 36 monthsTo hire two full-time seniors' coordinators in Simcoe and York regions to implement programs that assist seniors living with vision loss. Funds will also be used for administrative and communications equipment, volunteer recruitment, training and recognition materials and transportation costs.
$150,000 over 12 monthsTo complete renovations to a facility serving four social service agencies in Barrie. The space will include common shared areas, including a resource centre, meeting rooms and kitchen, and will provide services for persons with visual, hearing and physical disabilities.
$7,700 over 12 monthsTo support the 25th Ontario Heritage Conference, to be held in Midland in June 2013. The conference deals with built, cultural and natural heritage conservation, and is jointly organized by Community Heritage Ontario, the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario and a local organizing committee spearheaded by the municipalities of Midland, Penetanguishene and Tay.
$31,800 over 48 monthsTo increase organizational and program capacity by providing quality instruction to youth in the area. Certified coaches will implement Skate Canada's Long-Term Athlete Development program to encourage life-long participation in sport.
$50,000 over 24 monthsTo support a part-time executive director, who will introduce revenue-generating programs while expanding free public education programs.
$50,300 over 12 monthsTo raise awareness of the issues of bullying, violence and inequality facing girls and young women in York Region by mounting a comprehensive public education campaign. Featuring print materials, public service announcements and a video documentary, the campaign will promote work being done by local, youth-serving social service agencies as well as generate discussion and community strategies through public forums.
$45,600 over 12 monthsTo enhance the skills and knowledge of volunteers in Concord. Funding will be used to educate coaches as well as offer FUNdamental programs for children as part of the Canadian Soccer Association's Long Term Player Development program.
$14,800 over 12 monthsTo assist with volunteer recruitment and retention for this community club. Funding will also support special events planned in recognition of the club's 40th anniversary in 2013.
$103,900 over 12 monthsTo improve the calibre of performance by arts organizations in eastern Markham by equipping a new rehearsal hall with music storage racks, risers, chairs and a piano.
$14,700 over 12 monthsTo enhance both the quality and safety of recreation programs offered in the community. Funding will assist with the purchase of skis for the biathlon program as well as summer camping equipment.
$168,100 over 36 monthsTo enhance the skills and knowledge of volunteers. In addition to coach education, funding will be used to offer Active Start / FUNdamental programs for children as part of the Canadian Soccer Association's Long Term Player Development program.
$161,000 over 36 monthsTo help this Markham-based association increase the reach of its acclaimed teacher symposia and annual concert band festival by hiring a regional coordinator serving Simcoe County and York Region who will work towards fulfilling the organization's province-wide mandate.
$223,300 over 36 monthsTo increase organizational capacity and volunteerism. Funding will be used to recruit, train and recognize more volunteers so they can be partnered with people with disabilities in Simcoe County who wish to experience Alpine Skiing.
$15,000 over 6 monthsTo develop a new operating plan that will help strengthen the profile of this local arts council. A program developer will conduct a community consultation with other arts organizations, municipal culture departments, funders and community members to evaluate current programs and assess the potential of new program ideas.
$212,100 over 36 monthsTo hire a staff person to enhance and increase programming using new equipment such as computers, digital cameras, camcorders and smartboards, in order to attract youth and artists working with digital technology, launch new seniors programs and increase participation in children's programs.
$202,000 over 36 monthsTo deliver the Odewin Gbik-Giizis: Berry Fast Project to girls aged 12 and 13 in Orillia, Midland and Barrie. The goal is to revive the Berry Fast tradition to help prepare young women for adulthood and promote strong personal growth. Funding will be used to hire a facilitator and to support administrative and program expenses including materials, equipment and focus groups.
$99,000 over 12 monthsTo replace the roof of this community facility in Creemore.
$213,900 over 48 monthsTo hire a full-time communications and fundraising coordinator to create and distribute communications materials, develop a case for funding support, find potential individual and corporate donors and launch an annual fundraising event for this Alliston-based agency.
$20,000 over 12 monthsTo increase organizational and program capacity. Funding will be used to create a business plan and program model to ensure youth in rural areas of Simcoe County have access to arts and culture programs.
$50,000 over 36 monthsTo build programs and services for youth. Funding will allow this new organization to advertise services, communicate with members as well as recruit and train volunteers to support continued growth.
$90,500 over 12 monthsTo meet growing demand from the local off-reserve Aboriginal community for programs and services by contributing to a major renovation project at this Midland agency's site. Funding will be used to install heating and cooling units, exterior siding and flooring.
$66,000 over 24 monthsTo increase knowledge and leadership skills on water issues by delivering GUSH, a local water stewardship program, to 19,500 students in 40 elementary schools in Simcoe and York. Funds will be used to hire a program coordinator and equipment manager, support travel and outreach costs, and purchase materials and supplies.
$21,600 over 24 monthsTo expand the Girlfriends after-school program for girls in grades 7 and 8 in Essa Township. The program offers physical fitness and healthy eating components, as well as exposure to professional female mentors and speakers. Funding will be used for the coordinator's salary, training and program supplies.
$13,600 over 12 monthsTo allow more seniors to participate in health and wellness programs. Funding will be used to purchase fitness equipment and encourage participants to adopt a physically-active lifestyle.
$250,000 over 24 monthsTo host two World Cup Ski Cross events at Blue Mountain. The events will provide training and certification opportunities for Ontario athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers, promote active living for local students, and provide recreational snowboarding opportunities for children from low-income families in Simcoe County.
$223,200 over 24 monthsTo develop a food distribution hub by hiring a full-time driver and purchasing a walk-in cooler/freezer and cargo van with refrigeration. The goal is to safely collect and warehouse dry, fresh, frozen and chilled food for distribution to community food banks and other agencies and groups that provide food to vulnerable populations in York Region.
June 28, 2012
$128,000 over 24 monthsTo increase youth participation and leadership in Francophone cultural activities by hiring a full-time youth activity coordinator in York. The coordinator will engage students in both French-language and French immersion schools by supporting cultural projects developed by youth, for youth.
$15,500 over 6 monthsTo create opportunities for Aurora residents to enjoy band music, both as players and listeners, by establishing a new, inter-generational concert band. Funding will support a part-time music director, rehearsal hall rental fees and new instruments and music. The band will perform at concerts, town events and festivals around York Region.
$105,500 over 24 monthsTo increase the capacity and sustainability of this Orillia organization by hiring an executive director who will implement a strategic plan. Funding will also be used to hire a consultant to develop a fundraising and resource development plan.
$73,400 over 12 monthsTo improve this local information centre and 211 provider's outreach and communications by developing a strong social media plan. Equipment will be purchased to implement the campaign and furnish a training room in which social media workshops will be delivered to other area agencies.
$21,300 over 24 monthsTo purchase new canoes for recreational and competitive use and provide support to hire seasonal staff.
$74,800 over 12 monthsTo purchase several new boats for both recreational and competitive programs. This will enhance the quality and safety of programs for children, youth and adults.
$167,700 over 36 monthsTo help increase the availability of fresh, organic, locally-grown vegetables to North Simcoe residents, to benefit the local economy and preserve the environment by expanding the output of this Lafontaine community garden and introducing school and group visits and a new, bilingual ecological day camp.
$100,000 over 24 monthsTo implement eight-week environmental leadership training programs for newcomer youth in Markham. Themes will focus on urban ecology and agriculture, leadership and youth-led environmental action through workshops and hands-on experience.
$185,100 over 36 monthsTo revitalize the downtowns of Alliston, Beeton and Tottenham by matching landlords who have vacant stores with artists and creative entrepreneurs interested in starting businesses on the main streets. Affordable rents, business skills training and volunteers available for minor repairs and maintenance will enable artists to get established, and introduce unique products to the downtowns, thereby increasing their attraction as cultural destinations and building the local economy.
$144,200 over 36 monthsTo develop and promote Native arts and artists by developing this regional arts centre's Aboriginal programming. Activities will include an Aboriginal arts program for elementary schools, providing professional development and networking workshops for Native artists, and partnering with the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective on joint exhibits. Funding will support hiring a coordinator, as well as marketing and communications activities.
$14,600 over 12 monthsTo improve access to the archival and reference collections by creating a dedicated research area within the Welcome Centre in Georgina. Funding will be used to purchase a shelving unit, work station and table, conservation and preservation supplies and an archival reference storage and access unit.
$106,000 over 24 monthsTo expand social and cultural activities for Jewish youth in York Region. Funding will help cover staff and program expenses, transportation, advertising, space rental and honorariums.
$103,500 over 36 monthsTo support the activities of a collaborative of 29 community support service agencies in North Simcoe-Muskoka. The collaborative will hire contract staff to provide professional development training, initiate better health and safety policies and practices, help reduce staff turnover and increase recruitment by streamlining job descriptions, developing career progression paths and supporting accreditation activities.
$23,500 over 12 monthsTo purchase new instruments for this Barrie-area band, offering more opportunities for youth to learn how to play Scottish music. Senior band members will continue to teach these skills to students and other young people, and the band's overall number of performances, including parades, will be increased.
$14,100 over 12 monthsTo purchase a commercial lawn tractor in order to improve the maintenance of the flying site for the leisure pursuit of model aircraft flying.
$15,000 over 12 monthsTo enhance player safety by providing all players with certified equipment. The club will maintain an inventory of helmets and shoulder pads to be loaned out to young athletes who wish to participate in sport.
$273,500 over 36 monthsTo assist with the purchase of capital equipment for the Jack and Pat Kay Centre Camp in Vaughan. Funding will also support the salary for a director of human resources to establish staff and volunteer recruitment and training programs.
$20,000 over 12 monthsTo increase social, cultural and recreational programming available to newcomers and racialized communities in northern York Region. Funding will be used to expand a two-year old South Asian Showcase from a three-hour event to a day-long festival that brings new and long-time residents together in a celebration of cultural diversity.
$64,800 over 12 monthsTo complete much-needed facility repairs to ensure the community can continue to access this facility. Funding will be used to enhance the property, replace an aging elevator, repair a leaking roof and upgrade interior lighting.
$47,400 over 12 monthsTo address safety and access concerns by replacing an aging building on the Sutton Fair Grounds. Members will provide professional and volunteer support to complete the project, ensuring future generations have access to space for a variety of community programs.
$112,200 over 24 monthsTo support the development of the community hub in Barrie. Funding will be used to support a broad range of services while delivering cost-effective and efficient services to marginalized communities.
$9,400 over 12 monthsTo implement a Springwater Art Tour that will promote local artists and enhance tourism. Funding will be used for marketing and advertising, including newspaper and radio ads, brochures, pamphlets, road signs, banners and reception expenses.
$233,200 over 48 monthsTo implement the organization's plan to deliver quality soccer programs and services for children and youth. Funding will support training programs for coaches, players as well as club development activities.
$75,000 over 6 monthsTo replace a leaky solarium roof in order to maintain this Richmond Hill community space for the enjoyment of community members.
$159,000 over 24 monthsTo support a full-time staff member to expand the organization's social enterprise, a solar panel installation business, and purchase an electric vehicle to promote renewable energy and green infrastructure development.
$26,500 over 12 monthsTo hire a program coordinator to create more opportunities for emerging artists, engage more youth in the arts and to raise the profile of visual arts in Orillia.