March 4, 2015
$225,000 over 36 monthsTo launch the Green Access Academy initiative, providing environmental programming to children aged 6 to 12 in Torontos Crescent Town and Teesdale/Oakridge neighbourhoods. Funds will be used to expand gardening spaces, hire a Community Health Worker, and train community leaders in delivering hands-on activities to people living in high-rise, low income communities.
$221,200 over 36 monthsTo hire a Program Coordinator and Peer Leaders to oversee the implementation of an awareness program that will encourage acceptance of mental illness within Toronto's Afghan, Iranian and Central Asian communities. Funds will help public outreach efforts.
$63,500 over 6 monthsTo support salaries and program costs for a masquerade procession in conjuncture with the 2015 Parapan Games. This initiative will showcase Toronto's community arts and disability arts sectors. Youth from Scarborough and North York will acquire new arts-based skills and gain project management experience.
$23,500 over 12 monthsTo produce a series of volunteer training videos for current and future slighted volunteers demonstrating their role aboard a sailboat. The videos will be posted on a Blind Sailing YouTube channel, as well as the organization's website and Facebook page. Funds will also help purchase two boat covers and produce cruising course textbooks in alternate formats for blind sailors.
$21,000 over 12 monthsTo install a 500 square-foot mobile urban farm on a vacant lot in downtown Toronto that will help over 200 people learn to grow organic food. This initative will transform a neglected lot into an engaging, educational, productive community space. Funds will be used to buy equipment and cover program costs.
$104,300 over 36 monthsTo hire a Project Administrator and increase the capacity of this organization to provide entrepreneurial skills to 300 Toronto newcomer, low-income, at-risk and underprivileged youth ages 16 to 29. Peer mentors and business experts will support participants, and the initiative will be replicated by six community partners.
$150,000 over 36 monthsTo hire a Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator to help Canada's largest independently managed LGBTQ archives add to its collection and preservation efforts. The initiative will enable the organization to build its volunteer base, increase opening hours and enhance its programming capacity to be more reflective of diverse LGBTQ life in Ontario.
$88,100 over 24 monthsTo establish a "talk and listen" phone line to support women who are incarcerated, or at-risk of incarceration, and who feel isolated. The initiative will help 300 women begin to rebuild their lives and provide opportunities for 20 volunteers who want to make a difference. Funds will help with a coordinator position and program costs.
$75,200 over 36 monthsTo increase the impact of Teaching Awareness Through Puppetry, an arts-based program that furthers understanding of disabilities, differences and bullying. Funds will help expand marketing, enhance existing programs, create a new Autism Spectrum Disorder program, increase program evaluation capacity and provide training to volunteer puppeteers. It will reach 90 schools and 10,000 children in Toronto over the next three years.
$78,800 over 24 monthsTo support the expansion of Greening Sacred Spaces' Toronto chapter with a focus on reaching new Canadians, and pilot a sustainability metric that will assist faith communities in the long-term management of their buildings in a more energy efficient way. Funds will help with staff salaries, and workshops, program and administrative costs.
$11,300 over 6 monthsTo purchase a photo-timing machine for its track and field House League program, providing higher quality training for children and youth participants.
$75,000 over 12 monthsTo support Phase 1 of the Community Grown initiative to develop and pilot two urban agriculture and community-building models in Flemingdon Park and Scarborough. The initiative will focus on collective planning and design of market gardens and public spaces, as well as its sustainability and replication in other communities. Funds will support community engagement, training and program costs.
$223,600 over 36 monthsTo test the Agency Mentorship Program by developing and implementing the Centre for Organizational Resilience to build the capacity of grassroots youth-led organizations in the Weston-Mt. Dennis area, resulting in a stronger and more collaborative youth-led ecosystem. Funds will help with salaries and program costs.
$150,000 over 12 monthsTo support the renovation of the organization's new location and upgrade technology to better meet the needs of staff. This project will support the work of an Indigenous-led charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities.
$77,600 over 24 monthsTo hire a Project Coordinator to launch the Tool Library at the Downsview Branch of the Toronto Public Library. The Tool Library offers equipment at affordable rates to over 500 new members, promoting access over ownership and contributing to a reduction of our collective environmental impact. Funds will also be used to purchase the initial tool inventory to complement donations.
$105,000 over 36 monthsTo hire administrative staff to support the growth, visibility and capacity of the Tirgan Festival. The four-day multidisciplinary festival draws over 130,000 visitors in a celebration of Iranian artistic expression and cultural heritage. It is held biennially at Torontos Harbourfront Centre and is expected to become an annual event in the next three years.
$160,000 over 36 monthsTo establish the SUR Gallery, a cultural space for the exhibition and exchange of art and ideas from Canada and Latin America. The gallery was selected by the Pan Am Path to animate activities and then will become a legacy that is expected to present cultural programs to more than 2,000 individuals annually. Funds will be used to hire staff and equipment costs.
$169,200 over 36 monthsTo provide an after-school tutoring program, music training and leadership camps for immigrant Francophone youth living in Peel Region and Toronto. The program is designed to help over 400 young people enhance their educational and leadership skills. Funds will be used to help with equipment and program costs and the salary for a coordinator.
$26,000 over 6 monthsTo install a new roof and eaves trough at Nazareth House, to ensure the building's long-term viability. This non-denominational organization in central-west Toronto provides supportive transitional housing for single women and women with babies who are recovering from addiction and mental health issues.
$175,400 over 12 monthsTo support Toronto's second largest food bank's move to the Weston - Mt. Dennis area. Funds will be used to renovate a shared space with the Learning Enrichment Foundation. A larger facility will result in a greater capacity to accept and distribute donations, while creating collaborative opportunities for training, food security and social enterprise projects.
$225,000 over 36 monthsTo improve nutritional outcomes and operating efficiencies of drop-in centres by implementing Creating Health Plus and uniting 52 centres across Toronto in a dedicated membership structure. This will create opportunities for knowledge sharing, capacity building and cost savings through collective food management and aggregated procurement. Funds will hire a Project Coordinator and help with program costs.
$15,000 over 12 monthsTo support the development of an app for hand-held devices that will enable individuals to take part in participatory dance installations. This innovative project will enable participants to chose their own level of activity level and provide an experience of being part of a dance company.
$76,800 over 12 monthsTo enable elementary school teachers in Toronto and York Region to participate in environmental filmmaking workshops. The Eco Film Lab project will give teachers the chance to help students develop the skills needed to tell their community's environmental stories through film. Funds will be used for salaries, venue and equipment rentals, and computers.
$225,000 over 36 monthsTo support the Jane and Finch Asset Building Project, which will bring positive youth development in the community and provide training and workshops to build capacity and coordination among local youth supports. Funds will be used to hire a Project Coordinator and assist with training and marketing costs.
$61,500 over 24 monthsTo support efforts that expand outreach and educational programming by hiring a Managing Director. Toronto audiences will have more opportunities to experience Taiko drumming and develop more awareness of Asian cultural heritage.
$101,200 over 36 monthsTo hire staff to support the development of RPTV Culture!. This pre-apprenticeship-styled media program offers opportunities for diverse cultural groups from Regent Park to produce community-based arts broadcasts. It will help to train youth to produce shows to air on cable and online in the GTA.
$155,000 over 24 monthsTo implement Democracy Talks, a program that will increase North York residents' democratic and civic engagement levels, with a focus on newcomers, youth, low-income and other under-served community members. This initiative will benefit over 500 participants and train new volunteers. Funds will be used to hire a Program Coordinator and cover some program and equipment costs.
$147,500 over 12 monthsTo purchase computer and software equipment that will support the configuration, implementation and deployment of a new customer relationship management system. This new framework will result in efficiencies for Second Harvest, which procures and delivers fresh, healthy food for meal programs to a network of more than 200 social service agencies across Toronto and serves over 100,000 individuals monthly.
$204,500 over 36 monthsTo engage over 1,000 Tamil community members, including seniors, youth and people with disabilities, from 310 Scarborough households in the "Clean Air Ambassadors" program. This innovative initiative focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and involves participants in workshops, skills training and mitigation activities to change existing practices. Funds will be used to hire a Project Coordinator and other program costs.
$66,700 over 12 monthsTo support salaries and program expenses to implement Weave, a fibre arts program for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness or other barriers. Participants will gain leadership skills to enable them to share knowledge of fibre arts programming at education sessions in downtown Toronto, Etobicoke and Scarborough.
$20,900 over 12 monthsTo help install a vertical platform lift, giving access to volunteers, staff and service users with mobility challenges to a 2,500 square-foot community space at its Sudbury Street building in Toronto. The space is currently only accessible by a set of stairs.
$148,200 over 24 monthsTo implement the youth services action plan that the organization developed through an intensive one-year program review. Funds will be used for salaries and training opportunities. The action plan will result in the delivery of more effective programs for Toronto youth facing multiple barriers.
$286,200 over 36 monthsTo implement a successful American model, 'Beat The Streets', that enables inner-city youth facing multiple barriers to participate in a program that offers athletics and mentorship opportunities. Through this program, 9,000 Toronto students will be introduced to wrestling and 100 will participate in the mentorship program. Funds will be used to buy wrestling mats and help with salaries.
$174,200 over 36 monthsTo expand this Toronto organization's volunteer program to include a fully accessible volunteer hub that will support the participation and inclusion of 90 volunteers with physical disabilities. Training will be provided in multiple formats in order to decrease barriers to participation. Funds will be used for staff and program expenses.
$62,800 over 12 monthsTo develop a new website that includes more information and improved functionality, enabling the Word on the Street Festival to better communicate with new and returning audiences.
$73,000 over 12 monthsTo develop a model for delivering programs to Mandarin-speaking seniors in downtown Toronto and share it with the larger community in the Greater Toronto Area. The initiative will increase the wellbeing of 720 participants and provide volunteer opportunities. Funds will be used for staff salaries and program costs.
$209,200 over 36 monthsTo expand the Lost Rivers program by creating walks for an estimated 800 people in four Toronto neighbourhoods. Participants from diverse cultures will learn more about how food, water and the natural world intersect with human activity in their own community. Funds will be used for staff, program costs and testing a social enterprise model.
$246,600 over 36 monthsTo expand rugby programming in Toronto for more than 3,500 children by ensuring clubs work together, sharing knowledge and resources. Funds will be used to purchase equipment, and hire an Executive Director and a Community Liaison representative.
$149,900 over 9 monthsTo provide a well-equipped and inviting space for community members to gather for recreational and educational activities. Funds will help to replace the gymnasium's floor and purchase equipment for sports, recreation and educational programs offered at its Scarborough location.
$173,400 over 36 monthsTo support performance arts, communication and social skills-building activities that will foster the personal development of 300 vulnerable and under-served youth, aged 11 to 16, of all backgrounds living in northwestern Toronto. Funds will be used for facilitators' salaries and program costs.
$49,200 over 12 monthsTo support the renovation and enhancement of Upfront Studio Theatre in North York. This will assist with the development of a community hub for artists, youth, students and children, enabling the organization to better deliver programs in the community.
$149,600 over 12 monthsTo purchase equipment and renovate the learning environment of this Toronto centre that serves more than 600 marginalized individuals annually. This initiative will allow the organization to improve website accessibility and computer security, enhance skills training programs and keep the classrooms safe and welcoming.
$59,600 over 36 monthsTo implement a Long-Term Player Development model, as mandated by Sport Canada, that focuses on developing young players' skills. It will help to develop both the sport and the club's 650 players. Funding will support a part-time Technical Director and help with the costs of training supplies and administration.
October 30, 2014
$225,000 over 36 monthsTo implement the Imani Healing Circle, a program for African Canadian youth in Toronto involved with the criminal justice system, who are gang-involved and/or experiencing drug and mental health issues. The circle will provide them with skills to address underlying issues and make positive life choices. More than 350 youth will be mentored and will receive supports to reduce recidivism and to reintegrate into the community.
$11,400 over 12 monthsTo upgrade technology and equipment in order to continue to offer free year-round programs for children and pre-teens in Toronto's St. James Town community. Funds will be used to purchase projectors, software, computers and office furniture.
$225,000 over 36 monthsTo engage high school youth in a new initiative that integrates arts and civic engagement. In partnership with the Canadian Civil Liberties Educational Trust, instructional workshops, followed by hands-on art workshops, will be held. Artist residencies, where youth create art on themes related to human and civil rights will also take place, including one held at a Toronto police station.
$121,000 over 36 monthsTo support a capacity-building project that will focus on strategic planning, organizational development needs and evaluation frameworks in order to strengthen operational systems and encourage community partnerships. The collaborative and consultative process will lead to a multi-year strategic plan that will support future projects with other community partners in Toronto's Davenport West community.
$375,000 over 36 monthsTo renovate a Scarborough location to create a multi-purpose community hub where community residents will be engaged in volunteer leadership, recreation and skill-building activities, and have access to on-site services provided by hub partner agencies.
$75,000 over 12 monthsTo support a train-the-trainer stress reduction program that will bring mindfulness skills to front-line staff working in Toronto. Once trained staff will then provide 100 marginalized people with enhanced coping skills and a low-tech approach to healing.
$225,000 over 12 monthsTo conduct accessibility audits for the four largest organizations working out of the Bathurst Street centre. Customer service, accessibility and inclusion training for staff and volunteers will be delivered. The main floor will be made accessible with automatic doors, a platform lift, an accessible washroom, and appropriate signage.
$149,800 over 24 monthsTo develop leadership skills amongst adults and youth interested in building an inclusive community in Scarborough East, home to many low income and newcomer families. The project will involve elementary and high school students, parents and educators coming together to discuss the problems of exclusion, racism, conflict and other social tensions in the community and practice skills for prevention and intervention.
$247,700 over 36 monthsTo engage Thorncliffe Park residents in a wide range of arts activities including festivals, workshops and story circles. The program model and a leadership program will be shared with residents of East Scarborough and downtown Toronto. Funds will support staff salaries, artist fees and purchase of computers, musical instruments and kitchen appliances.
$45,000 over 12 monthsTo create a new website that will provide a higher standard of service to clients, engage existing and potential donors in a more effective way, and enhance online donations for this Toronto social enterprise courier service. The web upgrade will also allow customers to access service via smart phone.
$190,100 over 36 monthsTo provide Toronto community members with the skills to use sustainable innovative methods to grow food and provide them access to the expertise of local food leaders. Best practices tools and templates will also be created. Funds will be used for staff and program expenses.
$13,700 over 12 monthsTo replace fireplaces with three removable gas stoves to enhance the user's and visitor's experience and increase energy efficiency in Lambton House, a Toronto heritage home built in 1847.
$350,500 over 36 monthsTo support the Nature Centre in moving to a larger site and expanding its programming for the benefit of 26,000 participants. Funds will be used for staffing, furniture, equipment, kitchen appliances, and teaching materials and resources.
$5,900 over 12 monthsTo hire staff and purchase supplies for the children's and seniors' programs of this festival. This free festival attracts thousands of people to celebrate Iranian heritage and culture, offering music performances, poetry and history readings, as well as dance, children’s activities, food and fireworks.
$218,400 over 36 monthsTo support the project "Changing Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality within the Iranian Diaspora" that will engage Iranian and other Farsi-speaking youth on issues around gender and sexual identity through community and online dialogues, peer-led workshops, art exhibitions and an LGBTQ Community Forum, in an effort to reduce feelings of isolation and depression and support the mental health of youth in the community.
$150,000 over 6 monthsTo renovate the organization's new location to install a fully-accessible front entrance and main floor, and frame an elevator shaft in the basement and first two floors of the building. This will increase accessible meeting space for community members, volunteers and staff working on criminal justice and crime prevention issues in downtown east Toronto.
$97,000 over 24 monthsTo hire a manager to expand the volunteer program of two Toronto Francophone organizations dedicated to eliminating violence against women. The initiative will train up to 60 volunteers and strengthen the capacity of both organizations. Training tools will be available online for volunteers.
$223,400 over 36 monthsTo develop and test two models of Engaging New Alternatives (ENA), a program for alternative school students in Toronto to focus on civic engagement, positive community action, and leadership through media arts activities. Some 300 youth in 12 alternative schools will create socially conscious media productions, to be presented at community showcases where participants will use their learnings to educate the broader community on youth issues.
$225,000 over 36 monthsTo develop a comprehensive training program for parents who are newcomers, parents with children with special needs and parents in high priority neighbourhoods in west Toronto including North York, York and North Etobicoke. Parents will learn how to effectively advocate for their children in the areas of health, education, child care and special needs services.
$193,000 over 36 monthsTo create two theatre productions for 80 participants who will weave together cultures, personal stories, discoveries, and identified issues of the young and old, thereby breaking down intercultural and inter-generational barriers in the Toronto neighbourhoods of Weston Mount Dennis, Cooper Mills and downtown Chinatown.
$150,000 over 12 monthsTo replace the roof. This will provide a healthier, and more comfortable environment for clients, staff, and volunteers of this twenty-two bed transitional shelter for Aboriginal clients in Toronto.
$15,000 over 12 monthsTo purchase new computers, a server and software. This will support staff and volunteers to deliver the annual Images Festival of independent and experimental film and video.
$210,600 over 36 monthsTo build the capacity of Toronto's first urban community land trust, located in Parkdale, and ensure the long-term affordability of city land for community benefit. Templates and tools for replicating such a model in Ontario will be developed and shared. Funds will be used for staff and program expenses.
$75,000 over 36 monthsTo expand a free creative writing program in Toronto for women marginalized by poverty, mental health issues, addictions, social isolation and homelessness. Participants will learn valuable literacy skills, be mentored, acquire facilitation skills, and publish their own literary magazine.
$34,700 over 24 monthsTo increase to full-time the position of the recruitment and training manager. Funds will also support programming costs, enabling the organization to recruit and train more volunteers, thereby expanding the group's operating capacity and allowing 60 more Toronto seniors and people with disabilities to access ongoing supports such as friendly visits, caregiver relief, and medical and shopping assistance.
$27,900 over 12 monthsTo install a community kitchen in this transitional housing facility that will serve residents and be the location for multiple programs and workshops that provide other refugees in Toronto with the skills and knowledge they need to successfully transition into the Canadian community.
$75,000 over 12 monthsTo implement a new online presence, providing Toronto’s largest theatre company with an accessible digital platform for sharing artist interviews, educational tools, original content, and audio recordings of theatre productions and concerts. The company provides year-round programming to an audience of over 130,000 a year and reaches over 8,000 youth through education and community engagement initiatives
$167,900 over 36 monthsTo expand the organization's puppet troupe performances in Toronto public and Catholic schools. New performances will address a range of social issues including bullying, prejudice, depression, obesity and child abuse.
$26,700 over 12 monthsTo support the first phase of an innovative initiative to revitalize Toronto’s laneways and increase community members’ access to public green space. Funds will support a communications campaign, community engagement, and planning for two pilot projects and a model that could be replicated in the city's 2,400 laneways, most of which are currently unused, unwelcoming, and unsafe.
$13,700 over 6 monthsTo purchase equipment and build an intranet that will increase the capacity of Centre staff, its ten partner agencies and their volunteers to provide more accessible, timely referrals of women who experience domestic violence across Scarborough.
$36,400 over 6 monthsTo purchase a vehicle to support community participation in recreational, cultural and social service programs. This will allow community members of all ages to participate in a wide range of activities, including medical appointments, hospital visits, powwows, horseback riding, camping, and skiing.
$147,000 over 12 monthsTo renovate a former cold storage warehouse space in west Toronto into a modern, accessible facility dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary photography and screen-based art. Funds will be used for equipment, flooring, painting, glazing, plumbing, electrical work, heating and air conditioning.
$39,400 over 12 monthsTo replace the worn-out hardwood floor in the gym and repair the automatic door-opener to ensure energy savings and accessibility. The space is widely used by the community, arts groups, and families, children and seniors attending recreational and arts activities.
$216,000 over 36 monthsTo expand the "It's a Girl Thing! Young Women's Leadership Development Program", offering arts-based leadership and mentoring activities for young women who attend middle and high school in Toronto's Weston-Mount Dennis community. Through weekly multidisciplinary art workshops, discussions and guest speakers, the program will enhance the academic and personal success of 400 girls and young women by promoting self-confidence, leadership and healthy relationships.
$75,000 over 24 monthsTo provide artistic and musical training in Toronto to 50 Francophone young people aged 12 to 28 of diverse backgrounds. Participants will record their songs and create music videos with the help of mentors and seniors. Funds will be used for staff, program expenses and equipment.
$200,200 over 12 monthsTo create a shared community kitchen at 1267/1269 Weston Road in the Mt. Dennis community of west Toronto. It will serve as a meeting and programming space for local community organizations and resident-led groups for food-related activities. Funds will also be used to develop programs and services that will help community members gain and share skills, and promote economic and social inclusion.
$152,000 over 36 monthsTo support Peer Up!, a mentorship program and network for emerging artists from diverse backgrounds that will develop their skills, leadership and relationships. Along with six public workshops offered annually to 300 artists, two three-month peer-to-peer mentorships will engage 20 artists, while one six-month intensive mentorship will engage six graduates with a commitment to socially relevant, community-based and potentially transformative art.
June 26, 2014
$173,700 over 36 monthsTo develop and implement a structured age-friendly Wheel and Walk Mall Program in 20 enclosed malls in the city of Toronto. Trained leaders will offer a free morning program to 40 participants each week before the mall stores open for business.
$96,400 over 24 monthsTo hire staff to develop new multi-arts programming for youth, students and community members during the annual Beaches Jazz Festival in east Toronto. The expanded activities will include a youth arts exhibit, a mural program involving local schools, a volunteer program for high school students and two on-site workshops for the general public.
$150,000 over 12 monthsTo create a business incubator and centre of excellence for young black entrepreneurs in downtown Toronto. This new facility will provide participants with learning opportunities and help them build their communities. Funds will be used for renovation costs.
$70,200 over 12 monthsTo expand the Heart Wise Exercise program, which uses a network of community partners in Toronto to deliver safe, affordable and effective community-based exercise programs for people wishing to prevent or manage chronic health conditions. Funds will be used to train 50 additional fitness leaders, implement an on-line training model to complement in-person sessions, and certify 10 new participating facilities.
$15,000 over 12 monthsTo purchase new computers and editing software and upgrade the computer server to properly receive, catalog and store the video and new media submissions from Indigenous artists.The Centre's imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is a five-day festival in Toronto and an annual tour that takes selected programming to remote Indigenous communities across Ontario and broadens the artistic and cultural expressions of Indigenous filmmakers and media artists.
$147,500 over 12 monthsTo renovate the offices and gallery in a new 2,000-square-foot space in Toronto. Eight work-stations, a kitchenette, proper storage for temporary and archival materials, proper ventilation and temperature controls for art exhibits, and a dedicated area for meetings and public educational activities will be created.
$150,000 over 24 monthsTo launch and deliver the Nature Academy, a professional development and coaching platform in Toronto that will provide science and geography teachers with the knowledge, skills and supports needed to integrate outdoor environmental education into everyday curriculum. Implementation of this social enterprise will also help the organization's financial sustainability, enabling it to continue to deliver free environmental programs in the community.
$105,000 over 12 monthsTo purchase two accessible vehicles to provide community transportation services for diverse seniors. This will help reduce social isolation and allow more seniors to access community support and healthy living programs.
$127,600 over 36 monthsTo implement Creating a Buzz Toronto, an initiative that will raise awareness of the important role bees play in our urban environment. The program will engage participants in educational activities focused on bees, native plants, and pollinator habitats. Funds will also be used to create seven pollinator garden, develop an Urban Beekeeping Certificate program, a social enterprise that will generate revenue to support the operation of the Toronto Beekeeping Cooperative.
$96,100 over 36 monthsTo deliver a program of interactive workshops that will teach emotional intelligence and social skills to Toronto students from junior kindergarten to Grade 8. The program will involve over 800 students and 90 teachers and will help increase young people’s ability to show kindness, empathy, respect, and a sense of responsibility for others.
$169,500 over 24 monthsTo create a social enterprise where newcomers and youth who are at risk will learn to repair furniture and prepare it for donation. This initiative will divert damaged furniture from landfill and generate revenues for this Toronto organization. Funds will be used for staffing and program expenses.
$223,300 over 36 monthsTo support Playbynature, a new initiative to outdoor, active, self-directed play back into children’s lives. The program will promote the physical, mental and social wellbeing of 3,000 children and youth aged 5 to 15, while enhancing parks and playgrounds with improvements that benefit community-wide play & recreation in Toronto. Funds will be used to support staffing and program expenses.
$148,400 over 24 monthsTo build the capacity of immigrant Francophone women in Scarborough by providing mentorship, job placements and training designed to build their sewing and design skills for potential employment. Participants will receive training on industrial sewing machines, pattern making, upholstery, fashion design, knitting, purse-making, drapery design and sewing and various textile-based crafts. Funds will be used for staffing and program costs.
$167,300 over 36 monthsTo introduce LGBTQ community screenings in diverse and under-served Toronto neighbourhoods and offer LGBTQ multi-media programming at various galleries in the Greater Toronto Area. Funds will also be used to reconfigure the festival headquarters to create a meeting and screening room, house the festival's digital archives, and reconfigure space used by volunteers and staff.
$14,500 over 12 monthsTo purchase new equipment and office furniture to better plan and organize this annual film festival and youth program in downtown Toronto. Held during Italian Heritage month, this festival enjoys strong community support and promotes awareness, appreciation and pride in the diversity of the Italian heritage.
$36,100 over 12 monthsTo expand access to participatory arts activities for artists, interns and practicum students, including culturally diverse, youth, newcomer and Aboriginal artists by installing equipment at its newly-acquired location in downtown Toronto, The Ground Floor. Funds will also be used to make minor renovations to transform the space for art-making activities and presentations and for use as a learning and mentorship centre for emerging artists.
$30,000 over 12 monthsTo purchase computers, freezers for a food bank, gym equipment as well as music instruments for a new youth shelter in eastern Toronto. Art and recreational activities offered at the shelter will help improve the physical and mental wellbeing of more than 250 homeless youth while increasing their potential to engage socially and economically within their community.
$80,300 over 36 monthsTo expand The Kids’ City Park Project to connect more children, youth and their families to nature and outdoor physical activity through educational and recreational programs in Toronto parks and ravines. Funds will be used to support staffing, program promotion, and transportation for participants.
$129,000 over 24 monthsTo expand this successful peer-to-peer tutoring model to 32 schools in four school boards in west Toronto and the Halton-Peel region. The program trains elementary and secondary students to provide one-on-one academic help and mentorship to their peers. Tutors develop leadership skills and self confidence, while their peers receive well-designed academic support.
$223,000 over 36 monthsTo hire a coordinator and support the activities of "Project REACH: Reducing elder abuse through Education, Awareness, and Caregiver support, to Help seniors live safely." A research component will ensure the resources developed are culturally sensitive, enabling community members to recognize and address elder abuse in the ethno-cultural contexts of the Malvern community.
$50,200 over 12 monthsTo support the “I'M A CHAMP” non-contact boxing program in Toronto which follows the Sport for Life framework, and focuses on three stages of the Long Term Athlete Development Plan: FUNdamentals, Learning to Train, and Active for Life. A total of 380 Toronto children and youth will benefit from 90 minutes of vigorous physical activity and 30 minutes of sports-based education.
$197,000 over 36 monthsTo hire a coordinator and create new adaptive programming to attract more people with disabilities to this downtown Toronto centre. The initiative will increase opportunities for people with disabilities to be active, learn, socialize and participate in cultural and recreational activities.
$59,800 over 36 monthsTo hire a general manager to strengthen the capacity of this Scarborough organization by increasing revenue sources and providing new educational opportunities to over 3,000 youth through workshops, classes and performances of Taiko drumming.
$224,800 over 36 monthsTo enable five organizations in Toronto’s Black Creek and Jane-Finch neighbourhoods to share services to create administrative efficiencies, avoid duplication, bridge gaps in service delivery and create greater focus in service provision. Funds will be used for staff and program expenses.
$15,000 over 6 monthsTo renovate its space to create an office, enclose the boardroom and create a new public entrance. The new design will create more useful space for artistic creation and will enable this Toronto group to train more Aboriginal artists and offer greater access to culturally relevant contemporary artistic programming by this award-winning Indigenous performance company.
$125,300 over 12 monthsTo renovate a 100-year-old theatre in Toronto's Roncesvalles neighbourhood to provide a safe and comfortable environment for patrons and community groups. Upgrades will include a new ticket booth, concession stand, carpets, a secure stage for lectures and presentations, and upgraded washrooms.
$51,800 over 36 monthsTo support the club's implementation of its Long Term Player Development program, designed to ensure coaches are better trained and that 600 Toronto players receive more skills instruction, and most importantly, have more fun. Funding will support a technical director and two assistants as well as program expenses.
$213,000 over 36 monthsTo develop a collaborative initiative to provide opportunities for Toronto community-based artists and organizations to increase equity and inclusion practices, build and share skills and resources, and foster professional leadership. Funds will be used to create online tools and host training labs, arts jams, and symposiums.
$97,300 over 12 monthsTo renovate and increase access to the coach house of this Toronto agency that works to improve the health and wellbeing of homeless and under-housed individuals. Funds will be used to create a barrier-free entrance way, wider doors and an accessible washroom. This initiative will provide a safe space for people with mobility issues.
$128,400 over 36 monthsTo support a new active living program for older adults living in Toronto's Regent Park neighbourhood. "Seniors Together: A Place for All" will engage low-income and newcomer seniors in enjoyable recreation activities. Activities with children and youth will provide opportunities for meaningful sharing across generations. Funds will be used for staffing and program costs.
$71,400 over 12 monthsTo increase the sustainability of an organizational infrastructure that provides emerging Toronto community initiatives with quality administrative support so that the groups can focus on their projects. Funds will be used to create tools to teach project leaders the fundamentals of project administration and to develop a strategic plan that will identify potential partnerships, revenue streams and funding sources.
$70,300 over 6 monthsTo refurbish the common areas of the centre's new Etobicoke premise with environmentally friendly furniture and energy-efficient blinds, creating a bright and welcoming atmosphere for families and community partners.
$15,000 over 6 monthsTo upgrade office furniture and create a safe and more comfortable space for up to 200 visiting seniors daily and the volunteer seniors who support them. The new furniture will reduce the strain for clients and volunteers by having properly leveled work-stations, chairs and additional and easily accessible storage space and shelving units.
$175,000 over 36 monthsTo develop the strategic direction of The Amazing Food Journey, an educational exhibit at this annual Toronto fair, that encourages visitors to follow the path their food takes from farm to fork through active learning and play. Funds will also be used to enhance the Maze exhibit, to make it more dynamic and interactive, and to create online educational resources available to teachers.
$98,500 over 36 monthsTo offer mobile animation workshops to diverse community partners and under-served communities in Toronto. Workshops will be taught by independent animation artists and will reflect the interests of each group. Funds will be used to research, promote, hire staff, and deliver portable animation workshops.
$134,000 over 24 monthsTo develop the initiative REEL HERITAGE / REEL FUTURES / REEL CONNECTIONS, in which over 7,000 young people will plan and participate in film-related workshops including film heritage, lectures, screenings and other hands-on activities.
$132,900 over 36 monthsTo build the festival's capacity by introducing South-Asian programming in film and media arts as part of the regular festival line-up. By including the South Asian work, the festival will grow to 10 days, reach new audiences and better meet its mandate of presenting Asian identities through media arts. Funds will be used for staffing and program costs.
$122,400 over 12 monthsTo purchase 14 boats needed to upgrade the current fleet. The boats will be used by learn-to-sail participants, who are primarily youth. The funding will also enable the club to offer sailing instruction free of charge to Toronto youth who face multiple barriers.
$25,000 over 12 monthsTo hire a project manager to coordinate community-based research on the need and feasibility of scaling up a successful pilot career coaching program for homeless and at-risk women in the Greater Toronto Area.
$137,700 over 12 monthsTo consolidate three critical databases and purchase new computer server and telephone systems for this Toronto fitness, sports and lifeskills facility serving people with disabilities. The project will also provide training for staff and volunteers, improve organizational efficiency and offer a cohesive view of services and programming for the benefit of members and their families.
$65,000 over 12 monthsTo upgrade the technological infrastructure at three centres in Toronto and Oakville that support people living with cancer. This initiative will improve telephone and web-based services to members, especially those who cannot physically access the three facilities.
$148,400 over 24 monthsTo introduce the Girls Only (GO) program in Toronto. This program addresses the issues and risks, including sexual health, wellness, self-esteem, fitness/self-defense and emotional wellbeing, facing girls 12 to 15. Female volunteers aged 16 to 29 will engage participants in social, recreational activities and educational workshops that increase their confidence and self-esteem. Funds will be used for staff and programming costs.