The Community Building Fund launches to support Ontario’s recovery

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COVID-19 has had an overwhelming impact on the arts and culture, heritage, tourism, sport and recreation sectors.

These sectors are critical to the social and economic fabric of Ontario and its communities, and to support their broader recovery, the Ontario government is investing $105 million through the Community Building Fund.  
This fund will support non-profits and Indigenous communities in these sectors that operate facilities and/or deliver experiences or programs for the public. The fund will enable organizations to remain viable so they can continue to improve quality of life and provide services, jobs, educational opportunities, and programming for Ontarians. This initiative is part of the 2020 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover.
The Community Building Fund is being delivered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) across two distinct funding streams – Operating and Capital.  

Community Building Fund – Operating stream

The Operating stream provides support for non-profits and Indigenous communities in the community arts and culture, heritage, tourism, sport and recreation sectors to help sustain their operations and create new attractions, experiences and events.   

Grant term length: 6 or 12 months 
Amount awarded: Minimum $10,000, Maximum $250,000
Applications will be accepted starting March 31, 2021
Application deadline is June 1, 2021 at 5 PM ET

Information about the Community Building Fund – Capital stream will be available later in 2021.

Application Support

Eligible organizations looking for application support can connect with OTF in the following ways:

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Community Building Fund – Operating stream

Review the application, eligible expenses for funding and eligibility requirements to ensure your organization and grant request are eligible for this funding stream.

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