Bloor West Villager
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is investing in more than 400 not-for-profit and charitable organizations across Ontario, including west-end Toronto, through its Community and Province-Wide Granting programs.
The OTF funding will be used to expand programs for people of all ages and abilities and to increase public participation in community activities and programs. These initiatives work together to create more economic, cultural and social opportunities for the benefit of families and individuals across the province and to help enhance the quality of life for all Ontarians.
“OTF invests for impact in the community and will be looking more and more for organizations that can work together, making the most of investments through partnership, collaboration and inclusive programs,” said Lucille Roch, acting chair of the board of directors at OTF in a statement. “It is the best way to serve Ontarians and their communities across the province.” The following groups in the Bloor West area received OTF grants this year:
* The Abrigo Centre was awarded $124,900 over two years to conduct a needs assessment and program evaluation for this west-end Toronto organization that helps youth, newcomers, parents, seniors, women experiencing abuse, volunteers and students achieve their full potential.
* CaribbeanTales received $74,900 over one year to create and launch a video-on-demand Internet platform of Afri-centric and Caribbean-themed audio visual content for Toronto-based educators, students, community groups and individuals. The site will allow for accessible, secure, cost-effective digital downloading, streaming video and Internet television for use as curriculum tools and related educational content, as well as for general information.
* FoodShare will receive $300,000 over four years to support the Community Food Animation initiative, which will work to reduce hunger and food insecurity and improve access to and knowledge of healthy, affordable and culturally appropriate food for diverse communities throughout Toronto.
* Our Place Community of Hope Centre (Metropolitan Toronto) is receiving $3,400 over three months to purchase equipment and furniture to help this Toronto drop-in centre better serve isolated individuals who experience mental health problems
* Story Planet gets $40,000 over one year to create a publication written, illustrated, designed and laid out by youth in Toronto’s Bloordale community. Professional Toronto authors and artists will mentor youth as they share their stories, write and create artwork while strengthening their literacy and communication skills.
* The Paradigm Shift Project is being awarded $4,800 over one year to deliver ‘Be the Shift!,’ a program that will engage Toronto youth aged 12 to 21 as global citizens and educate them on a range of social and environmental issues, as well as offer training on how to use digital and social media responsibly to achieve positive social change.
* The Working Women Community Centre, as lead organization on this collaborative, will receive $209,700 over three years to hire a volunteer co-ordinator to expand the ‘On Your Mark’ volunteer tutoring program for children in Portuguese and Spanish speaking communities.
The program promotes personal and academic growth and increases levels of student success by addressing cultural and systemic issues that affect the students, who come from 53 schools across Toronto.