Ontario Supports Non-Profits Delivering Vital Services

Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries

Funding helps organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19

December 23, 2020 Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries

TORONTO ― The Ontario government is providing nearly $41 million to help 486 non-profit organizations across the province to rebuild and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants are part of the first round of funding through the Ontario Trillium Foundation's new $83-million Resilient Communities Fund. 

The announcement was made today by Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. 

"COVID-19 has created a 'triple threat' of health, economic and social crises in Ontario, and this funding will help non-profits adapt to those challenges, and ensure that they can provide the best service to those who need it the most," said Minister MacLeod. "As we work towards the province's economic and social recovery, supporting programs like the Ontario Trillium Foundation's Resilient Communities Fund will make a real difference in the lives of individuals and families." 

The Resilient Communities Fund provides grants of up to $150,000 to eligible non-profit organizations. They can apply for a broad and flexible range of needs, such as mental and physical health and wellbeing supports for staff or volunteers, identify new health and safety processes or purchasing of new technology and personal protective equipment. The fund will also provide grants to support capital needs, such as renovations and facility updates to meet the changing needs of the communities they serve. 

"These new Resilient Communities Fund grants will bring needed support to many community-based organizations trying to meet local needs across the province," said Katharine Bambrick, CEO of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. "We are delighted that critical non-profit organizations will have access to essential funding allowing them to adapt and deliver their programs and services." 

Ontario's Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover sets out a total of $45 billion in support over three years to deliver critical programs and tax measures to support individuals, families and job creators impacted by the virus, and lay the groundwork for a robust long-term economic recovery for the province. 

For more information on the OTF's Resilient Communities Fund, and for a full list of recipients, please visit the OTF website.

Quick Facts

  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $115 million to 645 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.
  • OTF has redirected provincial funding previously allocated for the 2020 Grow and Capital grant streams into the $83-million Resilient Communities Fund.
  • The second application period of the Resilient Communities Fund closed on December 9. Information about the approved recipients will made available at a future date.