Ontario Helping Niagara Non-Profits Improve Community Services

Fenwick – Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West, announced today that the Ontario government is providing more than $1,469,700 in capital grant funding through the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to help seventeen non-profit organizations across Niagara deliver much-needed community support programs.

Grant recipients in Niagara include Civiconnect and Community Care of West Niagara in Lincoln, the Town of Pelham and Horse Cents for Kids in Pelham; Hospice Niagara, YWCA Niagara Region, Big Brothers Big Sisters of North and West Niagara, Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold, Community Support Services of Niagara, the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara, the Niagara Cricket Club, Positive Living Niagara and Southridge Shelter in St. Catharines; Heartland Forest, Project SHARE and the GROW Community Food Literacy Centre in Niagara Falls; the Thorold Community Activities Group in Thorold, and Branch 230 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Fort Erie.

“Non-profit organizations are a crucial and valued part of any community, especially here in Niagara West,” said MPP Oosterhoff.

“Countless people rely on their services every day – this funding will help local non-profits continue supporting those who need it most.”

“Non-profit organizations across our province deliver programming that makes a difference – whether helping people train for new careers, learn new things or simply connect with those around them,” said Hon. Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

“That’s why capital grant support is so important. With this funding, we’re helping to ensure that the spaces that provide these vital services remain the heart of Ontario’s communities.”

To improve the infrastructure that Ontarians need to thrive, this funding is a part of an Ontario government investment of more than $37 million in capital grant funding to help 417 non-profit organizations across the province deliver much-needed community support programs. These grants will support organizations that are making a positive impact in communities throughout the province.

“With the significant rise in the need for mental health and well-being services for children over the last two years, Horse Cents for Kids is excited to receive an Ontario Trillium Foundation capital grant to renovate our discovery centre,” said Brenda Langendoen, Executive Director of Horse Cents For Kids.

“This grant allows Horse Cents for Kids to reach many more at-risk children in Niagara over the coming years.”

“We are grateful that we were awarded a capital grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation,” said Carole Fuhrer, Executive Director of Community Care of West Niagara.

“This generous contribution will allow us to purchase a new walk-in cooler and freezer. We are thankful that the grant will strengthen our capacity to serve the ever-increasing number of economically vulnerable residents who call Lincoln home.”

“Safe, accessible and well-equipped infrastructure is essential for healthy, vibrant communities. Having appropriate spaces and equipment ensures that non-profit organizations can deliver high-quality programming to the communities they serve,” said Katharine Bambrick, CEO of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

“These capital projects are vital and are expected to enhance over 4.5 million square feet of community spaces for Ontarians.”

Please visit the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s website for more information and a full list of capital grant stream recipients.