New COVID-19 funding from
Ontario Trillium Foundation
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) will be redirecting $83 million from its Capital and Grow granting streams to support Ontario nonprofits through the Resilient Communities Fund.
While ONN is pleased to see this support, it’s important to note this is NOT new money, but a one-time redirection of current funding, as part of OTF’s $103.5 million funding for 2020- 2021.
It is critical for the Ontario government to support Ontario’s 58,000 nonprofits and charities as the province reopens and nonprofits help rebuild communities. ONN continues to advocate for a $680 million stabilization fund for Ontario’s nonprofit sector. We encourage organizations to advocate to your MPP about why a sector-wide stabilization fund would help your organization and the communities you serve. Take action: https://theonn.ca/our-work/covid-19-stabilization/
From our spring 2020 survey and our soon-to-be-released report on the state of the sector now, we know that over 40% of nonprofits and charities that stayed open during the state of emergency are facing increased demand for services, while 59% report reduced revenue, with 1 out of 5 organizations expecting to close by the end of the year.
ONN and its partners will be releasing the report shortly with new data and solutions to support the sector and communities. Stay tuned!
More about the Resilient Communities Fund
Its purpose is to support rebuilding the capacity of eligible non-profit organizations that have been impacted by COVID-19.
- Two intake deadlines: September 2 and December 2, 2020
- Decisions will be made 3 months after the deadlines
- Grants are for one year, starting from $5,000 to $150,000 for one (or more) of five activities:
- Organizational capacity building/training for rebuilding (including research and development); mental health and wellness supports
- Prepare to develop new sources of funding and finance (including public-private partnerships and social finance)
- Adapt/reimagine programming (e.g., personal protective equipment, technology, volunteer supports)
- Procure equipment or renovate space (capital costs)
- Create and/or adopt new approaches for organizations to work together to meet the needs of communities (e.g. professional development, knowledge and data sharing)