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Ontario Supporting Non-Profits as Province Recovers from COVID-19

Grant Program Will Ensure Royal Canadian Legions and Other Non-Profits Can Continue to Deliver Vital Services

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TORONTO ― The Ontario government is investing $83 million through the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to provide grants to help eligible non-profit organizations, including food banks, child and youth programs and Royal Canadian Legion branches, recover from COVID-19 and continue the delivery of vital programming in their communities.

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

“I am proud of the hundreds of volunteer organizations and thousands of volunteers who have stepped up over the last few months and shown the Ontario spirit in caring for others through these difficult times,” said Premier Ford. “Our local non-profits, including our local Legion branches and food banks, are the bedrock of our communities and their work will be absolutely critical in helping people to rebuild their lives as we restart our economy and reopen the province.”

The OTF’s Resilient Communities Fund will provide grants of up to $150,000 to help eligible non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19 with support for:

  • Equipping board members and employees with supports to implement new approaches, prepare for change and build resiliency (e.g. organizational training and coaching, strategic planning and implementation, research & development, mental and physical health and well being supports);
  • Improving and increasing ability to access financial resources and develop new and/or alternative sources of revenues (e.g. develop fundraising plans, identify fundraising and financial technology resources, seek opportunities for public-private partnerships and social finance);
  • Adapting or re-imagining the delivery of programs and services to meet the needs of the community, employees and volunteers (e.g. identify new health and safety processes and required personal protective equipment, technology supports, staffing and volunteer recruitment and training);
  • Procuring equipment or renovating spaces to meet the changing needs of the organization, its programs and services, and adapt to new ways of working (e.g. equipment and/or renovations to meet changing technology health and safety, and service delivery requirements); and
  • Creating and/or adopting new approaches for organizations to work together to meet the needs of communities (e.g. peer learning, professional development, networking, resource, knowledge and data sharing).

“The Resilient Communities Fund is a tremendous example of the innovation and flexibility of Ontario agencies,” said Minister MacLeod. “While we work towards the province’s economic and social recovery, we’re proud to support programs like the OTF Resilient Communities Fund that are making a positive contribution in communities across Ontario.”

“Due to the significant impacts of COVID-19 on the non-profit sector, the Ontario Trillium Foundation saw an opportunity to respond to the needs of non-profit organizations that have been struggling to deliver their programs and services,” said Katharine Bambrick, CEO of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. “The Resilient Communities Fund will support the recovery and rebuilding of non-profits and help them as they return to building healthy and vibrant communities.”

For more information, visit the Ontario Trillium Foundation website on eligibility requirements and application deadlines.

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 one-time, $83 million Resilient Communities Fund.
  • Provincial funding delivered through the OTF supports the arts, culture, heritage, sports and recreation, human and social services, and environment sectors.

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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)
Learn more about the fund
Thursday, August 6 Update
Recovery Funding from Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF)

Resilient Community Fund

The Resilient Communities Fund is a one-time fund to support the non-profit sector recover and rebuild from the impacts emerging from COVID-19 so they can effectively meet the needs of communities across Ontario. 

OTF is investing in projects of eligible non-profit organizations to aid their medium to longer-term recovery efforts, help with their stabilization and build their capacity and resiliency in the aftermath of COVID-19.

This fund is providing a flexible range of activities over two deadlines to address the diverse needs of organizations and to support them where they are at in their recovery and rebuilding.

Request amount: From $5,000 to $150,000
Grant term: up to 1 year
Application Deadlines*: September 2, 2020 at 5 pm ET. and December 2, 2020 at 5 pm ET. 

* Due to the expected high demand and in our efforts to support as many organizations as possible, only one grant per eligible organization will be awarded. Organizations that receive a grant from the September 2nd deadline will not be eligible to apply for the December 2nd deadline.

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Who is eligible to apply?

Community-based or provincial non-profits delivering services and programs in Ontario that are looking ahead to recovery planning with the aim of rebuilding their capacity.  Organizations need to have:

  • a presence and reputation in Ontario with a primary purpose of delivering community programs and services to benefit people in Ontario and
  • experienced disruptions to their operations and program and service delivery due to the impacts of COVID-19.

Review our eligibility requirements and policies to ensure your organization and project are eligible for funding and meet the following criteria:

OTF invests in six Action Areas and applicants are required to identify one that their organization’s mission/mandate is most aligned with:

OTF considers any one of the following organizations eligible for funding:

  • A charitable organization or foundation registered with the Canada Revenue Agency
  • An organization incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation without share capital in a Canadian jurisdiction
  • A First Nation or a First Nation library
  • A Metis, Inuit or other Indigenous community
  • A municipality with a population of 20,000 or less is eligible to:
    • apply for funding under the Inspired or Active People Action Areas 
    • apply for their cultural or recreation agencies, including municipal libraries and museums
  • County Library Boards and Local Services Boards serving populations of 20,000 or less are eligible to apply for funding under the Inspired or Active People Action Areas
  • A collaboration of two or more organizations, where the lead organization meets OTF eligibility criteria, and accepts responsibility for the application and grant including financial and reporting accountability (refer to Collaborative Applicants Policy).
What is Eligible? 

OTF is funding community-based projects and activities that will support rebuilding the capacity of eligible non-profit organizations that have been impacted by COVID-19. Projects and programs/services funded need to take place in Ontario and benefit people in Ontario communities.

Organizations can apply for one or more of the following, to: 

  • Equip board members and employees with supports to implement new approaches, prepare for change and build resiliency (e.g. organizational training and coaching, strategic planning and implementation, research & development; mental and physical health and wellbeing supports)
  • Improve and increase ability to access financial resources and develop new and/or alternative sources of revenues (e.g. develop fundraising plans, identify fundraising and financial technology resources, seek opportunities for public-private partnerships and social finance)
  • Adapt or re-imagine the delivery of programs and services to meet the needs of the community, employees and volunteers (e.g. identify new health and safety processes and required personal protective equipment; technology supports; staffing and volunteer recruitment and training)
  • Procure equipment or renovate spaces to meet the changing needs of the organization; its programs and services, and adapt to new ways of working (e.g. equipment and/or renovations to meet changing technology health and safety, and service delivery requirements)
  • Create and/or adopt new approaches for organizations to work together to meet the needs of communities (e.g. peer learning, professional development, networking, resource, knowledge and data sharing)
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The health and safety of our visitors, communities, and staff are a priority for our institutions. The OMA encourages all to exercise caution and act in alignment with the recommendations of public health and government authorities.

The OMA is in touch with stakeholders to support our members, and will provide updates regularly as the situation progresses.

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