Originally published in the Brantford Expositor

By Expositor Staff

Twelve non-profit organizations have received Ontario Trillium Foundation grants.

The Trillium Foundation awards community grants at several points throughout the year, based on applications made to its programs by community organizations to support programs, projects and services they offer.

A number of the recipient organizations received grants Friday to support staffing for either existing or new programs they’re running. Other grants went to support the purchase of resources or construction and/or renovation work.

The presentation was held at the Woodland Cultural Centre.

The recipients were:

  • $116,200 for the Grand River Council on Aging to raise awareness of the needs of the aging population in Brantford and Brant County through ongoing consultations with local seniors;
  • $87,100 for the Brantford Arts Block to develop and promote new arts programs and events in Brantford and Brant Count by partnering with other arts and social services agencies;
  • $79,400 for the Kids Can Fly Early Child Development and Parenting Support to establish a peer-support service for women experiencing postpartum depression across Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk;
  • $75,000 for the Optimist Club of Paris Inc. to make its pool fully accessible by supporting the renovations;
  • $66,600 for the Strong Start Charitable Organization to increase the number of resource kits used by volunteers to support children in developing reading skills;
  • $55,200 for the Six Nations Polytechnic Inc. to build awareness of aboriginal culture for children and youth at Six Nations schools through the production of culturally relevant resources;
  • $33,500 for the Brantford Girl’s Hockey Association Inc. to hire a part-time co-ordinator to enhance coaching support, player development opportunities, fundraising and sponsorship revenues;
  • $30,700 for the Why Not City Missions Brantford to hire a regional manager to manage four youth drop-in centres located in Brantford, Paris, St. George and Burford;
  • $28,000 for the Burford Township Historical Society to hire a part-time archivist who will assist and train volunteers in organizing, preserving and digitizing historical material;
  • $23,500 for the Arts After School Kids Inc. to offer free arts-based programming to vulnerable youth aged 11 to 14 by providing musical equipment and program supports;
  • $15,000 for the Woodland Cultural Centre to refresh the gallery’s historical display of Indigenous culture through renovations and the addition of touchscreen monitors and other audio-visual aids; and,
  • $10,600 for Brant Food For Thought to increase community awareness of the impact of student-nutrition programs by updating its website and developing a social-media strategy.

The grants were presented by Trillium Foundation review team member Lance Calbeck and Brant MPP Dave Levac.

Photo Credit: Ontario Trillium Foundation