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  • Stephen Lecce, MPP

Ontario Supporting the Non-Profit Sector during COVID-19

April 15, 2021

TORONTO ― The Ontario government is providing more than $42 million to help 559 non-profit organizations across the province to support staff and volunteers, reimagine programing and renovate facilities as they deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement was made today by Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. "Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our government has committed to supporting those struggling the most," said Minister MacLeod. "That's why it's important to support programs like the Ontario Trillium Foundation's Resilient Communities Fund. This funding helps non-profits adapt to the challenges created by the pandemic - ensuring they can provide the best service possible and make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and families across the province." The Resilient Communities Fund provides grants of up to $150,000 to eligible non-profit organizations to cover a broad and flexible range of needs, such as:

  • Mental and physical health and wellbeing supports for staff or volunteers

  • Support to adapt or reimagine program delivery and services to meet the needs of communities, employees and volunteers, incorporate new health and safety processes, or purchase new technology and personal protective equipment

  • Renovations and facility updates to meet the changing needs of the communities they serve.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation's $83-million Resilient Communities Fund continues to help more eligible non-profit organizations impacted by COVID-19. Application details will follow soon. For more information on the OTF's Resilient Communities Fund, including a full list of grant recipients, please visit the Ontario Trillium Foundation's website.

Quick Facts

  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. The OTF awarded $94.3 million to 1,238 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.

  • In 2020-2021, the Ontario Trillium Foundation redirected provincial funding previously allocated for the 2020 Grow and Capital grant streams into the $83-million Resilient Communities Fund.

  • The Resilient Communities Fund has supported 1,045 projects across Ontario since it was announced in August 2020.

  • Ontario is extending the nomination deadlines for the Volunteer Service Awards, the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism, and the Order of Ontario. Please visit and for more information.

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

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