Mississauga-Lakeshore Non-Profits to Receive $435,000 through the Community Building Fund

Published on October 11, 2021

Operating grants to benefit 648 organizations across the province, including seven in Mississauga-Lakeshore

MISSISSAUGA ― The Ontario government is providing more than $46 million to support 648 non-profit tourism, culture, sport and recreation organizations through the Community Building Fund’s Operating stream.

Nearly $435,000 will be distributed to seven organizations in Mississauga-Lakeshore, including:

  • $153,900 for the Mississauga Aquatic Club, to help secure facility and office space rentals, retain staff, and upgrade training equipment;
  • $96,000 for MonstrARTity, to support staffing, and to acquire software and personal protective equipment while adapting programming to virtual, in-person, and hybrid models;
  • $50,000 for the Mississauga Waterfront Festival, to upgrade their computers and web systems for virtual programming, and to retain administrative staff and operating expenses;
  • $50,000 for Team Unbreakable, to support salaries, and to develop a virtual delivery model to support their lifestyle management strategy;
  • $50,000 for the Scarborough Music Theatre, to assist with rent, operating costs, the purchase of personal protective equipment, and online platform licenses needed to continue producing affordable live musicals and youth education programs;
  • $25,000 for the Hispanic Canadian Arts and Cultural Association, to rehire a part-time program coordinator to oversee community programs; and,
  • $10,000 for Arts on the Credit, to support staffing, marketing, and operating costs while adapting arts activities and events to align with health requirements.

The funding will be used to help them recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and deliver much-needed programs and services in our community.

“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our government has been committed to supporting those struggling the most,” said Minister MacLeod. “The Community Building Fund was designed with this in mind – to enhance the quality of life for Ontarians and support local jobs. These grants will help non-profit organizations across Ontario sustain operations– providing funding so they can adapt to the pressures of the pandemic and continue to deliver programming that is critical to the economic and social well-being of communities across the province.”

The Community Building Fund launched earlier this year as a part of the 2020 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover and is administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) through two streams: Operating and Capital. The Operating stream closed on June 1, 2021, and is providing organizations across the province with funding support for:

  • Essential expenditures, such as staff salaries and fixed operational costs, including utilities, rent, lease, telephone and communication lines/services.
  • Equipment costs, programs, services, and adapting to public health measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as equipment for changing technology, health and safety, and personal protective equipment.
  • Innovation, digital and mobile web/virtual costs for the delivery of products and experiences.

“COVID-19 has been a challenge for so many not-for-profit tourism, culture, sport and recreation organizations, and I am proud that our government is supporting their recovery though the Community Building Fund,” said Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore. “Organizations such as the Mississauga Aquatic Club and the Mississauga Waterfront Festival are the bedrock of our community. By helping them weather the storm, we are ensuring that people across Mississauga will have the opportunity to reconnect with the many things that make this community special.”


Quick Facts

  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, working to build healthy and vibrant communities across Ontario through investments of local grants to non-profit organizations. Its programs support the arts, culture, heritage, sports and recreation, human and social services, and environment sectors across the province.
  • Municipalities, Indigenous communities and non-profit organizations in the sport and recreation sectors are eligible to apply for the Community Building Fund – Capital Stream. For more information, eligibility requirements and deadlines, please visit otf.ca.
  • For organizations interested in applying for the Community Building Fund, OTF will provide support through information sessions and one-on-one application coaching calls. More information about OTF supports is available at otf.ca.


Additional Resources



Office of Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP
(905) 274-8228