Ontario Invests Nearly $355,000 to Help Local Non-Profits Recover From COVID-19

Published on April 15, 2021

Funding to help non-profits deliver vital services to Ontario communities

MISSISSAUGA ― Today, Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore, announced on behalf of the Ontario government that local non-profit organizations in Mississauga-Lakeshore will receive nearly $355,000 to rebuild and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Non-profit organizations are a crucial and valued part of any community, especially here in Mississauga-Lakeshore,” said Cuzzetto. “Countless people rely on the services of local non-profit organizations every day here in Mississauga-Lakeshore,” said Cuzzetto. “Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, they still deliver. This one-time funding will help these organizations safely deliver their programs and services as they return to building healthier and more vibrant communities.”

Five local non-profit organizations will receive funding through the $42 million second round of the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s new $83 million Resilient Communities Fund, including:

  • $120,700 for Armagh House, to hire a full-time fundraiser and a consultant to develop a three-year strategic plan in order to strengthen community engagement, and to support social programs and services for women and children surviving family violence;
  • $81,900 for ISNA Canada, to hire a media editor and create a media space, by combining two unused rooms into a new studio, and to purchase audio-visual equipment and live streaming software;
  • $80,100 for Canadian Educational Resources (ACER), to hire external trainers and consultants to adapt their programming, and to improve their capacity to deliver online programming;
  • $44,500 for the Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Festival, to develop strategies for creating welcoming and safe spaces for audiences and performers, redesign sponsorship opportunities, purchase safety equipment, and provide online training for volunteers;
  • $7,500 for Arts on the Credit (AOTC), to cover costs for IT personnel to upgrade AOTC's website and virtual gallery, hire exhibit coordinators, and cover costs for social media promotion to reignite art sales.

Combined with the seven grants to local non-profit organizations which provided $744,100 through the $41 million first round of this Fund, 12 local organizations have received a total of $1,078,800 through the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s $83 million Resilient Communities Fund.

The Resilient Communities Fund provides grants of up to $150,000 to help eligible non-profit organizations. They can apply for a broad and flexible range of needs, such as mental and physical health and wellbeing supports for staff or volunteers, identifying new health and safety processes, or purchasing new technology and personal protective equipment. The fund will also provide grants to support capital needs, such as renovations and facility updates to meet the changing needs of the communities they serve.

"Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our government has committed to supporting those struggling the most," said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. "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."

For more information on the OTF’s Resilient Communities Fund, and for a full list of recipients, please visit the OTF website.


Congratulating Jannies Le, Executive Director of Armagh House


Congratulating Aminna Syed, Office Manager at ISNA Canada


Congratulating Kris Kane, Chair of the Southside Shuffle Blues and Jazz Festival



"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, Ontario Trillium Foundation


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 Ontario.ca/page/honours-and-awards-volunteering and Ontario.ca/page/order-ontario for more information.



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