Ontario Invests Over $744,000 to Help Local Non-Profits Recover from COVID-19

Published on December 23, 2020

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 over $744,000 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 their services every day, and even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, they still deliver. This one-time funding is aimed to invest in their recovery and rebuilding efforts. It will help keep our communities safe, and help our non-profit organizations safely deliver their programs and services as they return to building healthier and more vibrant communities.”

Seven local non-profit organizations will receive funding through the $41 million first round of the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s new $83 million Resilient Communities Fund, including:

  • $148,300 for MonstrARTity, to engage fundraising and digital marketing consultants to guide staff in developing and implementing new fundraising strategies to make up for lost revenue;
  • $143,500 for the Small Arms Society, to assist with costs of developing new strategic and fundraising plans, purchasing safety equipment, and delivering virtual experiences to keep people connected to arts, heritage and cultural activities;
  • $141,800 for DEEN Support Services, to implement a digital fundraising program to generate donor revenue, and to hire a Program Support Consultant to boost client capacity and mental health;
  • $117,200 for Team Unbreakable, to hire a program manager and software developer to pivot Team Unbreakable to a virtual delivery model, and to ensure sustainable implementation in a postpandemic environment;
  • $106,100 for the Mississauga Aquatic Club, to update computer software, equip an area for dryland training, and hire external vendors to expand strength and conditioning programs for swimmers;
  • $58,600 for CONNECT 4 LIFE, to hire staff on contract to provide content delivery, volunteer engagement, program expansion, and to purchase technological equipment; and
  • $28,600 for the Port Credit Paddling Club, to purchase eight kayaks and equipment for novice paddlers to learn to paddle safely, and to increase membership revenues.

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.

“COVID-19 has resulted in a ‘triple threat’ of health, economic and social crises in Ontario, and this funding will help 486 non-profits adapt to those challenges, and ensure that they have the tools and resources to provide the best service to those who need it the most,” said Minister MacLeod. “As we work towards the province’s economic and social recovery, supporting programs like the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund will make a real difference in the lives of individuals and families.”

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

MPP Rudy Cuzzetto with Mississauga Aquatic Club Head Coach Kevin Anderson.

MPP Rudy Cuzzetto with DEEN Support Services President Rabia Khedr.



“The Port Credit Paddling Club is delighted to receive the Ontario Trillium Grant Resilience Grant to purchase eight new entry level single person boats and safety equipment. These new boats will allow people with limited kayaking experience to join Port Credit Paddling Club and become part of the paddling community while maintaining social distancing. Receiving this grant and the new boats, Port Credit Paddling Club is now able to grow and expand its membership. We are looking forward to a new season and to welcome new members in the spring of 2021.”

- Patti Brien, Social Coordinator, Port Credit Paddling Club

“The RCF Trillium Grant we received will provide much needed financial relief for our organization in the short term, but will position us for long-term success. The funds will allow us to develop a first-class strength and conditioning area at our pool, enabling us to be independent in the delivery world-class programs and evolve our team’s administrative and cloud based systems so that we can function optimally in the future. This investment will allow us to provide continued, exceptional service in the face of this pandemic or future adversity. We thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their support.”

- Kevin Anderson, Head Coach, Mississauga Aquatic Club

“The 'team' at Team Unbreakable, greatly appreciates being beneficiaries of an Ontario Trillum Grant. This grant program is a testament to a culture of community engagement while having an impact on the youth and adolescents we serve. The Team Unbreakable mission is to deliver an effective physical activity program for youth mental health and well-being. During these challenging times we work remotely, offering a virtual program for youth in schools and community centres. Team Unbreakable concentrates on running and its reciprocal relationship to mental health. This generous grant will enable us to expand our work, improve our researched based resources and allow greater access for youth to participate and benefit from what will hopefully become a life-long commitment to wellness.”

- Laura Somerville, Executive Director, Team Unbreakable

“We are thrilled about the OTF grant, as this will help us expand our virtual programs to reach more individuals with disabilities throughout Ontario. In normal circumstances Individuals with disabilities are often isolated, and now with the pandemic this has been amplified we will be able to offer various programs to help them stay connected and work towards their goal of independence.”

- Mark Brown, Director of Fundraising, CONNECT 4 LIFE



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 $83-million Resilient Communities Fund.


Additional Resources



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