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Three local groups share $282,500 in Trillium funding

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) has awarded $282,500 in Resilient Communities Fund grants to three local organizations.

Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, was joined by Ontario’s Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport Neil Lumsden today as he announced the local allocations:

$199,800 over 24 months to the Regent Theatre Foundation to deliver a film festival experience that will increase revenue, audience engagement and cross-sectoral partnerships.

$50,000 over 12 months to The ROC Youth Services to develop and implement a volunteer recruitment plan and a staff wellbeing and retention strategy to build a healthy, engaged team.

$32,700 over 12 months to the 173 Royal Tiger Air Cadet Squadron to offer a new music program and STEM activities to help youth increase their self-confidence and community involvement.

“These community organizations deliver programming that promotes civic engagement among all ages and helps grow the economy in Bay of Quinte,” said Smith. “We are supporting that important work and leveraging a greater impact through these targeted Resilient Communities Fund investments.”

The Resilient Communities Fund was created during the COVID-19 pandemic to help organizations to recover and build capacity, resilience, and sustainability. Applicants can apply for grants for medium-to-long-term projects that develop new approaches to generate revenue, start new activities to fill a community lead, adjust strategies, or plan for future challenges. Those applications are evaluated by non-partisan regional volunteer-led grant review teams.

“Our government knows that non-profit organizations contribute to the success of communities across the province. They deliver programming that helps people live healthier, happier lives,” said Lumsden. “That’s why we’re proud to support three organizations in Bay of Quinte that are making a difference in the lives of the residents they serve. Together we are creating communities in which Ontarians are proud to live, work and play.”

The OTF divides Ontario into 16 catchment areas. Bay of Quinte is part of the Quinte, Kingston, Rideau area, which reaches as far east as Lanark County. In this installment, 16 projects shared $1,256,900. The Regent Theatre Foundation received the largest of these allocations.


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