Homeless youth and people with Alzheimer's disease in York Region are among the beneficiaries of more than $83 million in provincial grants to 404 non-profit agencies announced today.
Through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, 263 non-profit organizations have received funding to improve community spaces in the province, while another 141 organizations will get funds to expand or adapt projects already making a difference in their communities.
360°kids received $719,100 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Grow Investment Stream, and The Alzheimer Society of York received $132,500 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Capital Investment Stream, according to a news release.
"We are grateful for this OTF funding, which will allow us to build on the successes of our innovative Nightstop program that keeps young people out of the emergency shelter system," Clovis Grant, chief executive officer of 360°kids, said in a statement.
"We will now be able to engage and train more individuals from every corner of York Region and expand the number of partners to help in our efforts to end youth homelessness."
Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Michael Tibollo made the announcement today at 360°kids in Richmond Hill, where the Nightstop program provides a safe bed for the night to more than 140 York Region youth in need of temporary housing.
"It is encouraging to see the great work of so many non-profit organizations in our province," said Minister Tibollo. "I am delighted that our Government for the People is supporting their valuable projects. Through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, we are bringing economic, social, environmental, and health benefits to people across Ontario."
"The Alzheimer Society of York Region is thrilled to be a recipient of the Ontario Trillium Foundation Capital Grant Program," said Loren Freid, CEO, Alzheimer Society of York Region in a statement. "This grant will fund two new replacement vehicles that will ensure people who are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias have necessary transportation to attend DAY programs in Thornhill and Aurora, decreasing social isolation and increasing connection to their community, while providing their caregivers necessary respite."
The projects being funded through the Ontario Trillium Foundation are expected to bring positive change to 417,000 people across Ontario and enhance more than 2.4 million square feet of community space.
"Through Ontario Trillium Foundation funding, organizations can take their work to the next level. We're very pleased to support 360°kids' program expansion, which provides crucial help for youth through a Grow grant," said Katharine Bambrick, CEO of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. "Capital grants are an opportunity to invest in essential infrastructure, and the Alzheimer Society of York Region is doing just that in purchasing two vans to ensure isolated seniors in communities stay connected. Congratulations to all successful grantees."
The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations.