Autism Ontario-Simcoe County Chapter
$225,000 over three years to increase recreational opportunities for children with autism by adding new programs at a specialized day camp, providing access for low-income families and building the infrastructure of this Barrie agency.
Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle
$190,500 over three years to increase culturally-sensitive programming to at-risk Aboriginal youth in Simcoe County by taking the Medicine Horse program from a pilot project to an independent, Aboriginal youth-serving agency. Funding will enable Medicine Horse to incorporate, establish governance and policies, build partnerships, become a registered charity, seek sustainable funding and expand the program to serve more youth.
Barrie's Ribbons of Hope
$5,100 over one year to hire an IT professional to enhance the organization's website, allowing the club to communicate more effectively with members and the community. The new website will have the capacity for on-line donations, assisting the organization with its mandate to improve quality of life after breast cancer.
Beginning Again Richmond Hill
$7,100 over one year to enhance and update the organization's retail space, operating as a small social enterprise in Richmond Hill. Funds will be used to replace flooring that has become a trip hazard for clients, volunteers and customers.
Camphill Communities Ontario
$19,700 over one year to enhance the organization's capacity to expand an organic garden and provide work opportunities to individuals with developmental disabilities in Angus. Funding will be used to purchase a manual tow-behind tractor with attachments and a used round hay bailer.
Citizens for Affordable Housing, as lead organization on this collaborative
$139,700 over two years to introduce Talk2One, an innovative local community information retrieval system, which gives those living in poverty or at risk of homelessness free access to social-based information and the ability to stay connected to employers, housing providers, case workers, family and friends in York Region.
Coldwater Shuffleboard Club
$14,900 over one year to increase and maintain the quality and safety of programs for area seniors. Funds will be used to purchase a floor cleaner, allowing club volunteers to maintain a clean playing surface and reduce costs.
Deaf Access Simcoe Muskoka Inc., as lead organization on this collaborative
$212,000 over four years to increase the availability of services to people with, or at risk of acquiring, HIV/AIDS and to people who are deaf, deafened and hard of hearing, by building the fundraising capacity of Deaf Access Simcoe and the AIDS Committee of Simcoe County, both based in Barrie. A full-time fund developer will be shared between the agencies, implementing separate fundraising plans and a shared signature event.
Eating Disorders of York Region
$226,000 over three years to increase community support to people with eating disorders in York Region by creating an Early Intervention Centre in Aurora. The centre will provide information, group and individual support counselling, a day program, and one-on-one support.
F. W. Fisher Foundation
$120,200 over one year to increase employment opportunities in Collingwood by engaging six unemployed persons to work with professional trades people on the restoration of Bygone Days Heritage Village. Participants will receive hands-on training in carpentry, drywalling, roofing, painting, landscaping and mechanical repairs, improving the Village to return it to a key tourist attraction and educational site.
Fuerza Latina Community Services
$46,100 over two years to better meet the needs of youth from different cultural communities in Vaughan by building this agency's infrastructure and strengthening its capacity. Funds will support a part-time coordinator and activities will include board development, creation of an outreach strategy, expansion of existing soccer programs and the launch of a new volleyball program.
Healthy Start, Healthy future
$80,000 over two years to support staff to increase the availability of peer support and social networking among new parents in York Region. This Thornhill agency will create an alumni recruitment campaign to bring in operating revenues, enabling the organization to increase its programs and events, and help to reduce isolation, anxiety and postpartum depression among new parents of all cultural backgrounds.
Huronia Trails and Greenways
$145,000 over two years to increase recreational opportunities for people of all ages and abilities across Simcoe County. Funding will support staffing and organizational capacity building as well as the development of online mapping, GPS-enabled trail signage, trail development, volunteer training, eco-tourism and active transportation.
Inn From the Cold Inc., as lead organization on this collaborative
$228,000 over three years to provide catering training at this Newmarket shelter to people with mental health and addictions issues and/or criminal records to help them rebuild their lives. Participants - both shelter residents and clients of other social service agencies - will make meals for the shelter itself and work in a new catering business serving not-for-profit agencies across York Region.
IOOF Seniors Homes Inc
$18,000 over one year to increase access to information for seniors and caregivers in Simcoe County. Funding will be used to update a 10-year-old website with a wide range of senior-related information and resources, including a resource library, special event calendars, health, housing and government services information.
JIAS (Jewish Immigrant Aid Services) Toronto
$215,000 over three years to enable four social services agencies to provide seamless, holistic and more effective service to Jewish people in need living near the Lebovic campus in Vaughan. This integrated service model will provide access to multiple services for newcomers and vulnerable residents in culturally appropriate ways.
Markham District Veterans Association
$146,100 over one year to complete accessibility renovations at this Markham facility so that it can accommodate persons of all abilities at celebrations, special events, and community-led programs.
Nottawasaga Community Economic Development Corporation
$98,200 over two years to enhance organizational capacity by hiring a full-time environment liaison officer to develop and implement a sustainability plan and continue stream rehabilitation projects in South Simcoe.
Nrtyakala Indian Classical Dance
$206,200 over two years to increase the availability of classical Indian dance instruction in York Region by renovating this Thornhill-based dance school and purchasing web broadcasting equipment that will allow the school to offer master classes with guest artists from India to students at the school as well as those in under-served communities across the region.
Pathways for Children, Youth and Families of York Region Inc.
$175,000 over three years to develop Home Base, a centre for homeless or at-risk youth that will provide basic needs, referrals and resources in Vaughan. Funding will be used to hire a full-time child and youth worker, pay for administrative costs, program supplies and purchase capital items for the centre.
$185,400 over three years to expand the reach of the public education program in York Region to include childcare workers and educators with current, reliable information about relationship violence. Funding will provide training for 600 educators, 105 child care workers and 50 student volunteers, while reaching over 21,000 students.
Rent-A-Youth Resource Centre
$68,000 over three years to develop two programs to help youth in Creemore achieve and stay in school. The Study Site program will offer youth an after-school place to research and complete projects, while a clubs initiative will introduce monthly meetings of groups such as Toastmasters and Junior Achievement. Funds will be used to hire a part-time staff and cover program and administrative costs.
Richmond Hill Racquet Club
$63,200 over one year to complete facility renovations and repairs to ensure members have a safe and enjoyable space for recreational programs. With a clean, well maintained space, club volunteers can expand programs for youth.
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 316 - Beaverbrook - Waubaushene
$41,200 over one year to ensure that an accessible meeting place is available to residents of Waubaushene. Funds will enlarge the main door, automate the opening of the clubroom door, make washrooms accessible and install patio doors leading to outdoor facilities.
Schomberg Agricultural Society
$37,500 over one year to install new bleachers on the historic Schomberg fairgrounds. This will help enhance the celebration of agriculture in the community.
Shadowpath Theatre Productions
$140,900 over three years to increase the availability of theatre that reflects York Region's diversity by building the infrastructure of this small professional company in Vaughan. The troupe will work to increase community partnerships and raise its profile by upgrading its website, distributing promotional materials, attending community events and staging play readings and one mainstage show per year.
Stars United Baton Club
$25,000 over two years to increase access to sport and recreation programs for children in Richmond Hill, Newmarket, Bradford and Innisfil. Funding will support introductory baton twirling programs and certified coaching. The sport provides a positive environment for children to develop both physical and social skills.
Stayner and Area Minor Lacrosse Association Inc.
$27,200 over one year to increase and maintain the quality and safety for sport participants in Clearview Township. Funding will be used to certify coaches, offer introductory clinics and purchase new goalie equipment.
Talk Is Free Theatre Inc.
$130,000 over three years to increase the availability of cutting-edge, non-traditional theatre in Barrie by building the infrastructure and organizational capacity of this regional company. Funding will be used for staffing to support youth programming, the staging of plays in non-traditional venues, audience development, and revenue generation.
The AIDS Committee of Simcoe County, as lead organization on this collaborative
$142,900 over two years to reduce the risk of HIV infection among bi-sexual and straight men who have sex with men (MSM), and among their female partners, by implementing an MSM outreach strategy in York Region and Simcoe County. Plans include online surveys, discussion and focus groups, use of social media, outreach to community service providers, and training for front-line workers serving women and children.
The Hearing Foundation of Canada/La Fondation Canadienne de l'Ouie, as lead organization on this collaborative
$98,300 over two years to help prevent noise-induced hearing loss in Simcoe County and York Region by delivering a free, educational program to Grade 4, 5, and 6 students. The program demonstrates the causes and potential impact of hearing loss on students' lives and shows them how to change the way they listen to music and reduce their exposure to noise at public music and sporting events.
Town of Penetanguishene, as lead organization on this collaborative
$141,000 over two years to develop an accessible and sustainable local food system by expanding the Ecology Garden and community market and providing educational workshops in Penetanguishene. Funding will be used to hire a marketing coordinator and a community food animator, to purchase community bread ovens and a garden tiller and provide program materials.
Vaughan Community Health Centre
$196,700 over three years to improve service to vulnerable, low-income Vaughan residents by enabling this community health centre to provide hands-on help to clients. A case manager and trained volunteers will "walk" clients through the social services system, working closely to help them resolve issues, apply for benefits, prepare for appointments, find and keep housing, while advocating on their behalf with service providers, institutions and landlords.
Women's Centre of York Region
$141,700 over two years to expand the Enterprising Business Incubator program across York Region. This grant will enable approximately 120 women to gain skills and access training to launch a viable and sustainable business that will help them achieve economic independence.
Women's Shelter of York Region Inc.
$276,500 over four years to develop a community hub to house key services for survivors of violence against women and their children in York Region. Funding will be used to hire a full-time coordinator and pay for administrative costs and equipment purchases.
Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care
$175,000 over two years to purchase two accessible vehicles so that seniors may attend social and recreational programming in Markham and Scarborough. In addition, a bilingual Chinese/English health care communication handbook will be published.
York Simcoe Minor Football Association
$91,000 over two years to increase organizational capacity by establishing administrative policies and organizational plans. Funds will be used to hire part-time staff, host player development camps, train volunteers and re-certify equipment.
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Arts Spotlight Theatre Company Inc.
$141,300 over three years to increase the availability of arts programming to children and youth in Newmarket by expanding and strengthening this local theatre company's summer, Christmas and March break camps. Particular effort will be made to reach out to York's diverse communities, to attract more children of newcomer families and more guests artists and instructors.
Bravado Show Choir
$68,500 over two years to purchase sound, lighting and mobile staging equipment that will help increase the quality and availability of popular choral music in Barrie and surrounding area. This local show choir will be able to reduce its costs and increase free community performances once the equipment is in place.
Chinese Culture and Education Society of Canada
$31,500 over two years to promote Chinese language and culture in York Region by building this agency's infrastructure. Heritage Mandarin classes, an annual Chinese Proficiency contest, and professional development of Chinese language teachers will all be enhanced with dedicated staff and a permanent office.
Ducks Unlimited Canada-Provincial, as lead organization on this collaborative
$105,000 over three years to enhance the understanding of the value of wetlands by delivering the Project Webfoot program to 4,500 Grade 4 students in culturally diverse schools in York. Wetland workshops will educate 90 teachers about local wetlands and provide them with tools and materials.
Eady/Grenard Women's Institute, as lead organization on this collaborative
$105,900 over one year to maintain and enhance a heritage property in the Township of Oro-Medonte. Once completed, this century-old school house will be accessible to residents for a range of social, recreational and leisure programs year-round.
Family Services York Region, as lead organization on this collaborative
$298,000 over four years to give marginalized members of York Region community, especially youth and newcomers, a forum in which to tell their stories. Funding will used to expand the two-day York Region Multimedia Film Festival, build its infrastructure and grow the number of films submitted from diverse sources, in order to promote connection and discussion about local social issues.
Georgina Mobility Transit Inc
$374,300 over five years to increase organizational capacity by conducting a comprehensive organizational review and re-branding. Funding will support existing programs and the launch of new transportation services for local residents.
$120,300 over two years to renovate and expand space in Thornhill that will be used to offer alcohol and substance recovery programs for area residents. Funding will also support a new Run for Wellness program for youth aged 14 to 19.
Kindred Spirits Orchestra
$186,000 over three years to increase availability of professional classical music in Markham by building the infrastructure of this audition-based orchestra, and supporting the development of new programs, including a summer music festival and a new youth woodwinds mentoring program.
MS Society of Canada Ontario Division Simcoe County Chapter
$8,500 over one year to host a play called ''One legged dancer,'' written, performed and staged by people with multiple sclerosis in Barrie. Funds will also be used to produce a toolkit, including a video, to be provided to other disability-serving organizations wishing to stage their own arts evening.
North Simcoe Emergency/Transitional Residential Projects Inc.
$195,000 over three years to enhance fundraising capacity as the organization begins a capital campaign to build a 30-unit transitional house. Located adjacent to Hartog House in Midland, the new shelter will serve clients from across North Simcoe.
South Asian Autism Awareness Centre
$90,000 over two years to enhance the capacity of the organization to provide services to children with autism in the South Asian community by hiring a full-time client support worker in Markham.
SOUTH SIMCOE ARTS COUNCIL, as lead organization on this collaborative
$30,000 over six months to increase the availability of music programming to children and youth in South Simcoe by supporting research into the creation of a free after-school music program, to be located throughout the area and delivered by professional and amateur volunteer musicians.
$204,000 over four years to build organization and program capacity. Funding will support several programs for local volunteers, coaches, athletes as well as promote sport, tourism and healthy, active lifestyles.
Tec We Gwill Women's Institute
$29,700 over one year to complete kitchen renovations at the Orange Hall in Newton Robinson to ensure area residents have a space for recreation and leisure activities.
Tetra Society of North America: Peel Region Chapter
$336,200 over four years to form strong collaborations between Tetra Clubs and potential volunteers from local universities to create purpose-built assistive devices for students with disabilities in the regions of Toronto, York and Peel. The devices will assist youth as they transition to independent living and provide enhanced quality of life.
The Environmental Network Collingwood Inc.
$200,000 over three years to engage youth and develop Youth Sustainability Leaders in Collingwood. Funding will be used to hire staff including a youth coordinator and a program coordinator, program materials, computers and to develop social media tools.
Toronto Chinese for Ecological Living
$60,900 over two years to enhance organizational capacity and increase community awareness of environmental issues within the Chinese community by hiring an executive director and by providing professional development opportunities in Markham.
Town of Collingwood
$24,800 over one year to provide logistical support and enhanced athlete services as part of the Ontario Winter Games, hosted in Collingwood in March 2012.
Washago Community Centre Corporation
$13,500 over one year to enhance the facility by replacing older equipment. Funding will be used to purchase banquet tables, chairs and outdoor event bleachers.
Wendat Community Programs, as lead organization on this collaborative
$149,200 over two years to prevent and/or respond more effectively to elder abuse in Simcoe County by establishing a formal protocol to be followed by any community organization and institution that interacts with seniors. The protocol will be developed after community consultations, and promoted via regional forums.
Women and Children's Shelter (Barrie), as lead organization on this collaborative
$210,600 over three years to expand the reach of the Violence Prevention and Education Program in Simcoe County. Funding will support curriculum development and the recruitment and training of student volunteers who will reach more than 16,000 students.
YMCA of Greater Toronto, as lead organization on this collaborative
$74,900 over one year to engage youths aged 13 to 18 by holding interactive focus groups in 11 municipalities of York region. This project is the first step in the development of a youth network. Funds will be used for program and equipment costs.
York Region Amateur Radio Club
$39,600 over one year to upgrade equipment from analog to digital technology, so the club can continue assisting at community events with safety communications and assist during local emergencies in York.
York Region Arts Council, as lead organization on this collaborative
$185,000 over three years to increase the capacity of and support for York Region's arts and culture sector by building on the success of the inaugural Arts Exposed! conference. The hiring of a dedicated project coordinator will allow senior staff more time to develop sponsorship opportunities and marketing, resulting in higher registration by artists and arts organizations and a sustainable event.
YORK REGION ENVIRONMENTAL ALLIANCE (YREA)
$43,200 over one year to enhance sustainability of the organization and the economic health of the community by researching the feasibility of a social enterprise hemp industry in York region. Funding will be used to hire a project manager and an outreach coordinator to complete a business plan.
YouthSpeak Performance Charity Organization
$25,000 over one year to help high-school students in York Region make better decisions and avoid negative behaviors, including drug or alcohol abuse, eating disorders, violence and suicide, by building the capacity of a Teen Speakers’ Bureau.
6th Division Flyers Club Inc.
$13,000 over one year to ensure the club has a safe and enjoyable space for members and the public. Funding will be used to complete landscaping and purchase ground maintenance equipment.
707 Marion Orr CM Squadron Stouffville Sponsoring Committee
$12,500 over one year to increase the ability of Stouffville-area youth to develop musical skills and participate in a marching band in a new Air Cadet squadron. Funding will cover cost of band instruments and music. The band will participate in local parades and community events.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of York
$64,100 over one year to increase availability of mentoring services to at-risk children in York Region by building this agency's fundraising capacity.
Earth Rangers Foundation
$35,000 over one year to hire a coordinator to develop a volunteer program for this youth-oriented environmental organization in Woodbridge.
Georgian Triangle Residential Resource Centre
$10,800 over one year to enhance the capacity of this housing support organization by facilitating video conferencing with housing support workers. Establishing eight community access sites across Simcoe County will mean clients can speak directly with staff without extensive travel.
Huronia Players Theatre Group, as lead organization on this collaborative
$218,200 over three years to purchase box office, film projection, arts class and office equipment, and support audience development and marketing for the Midland Cultural Centre, opening in late 2011. The centre will raise the profile and availability of arts and cultural offerings in North Simcoe.
Huronia Seniors' Volunteer Care Team
$72,500 over one year to purchase a van that accommodates three wheelchairs and seven passengers, thereby improving transportation services for seniors in North Simcoe County.
Kempenfelt Community Players
$37,000 over two years to build the audiences of this Barrie community theatre and increase its fundraising capacity. The company will develop a new promotional campaign using social and traditional media and develop the marketing and fundraising skills of its volunteers.
La Meute Culturelle de Lafontaine Inc
$215,000 over three years to increase capacity by hiring a full-time coordinator to manage and expand two Francophone cultural activities in the area, the Living Museum in Lafontaine and the annual Festival du loup, that celebrate Francophone culture and language.
$150,000 over one year to complete renovations that will enable people with physical and developmental disabilities to work and socialize in The Big House, the organization's head office in Richmond Hill. The renovations will upgrade major systems, improve accessibility and enhance the communal space.
Mind, Body and Soul Self-Help Support Centre Inc.
$77,600 over two years to increase access to programs and services across York Region. Funding will be used to deliver programs that address the mental and physical well-being of at risk populations.
Moving Forward 2015 Foundation
$94,100 over two years to help York Region residents at risk of homelessness or who are homeless to rebuild their lives by strengthening the organization's capacity to provide interest-free micro-loans that can be used for rent, furniture, utility bills or tuition costs.
Nineteen on the Park Arts & Entertainment Centre Corporation
$106,300 over three years to increase arts and cultural programming in Whitchurch-Stouffville by supporting the marketing efforts of its cultural centre, Nineteen on the Park. Direct mail, advertising, signage and postering, as well as a presence at local events will help attract audiences for performances and arts education programs.
Oro Agricultural Society
$20,000 over six months to install outdoor lighting on the property to improve safety and security for this rural facility.
$3,800 over one year to build reusable, movable change areas to be used when this organization distributes and tailors free dresses for young women in Simcoe County attending their graduation prom who are unable to finance the cost on their own.
S.E.A.S. Centre (Support Enhance Access Services Centre)
$67,900 over one year to provide education and training workshops that will increase awareness of family violence prevention among men and women in South East Asian communities in York Region.
Scarborough Housing Help Centre
$73,000 over one year to deliver 24 financial literacy workshops in several languages to 750 people in Markham. The sessions will cover basic budgeting, credit histories and credit cards, home ownership and managing a mortgage.
The Canadian and African Business Women's Alliance
$25,000 over six months to enable this York-based self-employment training organization to help more newcomer women succeed in their own businesses. The organization will build capacity by conducting a needs assessment, building partnerships, establishing internal processes and policies and establishing an office and website.
The Cross-Cultural Community Services Association
$26,600 over one year to conduct staff training, strategic planning and a board governance review to strengthen the agency's capacity to deliver quality services to the immigrant community in the Greater Toronto Area from its offices in Toronto, Scarborough, Markham and Mississauga.
The Optimist Club of Newmarket
$65,000 over one year to support renovations that will make the Newmarket Youth Centre more accessible and comfortable for a wider range of community groups.
Thornhill Park Tennis Club
$25,000 to ensure the community has access to a safe facility in which to engage in competitive and recreational programs. Funding will be used to resurface four tennis courts.
Township of Tay
$43,600 over two years to increase community capacity to deliver recreation services at the Port McNicoll Youth Center. Funding will be used to hire two part-time leaders responsible for program delivery and volunteer development.
United Way of South Georgian Bay, as lead organization on this collaborative
$140,000 over two years to rebrand and relaunch this organization by raising awareness of its mandate and services, increasing its donor base and revenues, implementing a community impact plan, and ensuring a strong presence in Collingwood, Thornbury, Blue Mountains, Wasaga Beach, Stayner and Clearview Township.
Woodbridge Soccer Club
$50,000 over one year to undertake a comprehensive organizational review of this community soccer club, including a review of its mission, policies, procedures, current funding model and a determination of what is needed for future efficient and effective operations by volunteers and staff.
Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care, as lead organization on this collaborative
$75,000 over one year to study the changing health and social needs of Chinese Canadian seniors in Toronto, Peel Region, and York Region. The study will inform Yee Hong's strategic planning process by providing input based on focus groups, qualitative interviews and background research.