Acting Up Stage Theatre Company Inc.
$150,000 over three years to implement a community engagement initiative involving participatory opportunities for students and theatre audiences. The organization will develop innovative interactive activities including the use of technology both in the theatre and outside in order to increase audience engagement and participation.
Afrique Nouvelle Musique
$25,000 over one year to develop strategic and business plans, and create a communication plan to raise the profile of the activities of this Toronto organization, including Festival Bana y'Afrique, an annual celebration of African music and art.
Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention
$178,700 over three years to engage South Asian youth to help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Thorncliffe and Crescent Town neighbourhoods in Toronto. Using arts-based storytelling and through leadership opportunities, youth will develop and promote an HIV prevention campaign through social media, blogs, websites and e-zines.
Arts for Children and Youth
$230,900 over three years to establish a multi-dimensional mentorship program for marginalized youth from Toronto's priority neighbourhoods who are interested in working in the cultural sector. The program will provide progressive opportunities for young adults age 16 to 29 to acquire new skills in employment readiness, community development, arts education and community arts.
Call-A-Service Inc., as lead organization on this collaborative
$180,000 over three years to significantly expand programming with new activities and increase participation in existing programs at the Elderly Persons Centre in Scarborough. This will provide additional recreational and cultural opportunities for more than 1,200 Tamils seniors.
Canadian Polish Research Institute
$13,500 over six months to digitize the archives of Polish language newspapers and rare sociological and historical books owned by this Toronto-based organization. The preservation of these materials will enable scholars, students and the public to learn about the Polish community and its role in the social, cultural, economic, and political make-up of Toronto and Canada.
Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) Inc.
$113,000 over two years to support the "Our Histories" project, a collection of oral histories of leaders in the disability community. These will form the basis for two tool kits and several workshops on leadership and community engagement for youth and young adults with disabilities.
Centre for Spanish Speaking People
$197,200 over three years to support the Latino Student Guide Project, a print and online magazine by Latin American and Hispanic youth in Toronto's Jane-Finch neighbourhood. The project will provide opportunities for leadership development, self expression, information sharing, debunking negative stereotypes, and building individual and collective self-esteem.
Club canadien de Toronto
$30,700 over one year to update the website, develop an online database and content management system, and purchase computer and audio-visual equipment for a breakfast/luncheon speaker series. This organization provides forums for Francophones and francophiles to exchange ideas, learn and network.
Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario
$39,800 over one year to purchase two used Sonar sailboats to allow more persons with mobility impairments to experience recreational sailing in Toronto, and to offer Paralympic class sailing boats for instruction in crewed sailing and prepare for competition.
$223,900 over three years to support Get Outdoors, Get Active!, a program at Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto that will promote healthy lifestyle habits through outdoor recreation and food literacy programs with a special focus on participation by newcomer families, Aboriginal communities, youth and seniors.
Findhelp Information Services
$113,200 over two years to work with youth and the youth-serving community to design, implement and promote an attractive, easy, one-stop touch-point for Toronto’s young people to access community services through 211 services. Youth will be engaged to assist other young people to access 211 services.
Flemingdon Health Centre, as lead organization on this collaborative
$219,000 over three years to expand a Youth Service Network in the east Toronto communities of O’Connor, Victoria Village, Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park to build youth employability and leadership skills and provide more access to programs and services for youth in these neighbourhoods.
Francophonie en Fête Corporation
$162,200 over three years to expand the programming of this Toronto festival of Francophone culture, attract more volunteers, raise its profile with the community, funders and sponsors, increase its organizational capacity and better serve its diverse audience. In the future, the festival will coincide with Franco-Ontarian Day, held on September 25.
$55,900 over six months to purchase a truck in order to collect more furniture from donors, deliver to those in need in a timely manner and reduce warehouse inventory. The truck will also be used to provide youth at risk with job training skills.
HAS Basketball Organization
$139,600 over four years to introduce free basketball camps to more than 1,800 girls ages 7 to 13 in four Toronto priority neighbourhoods.
Hellenic Home for the Aged Inc.
$75,000 over six months to purchase an accessible bus, allowing seniors better access to social, recreational and health opportunities.
$325,000 over three years to increase organizational capacity by supporting staffing, governance development and the purchase of technological and communications management systems. The organization will now present year-round documentary film programming at a new Toronto location to more than 150,000 audience members each year.
Housing for Youth in the City of York Corporation
$62,300 over one year to purchase beds, mattresses, lockers, doors and other necessities to improve the health and safety conditions at the Horizons for Youth shelter in north Toronto.
Interval House Inc.
$111,900 over two years to hire staff to assist in volunteer program administration, and increase the number of volunteers available to assume leadership roles in expanding and sustaining programs for Toronto women fleeing violence and seeking economic independence for themselves and their children.
June Callwood Centre for Women and Families
$102,100 over nine months to fund renovations and capital improvements to address health and safety issues, increase accessibility, enhance program space and improve the technological capacity of this central-east Toronto organization. The centre provides social service and housing supports for pregnant or parenting teens and their children.
Lakeshore Arts Committee, as lead organization on this collaborative
$25,700 over six months to support a symposium and public exhibition in Etobicoke that showcases contemporary, emerging and established Canadian painters.
Latino Canadian Cultural Association
$8,600 over five months to purchase furniture and audio-visual equipment to support educational programming in photography and video for youth in Toronto's York community.
Neighbourhood Information Centre
$143,900 over two years to build the organization’s capacity in order to meet the needs of the communities of East York, East Toronto and West Scarborough, by providing information and access to community, social, health and related government services, as well as one-on-one help applying for services.
North Toronto Soccer Club Nitros/Kicks
$130,100 over two years to enhance its coach development and parent education programs, to benefit more than 700 volunteer coaches and over 5,200 players across Toronto.
North York Seniors Centre
$253,900 over two years to enhance fitness, recreational, and life-long learning programs and services for more than 1,000 members of the Active Living Centre in Toronto.
Not Far From The Tree
$117,100 over two years to support this urban fruit harvesting initiative and achieve financial and organizational stability by improving the program's effectiveness in 14 Toronto neighbourhoods. This will be done by diversifying its funding base and generating earned revenue through social enterprises.
Olympium Rhythmic Gymnastic Club
$43,900 over three years to attract new members to this community sports group and offer a healthy fitness option to young females in western Toronto. This will be done through focused advertising, offering upgraded facilities and equipment and improved coaching.
Reaching Out Through Music (ROTM)
$16,000 over one year to support music instruction for children in the St. Jamestown community in Toronto. This will allow more children to study piano, guitar, violin and recorder.
Silent Voice Canada Inc.
$70,000 over four years to support a new part-time program assistant position and offer additional services and workshops to deaf adults in the Greater Toronto Area. This will help address the significant growth in demand for these services.
Small World Music Society
$63,600 over one year to purchase equipment and renovate the organization's new downtown Toronto space to establish the Small World Music Centre where artists, music lovers, audiences of all backgrounds can celebrate the diversity of world music.
Souls of Steel Orchestra
$10,000 over six months to purchase steel pan instruments in order to improve the quality of performances and establish the technical skills required to play the instruments.The band provides adults and young people in Toronto with a strong foundation in classical harmony and rhythm, and a cultural education in the history of the steel pan.
St. Alban's Boys' and Girls' Club, as lead organization on this collaborative
$37,500 over one year to renovate a donated office portable, relocate it to the grounds of York Humber High School, and develop a plan for future program expansion. This will provide a home for the Boys and Girls Club of Weston Mount Dennis in Toronto, enhancing children's access to recreational programming.
St. Michael's Homes
$129,300 over six months to complete health and safety renovations as well as energy-efficient upgrades to two short-term and long-term rehabilitative residences in downtown Toronto, improving health and safety for participants in abstinence-based addiction programs. This will support the recovery and improve quality of life for vulnerable community members.
Street Health Community Nursing Foundation
$21,100 over nine months to replace aging IT equipment and complete health and safety renovations to this downtown East Toronto facility that provides services to the homeless. This will support the organization's ability to provide services and improve the health, safety and comfort of clients and staff.
Success Beyond Limits Education Program Inc.
$225,000 over three years to support innovative summer and after-school programs that provide opportunities for youth in Toronto's Jane-Finch community to experience positive personal growth and create conditions to achieve academic success.
TAIBU Community Health Centre
$220,100 over three years to support after-school homework and recreational programming for children in the Alton Towers and Forest Creek neighbourhoods of Scarborough. The program engage youth as volunteers and mentors and equip them with life skills and leadership training.
The Hammer Band
$14,400 over six months to expand the Violence to Violins program by purchasing 15 cellos for its youth music education program in the west end of North York. The initiative will provide cello lessons to students in Toronto, beginning with the Jane-Finch neighbourhood.
The Learning Disabilities Association of Toronto District
$196,500 over three years to support the Skills Training for Youth Through Learning and Education (STYLE) program in four priority neighbourhoods in Toronto. This 34-week initiative will help youth with learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) remain, and achieve, in school.
The Toronto Consort
$9,600 over six months to upgrade computer equipment, software and office furnishings of this chamber music ensemble to improve administrative efficiency, build relationships with a wider audience through social media and materials produced in-house.
Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office for Social and Multicultural Development, as lead organization on this collaborative
$70,000 over one year to support arts workshops and cultural celebrations for residents of Toronto's Thorncliffe Park. Residents of all ages will participate in a range of activities including story telling, music and song, movement, visual arts and crafts, and film-making.
Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival, as lead organization on this collaborative
$96,000 over three years to support the Power Through Paddling Project, which engages young people, including youth at risk and those from lower income households, in an experiential training program. Up to 300 participants will be introduced to the sport of dragon boating and provided with leadership opportunities that will enhance confidence and self-esteem.
Toronto Jewish Film Festival
$72,600 over three years to expand FilmMatters, an educational film program which includes screenings and guest speakers for 48 middle and high schools in 13 Toronto priority neighbourhoods. The program raises awareness of racial discrimination, gang violence and religious intolerance in order to encourage active citizenship amongst the students.
Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC)
$85,000 over two years to provide better employment opportunities for skilled immigrants by increasing outreach to volunteer-run professional immigrant networks and by engaging employers, government, employment service agencies and other stakeholders to build partnerships with these groups. An online community of immigrant leaders and partners will be created to strengthen the in-person community building.
Vietnamese Women's Association of Toronto
$134,400 over three years to hire a volunteer coordinator to recruit, orient, train, develop and thank volunteers. The initiative will train 250 volunteers and strengthen the capacity of the organization to deliver quality programs and services to newcomer women and their communities.
Working Women Community Centre
$223,600 over three years to develop business plans for the expanding operations, community engagement and communications infrastructure at the Victoria Park Community Hub to ensure it has a strong road map to lead to financial, operational, and community sustainability while expanding to include new community partners in North York and East Toronto.
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.
YMCA of Greater Toronto, as lead organization on this collaborative
$75,000 over one year to help support the basic costs of organizing volunteers for the 2012 Ontario Summer Games. The aim is to build the capacity of at least 1,000 volunteers, and lay the foundation for them to remain active volunteers leading up to the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games and beyond.
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Africans in Partnership Against AIDS
$120,900 over two years to hire a full-time coordinator to enhance and maintain an effective volunteer program responsive to the needs of African communities regarding HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention, education and support across Toronto.
Applause Community Development Corporation
$193,300 over one year to support strategic planning and an organizational review to enhance the long-term sustainability of the organization, enabling it to continue to provide stable, flexible employment for mental health consumers and survivors. The funds will also support office space renovations.
Art Starts Neighbourhood Cultural Centre
$144,600 over three years to launch Sew What?!, a hands-on exploration of fashion and the fashion industry geared to racialized youth. Participants will receive training and support to explore a fashion-focused career. A multi-site model will be developed and tested to encourage Toronto youth from various neighbourhoods to engage with one another.
$104,000 over one year to expand existing kitchen facilities that will allow the organization to make and deliver more meals to vulnerable people in the Bathurst Finch area of Toronto, including seniors and those who are ill, isolated, poor or have mental health issues.
bluemouth inc. presents
$110,100 over three years to hire a part-time manager and administrative assistant to help this performance collective capitalize on its current success, increase revenue streams, strengthen ties to the Toronto community and continue to build relationships for its future sustainability.
Brain Injury Society of Toronto
$72,300 over two years to expand programs by supporting staff and administrative costs in order to reach more people coping with an acquired brain injury and their families.
$25,800 to buy a van to provide affordable transportation for seniors and adults with disabilities in Toronto's Crescent Town neighbourhood who are unable to use public transit but do not qualify for Wheel Trans service. This will increase their access to health care, social and recreational programs.
Canadian Art Foundation
$14,600 over eight months to purchase computer hardware and software and reconfigure the organization's office space. This will allow the organization to sustain its operations and educational programs.
Canadian Museum of Carpets & Textiles
$215,300 over three years to develop and implement TXTile City, an educational initiative that uses interactive technologies to engage and teach students from Toronto's priority neighbourhoods.
CanAsian Dance Festival
$92,500 over two years to hire a part-time manager of audience development and engagement in order to engage festival patrons, develop audiences and establish new community partnerships to attract wider audiences to this week-long Toronto festival of performances, student matinees, and workshops reflecting traditions from across Asia.
$43,000 over two years to restructure the organization by developing a new mandate and strategic plan and hiring staff to increase capacity, revenue and community profile. The organization provides employment training and sports programs to racialized Francophone youth in Toronto.
Canoraa Inc., as lead organization on this collaborative
$7,600 over six months to buy computer software in order to enhance the organization's employment programs for youth from ethnocultural Francophone communities in downtown Toronto, offered in collaboration with youth employment services.
Centre for Information & Community Services of Ontario
$150,000 over one year to renovate and equip a kitchen at the agency's community hub in Scarborough. The kitchen will be used to promote healthy eating and meaningful interactions between generations and among peer groups.
Centre for Social Innovation
$90,200 over one year to purchase equipment and furniture for the centre's new site in Toronto's Regent Park that will be shared by more than 100 social innovators.
CONOSER SCHOLARSHIP FUND GROUP
$51,100 over two years to support Teach 2 Learn, a program for Spanish-speaking students in Toronto's Jane-Finch community that combines tutoring, theatre training and workshops. The program also engages parents in the learning process of their children and provides opportunities for tutors and mentors.
Consumer/Survivor Business Council of Ontario
$200,200 over two years to furnish and ventilate the new location of the 'Out of this World Café,' a social enterprise run by mental health consumers and survivors in the CAMH Bell Gateway Building in Toronto’s Queen and Ossington Community. Funding will also support an additional staff member, allowing the Café to be open longer.
Danforth East Community Association (DECA), as lead organization on this collaborative
$19,000 over two years to plan and implement "Art of the Danforth," a local art walk and community engagement and transformation project along Danforth Avenue between Donlands and Woodbine Avenues in east Toronto.
Delta Family Resource Centre
$17,000 over one year to equip and upgrade a new storefront facility in the Humber Summit neighbourhood in the northwest of Toronto’s Jane-Finch neighbourhood. The community resource centre will provide program and services to local residents including newcomers, people with low incomes and single parent families.
Descant Arts & Letters Foundation, as lead organization on this collaborative
$34,700 over one year to implement a year-long writer-in-residence pilot program to improve literacy skills and enhance creative expression for youths involved in the Toronto justice system. The program will include a series of writing workshops and a publication project featuring the best writing selected from the youth justice residences collected over the year.
Documentary Organization of Canada, Toronto Chapter
$33,200 over two years to develop Doc Night Out Community Connection Project, bi-monthly thematic screenings and panel discussions that connect local filmmakers with local communities to increase civic and social engagement and foster a greater appreciation for documentary film-making.
Education Through Media
$373,600 over three years to hire an operations manager, buy equipment and renovate a building in Toronto's Bloor-West Junction community to create a centre for information and communications technology and digital media. Geared to at-risk and marginalized youth, the centre will provide equipment for three flagship programs that offer employment training opportunities and mentorship in a dynamic, socially-aware environment.
$95,300 over two years to support the Thinking About Epilepsy Program, which will provide training for over 4,000 Grade 5 students and 2,250 teachers promoting seizure first-aid awareness among students and teachers and increasing the safety of elementary school children with epilepsy across Toronto.
Etobicoke Ringette Association Inc.
$11,900 over one year to increase membership by offering incentives for children, especially girls aged 4 to 12, to try this non-contact team ice sport. Incentives will include providing new players with a ringette mask and stick, and offering a low-cost learn-to-skate program in Toronto's Rexdale area.
Fatal Light Awareness Program
$82,000 over three years to hire a volunteer and outreach coordinator who will increase public engagement, create new volunteer opportunities and develop a business and marketing plan, including a service for building owners, architects and developers to help reduce the frequency of birds striking windows.
Franklin Horner Community Centre of Etobicoke
$157,500 over three years to increase the capacity of the community centre, and better meet the needs of its members, by implementing a volunteer management program, establishing a diversity council and introducing initiatives to broaden the diversity of the organization at all levels.
Friends In Trouble Youth Initiative
$37,000 over one year to complete a comprehensive strategic planning process, allowing this youth-led organization that assists people in Toronto's Jane-Finch community to run more efficiently and meet the needs of the community. The grant also includes boardroom furniture so staff can host meetings with volunteers, participants and community members.
Habitat for Humanity Toronto
$85,100 over two years to purchase a new salvage vehicle and a volunteer scheduling system used to help the organization's ReStore social enterprise to recover and resell gently-used building material. Generated revenue supports the administrative and fundraising costs of the organization, meaning all donations to go directly towards building affordable homes for low-income families across Toronto.
Jewish Vocational Service of Metropolitan Toronto
$136,100 over two years to deliver the Youth Integration and Development Project, which helps newcomer youth in the Bathurst-Finch neighbourhood better understand Canada's educational system in order to succeed at school and in the workforce. Youth will also participate in recreational and social activities that will allow them to develop new support networks.
Mid-Toronto Community Services Inc.
$97,800 to increase access to health, social and recreational programs for seniors and people with disabilities in central east Toronto by purchasing a wheelchair-accessible 20-passenger bus.
MUJER, A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION TO PROMOTE THE INTEGRAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE LATIN-AMERICAN WOMAN IN ONTARIO
$28,100 over one year to develop a volunteer manual and provide volunteer training for Toronto women of Latin descent, consisting of six workshops on violence prevention, gender equality, self-esteem, women as agents of change, making changes in society and volunteerism as a way for women to connect.
Mural Routes Inc.
$228,600 over three years to support a mural-making training program for all ages and artistic abilities to be implemented in inner-suburban Toronto neighbourhoods including Kennedy Park/Eglinton East, Malvern, Warden Woods/Oakridge, and Weston. This initiative includes leadership training, prepares young mural artists for the workforce and provides important skills needed to enhance their on-the-wall painting experience.
New Adventures in Sound Art
$17,000 over one year to enhance the organization's presentation space at Toronto's Artscape Wychwood Barns through minor leasehold improvements including soundproofing and equipment purchases to better accommodate the public and larger groups of students.
$8,800 over nine months to purchase rehearsal and concert production audio/video equipment, including microphones, a PA system and a video recorder. This supports the artistic development of the choir and its 140 members.
North York Women's Resource Centre
$51,400 over one year to support staffing costs to undertake organizational strengthening and renewal projects that will enhance long-term effectiveness of the organization by working more collaboratively with other local organizations and having more of a presence in the community with their new store-front office.
Outward Bound Canada
$148,600 over two years to expand opportunities for 1,600 students from seven high schools in Toronto's priority neighbourhoods to experience positive personal growth by transforming a wilderness-based, expedition-only youth leadership model for use in an urban setting at Toronto's Evergreen Brick Works.
Pueblito Canada Inc., as lead organization on this collaborative
$53,500 over one year to conduct a pilot project, using digital storytelling and workshops involving Hispanic youth, to design and disseminate a toolkit containing lesson plans and professional development resources for Toronto-based educators. The Our Voices Toolkit will provide teaching strategies and classroom activities for educators working with Hispanic students.
Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre
$65,000 over six months to purchase equipment to transform the organization's existing facility into a fully-equipped neighbourhood television and radio broadcast station. This facility will provide young people and other residents opportunities for self-expression, skill development, employment and peer support.
Senior Peoples' Resources in North Toronto (SPRINT)
$78,000 over three months to purchase a para-transit bus serving 12 passengers and two wheelchairs. The bus will provide transportation to adult day services and health and wellness programs for North Toronto seniors including those who are frail or have cognitive impairments.
Shakespeare in Action
$160,000 over four years to hire a part-time marketing and audience development coordinator to showcase the Toronto theatre company to new audiences and build the company's online presence, ensuring as many as possible have access to its arts education programming.
SingingOUT! The Lesbian & Gay Chorus of Toronto
$10,000 over one year to commemorate the choir's 20th anniversary by documenting, sharing and promoting its success to Toronto's LGBTQ and allied communities. Activities include production of a unique visual and inspirational heritage arts and cultural display as well as an anniversary concert.
Soulpepper Theatre Company, as lead organization on this collaborative
$150,000 over one year to purchase and install phone and IT systems that will enhance marketing, patron services, fundraising and programming in an effective, responsive, seamless and timely manner. The systems will directly benefit two performing arts organizations and a theatre school serving over 230,000 audience members each year.
StepStones For Youth
$40,000 over one year to enhance the organization's capacity to deliver life-skills training, mentoring and creative arts counselling for children and youth in Toronto, and improve its overall sustainability.
Swansea Historical Society
$29,400 over one year to photograph and digitize fragile historically-significant archive materials and make most of it available online.
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 Canadian Children's Dance Theatre Inc.
$149,800 over two years to implement the SolarDance art education outreach program, offering dance workshops to children in priority Toronto neighbourhoods. The program will culminate in open houses where the youth can demonstrate their accomplishments.
The Canadian Red Cross Society - Toronto Region Branch
$55,200 over one year to purchase a cube van for the Mobile Food Bank program, which delivers food hampers to clients who are not able to access their local walk-in food banks due to medical, mental or physical health restrictions.
The Centre for Aboriginal Media
$39,300 over nine months to support the creation of an interactive website, mobile website and app for the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Toronto's largest annual Aboriginal event. These tools will allow the public to access and participate in festival content in more meaningful and engaging ways.
The Charles Prinsep Arts Initiative
$14,800 over one year to support the operation of Charlie’s Freewheels, an after-school program that teaches basic bicycle mechanics and safety skills to youth in the Regent Park and Moss Park areas of Toronto.
The Experiential Diabetes Education Group
$14,900 over one year to develop and facilitate an Ambassador Training Workshop for adults in the Greater Toronto Area.The program will equip 20 adults living with Type 1 diabetes with the tools and skills to engage as many as 400 other individuals with diabetes in recreation-based pursuits that stimulate healthy living and greater physical activity.
The Primitive Integrated Naturalist Education (P.I.N.E.) Project
$34,500 over one year to hire a project coordinator to manage after-school and community-based, educational and outdoor programs in Toronto.
The St. Christopher House
$84,800 over one year to renovate a community kitchen at the Ossington Avenue location in Toronto where the organization's 100th anniversary events will take place. The updated facility will be used by a variety of programs and community groups for years to come.
Toronto Area Chapter of Canadian Organic Growers
$36,900 over one year to host a one-day conference in Toronto that will help increase community awareness of the health benefits of organic food and of individuals' roles in fostering an organic food system.
Toronto Artscape Inc., as lead organization on this collaborative
$150,000 over six months to transform the Artscape Shaw Street Centre into a fully-accessible building through leasehold improvements. The Centre will be a multi-dimensional, multi-tenanted centre designed to build capacity for creativity and innovation.
Toronto East Goan Seniors Association
$11,300 to purchase computers, printers, camera, office supplies, and a sound system. This will enhance the organization's capacity to provide social and recreational programming for South Asian seniors in Scarborough.
Toronto Park People
$58,000 over two years to hire a project coordinator to create a network of park supporters and local park groups. These groups and individuals will share knowledge, experiences and best practices and work productively with city staff and their communities to improve their local parks.
Toronto Refugee Non Profit Homes and Services (aka Romero House)
$14,900 over one year to create an arts and craft room on the second floor of a coach house located behind the organization's Wanda Road residence in Toronto. Refugees and community members will benefit from weaving lessons and other artistic activities.
Transition House Incorporated
$54,500 over one year to renovate the kitchen and waterproof the north side of this Toronto residential supportive treatment agency that provides services to men over age of 16 dealing with substance addictions and/or concurrent gambling problems.
TREC Charitable Foundation
$77,500 over one year to support a redesign of in-class workshops, develop teachers’ guides and test the materials with Toronto elementary and high school students for this organization, better known as TREC Education. The redesigned environmental educational programs will give students more opportunities for hands-on time and problem solving.
$55,700 over one year to increase the employment skills of youth with disabilities by creating a Youth Advisory Council. A training program will provide leadership, mentorship, health promotion, and job skills for 12 Toronto area high school or post secondary students seeking leadership experience and wishing to create social action for the inclusion of people with special needs.
West End Food Co-operative Inc.
$100,500 over one year to build a community-based 'green' kitchen at Parkdale Community Health Centre that will increase community engagement around food security.
Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada
$129,600 over two years to expand the Peer Support Service and Community Support program by providing culturally competent training to newcomer and immigrant South Asian women affected by breast cancer in Toronto. Breast cancer survivors from the South Asian community will be trained to answer the helpline, conduct outreach activities and facilitate support groups.
YMCA of Greater Toronto, as lead organization on this collaborative
$100,000 over two years to support this collaborative in increasing access to Hammer Heads, a 12-week skills development and employment-based training program within the unionized construction industry leading to apprenticeship opportunities for racialized young men and women living in Toronto's priority neighbourhoods.
YouthLink, as lead organization on this collaborative
$225,000 over three years to support the work of the Steeles L'Amoreaux Youth Empowerment (SLYE) network to better coordinate services to youth in this area of Toronto. The project will engage young people from northwest Scarborough, identify local issues and solutions, and organize a range of community events and opportunities.
416 Community Support for Women
$99,100 to renovate the kitchen of this drop-in centre that serves more than 250 meals to low-income women in Toronto's Regent Park each day. The renovations will make kitchen larger, more functional and efficient, enabling the organization to draw on the help of more volunteers.
Agincourt Community Services Association
$281,600 over three years to equip a new community facility and to enhance programming for children, youth and adults in the Chester Le community of Scarborough. Residents will participate in community events, a youth drop-in, after-school programs, parenting programs and workshops on food security and healthy relationships.
Agreenculture Youth Ambassadors, as lead organization on this collaborative
$138,000 over two years to engage Scarborough youth in inclusive food security and access programs. Through participation in after-school and summer programs, youth will gain and share skills and knowledge related to healthy eating, urban agriculture and culinary skills.
AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT)
$67,800 over one year to fund renovations and equipment that will enhance the ability of this organization to provide programs and services that promote the dignity, health and well-being of individuals and communities living with, affected by and at risk for HIV/AIDS.
AIR CADET LEAGUE OF CANADA, 700 DAVID HORNELL VC SQUADRON
$50,000 over six months to purchase instruments and necessary equipment for its music program. This will allow the organization to more than double the number of Toronto youth participating in the band to 55 members.
Argonaut Rowing Club
$143,900 over one year to insulate ceilings in the club's boat bay and install a new roof and air conditioning at one of the oldest rowing clubs in Canada, making this Parkdale facility safer, energy efficient and more comfortable.
Canadian Turkish Media Association
$11,500 over one year to purchase a camera, accessories and a computer. The new equipment will enable the organization to improve coverage of community events, boost the broadcast quality of its programming and will be used in its youth media training program.
Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada, as lead organization on this collaborative
$134,000 over two years to expand the Heart Wise Exercise program across Toronto that will build community capacity for physical activity programs suitable for individuals with heart disease. It will also help individuals transition from short-term medical to long-term community-based settings.
Centre for Opportunities, Respect and Empowerment
$150,000 over one year to enrich the training component of Culinary Connections, which provides 500 meals a day to other agencies in partnership with Second Harvest. A commercial kitchen will be relocated to Toronto's Parkdale neighbourhood. The agency's life and employment skills program help prepare disadvantaged individuals for entry-level food service work.
Children's Aid Foundation, as lead organization on this collaborative
$232,800 over three years to increase the capacity of the Centre for Youth Development and Mentoring Services by supporting its after-school and weekend tutoring and basketball league programs, providing a space for workshops, parent meetings, drop-in centre and office administration, and establishing a girls' basketball program.
Congregation Knesseth Israel, as lead organization on this collaborative
$28,000 over one year to hold an open house and street festival celebrating the 100th anniversary of a synagogue and heritage site located in Toronto's Junction community. The event will honour the Jewish community's cultural and economic contributions to the area. An historical tour of the neighbourhood will be conducted in collaboration with the West Toronto Junction Historical Society.
Doorsteps Neighbourhood Services
$237,300 over three years to establish a storefront where young entrepreneurs living in Toronto's Black Creek community, as graduates of a six-month entrepreneurial course, can distribute their products and gain practical business experience.
Eritrean Canadian Community Centre of Metropolitan Toronto
$88,400 over two years to support development of a volunteer program that will build organizational, individual and community capacity through engagement of Eritrean community members in social, recreational and cultural activities in downtown Toronto.
Festival Wind Orchestra
$12,000 over one year to purchase new sheet music and percussion instruments that will enhance the range of music available to this Toronto community orchestra and broaden its repertoire.
Fringe of Toronto Theatre Festival
$35,000 over one year to purchase movable and multi-use equipment for the new Fringe Creation Lab located in Toronto's Annex neighbourhood. The Fringe Lab will be a dynamic creative resource for a diverse and constantly growing community of artists and arts enthusiasts.
Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance
$107,400 over one year to help at least one Toronto community move towards carbon neutrality, by developing a comprehensive framework and a suite of tools, resources and actions to minimize energy use. The learnings will be translated into a model to encourage other neighbourhoods to build a similar culture of conservation and ultimately achieve carbon neutrality.
Green Thumbs Growing Kids
$185,000 over three years to strengthen volunteer management of the organization and build future sustainability through the creation of a development plan for this organization that serves 3,000 youth in the Toronto neighbourhoods of St. James Town, Cabbagetown, and Regent Park.
Greenest City Environmental Organization
$125,500 over three years to set a path for sustainable growth for this community organization that is dedicated to improving the well-being of Toronto neighbourhoods. Funding will be used for a business development plan and a suite of programming tools to ensure that organizational knowledge is retained and passed forward.
Hannon-Shields Centre for Leadership and Peace
$103,600 over three years to provide equipment and operational support for this community arts organization that creates an environment in which children and youth of Toronto's Crescent Town neighbourhood work together to establish a culture of peace.
$198,000 over three years to educate teachers, guidance councilors and community organizations on the challenges facing young people thrust into the role of caregiver to an ailing family member. The outreach work of the Young Carers program will focus on diverse communities within the Greater Toronto Area.
Iranian Women's Organization of Ontario (IWOO)
$55,600 over one year to engage more volunteers, including younger women who participate in the programs offered by this North York organization, increase community access to its programs, and support the volunteer board of directors in strategic planning and organizational development.
Korean Canadian Cultural Association of Metropolitan Toronto
$114,200 over one year to renovate the lobby/gallery, library and second-floor multipurpose room. New equipment and furnishings will be purchased to make this well-used community space more comfortable and create more usable space for social, cultural and recreational activities at this North York East organization.
Le Théâtre la Tangente
$9,000 over one year to enhance the Toronto theatre's visibility, increase audiences and attract English-speaking and Francophile theatre-goers. Plans include website enhancements, social networking strategies, new promotional materials and the implementation of an English subtitling system for live performances.
Lost Lyrics, as lead organization on this collaborative
$33,000 over one year to increase organizational capacity, infrastructure and sustainability to enhance programs and services to youth in Toronto's Jane-Finch and Malvern communities. Lost Lyrics creates bridges between the street and the classroom, using arts-based programming to encourage young people to re-ignite their passion for learning.
Na-Me-Res.(Native Men's Residence)
$150,000 over one year to renovate and make more accessible this program and community gathering space in downtown west Toronto, expanding the organization's ability to serve more than 500 Aboriginal men with physical and mental health issues.
Noojimawin Health Authority
$66,600 over one year to build leadership, awareness of traditional Aboriginal teachings and resiliency among urban Aboriginal Toronto youth by supporting youth-led social, cultural and arts-based peer-learning activities that use the Medicine Wheel teachings and the Seven Grandfather Teachings.
North York Harvest Food Bank, as lead organization on this collaborative
$192,900 over three years to create a food bank at the Northview Heights Secondary School along with a community network of food programming that will improve access to healthy, affordable food in Toronto's Bathurst-Finch neighbourhood.
Northwood Neighbourhood Services, as lead organization on this collaborative
$135,100 over three years to provide recreational activities to youth and adults ages 13 to 30, from volleyball, basketball and soccer to information sessions and indigenous music jams in the Jane Finch and Weston Mt. Dennis neighbourhoods of Toronto.
Ontario Gymnastics Federation
$300,000 to establish a fully-equipped gymnastics facility at Toronto's Downsview Park Sports Centre, providing a venue to train coaches and Ontario gymnasts of all disciplines and skill levels and to host demonstrations, open houses and competitions for over 9,100 youth.
Regent Park School of Music
$15,000 over one year to support the purchase of musical instruments so that more children and youth may take music lessons in Toronto's Parkdale neighbourhood.
REH'MA Community Services
$56,500 over one year to engage Muslim and South Asian seniors in active participation and leadership roles to plan, develop, and implement social, cultural, educational, and recreational programs in their own communities. This project will help reduce the isolation felt by Toronto seniors in Thorncliffe Park, Flemingdon Park, and Victoria Village.
$51,000 over three years to increase the capacity of this community organization to accommodate growing audiences in North Toronto and to build long term sustainability.
Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité de l’Ontario (RDÉE Ontario), as lead organization on this collaborative
$21,600 over one year to promote the Maison de la francophonie project, planned to house health, social services, sports, culture and education services in one location, and to help raise funds for this Francophone centre in Toronto.
Scarborough Arts, as lead organization on this collaborative
$363,700 over five years to support after-school arts and cultural programming in Scarborough elementary schools. Children will work with professional and emerging artists, students and senior mentors, developing positive intercultural understanding through an exploration of cultural experiences and identities.
Scarborough Women's Centre
$229,800 over three years to strengthen the active participation of Scarborough women with disabilities as service users and providers. Women will benefit from courses and workshops tailored to their life realities, develop support networks, address personal difficulties and become empowered to achieve economic or emotional independence.
Shakespearience Performing Arts
$63,800 over three years to offer the After-Hours Elsewhere Experience program at two schools in Toronto's Flemingdon Park. This project will provide an intensive rehearsal guided by professional artists, culminating in a presentation to community members.
Success Beyond Limits Education Program Inc.
$8,400 to enable this youth-led organization in Toronto's Jane-Finch community to purchase cameras and other equipment for Photovoice, which encourages youth to express themselves through photography and use critical thinking skills.
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 Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra
$14,100 over one year to enhance organizational capacity through improved governance and strategic planning by developing systems, policies and resources to attract an audience that currently does not have access to this community-based orchestra.
The Hearing Foundation of Canada/La Fondation Canadienne de l'Ouie, as lead organization on this collaborative
$130,500 over three years to deliver Sound Sense, a noise-induced hearing loss education and prevention program to 6,000 elementary school children in Toronto.
the Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space Initiative (STEPS Initiative)
$23,500 over one year to hold an arts-based civic engagement workshops for youth aged 9 to 12 in three low-income Toronto neighbourhoods. Participants will transform their local public place through performance, public intervention and collage, and be exposed to concepts of community engagement, social inclusion and exclusion, urban design, sustainable practices and social justice.
Times Change Women's Employment Service Inc.
$12,500 to fund new computer equipment, increasing the ability of this downtown east Toronto organization to provide training, support and job skills development to low-income women experiencing barriers to employment.
Toronto Book and Magazine Fair o/a The Word On The Street
$25,000 over one year to review and enhance the volunteer program for Word on the Street, downtown Toronto's book and magazine street festival. A new program will offer a range of experiences that will help engage and retain volunteers and ultimately contribute towards the festival's success.
Toronto City Cricket Club
$65,500 over three years to enhance and expand cricket and health-related programs for the Toronto community, increasing the number of youth, adults and senior participants from 160 to 500.
Toronto Dance Theatre
$127,500 over three years to support dance education opportunities for high school students, teachers, and artists in the Toronto dance community. This will help develop an expanded dance audience and a vibrant dance community.
Toronto Environmental Alliance
$47,300 over one year to develop and improve the communications infrastructure that will better engage members and effectively reach out to Toronto's diverse communities, especially in the inner suburbs, as part of the organization's mandate to promote a greener Toronto.
Toronto International Film Festival Inc.
$200,000 over two years to launch a new engagement and accessibility initiative that will make Toronto's TIFF Light Box accessible to all audiences. Project components include hiring staff, purchasing accessibility equipment and film translation and captioning software, conducting best-practices research and implementing a volunteer guide program.
Toronto Windfall Clothing Support Service
$195,500 over three years to implement the Kids' Basics Program, providing over 12,000 children and youth in Toronto with clothes and other basic needs items.
Tropicana Community Services Organization of Scarborough, as lead organization on this collaborative
$68,000 over two years to purchase musical instruments and support program delivery. This will allow the North York Inter-Community Youth Group to invite more children and youth to join its steel pan programming. Participants gain leadership, teamwork, communication and interpersonal skills and enhance their self esteem while learning to play the musical instruments.
Wychwood Barns Community Association
$16,600 over one year to formalize and strengthen volunteer management of the organization in order to enhance the arts and community programming at the Artscape Wychwood Barns in Toronto.
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.