351 SILVER STAR AIR CADET SQUADRON
$39,200 over one year to increase the ability of youth aged 12 to 18 to develop musical skills and give back to their community by enhancing the music program of this Markham-area Air Cadet Squadron. A Junior Band will be created, with professional instructors and senior Cadets providing training and mentoring. Funding will cover the cost of instruments and music, and members will perform at local parades and community events as well as the annual Ceremonial Review.
Back to Basics Social Developments
$122,200 over three years to fund staff and lease space to provide at-risk youth in Barrie with a creative outlet, positive mentoring and transferable skills by launching a music recording and touring program. Youth aged 15 to 29 will receive training from emerging and established artists in song-writing, playing instruments, performance, singing, recording and mixing, as well as album cover design, online and retail promotion and tour planning.
Barrie Cycling Club, as lead organization on this collaborative
$219,000 over two years to develop and implement a sport tourism strategy for Oro-Medonte. A cycling strategy coordinator will be hired and funding will also be used to develop a website and cover travel expenses, stakeholder meetings, counter devices and signage.
BARRIE SKYLINERS BIG BAND
$10,000 over one year to raise awareness of and create a larger audience for swing music in Simcoe County by celebrating this Barrie band's 20th anniversary with a marketing campaign and development of a student band. Promotional activities will consist of performances at local malls, media relations and a social media campaign. The students will be recruited from high school music programs, and mentored by experienced band members.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of York
$140,500 over three years to hire a full-time caseworker to serve South Asian clients in Aurora. Funding will also be used to purchase laptop computers for casework staff to do presentations and home visits.
Blue Hills Academy, as lead organization on this collaborative
$320,200 over three years to increase the availability of children's, youth and family mental health and settlement services to residents of southeast Markham by forming a community hub with four well-established agencies. Funding will be used to renovate a large room in a community church, and to hire a project coordinator to develop common service protocol and encourage other agencies to join the hub.
Brookside Music Association
$28,600 over two years to increase awareness and appreciation of world-class classical music performances in the Midland area by undertaking a marketing campaign to promote this local music-presenting company. Activities will include the development of a website, a social media campaign, a blog and a patron database.
Collingwood United Soccer Club
$30,000 over two years to enhance the skills and knowledge of volunteers. In addition to coach education, funding will support the development of programs for children as part of the Canadian Soccer Association's Long Term Player Development Program.
DANI Developing And Nurturing Independence
$345,000 over three years to expand a catering social enterprise in Thornhill that employs young adults with developmental disabilities. By installing an accessible greenhouse and opening an outdoor cafe area, Dani Dairy Delights will use its own herbs and vegetables in food preparation and create stronger connections between the youth and the greater community. Two job coaches will support participants.
East Gwillimbury Historical Society
$11,100 over one year to raise awareness of the historical significance of Holland Landing in East Gwillimbury by holding a celebration of the War of 1812 at Anchor Park. Activities will include military re-enactments, a Pow Wow, a pioneer program for children, displays of heritage trades and crafts, and the return of a 19th century Aboriginal chief's deerskin jacket to family members from Georgina Island First Nation.
Elmvale Pastorale Charge
$13,800 over one year to carry out renovations to improve the safety and comfort of a well-used church hall in Elmvale. Funding will be used to replace the carpets, update the electrical system and replace the ceiling tiles.
Empowerment Through Achievement Vaughan Women's Shelter
$91,700 over two years to enhance capacity to deliver programs to women, children and youth by hiring three part-time counselors. Funding will also be used to expand the kitchen by purchasing a refrigerator, a chest freezer, dishwasher and electric range that will enable more access to healthy food.
Federation Of Badminton Clubs
$214,500 over four years to provide certified coaching to athletes in Markham. The federation will operate as a national training centre for Badminton Canada, and funding will ensure Long Term Athlete Development programs are offered for all ages and ability level.
Friends of the Utopia Mill & Park
$96,600 over one year to preserve Essa Township's only historically-designated building by supporting the restoration of Bell's Gristmill in Utopia, which celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2014. Funds will go towards stabilizing the building and exterior restoration work. Once restored, the Mill will serve as a vibrant community centre for educational, cultural and recreational activities.
Gateway Centre for Learning
$105,000 over two years to expand Teaching for Tomorrow, a child and youth literacy program, by hiring a full-time coordinator in North Simcoe. Funding will also be used to hire a part-time social enterprise coordinator and support advertising, resources materials, program equipment and administrative costs.
Georgina Dragon Boat Club
$7,600 over one year to assist with the purchase of new equipment to ensure the safety of members. Funding will allow the club to purchase a new dragon boat, paddles and personal floatation devices.
Kerry's Place Autism Services
$238,900 over three years to broaden learning experiences for youth and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder in York Region. Funding will support salary and equipment costs for the creation of The LIFE (Learning Independence through Facilitated Education) Academy for the Achievement of Individual Success.
King Speed Skating Club
$34,000 over two years to enable the club to purchase equipment, undertake outreach activities and recruit volunteers. Funding will allow the club to continue to provide safe and accessible sport and recreation opportunities for children and youth in the community.
Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forest
$117,200 over two years to hire a program manager to increase the long-term sustainability of this urban forest organization and provide improved services in Toronto and York Region. More efficient and powerful operational systems will be created, and staff, board and volunteers will be better trained.
Markham African Caribbean Association
$175,400 over three years to increase the availability of tutoring and cultural programs to children and youth of African-Caribbean heritage in Markham, Newmarket, Aurora and Stouffville by hiring a general manager to undertake day-to-day operations, program delivery and expansion, volunteer recruitment and coordination, and fundraising.
Markham Village Festival Corporation, as lead organization on this collaborative
$207,300 over two years to build the capacity and long-term sustainability of the Markham Village Festival, Markham Jazz Festival and other local festivals by hiring a full-time event coordinator and purchasing equipment. This will help the two festivals better plan events and reduce volunteer burnout. Funding will also support the purchase of tents, tables, chairs, PA system, outdoor lighting and stage that most festivals must rent each year and will be rented at a minor fee.
Ontario Cycling Association, as lead organization on this collaborative
$68,600 over two years to plan and host week-long Canadian Mountain Bike Championships by developing volunteer capacity and safety systems in Oro-Station. Funding will support coordinators for volunteers, media relations and first aid, as well as to hire summer students, rent equipment and cover some operational expenses.
Special Olympics Ontario Inc, as lead organization on this collaborative
$80,400 over one year to develop new volunteer opportunities and recruit new volunteers for the 2013 Provincial Summer Games. Funding will enhance the games' Legacy Plan by introducing new athletes to sport programs in York Region.
Tamil Literary Garden
$8,500 over one year to preserve and showcase Tamil culture for Tamil and non-Tamil Canadians in York Region by translating and publishing a collection of 100 contemporary Tamil poems. "Moonless Night" will feature the work of modern Tamil poets and will be available through public libraries, community organizations and online.
Telecare Distress Centre of Peterborough, as lead organization on this collaborative
$160,000 over three years to hire a development officer to support Telecare Distress centres in Peterborough, Orillia and Lindsay in increasing their capacity for fund development, marketing and advertising. This will enhance the delivery of 24-hour anonymous and confidential telephone support services to those communities
The Newmarket Ontario Chapter of SPEBSQSA Inc
$24,000 over two years to enable this male barbershop chorus to celebrate its 20th anniversary and re-build its membership and audiences by developing a new Youth Chorus, holding a special anniversary showcase and producing a DVD, CD and other memorabilia.
The Sharing Place Orillia Incorporated
$53,500 over two years to hire a part-time special project assistant and extend the hours of the operations manager in Orillia. This will enable the food bank to convert to electronic record keeping, enhance social media and website updates, extend hours of operation, increase the number of volunteers and move towards the bulk purchase of food.
Township of Clearview, as lead organization on this collaborative
$315,800 over four years to implement the PARC (Partnering, Advancing, Resource Community) project in Staynor by hiring a Project Supervisor and summer students to strengthen the local food bank and expand the community garden. A collaborative of five community organizations will work to strengthen the volunteer sector and engage youth through innovation and lasting partnerships that promote the economic and social health of local citizens.
Township of Tiny
$67,400 over two years to enhance youth programs in the municipality. Funding will be used to hire seasonal staff and purchase a mobile skateboard park for use in a number of communities.
Victorian Order of Nurses, Toronto-York Region Branch
$197,600 over three years to expand the SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together) Program. In partnership with the Social Service Network, the program will be offered to South Asian seniors throughout York Region. Funding will be used to recruit and train volunteers as well as support program delivery costs.
York Region Food Network, as lead organization on this collaborative
$65,400 over two years to hire a project coordinator to expand the Growing Changes initiative in York Region. Funding will be used to work with community groups, schools and municipalities to expand the number of food gardens. A consultant will develop a business plan and strategy for an aquaponics project.
Youth Environmental Network of York Region (YENYR)
$8,400 over one year to expand the Seeds to Trees program and hold a one-day environmental symposium in Aurora. Seeds to Trees provides elementary and secondary school environment teams the opportunity to collaborate and organize local environmental initiatives. Funding will be used for video production and rental, promotional costs, speaker honorariums, student travel expenses, audio-video equipment and event catering.
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Abuse Program of York Region
$26,000 over one year to increase organizational capacity by conducting a comprehensive organizational review and re-branding. Building on a 25-year history, a new strategic plan will ensure the organization continues to serve those in need across the region.
Arts Society King
$223,500 over three years to build the infrastructure of this arts service organization and enhance and expand its programming. The creation of three new part-time positions will enable the group to develop new youth and music programs, reach out to new residents, partner with arts organizations in other municipalities and open a permanent Arts Centre in King Township.
Barrie Cycling Club
$218,200 over four years to promote cycling as a life-long activity by increasing membership, expanding programs and promoting the sport in Simcoe County. Funding will be used to hire a team manager and coaches to provide professional development and training, organize volunteer ride leaders, as well as cover volunteer expenses, athletic training tools and to purchase a cargo trailer.
Barrie Film Festival
$149,100 over one year to enable this local film festival to increase its ability to screen a wide variety of Canadian and international films by converting its 35mm equipment to a digital system.
Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Simcoe -York Chapter
$223,400 over three years to hire two full-time seniors' coordinators in Simcoe and York regions to implement programs that assist seniors living with vision loss. Funds will also be used for administrative and communications equipment, volunteer recruitment, training and recognition materials and transportation costs.
Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County, as lead organization on this collaborative
$150,000 over one year to complete renovations to a facility serving four social service agencies in Barrie. The space will include common shared areas, including a resource centre, meeting rooms and kitchen, and will provide services for persons with visual, hearing and physical disabilities.
Community Heritage Ontario
$7,700 over one year to support the 25th Ontario Heritage Conference, to be held in Midland in June 2013. The conference deals with built, cultural and natural heritage conservation, and is jointly organized by Community Heritage Ontario, the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario and a local organizing committee spearheaded by the municipalities of Midland, Penetanguishene and Tay.
Elmvale Skating Club
$31,800 over four years to increase organizational and program capacity by providing quality instruction to youth in the area. Certified coaches will implement Skate Canada's Long-Term Athlete Development program to encourage life-long participation in sport.
Environmental Action Barrie
$50,000 over two years to support a part-time executive director, who will introduce revenue-generating programs while expanding free public education programs.
Girls Incorporated of York Region
$50,300 over one year to raise awareness of the issues of bullying, violence and inequality facing girls and young women in York Region by mounting a comprehensive public education campaign. Featuring print materials, public service announcements and a video documentary, the campaign will promote work being done by local, youth-serving social service agencies as well as generate discussion and community strategies through public forums.
Glen Shields Futbol Club
$45,600 over one year to enhance the skills and knowledge of volunteers in Concord. Funding will be used to educate coaches as well as offer FUNdamental programs for children as part of the Canadian Soccer Association's Long Term Player Development program.
King City Skating Club
$14,800 over one year to assist with volunteer recruitment and retention for this community club. Funding will also support special events planned in recognition of the club's 40th anniversary in 2013.
Markham Concert Band Inc., as lead organization on this collaborative
$103,900 over one year to improve the calibre of performance by arts organizations in eastern Markham by equipping a new rehearsal hall with music storage racks, risers, chairs and a piano.
Navy League of Canada (Ontario Division) Newmarket Branch
$14,700 over one year to enhance both the quality and safety of recreation programs offered in the community. Funding will assist with the purchase of skis for the biathlon program as well as summer camping equipment.
Oak Ridges Soccer Club
$168,100 over three years to enhance the skills and knowledge of volunteers. In addition to coach education, funding will be used to offer Active Start / FUNdamental programs for children as part of the Canadian Soccer Association's Long Term Player Development program.
Ontario Band Association
$161,000 over three years to help this Markham-based association increase the reach of its acclaimed teacher symposia and annual concert band festival by hiring a regional coordinator serving Simcoe County and York Region who will work towards fulfilling the organization's province-wide mandate.
Ontario Track 3 Ski Association for the Disabled
$223,300 over three years to increase organizational capacity and volunteerism. Funding will be used to recruit, train and recognize more volunteers so they can be partnered with people with disabilities in Simcoe County who wish to experience Alpine Skiing.
Orillia & District Arts Council
$15,000 over six months to develop a new operating plan that will help strengthen the profile of this local arts council. A program developer will conduct a community consultation with other arts organizations, municipal culture departments, funders and community members to evaluate current programs and assess the potential of new program ideas.
Orillia Museum of Art & History
$212,100 over three years to hire a staff person to enhance and increase programming using new equipment such as computers, digital cameras, camcorders and smartboards, in order to attract youth and artists working with digital technology, launch new seniors programs and increase participation in children's programs.
Orillia Native Women's Group
$202,000 over three years to deliver the Odewin Gbik-Giizis: Berry Fast Project to girls aged 12 and 13 in Orillia, Midland and Barrie. The goal is to revive the Berry Fast tradition to help prepare young women for adulthood and promote strong personal growth. Funding will be used to hire a facilitator and to support administrative and program expenses including materials, equipment and focus groups.
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 397
$99,000 over one year to replace the roof of this community facility in Creemore.
South Simcoe Community Information Centre
$213,900 over four years to hire a full-time communications and fundraising coordinator to create and distribute communications materials, develop a case for funding support, find potential individual and corporate donors and launch an annual fundraising event for this Alliston-based agency.
Stellula Music in Schools Inc.
$20,000 over one year to increase organizational and program capacity. Funding will be used to create a business plan and program model to ensure youth in rural areas of Simcoe County have access to arts and culture programs.
Stouffville Baseball Association
$50,000 over three years to build programs and services for youth. Funding will allow this new organization to advertise services, communicate with members as well as recruit and train volunteers to support continued growth.
The Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre
$90,500 over one year to meet growing demand from the local off-reserve Aboriginal community for programs and services by contributing to a major renovation project at this Midland agency's site. Funding will be used to install heating and cooling units, exterior siding and flooring.
Tin Roof Global
$66,000 over two years to increase knowledge and leadership skills on water issues by delivering GUSH, a local water stewardship program, to 19,500 students in 40 elementary schools in Simcoe and York. Funds will be used to hire a program coordinator and equipment manager, support travel and outreach costs, and purchase materials and supplies.
Township of Essa
$21,600 over two years to expand the Girlfriends after-school program for girls in grades 7 and 8 in Essa Township. The program offers physical fitness and healthy eating components, as well as exposure to professional female mentors and speakers. Funding will be used for the coordinator's salary, training and program supplies.
Unionville Home Society
$13,600 over one year to allow more seniors to participate in health and wellness programs. Funding will be used to purchase fitness equipment and encourage participants to adopt a physically-active lifestyle.
World Snowsports Events Group, as lead organization on this collaborative
$250,000 over two years to host two World Cup Ski Cross events at Blue Mountain. The events will provide training and certification opportunities for Ontario athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers, promote active living for local students, and provide recreational snowboarding opportunities for children from low-income families in Simcoe County.
York Region Food Network, as lead organization on this collaborative
$223,200 over two years to develop a food distribution hub by hiring a full-time driver and purchasing a walk-in cooler/freezer and cargo van with refrigeration. The goal is to safely collect and warehouse dry, fresh, frozen and chilled food for distribution to community food banks and other agencies and groups that provide food to vulnerable populations in York Region.
Association des francophones de la région de York Inc., as lead organization on this collaborative
$128,000 over two years to increase youth participation and leadership in Francophone cultural activities by hiring a full-time youth activity coordinator in York. The coordinator will engage students in both French-language and French immersion schools by supporting cultural projects developed by youth, for youth.
Aurora Community Band
$15,500 over six months to create opportunities for Aurora residents to enjoy band music, both as players and listeners, by establishing a new, inter-generational concert band. Funding will support a part-time music director, rehearsal hall rental fees and new instruments and music. The band will perform at concerts, town events and festivals around York Region.
Biminaawzogin Regional Aboriginal Women's Circle
$105,500 over two years to increase the capacity and sustainability of this Orillia organization by hiring an executive director who will implement a strategic plan. Funding will also be used to hire a consultant to develop a fundraising and resource development plan.
Collingwood and District Information Centre
$73,400 over one year to improve this local information centre and 211 providers' outreach and communications by developing a strong social media plan. Equipment will be purchased to implement the campaign and furnish a training room in which social media workshops will be delivered to other area agencies.
Collingwood Dragon Boat and Canoe Club
$21,300 over two years to purchase new canoes for recreational and competitive use and provide support to hire seasonal staff.
Collingwood Rowing Club
$74,800 over one year to purchase several new boats for both recreational and competitive programs. This will enhance the quality and safety of programs for children, youth and adults.
$167,700 over three years to help increase the availability of fresh, organic, locally-grown vegetables to North Simcoe residents, to benefit the local economy and preserve the environment by expanding the output of this Lafontaine community garden and introducing school and group visits and a new, bilingual ecological day camp.
Evergreen, as lead organization on this collaborative
$100,000 over two years to implement eight-week environmental leadership training programs for newcomer youth in Markham. Themes will focus on urban ecology and agriculture, leadership and youth-led environmental action through workshops and hands-on experience.
FOCUS Community Development Corporation
$185,100 over three years to revitalize the downtowns of Alliston, Beeton and Tottenham by matching landlords who have vacant stores with artists and creative entrepreneurs interested in starting businesses on the main streets. Affordable rents, business skills training and volunteers available for minor repairs and maintenance will enable artists to get established, and introduce unique products to the downtowns, thereby increasing their attraction as cultural destinations and building the local economy.
Georgina Arts Council
$144,200 over three years to develop and promote Native arts and artists by developing this regional arts centre's Aboriginal programming. Activities will include an Aboriginal arts programs for elementary schools, providing professional development and networking workshops for Native artists, and partnering with the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective on joint exhibits. Funding will support hiring a coordinator, as well as marketing and communications activities.
Georgina Historical Society
$14,600 over one year to improve access to the archival and reference collections by creating a dedicated research area within the Welcome Centre in Georgina. Funding will be used to purchase a shelving unit, work station and table, conservation and preservation supplies and an archival reference storage and access unit.
Hillel of Greater Toronto
$106,000 over two years to expand social and cultural activities for youth in York Region. Funding will help cover staff and program expenses, transportation, advertising, space rental and honorariums.
Independent Living Services of Simcoe County & Area, as lead organization on this collaborative
$103,500 over three years to support the activities of a collaborative of 29 community support service agencies in North Simcoe-Muskoka. The collaborative will hire contract staff to provide professional development training, initiate better health and safety policies and practices, help reduce staff turnover and increase recruitment by streamlining job descriptions, developing career progression paths and supporting accreditation activities.
Kempenfelt Pipes & Drums
$23,500 over one year to purchase new instruments for this Barrie-area band, offering more opportunities for youth to learn how to play Scottish music. Senior band members will continue to teach these skills to students and other young people, and the band's overall number of performances, including parades, will be increased.
Keswick Model Aircraft Club Inc.
$14,100 over one year to purchase a commercial lawn tractor in order to improve the maintenance of the flying site for the leisure pursuit of model aircraft flying.
Markham Raiders Minor Football Association
$15,000 over one year to enhance player safety by providing all players with certified equipment. The club will maintain an inventory of helmets and shoulder pads to be loaned out to young athletes who wish to participate in sport.
Ontario Forestry Association
$7,500 over one year to plan, promote and pilot a one-day tour of woodlots in York Region. This initiative will provide Toronto and York Region residents with an opportunity to learn about responsible land management, and showcase the ecological services and biodiversity value of forests in Southern Ontario.
Prosserman Jewish Community Centre, as lead organization on this collaborative
$273,500 over three years to assist with the purchase of capital equipment for the Jack and Pat Kay Centre Camp in Vaughan. Funding will also support the salary for a director of human resources to establish staff and volunteer recruitment and training programs.
Ranji Singh Foundation
$20,000 over one year to increase social, cultural and recreational programming available to newcomers and racialized communities in northern York Region. Funding will be used to expand a two-year old South Asian Showcase from a three-hour event to a day-long festival that brings new and long-time residents together in a celebration of cultural diversity.
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 262 - Elmvale District
$64,800 over one year to complete much-needed facility repairs to ensure the community can continue to access this facility. Funding will be used to enhance the property, replace an aging elevator, repair a leaking roof and upgrade interior lighting.
Sutton Agricultural Society
$47,400 over one year to address safety and access concerns by replacing an aging building on the Sutton Fair Grounds. Members will provide professional and volunteer support to complete the project, ensuring future generations have access to space for a variety of community programs.
The David Busby Street Centre, as lead organization on this collaborative
$112,200 over two years to support the development of the community hub in Barrie. Funding will be used to support a broad range of services while delivering cost-effective and efficient services to marginalized communities.
Township of Springwater, as lead organization on this collaborative
$9,400 over one year to implement a Springwater Art Tour that will promote local artists and enhance tourism. Funding will be used for marketing and advertising, including newspaper and radio ads, brochures, pamphlets, road signs, banners and reception expenses.
Unionville Milliken Soccer Club Inc.
$233,200 over four years to implement the organization's plan to deliver quality soccer programs and services for children and youth. Funding will support training programs for coaches, players as well as club development activities.
Voice of the Vedas Cultural Sabha Inc.
$75,000 over six months to replace a leaky solarium roof in order to maintain this Richmond Hill community space for the enjoyment of community members.
Windfall Energy Project, as lead organization on this collaborative
$159,000 over two years to support a full-time staff member to expand the organization's social enterprise, a solar panel installation business, and purchase an electric vehicle to promote renewable energy and green infrastructure development.
Zephyr Art Gallery Inc
$26,500 over one year to hire a program coordinator to create more opportunities for emerging artists, engage more youth in the arts and to raise the profile of visual arts in Orillia.