Ontario Trillium Foundation

Established in 1982 as an arms-length agency of the Government of Ontario to disburse a portion of the proceeds of gaming to registered charitable organizations across Ontario.

The focus of the Foundation is to build healthy, sustainable and caring communities that have an impact in Ontario.

This year, for the first time, they are able to reach out to new sectors in the community to support the important role that arts, culture, recreation, sports, the environment and social services play in the creation of vibrant communities.

They offer 4 different grant programs:

1. The Community and Province-wide Program supports new and existing initiatives which contribute to caring communities through multiple or single-year funding which range from $2,000 to $75,000 per year on a local level, and from $2,000 to $250,000 per year on a province-wide level. Examples: music or crafts festival, skiing program for people with disabilities, parent literacy program, daycare for single mothers, fresh air theatre, transportation for disabled, community gardens to teach ecology, build playgrounds, artists workshops, child abuse prevention, educate young mothers, new business mentorships, and more.

2. Get Up! Stand Up! is agrants program for young people aged 9 - 29 to encourage and enable them to take action on important issues that affect their lives and to increase their contribution to society. Grants range from $500 - $10,000 and are available for imaginative projects managed by youth that work to involve others in the community. Projects must be sponsored by a non-profit organization that is willing to take primary financial responsibility of the funding from Trillium. Examples: conflict resolutions, environment, anti-racism, exploration of cultures, support for seniors and school mentoring.

3. The Community Connections Program is designed to support initiatives which increase the safety and connectedness of adults who may be vulnerable because a disability, medical condition or advanced age makes them dependent on others for on-going daily support. Single or multi-year grants ranging from $5,000 - $25,000 per year are available for projects which increase the ability of vulnerable adults to have control over their lives. (95 initiatives have already begun) Examples: elder abuse programs, self-advocate workshops, a First Nations seniors’ and disabled people’s forum

4. The Access Fund is a program developed to increase the capacity of organizations and communities to provide barrier-free employment and volunteer organizations, and to improve access to community services for people with disabilites. Funds are available for up to 90% of the costs for renovation, installation and equipment to a maximum of $50,000 for renovation and $15,000 for equipment. Priority will be given to applications which demonstrate that this request is part of an overall plan and commitment to inclusiveness of people with disabilities. Example: Church/synagogue/legion needs to install elevator for elderly or people with disabilities, Seniors residence needs access to residencial washrooms.

Some of the guidelines for applications are: - Requests for $25,000 or less generally take up to 120 days for approval - Requests for over $25,000 can take up to 180 days - Site visits may be required - Can apply for more than one grant at a time, but they must be for different projects. - The lead organization is responsible for results and accountability for the Trillium funds.

Committee Chairpersons should consider this option for some of their projects.