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  • September 07, 2017

Building Up Kitchener with Innovative New Programs and Services

Province Supporting Local Projects Through Ontario Trillium Foundation


September 7, 2017

Ontario is supporting 204 new and innovative projects that will respond to local needs and help build stronger communities across the province.  In Kitchener, the province is supporting the following organizations and projects through the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Seed Investment Stream:


  • YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo
    • Grant:  $74,800 over 11 months.  Skills training workshops in E-commerce that build self-employment knowledge and skills among low-income women will be offered.  Enhancing people’s economic well-being, this initiative will help individuals develop the skills and knowledge to achieve greater financial independence, and will impact the lives of 135 people in the community.
  • Kitchener-Waterloo Counselling Services
    • Grant:  $74,800 over 11 months.  Virtual counselling and consultations will be offered to increase the agency’s capacity.  Supporting the positive development of children and youth, this initiative is helping young people who are facing barriers develop strong emotional and social skills, and will impact the lives of 25 people in the community.
  • Sexual Health Options, Resources & Education - SHORE Centre
    • Grant:  $33,600 over 12 months.  Sexual health education for young adults with developmental disabilities will be offered.  Supporting the positive development of children and youth who are facing challenges, this program will have an impact on the lives of 450 people in the community.
  • Radio Waterloo Inc. CKMS
    • Grant:  $20,000 over 12 months.  Community members will be trained to create radio programs for broadcast over the community airwaves.  Enriching people’s lives through arts, culture and heritage, this initiative is helping people engage in community-based arts creation, and will impact the lives of 10,000 people in the community.   


Projects are part of the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Seed Investment Stream, which helps communities meet local needs through ideas and projects and approaches, such as helping people find work, helping newcomers settle in a community or helping volunteer organizations boost their membership.     




“Supporting these valuable local organizations through Ontario Trillium Foundation grants allows diverse and unique needs to be met within our community.  These projects are new and innovative, and I look forward to seeing the positive impact they’ll have in Kitchener-Waterloo.”        

— Daiene Vernile, MPP Kitchener Centre


“Our government recognizes the importance of helping communities respond to local unique needs.  The projects announced today demonstrate the versatility and scope of this fund with new and innovative ways of addressing local needs to benefit the community.”

— Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport


“The Ontario Trillium Foundation is proud to support projects that explore opportunities that strengthen communities through the Seed and Collective Impact Investment Streams.  We are always encouraged by the diversity and quality of the initiatives in communities, and we know great things will come from these projects.”

— Tim Jackson, Board Chair, Ontario Trillium Foundation


“KW Counselling Services is grateful for the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.  This Seed Grant will increase our capacity to offer counselling to people in rural areas and those who are unable to visit our office for in-person counselling.  We look forward to being able to serve more people in Waterloo Region as we work towards a community where no one is left behind.”

— Leslie Josling, Executive Director, KW Counselling Services


“It’s been a strategic goal of the YW’s for a number of years now to develop a social enterprise that will provide employment training and experience to women who face significant barriers to employment. Finally, we can make it happen with the Trillium Foundation Seed Grant!  This funding will get us started in the program, and it will help 15 women get started in their new working lives.”

— Elizabeth Clarke, CEO, YWCA KW


"Youth with developmental disabilities are often left out of conversations around relationships and sexual health.  Thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, they will now get the information and support they need to grow as individuals and form healthy relationships in our community." 

— Lyndsey Butcher, Executive Director, SHORE Centre


“This OTF seed grant allows us expand on our 40 year heritage of enriching people’s lives through arts, culture and heritage on radio. The money will be used to expand our broadcast tools, enabling: video streaming, podcasting, at-home and on-location broadcasts, and to strengthen the identity and security of our volunteers. The KW community will gain access to these emerging creative tools and the training required to use them.”

— Nat Persaud, President, 102.7 CKMS-FM Radio Waterloo    



  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario, is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations.
  • Since 2013, the Ontario Trillium Foundation has invested over $444 million in projects to help build healthy and vibrant communities.
  • Sixteen Grant Review Teams across Ontario, composed of active community-based volunteers, review applications and guide granting decisions for the OTF.
  • OTF publishes its granting data in a raw, machine-readable format to help drive innovation and collaboration. This aligns with Ontario’s Open Government commitment to increase transparency by making government data more publicly available.    





Rebecca Wagner
Office of MPP Daiene Vernile
(cell) 226-749-2681




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