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:
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
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