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$1 Million for Local Organizations

April 20, 2022

Funding to help non-profits deliver vital services to create a stronger Ontario

NORTH BAY – Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing announced that the Ontario government is providing 11 local organizations with $921,300 to help them offset the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic so they can deliver the best service possible for the people of Nipissing and create a stronger Ontario. This grant has been provided through the Resilient Communities Fund.

“Non-profit organizations are a crucial and valued part of any community, especially here in Nipissing,” said Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing. “Countless people rely on their services every day, and even facing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, they still deliver. This funding will help them offset those impacts and continue supporting those who need it most.”

Local recipients include the following:

  • $150,000 for Hands the Family Help Network
  • $132,500 for the Near North Palliative Care Network
  • $117,300 for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 455 Callander
  • $109,800 for Serenity Hospice
  • $91,900 for the Elite Alpine Ski Cross
  • $90,900 for the Northern Ontario Curling Association
  • $79,000 for the Municipality of East Ferris
  • $72,300 for Laurentian Ski Hill
  • $57,000 for the Near North Trails Association
  • $13,900 for the Discovery Routes Trails Organization
  • 6,700 for the Municipality of Powassan
OTF Community Resileint Fund Announcement @ Hands
OTF Community Resilient Fund Announcement @ Hands

“On behalf of Hands, thank you to the provincial government and the Ontario Trillium Foundation for this investment in our Agency as we help our province recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. At Hands, we take our role as an essential service provider very seriously, and the needs of our clients and families are at the core of everything we do. With this funding, Hands will ensure we are able to maintain in-person service that is effective and safe for our clients and employees, and we will strengthen and enhance our IT strategies to continue to provide highly effective virtual service for our clients.” – Andrea Roberts, CEO, Hands theFamiliyHelpNetwork.ca

“On behalf of our Board of Directors, our staff, our volunteers and the communities that we serve, I want to take this opportunity to thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Ontario Government for the funding provided through the Community Resilient Fund.  Nipissing Serenity Hospice opened our doors in January 2020, just before a worldwide pandemic was declared.  Many of our plans were slowed or halted due to Covid.  Grief and bereavement supports are just one of these areas.  This funding will allow us to development and implement a robust and comprehensive grief and bereavement support program to assist our residents and their loved ones through their end-of-life journeys and beyond.  The very generous funding provided will allow us to bring these plans to life and support the Nipissing and East Parry Sound districts,” said, Gil Pharand, Executive Director of Nipissing Serenity Hospice.

“We are so thankful for receiving the Trillium grant.  This Trillium grant will assist the Callander Legion in continuing to support our veterans and their families with significant repairs and renovations of our kitchen and banquet facilities.  It will also assist us in supplying new first aid kits and sporting equipment,” said Marc Picard, President of the Royal Canadian Legion in Callander.

“Thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, we received a generous grant from the Community Resilient Fund, in the value of $132,500, that will allow us to hire 3 additional staff for one year, and sustain the same number of clients served in 2022-23. This translates into around 5,000 individuals in Northern Ontario who will have an end of life or grief journey completely changed for better, with the support of our volunteers and increased staff. Thank you MPP Fedeli and Ontario Trillium Foundation for helping NNPCN show how resilient Northern Ontario can be, with the right support!” said Monica Do Coutto Monni, Executive Director of the Near North Palliative Care Network.

In total, the Ontario government is providing $95.8 million this year through the Resilient Communities Fund to help 1,146 non-profit organizations across the province recover and rebuild.

The Resilient Communities Fund provides grants of up to $150,000 to eligible non-profit organizations to cover a broad and flexible range of needs, such as:

  • Mental and physical health and wellbeing supports for staff or volunteers.
  • Support to adapt or re-imagine program delivery and services to meet the needs of communities, employees and volunteers, incorporate new health and safety processes, or purchase new technology and personal protective equipment.
  • Renovations and facility updates to meet the changing needs of the communities they serve.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation will continue to offer the Resilient Communities Fund in 2022-23 to help more eligible non-profit organizations that have been impacted by COVID-19. Application details and a full list of grant recipients to date are available on the OTF website.


  • OTF redirected provincial funding previously allocated for the 2020 Grow and Capital grant streams into the $83-million Resilient Communities Fund to rebuild the capacity of non-profit organizations impacted by COVID-19.


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