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Resilient Communities Fund Announced for Non-Profit Organizations

Resilient Communities Fund Announced for Non-Profit Organizations

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the non-profit sector across Ontario. The Ontario government, through the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), has announced an investment of $83 million to assist non-profit organizations in their medium to long-term recovery planning. Both individuals and businesses benefit from the essential programs and services provided by local non-profit organizations, and the Ontario government recognizes their critical role as the economy works to rebuild and recover.

The OTF’s Resilient Communities Fund is a one-time fund to support non-profit organizations in effectively meeting the needs of communities throughout Ontario by complimenting local, provincial and federal pre-existing emergency response funding. Eligible non-profit organizations such as food banks, child/youth programming, and Royal Canadian Legion branches can apply for a grant of up to $150,000 to help rebuild and recover from COVID-19.

This fund is allowing organizations to apply for capital and non-capital costs over two deadlines – September 2, 2020 and December 2, 2020. The OTF is hoping that the $150,000 maximum grant per organization will allow for a wide range of organizations to receive funding to recover and build resiliency for future demands and impacts.

Who Is Eligible?

  • Community-based or provincial non-profit organizations with projects and programs or services that take place in Ontario and benefit people in Ontario communities.
  • Organizations need to have experienced disruptions to their operation and delivery of programs or services due to the impacts of COVID-19
  • The organization or project must meet the OTF’s Eligibility Policy.
  • The organization must meet the OTF’s Anti-Discrimination Policy.
  • Minimum of one fiscal year of financial statements from the date of incorporation or charitable registration.
  • Applicants can identify with one of six Action Areas that their organization’s mission/mandate is most aligned with including: Active People, Connected People, Green People, Inspired People, Promising Young People, and Prosperous People.

What Is Eligible?

  • Community-based projects or activities that support rebuilding the capacity of non-profit organizations that have been impacted by COVID-19.

Assistance needed for:

  • Organizational training or coaching, strategic planning, research and development, mental and physical health and well-being supports.
  • Improving financial well-being by accessing financial resources or developing new/alternative sources of revenue.
  • Adapting to a new style of delivering programming or services that meet the needs of the community, employees, and volunteers.
  • Procuring new equipment or renovating to meet the changing needs of the organization’s programs or services.
  • Collaborating with other organizations to meet the needs of the communities.

For full details on the Resilient Communities Fund including eligibility and resources, please visit For information about the application process or for technical assistance, contact or 1-800-263-2887.


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