KAILIE OORTWYN, Office of Laurie Scott, MPP, Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock

KAWARTHA LAKES: MPP Laurie Scott was at the Legion in Omemee, on Thursday, April 21st, to announce nine non-profit organizations in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock will receive a collective total of $875,700, to help offset the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and continue serving our local community through the Resilient Communities Fund.

“This funding will help local non-profit organizations recover from the impacts of the pandemic and help grow their services and supports they offer,” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. “The Omemee Legion is using their $123,200 grant to construct a fantastic outdoor patio [which] will benefit community members and support their revitalization plans for the Legion.”

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.

Organizations receiving grants in the Resilient Communities Fund list are: the Omemee Legion Branch #497, at $123,200; A Place Called Home, at $69,700; Abbey Gardens Community Trust Inc., at $91,900; the Kawartha Works Community Cooperative Inc., at $150,000; the Natural Hosemanship Association, at $116,600; the Old Gaol Museum, at $87,600; the Pinnguaq Association, at $149,800; the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council, at $77,800, and the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust, at $9,100.

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.

“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our government has committed to supporting those struggling the most,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “That’s why it’s been a priority for us to fund successful programs like the Resilient Communities Fund, which helps non-profits adapt and grow. Ensuring they can continue providing the best service possible to the people of Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock and make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and families.”

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