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Kanata and West Carleton’s Non-Profits to Received Support through the Community Building Fund

Kanata ― The Ontario government provided more than $46 million to support 648 non-profit tourism, culture, sport and recreation organizations through the Community Building Fund’s Operating stream, including The International Love Project in Kanata that received $50,000. The funding was used to help them recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and delivered much-needed programs and services in our community.

“It is wonderful to have provided support to the International Love Project, an organization that has done so much in Ottawa to foster greater understand between cultural groups. I especially commend their work with the Latin Sparks Festival,” says Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, MPP for Kanata—Carleton. “The pandemic has been a real challenge for so many not-for-profit cultural groups and I am pleased our government has been supporting the work of groups like the International Love Project.”

“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our government has been committed to supporting those struggling the most,” said Minister MacLeod. “The Community Building Fund was designed with this in mind – to enhance the quality of life for Ontarians and support local jobs. These grants helped non-profit organizations across Ontario sustain operations– providing funding so they could adapt to the pressures of the pandemic and continue to deliver programming that was critical to the economic and social well-being of communities across the province.”

The Community Building Fund launched in 2021 as a part of the 2020 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover and is administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) through two streams: Operating and Capital. The Operating stream closed on June 1, 2021, and is providing organizations across the province with funding support for:

  • Essential expenditures, such as staff salaries and fixed operational costs, including utilities, rent, lease, telephone and communication lines/services.
  • Equipment costs, programs, services, and adapting to public health measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as equipment for changing technology, health and safety, and personal protective equipment.
  • Innovation, digital and mobile web/virtual costs for the delivery of products and experiences.

Quick Facts

  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, working to build healthy and vibrant communities across Ontario through investments of local grants to non-profit organizations. Its programs support the arts, culture, heritage, sports and recreation, human and social services, and environment sectors across the province.
  • Municipalities, Indigenous communities and non-profit organizations in the sport and recreation sectors are eligible to apply for the Community Building Fund – Capital Stream. For more information, eligibility requirements and deadlines, please visit otf.ca.
  • For organizations interested in applying for the Community Building Fund, OTF will provide support through information sessions and one-on-one application coaching calls. More information about OTF supports is available at otf.ca.

Additional Resources

2021 Budget – Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy

News Release: Ontario Supports Tourism, Culture, Sport and Recreation Organizations

Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.


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