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MPP Fullerton announces grants to Kanata and West Carleton organizations

KANATA — Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Kanata—Carleton MPP made three separate announcements regarding grants to organizations in Kanata and West Carleton.

The Ontario government is investing $25 million in a new grant program to help faith-based and cultural organizations protect their communities against hate-motivated crime. In Kanata, Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, MPP for Kanata—Carleton announced five groups would receive over $125,000 in grant funding.

“This money helps the local groups to cover expenses related to security and safety measures including enhancing security of their buildings and training staff on how to respond to hate-motivated violence,” says MPP Fullerton. “Our provincial government has zero tolerance for hate and discrimination, and we will continue working to build safer communities and protect the rights of all. Everyone has the right to live free of fear and intimidation.”

The Kanata—Carleton groups receiving funding are:

  • Ottawa Mandarin Wesleyan Church                     $5,000
  • Kanata United Church                                             $7,500
  • St. Paul’s Anglican Church                                     $7,500
  • Kanata Muslim Association                                     $10,000
  • National Council of Canadian Muslims                  $99,968

“Faith-based and cultural organizations across Ontario work hard to bring communities together and provide a safe and inclusive gathering space to worship, practice their religion, and celebrate their culture,” said Parm Gill, Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism. “We hope this grant will help to support the important work these groups are doing and empower communities most at risk of being targeted with hate-motivated crime feel safer and more secure.”

Quick Facts

  • The Ontario Grant to Support Anti-Hate Security Measures for Faith-Based and Cultural Organizations program provides one-time grant payments, on a first come, first served approach, to eligible organizations for expenses related to security and safety measures protecting against hate-related incidents. Eligible expenses include, for example, removing graffiti, motion detectors and CCTV cameras.
  • Certain organizations are ineligible, including sports organizations, teams or clubs, and organizations with a primary mandate related to education, health care, housing or social services.
  • Organizations must agree to Terms and Conditions, attest that they are in compliance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and Criminal Code, and that funds will be used for eligible expenses related to security and safety measures against hate-related incidents.
  • In addition to the Ontario Grant to Support Anti-Hate Security Measures for Faith-Based and Cultural Organizations, the Ontario government developed the Anti-Racism Anti-Hate Grant in collaboration with community partners for local projects that increase public education and awareness on the impact of racism and hate, in all its many forms.


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.


Funding to help non-profits deliver vital services to create a stronger Ontario April 27, 2022

Today, Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, MPP for Kanata—Carleton, announced that following organizations will receive over $230,000 to help them offset the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic so they can deliver the best service possible for the people of Kanata and West Carleton and create a stronger Ontario. This grant has been provided through the Resilient Communities Fund.

  • Kanata Sailing Club                                              $36,100
  • Lotus Centre for Special Music Education     $52,500
  • The International Love Project                           $149,900

“Volunteer and non-profit organizations are a valuable part of any community, and in Kanata and West Carleton we have many that add to our quality of life,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, MPP for Kanata-Carleton. “Countless people rely on their services, and even facing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, they still deliver. This provincial funding will help offset the impacts of the pandemic and support the organizations with the delivery of programs and services in our community.”

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.

“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 Kanata—Carleton 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 that have been impacted by COVID-19. Application details and a full list of grant recipients to date are available on the OTF website.

Quick Facts

  • The Resilient Communities Fund is administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) – an agency of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries – and has supported 2,191 projects across Ontario since it was announced in August 2020.
  • In 2020-21, 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.
  • OTF awarded $94.3 million to 1,238 projects in 2021 through its Seed grant stream and Resilient Communities Fund to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.

Additional Resources

Ontario Grant to Support Anti-Hate Security Measures for Faith-Based and Cultural Organizations

Ontario Helping Communities Address Cybercrime

Anti-Racism Anti-Hate Grant Program

2021 Ontario Fall Economic Statement

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

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

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

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