Ontario Provides Almost $120,000 to Community Care Concepts

Published on January 05, 2021

Funding to help deliver vital services to Waterloo Region’s rural townships
NEWS January 5, 2021

 

ELMIRA― Today Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris announced on behalf of the Ontario government that Community Care Concepts will receive $119,900 to rebuild and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant is part of the first round of funding through the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s new $83-million Resilient Communities Fund.


“Community Care Concepts is a crucial and valued part of our rural townships,” said MPP Mike Harris. “Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Community Care Concepts has still managed to deliver a range of services that countless seniors and individuals with special needs in our community rely on.”


“As an essential non-profit service that supports seniors and adult with unique needs to live independently in their own homes, Community Care Concepts of Woolwich, Wellesley and Wilmot has continued to provide direct in-person services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This period has challenged the organization’s ability to respond to increasing demand, increasing complexity and diversity of needs, reduced staffing and volunteer capacity, the need for program redesign, new infection prevention and control practices and a reduction in both client and fundraising revenue. This funding will be a tremendous support in helping our organization to build capacity and resiliency to meet new and emerging needs in the aftermath of the pandemic. We are thankful for the support provided which will allow us to research and implement innovative service delivery models, develop a staff and volunteer recruitment strategy, adapt infection prevention and control practices to community-based settings and develop a fund development strategy that will sustain us well into the future” said Cathy Harrington, Executive Director of Community Care Concepts.


The Resilient Communities Fund provides grants of up to $150,000 to help eligible nonprofit organizations. They can apply for a broad and flexible range of needs, such as mental and physical health and wellbeing supports for staff or volunteers, identifying new health and safety processes, or purchasing new technology and personal protective equipment. The fund will also provide grants to support capital needs, such as renovations and facility updates to meet the changing needs of the communities they serve.


“COVID-19 has resulted in a ‘triple threat’ of health, economic and social crises in Ontario, and this funding will help 486 non-profits adapt to those challenges, and ensure that they have the tools and resources to provide the best service to those who need it the most,” said Minister MacLeod. “As we work towards the province’s economic and social recovery, supporting programs like the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund will make a real difference in the lives of individuals and families.”

For more information on the OTF’s Resilient Communities Fund, and for a full list of
recipients, please visit the OTF website.


QUICK FACTS

  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario,
    and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $115 million to 645
    projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.
  • OTF has redirected provincial funding previously allocated for the 2020 Grow and
    Capital grant streams into the $83-million Resilient Communities Fund.