Whitby’s WindReach Farms, Oshawa Kicks soccer club among recipients of community grants

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Published October 15, 2021 at 11:00 am

The Ontario Government is providing more than $46 million to support 648 non-profit tourism, culture, watersport and recreation organizations through the Community Building Fund’s Operating stream.

Dozens of Durham Region organizations took advantage of the program, including WindReach Farm in Whitby, which will receive $213,300 to assist with maintaining the operation of a therapeutic riding program by assisting with operating, equipment and staffing costs until being able to open to full capacity.

“For more than a year, the pandemic has impacted many groups that bring people together and communities like Whitby to life,” said Lorne Coe, MPP for Whitby and Chief Government Whip. “Increasing our support for Whitby’s community partners will give these organizations a much-needed boost as we continue to deal with the effects of COVID-19. “

Oshawa Kicks soccer club was another major recipient with $231,800 awarded to the club for their programs, though most of the successful applicants received much smaller amounts.

Whitby Minor Baseball Association received $43,500 in operating expenses; Scugog Arts $48,800; Canadian Automotive Museum $50,000; Whitby Historical Society $46,100; Durham Youth Orchestra $21,800; and the Living Room Community Art Studio $32,400, to name just a few recipients.

The funding will be used to help them recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and deliver much-needed programs and services in their communities.

“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our government has been committed to supporting those struggling the most,” said Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries Minister Lisa 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 will help non-profit organizations across Ontario sustain operations – providing funding so they can adapt to the pressures of the pandemic and continue to deliver programming that is critical to the economic and social well-being of communities across the province.”

The Community Building Fund launched earlier this year as a part of Ontario’s Action and is administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation through two streams: Operating and Capital. The Operating stream provides organizations across the province with funding support for essential expenditures, COVID-19 pandemic recovery expenses and innovation, digital and mobile web/virtual costs for the delivery of products and experiences.

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