Local Legions, non-profits have access to COVID funding

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The Ontario government recently announced it is investing $83 million through the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to provide grants to help eligible non-profit organizations across the province, including non-profits and Royal Canadian Legions in Chatham-Kent, recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

The OTF’s Resilient Communities Fund will provide grants of up to $150,000 to help eligible non-profit organizations in Chatham-Kent rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19 with support for: 

  • Equipping board members and employees with supports to implement new approaches, prepare for change and build resiliency (e.g. organizational training and coaching, strategic planning and implementation, research & development, mental and physical health and wellbeing supports); 
  • Improving and increasing ability to access financial resources and develop new and/or alternative sources of revenues (e.g. develop fundraising plans, identify fundraising and financial technology resources, seek opportunities for public-private partnerships and social finance); 
  • Adapting or re-imagining the delivery of programs and services to meet the needs of the community, employees and volunteers (e.g. identify new health and safety processes and required personal protective equipment; technology supports; staffing and volunteer recruitment and training);
  • Procuring equipment or renovating spaces to meet the changing needs of the organization; its programs and services, and adapt to new ways of working (e.g. equipment and/or renovations to meet changing technology health and safety, and service delivery requirements); and
  • Creating and/or adopting new approaches for organizations to work together to meet the needs of communities (e.g. peer learning, professional development, networking, resource, knowledge and data sharing).

“The Royal Canadian Legions and non-profits in our communities have given so much to support those in need, I am so grateful to see our government supporting them through these unprecedented times,” Chatham-Kent Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls said in a media release.

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