Elgin-Middlesex-London Non-Profits Supported Through the Community Building Fund

Published on October 05, 2021

ELGIN-MIDDLESEX-LONDON—Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London, is pleased to announce funding for local non-profit organizations through the Community Building Fund’s Operating Stream.


Local recipients are as follows:

  • Port Stanley Festival Theatre- $96,500
  • Backus-Page House Museum- $50,000
  • YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin- $56,900
  • Pearce Williams Christian Centre- $100,000
  • Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre- $20,000


The Community Building Fund launched earlier this year as a part of the 2020 Ontario Budget. The fund is administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) through two streams: Operating and Capital. Applications for the Operating stream closed on June 1, 2021 and the funding is providing organizations across the province with 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.


“Non-profit organizations are a crucial and valued part of any community, especially here in Elgin-Middlesex-London,” said MPP Yurek. “All of the groups being recognized today are iconic local institutions that will now be able to continue doing great things in St. Thomas-Elgin for years to come.”


For a full list of Community Building Fund Operating stream recipients, please visit the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s website.


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.
  • 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 eligibility requirements, deadlines for applications and OTF supports is available at otf.ca.
  • As announced in the 2021 Budget, Ontario is investing more than $400 million over the next three years in new initiatives to support tourism, culture, sport and recreation sectors. This builds on investments of $225 million announced earlier, bringing the total support for these sectors to more than $625 million since the pandemic began.