Ontario Supports Local Non-Profit Organizations in Rebuilding and Recovering from COVID-19

Published on April 16, 2021

ELGIN-MIDDLESEX-LONDON ― Today Jeff Yurek, MPP announced on behalf of the Ontario government that six local non-profit organizations will receive over $630,000 in funding to rebuild and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant has been provided through the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s $83-million Resilient Communities Fund.


“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.”


Local allocations are as follows:


  • Port Burwell Periscope Playhouse- $150,000.00

Building expansion, creating an outdoor venue on the grounds with a new event trailer and purchasing protective equipment for the safe return of patrons.

  • Pearce Williams Christian Centre- $80,000.00

Hiring personnel to implement new fundraising strategies and software, purchasing dismountable bunk beds and health and safety equipment for summer camp reopening.

  • Elgin County Railway Museum- $94,000.00

Hiring staff to design online educational programming, purchase electronics and software solutions to digitize and archive the collection and audiovisual services to develop virtual tours.

  • Port Stanley Festival Theatre- $22,200.00

Hiring staff, upgrading the space and purchasing health and safety equipment and a grant programs database for safe and sustainable delivery of programming.

  • Fresh Start Support Services- $150,000.00

Renovating the group home into COVID-compliant individual supportive apartments to provide safe and affordable housing to vulnerable mothers in need.

  • German Canadian Club of Aylmer- $134,900.00

Renovating the kitchen to increase food production, purchasing protective equipment, electronics and road signage and upgrading the website and ordering system to host virtual cultural events.


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 supported those struggling the most,” said Minister MacLeod. “That’s why we’re proud to support programs like the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund. This funding helps non-profits adapt to the challenges created by the pandemic – ensuring they can provide the best service possible to the people of Ontario and make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and families.”


OTF will continue to offer the Resilient Communities Fund in 2021-22 to help more eligible non-profit organizations that have been impacted by COVID-19. Application details will follow soon. For more information on the OTF’s Resilient Communities Fund, including a full list of grant recipients, please visit the OTF website.




  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $ 94.3 million to 1,238 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.


  • In 2020/2021, OTF redirected provincial funding previously allocated for the 2020 Grow and Capital grant streams into the $83-million Resilient Communities Fund.


  • The Resilient Communities Fund has supported 1,045 projects across Ontario since it was announced in August 2020.


  • Ontario is extending the nomination deadlines for the Volunteer Service Awards, the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism, and the Order of Ontario. Please visit Ontario.ca/page/honours-and-awards-volunteering and Ontario.ca/page/order-ontario for more information.