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Ontario Trillium Foundation Announces First-ever Future Fund Grant Recipients

by NationTalk on April 24, 2008558 Views

$2 million grant program will strengthen Ontario’s environment sector by fostering innovation and collaboration
Recipients represent collaborations of almost 100 participating organizations

Toronto, April 24, 2008 – The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) today announced the first five recipients of the Future Fund, a grant program created to enhance the future of Ontario communities.“The McGuinty Government is pleased to celebrate Earth Week by announcing the recipients of the inaugural Ontario Trillium Foundation Future Fund,” said Aileen Carroll, Ontario Minister of Culture. “By strengthening the environment sector with this $2 million fund we are improving the health of our communities today, and investing in a greener future for all Ontarians.”

The 2007-2008 Future Fund of $2 million supports collaborative partnerships among not-for-profit organizations working on environment issues, strengthens their impact, enhances leadership and builds capacity within the sector.

“We commend the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their leadership in supporting the growth and effectiveness of the environment sector in this province,” said John Gerretsen, Minister of the Environment. “We are particularly impressed with the spirit of collaboration among established organizations who can share their expertise with smaller, local groups.”

The five recipient organizations, representing almost 100 participating Ontario-based non-profit environmental organizations, were honoured during a media event held at Toronto’s Allan Gardens Conservatory and attended by Ontario’s Ministers of Culture and the Environment (a full listing of the recipients is attached). Highlights of this year’s recipient programs include:

- Studying links between early environmental exposure and chronic disease in children;
- Reducing pollution and strengthening leadership in communities, organizations and First Nations groups;
- Creating a North-South Climate Change Network;
- Optimizing the use of information technology among environmental groups;
- Engaging a broad range of environmental organizations in a shared strategy.

“This year’s Future Fund will invest in organizations who partner in new and innovative ways, share their knowledge and create exciting new initiatives,” said Helen Burstyn, Chair of Ontario Trillium Foundation. “Ultimately, our aim is for these organizations to achieve sound environment outcomes, thereby enhancing the future of our communities,” adds Burstyn.

“We are very proud to be Ontario’s biggest funder in the not-for-profit environment sector. That’s why helping these organizations grow and have more of an impact in their communities is imperative,” says Burstyn. “Our future health requires a thriving and vibrant environment sector to deliver programs, educate and create awareness on environment issues, and explore new ways to protect our resources.”

The first five Future Fund recipients provided innovative proposals and constructive partnerships; they include:

1. Chronic Disease and Early Environmental Exposures Joint Constellation c/o Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA)
$294,700 over two years to raise awareness of the links between early environmental exposure and chronic disease in children. This work will help influence practice and policies in the development of chronic disease prevention strategies.

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2. Good Neighbour Initiative c/o Toronto Environmental Alliance
$612,300 over three years to work with concerned individuals and grassroots organizations, encouraging the participation of local people in local issues to strengthen leadership and capacity among Toronto, Sarnia-Lambton (including Aamjiwnaang First Nation), and Akwesasne First Nations communities to reduce pollution and help build corporate environmental leadership.

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3. Clean Air Partnership c/o Mining Innovation Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation (MIRARCO)
$349,200 over 30 months to establish and maintain a north-south climate-change network, build community capacity to respond to common climate-change challenges and link regional efforts in the northern and southern parts of Ontario.

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4. Green IT Collaborative c/o Green Communities Canada
$205,100 over two years to optimize the use of information technology by at least 25 environmental organizations across Ontario. This will help boost productivity, functionality, communications, collaboration and outreach and marketing.

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5. Environmental Priorities Outfront: Re-inventing, Re-tooling & Re-focusing the Environmental Movement in Ontario c/o Environmental Defence
$538,700 over 30 months to engage a broad range of environmental organizations in the development and implementation of a shared strategy. This work will help strengthen the effectiveness of the sector in Ontario.

For more information, contact:
Lorraine Gandolfo, Manager Communications and Events
Tel: (416) 963-7972
lgandolfo@trilliumfoundation.org

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