$2 million in funding announced for 7 local non-profits

Seven local non-profits are getting a funding boost.

A combined total of $1,935,700 has been invested through the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Among those benefiting from the grant includes:

  • Community Justice Initiatives of Waterloo Region
  • K-W Working Centre for the Unemployed
  • Parents for Community Living
  • Planned Parenthood Waterloo Region
  • Project READ Literacy Network
  • Sustainability CoLab
  • The YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo.

“The work that organizations like Parents for Community Living have been doing in Waterloo Region has helped to create the kind of stronger, more inclusive community, in which we all want to live,” said Catherine Fife, MPP Kitchener-Waterloo. “I am hopeful that these grants from the Ontario Trillium Foundation will empower even more innovative community programs to flourish.”

“These organizations provide vital services for local residents, contributing to the caring and inclusive society we are striving to create,” said Daiene Vernile, MPP for Kitchener Centre. “From improving sustainability to enabling employment, and increasing education opportunities, the funds are the catalyst needed to move these organizations and our community forward.”

A full break down of the funds can be read below:

Community Justice Initiatives of Waterloo Region has received $75,000 over 12 months. That money will help with salaries, volunteer training workshops, and the cost to rent space for the workshops.

The Working Centre will receive of $750,000, over 3 years to expand and further develop a sustainable model for its Job Café.

Parents for Community Living will receive $66,100 over 11-months to launch a computer apprenticeship program for youth with developmental disabilities.

Planned Parenthood is receiving a 3-year $186,500 grant to increase the reach of its Health Matters education programs for local youth.

Project READ Literacy Network is using its 2-year, $205,900 grant to increase the reach of its Get Set Learn initiative so that more families in the area can participate in its family literacy program,

The Sustainability CoLab and Sustainable Waterloo Region have received a 2-year $482,300 Grow grant to help with the staffing and program costs associated with creating a holistic and target-based environmental program.

YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo has also received $169,400 over two years to be able to offer an additional nine YWCA GirlSpace programs in the community.

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