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Local groups share in Trillium funding

Posted April 2, 2014

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) announced its latest round of grant recipients that includes several organizations in the New Tecumseth area.

People In Transition (My Sister's Place) in Alliston will receive $188,700 over three years to increase organizational capacity by supporting the salary of a public relations and fundraising coordinator. Funds will also support facility renovations.

New Path Youth and Family Services of Simcoe County, which includes offices in Alliston and Cookstown, will receive $98,000 over two years to provide better quality mental health services to young adults aged 18 to 29 by creating Youth and Family Summits for peer support and mentoring, and by providing specialized training to partnering agencies. This collaboration of four agencies would see representatives of more than 25 local agencies receive training to improve their skills in dealing with this age group.

The Angus based Camphill Communities Ontario, will receive $180,000 over three years to increase the availability of residential programs for people with developmental disabilities in Simcoe County by building fundraising capacity. By hiring a fundraising manager, this Angus agency will be able to increase its revenues and welcome more people, as well as develop a transferable model to be shared with other communities.

Literacy Council of South Simcoe will receive $7,200 to upgrade the office space in Alliston in order to better serve clients in need of literacy training in the South Simcoe area.

The Sugartones, a group that offers women the opportunity to learn to sing, and to perform at retirement homes and community events, will receive $5,300 to rent rehearsal space and purchase sound equipment for a year-old women's barbershop chorus in Alliston.

OTF is a provincial agency that awards about 1,300 grants every year, across four sectors: social services, environment, arts and culture, and sports and recreation.

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