Ontario Helping Local Organizations Rebuild & Recover from COVID-19

Published on January 25, 2021

Archived picture of MPP Piccini with Mayor Sanderson at the Capitol Theatre in Port Hope

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PORT HOPE, ON ― Today, MPP David Piccini announced on behalf of the Government of Ontario that six local organizations will receive over $555,000 in funding to rebuild and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants are part of the first round of funding through the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s new $83-million Resilient Communities Fund.





Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre

Renovating the communal kitchen space and adding three additional bathrooms to provide clients with additional space.


Capitol Theatre Heritage Foundation

Developing a five-year Strategic Plan, purchasing safety and cleaning materials/equipment to help with physical distancing for staff and performers.


Art Gallery of Northumberland

Reviewing how programs can be delivered online, developing online fundraising strategies and delivering Education Art Boxes to homes.


Sounds of the Next Generation (SONG)

Building on virtual practices and performances, increasing connectivity, skills and well-being for more children and youth in Northumberland County, as we continue to recover from the impacts of COVID-19.



Purchasing new technological equipment that will expand both online performances and fundraising capabilities.


Oshawa Ski Club (Brimacombe)

Renovating indoor spaces to improve ventilation, expanding outdoor spaces including purchasing additional outdoor seating and heating, as well as investing in new cleaning/sanitizing equipment to enhance our ability to safely deliver services to the community.


“Non-profit organizations are a crucial and valued part of any community,” said MPP David Piccini. “These organizations enrich the lives of people in our communities, while playing an important role in building a strong and prosperous Ontario economy. As we work towards the province’s economic and social recovery, supporting programs like the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund will make a real difference in the lives of individuals and families.”

The Resilient Communities Fund provides grants of up to $150,000 to help eligible non-profit organizations. They can apply for a broad and flexible range of needs, such as mental and physical health and wellbeing supports for staff or volunteers, identifying new health and safety processes, or purchasing new technology and personal protective equipment. The fund will also provide grants to support capital needs, such as renovations and facility updates to meet the changing needs of the communities they serve.


“Cornerstone is very excited to receive funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities stream. These funds will enable us to enhance our infection prevention measures in our kitchen and washrooms – adding additional facilities for staff and clients. An investment of this kind allows Cornerstone to provide services to more women and children, and ultimately assists us in our recovery and navigation of the COVID-19 pandemic.”  
Nancy Johnston, Executive Director, Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre

“Our deep gratitude to the Ontario Government, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Mr. Piccini for the invaluable support at such a critical time. This recognition that the Arts is both a social and economic asset of the community is accentuated by the immense need for hope and reaffirmation while we all contend with the effects of this pandemic.”

Olga Cwiek, President and Board Chair, Capitol Theatre

“Sounds of the Next Generation (SONG) is a fun, free, open-access social development and leadership program that teaches life-long skills to kids in Northumberland County and engages 1000s of community members. We help children and youth overcome barriers and find their voice using an easy-to-understand model found in every culture around the world - music. Thanks to the support of the Government of Ontario, through the Ontario Trillium Foundation Resilient Communities Fund, we will expand our programming by 20% and engage youth with our new SONGtech program online – teaching tech skills, music-making and composition, and as always, connecting and empowering young people in ways that matter more than ever in today’s world.”
Trish Dryden, President and Board Chair, Sounds of the Next Generation

Les AMIS is excited and looking forward to expanding its audience base by presenting the professional chamber music performances beyond the confines of its concert venue. The recording and video equipment, which the Ontario Government, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Mr. Piccini are generously supporting, will enable Les AMIS to share its musical artistry with countless music lovers, who will be able to join us from the comfort of their living rooms. While this is particularly important at this critical moment for performing artists, reaching out to a worldwide audience through online platforms will be increasingly invaluable and advantageous in the future.”
Michael Pepa, Founding Artistic Director of Les AMIS Concerts

“For over 80 years, Brimacombe ski area has offered skiing and snowboarding to countless families from Southern Ontario and beyond. We’ve faced many unique challenges over the years, but nothing like those created by COVID-19. The pandemic has changed almost everything about how we operate day-to-day, requiring large upfront financial investments while restricting daily revenues in two seasons. This significant financial support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation will make possible several specific projects that support Brimacombe’s future that would otherwise not be possible at this time. These investments will allow us to become more adaptable not only in upcoming winter seasons, but also in the development of our summer programming, all while supporting our commitment to safety. We greatly appreciate this opportunity to look beyond the pandemic to the recovery and rebuilding phase and look forward to continuing to be a fixture in the community for years to come, thanks in part to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Government and Mr. Piccini.”

Mark Rutherford, General Manager, Oshawa Ski Club o/a Brimacombe


  • OTF awarded $115 million to 645 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.

  • 486 projects, valued at nearly $41 million, are funded in the Resilient Communities Fund’s first round of funding.


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

  • The OTF will also administer a new, time-limited $100-million Community Building Fund in 2020-21 and 2021-22 to support community tourism, cultural, sport and recreation organizations which are experiencing significant financial pressures due to the pandemic.



Paige Wiggans, Executive Assistant
Office of MPP David Piccini
[email protected]