Ontario Providing Capital Funding to Non-Profit Organizationsin Durham Region

NEWS January 24, 2024

WHITBY ― Today, the Honourable Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism Culture and
Sport announced that the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is providing five
non-profit organizations in Whitby with $475,400 in funding through the Ontario Trillium
Foundation’s (OTF) Capital grant stream. This funding will help to ensure that Whitby
residents will have safe and ready access to critical programming, activities and spaces.
The following organizations will receive OTF Capital grants:

• WindReach Farm – $128,500
• Conseil des organismes francophones de la région de Durham – $78,500
• Sunrise Developmental Support Services – $150,000
• County Town Singers – $10,500
• Whitby Curling Club – $107,900

“Our government believes organizations like Windreach Farm, the Whitby Curling Club
Country Town Singers, Conseil des organismes francophones de la région de Durham,
and Sunrise Developmental Support Services enrich the lives of people in Whitby and
play an important role in building a strong and prosperous economy in Ontario. That’s
why I am proud that they are receiving this support,” said Lorne Coe, MPP for Whitby
and Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier. “These organizations are pillars of our
community and this funding will enable them to better serve the people of Whitby and
continue to make a positive difference.”
Provincial funding that is received through the OTF’s Capital grant stream improves the
infrastructure that Ontarians need to thrive. Whether it’s purchasing equipment, building
a new space, or completing renovations, retrofits or repairs, these grants support
projects that are having a positive impact in the Region of Durham.
“Non-profit organizations across Ontario deliver programming that makes a difference –
helping people train for new careers, learn new things, or simply connect with those
around them,” said Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “That’s why
the capital grant support that my ministry is providing is so important. Our government
wants to ensure that these spaces remain the heart of communities across our

Capital grants improve access to programs and technology in community spaces,
making it easier for Ontarians to participate in community programs. Funded projects:
• Improve access to facilities, programs, activities and services
• Improve existing spaces and support new build projects
• Make programs and services better and more efficient
• Make better use of technology.

Please visit the OTF’s website for more information and a full list of Capital grant stream
“For over 40 years, the provincial government’s Ontario Trillium Foundation has been
focused on helping to build healthy and vibrant communities,” said Katharine Bambrick,
CEO of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. “We thank the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and
Sport for its continued support of our mission to invest in non-profit organizations and
small communities. Congratulations to each of the grant recipients whose capital
projects are being recognized today.”
“With the funding we’ve received from the provincial government’s Ontario Trillium
Foundation we are able to complete critical equipment replacements that will extend the
lifespan and effectiveness of our facility, allowing us to continue to offer curling
programs that promote physical and mental health, social participation and an overall
healthier well-being for the members of our community.”

  • Pamela McDermid, Whitby Curling Club President
    “The funding that Sunrise Developmental Support Services is receiving through the
    inistry of Tourism, Culture and Sport’s Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Capital Grant will be
    used to purchase three vehicles that are critically needed by our organization to support
    individuals with developmental disabilities living in the Durham Region. These vehicles
    will ensure equitable access to the community for the individuals we support and will
    result in an even more inclusive and welcoming Durham Region. Without this funding
    we would be unable to eliminate the barrier of accessing services that many individuals
    living with disabilities face.”
  • Amber McKinley, Program Supervisor, Sunrise Developmental Support Services
    ▪ The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and
    Sport. Its mandate is to build healthy and vibrant communities throughout Ontario by
    investing in community-based initiatives and strengthening the impact of the
    province’s non-profit sector. OTF programs support the arts, culture, heritage, sports
    and recreation, human and social services, and environment sectors across the
    ▪ Nearly $682 million has been invested in more than 5,900 projects since 2018,
    creating more than 7,300 full time jobs and generating nearly $981 million in
    economic benefits for communities across Ontario.

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