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One Million Plus From Ontario Trillium Foundation

August 25, 2005 –Sports and recreation organizations will benefit from seven Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) province-wide grants totalling $1,088,400. This funding was announced today by Ontario’s Minister of Culture, Madeleine Meilleur.

“These OTF grants help to build a healthier and more physically active Ontario by strengthening the capacity of key charitable and not-for-profit organizations,” said Minister Meilleur. “These regional and provincial organizations build Ontario’s sports and recreation sector for the benefit of all communities. They provide leadership and resources, fund research and increase the involvement of Ontarians of all ages and abilities.”

Creative and Natural Outdoor Experience Inc. (C.A.N.O.E.) will receive $288,900 over three years to enhance wilderness canoe trip programs for 360 at-risk youth from across Ontario. OTF funding will also help strengthen the organization’s capacity by enhancing its public profile and financial sustainability. The Ontario Soccer Association will be awarded $184,400 over 18 months to engage district associations and stakeholders in a province-wide consultation. It will establish a strategic direction and long-term plan for soccer in Ontario, improving the sport experience and the efficiency of the organization.

“OTF sports and recreation grants encourage an active lifestyle for all community members,” said Ingrid Perry Peacock, Grant Review Committee Chair. “OTF’s support helps to improve the quality of life in our communities today and shape tomorrow’s fitness-conscious citizens.”

These grants are part of 31 OTF Province-Wide grants valued at $5.9 million announced today by Minister Meilleur in the arts and culture, environment, human and social services and sports and recreation sectors.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation delivers two granting programs, the Community program and the Province-Wide program. The latter provides grants to large and umbrella organizations for proposals that have an impact on a significant portion of the province.

Both programs help build healthy and vibrant communities throughout Ontario by strengthening the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. Priority is given to organizations that work to help Ontarians achieve their potential by: enhancing success for students and learners; promoting healthier and more physically active Ontarians; enhancing employment and economic potential for workers and their families; and fostering more effective volunteers and more people engaged in their communities.

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