The Ontario government is giving more than $2 million to 16 Southwestern Ontario non-profits, including 10 in the London area, to support key programs and services in the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials say.
Area MPPs Monte McNaughton (Lambton–Kent–Middlesex) and Rob Flack (Elgin–Middlesex–London) are expected to announce the funding from Ontario Trillium Foundation’s resilient communities fund Wednesday. It will be used for things such as upgrades, hiring and training new staff, and introducing new programming and services.
“Not-for-profit organizations really build the fabric of all of our communities and bring families and seniors and community together, so it's vital that we ensure that these non-profits can succeed,” said McNaughton, who is also labour minister.
The funding is part of $95.8 million in support for more than 1,100 non-profits across Ontario.
“We've invested heavily in non-profit organizations throughout the pandemic and coming out of the pandemic,” McNaughton said.
The largest single grant, $200,000, will go to Growing Chefs!, a London-based charity that teaches children and families about food and cooking. The money will be used to boost staff capacity and buy equipment needed to meet demand for its programs.
Calvi Leon, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, London Free Press