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Build Stronger

Boosting Non-Profit Programming and Services in Kitchener-Waterloo

Province Supporting four organizations in Kitchener-Waterloo to Build Stronger Communities

Ontario is helping four non-profit organizations in Kitchener-Waterloo expand and improve their programs and services and build stronger communities across the province.

Daiene Vernile, MPP for Kitchener Centre, announcedlast Thursday that the following organizations are receiving support through the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Grow and Collective Impact grants:

• Community Justice Initiatives of Waterloo Region has received a $464,600 grant to provide specialized support for previously incarcerated men. Building inclusive and engaged communities together, this initiative is helping people who are isolated have connections in their community, and has an impact on the lives of 180 people in the community.

• Kitchener-Waterloo Counselling Services has received a $635,600 grant to grow the OK2BME program by hiring staff and expending the program. Building inclusive and engaged communities together, this initiative is helping people who are isolated have connections in their community, and has an impact on the lives of 400 people in the community.

• Sustainable Waterloo Region has received a $750,000 grant to launch an Innovation Hub to train and empower entrepreneurs. Enhancing people’s economic wellbeing, this initiative is helping people become entrepreneurs, and has an impact on the lives of 105 people in the community.

• Sanguen Health Centre has received a $154,900 grant to expand a Mobile Outreach Van Program to the Guelph-Wellington area. Enhancing people’s economic wellbeing, this initiative is helping people who are economically vulnerable be able to meet their basic needs, and has an impact on the lives of 1,000 people in the community.

These organizations will be funded through two Ontario Trillium Foundation streams: Grow grants, which help organizations expand an existing, proven not-for-profit project, and Collective Impact grants, which help organizations work together to tackle complex issues in their own community.

Supporting strong, healthy communities is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.



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