Ontario is supporting 204 new and innovative projects that will respond to local needs and help build stronger communities across the province. In Kitchener, the province is supporting the following organizations and projects through the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Seed Investment Stream:
• YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo
Grant: $74,800 over 11 months. Skills training workshops in E-commerce that build self-employment knowledge and skills among low-income women will be offered. Enhancing people’s economic well-being, this initiative will help individuals develop the skills and knowledge to achieve greater financial independence, and will impact the lives of 135 people in the community.
• Kitchener-Waterloo Counselling Services
Grant: $74,800 over 11 months. Virtual counselling and consultations will be offered to increase the agency’s capacity. Supporting the positive development of children and youth, this initiative is helping young people who are facing barriers develop strong emotional and social skills, and will impact the lives of 25 people in the community.
• Sexual Health Options, Resources & Education - SHORE Centre
Grant: $33,600 over 12 months. Sexual health education for young adults with developmental disabilities will be offered. Supporting the positive development of children and youth who are facing challenges, this program will have an impact on the lives of 450 people in the community.
• Radio Waterloo Inc. CKMS
Grant: $20,000 over 12 months. Community members will be trained to create radio programs for broadcast over the community airwaves. Enriching people’s lives through arts, culture and heritage, this initiative is helping people engage in community-based arts creation, and will impact the lives of 10,000 people in the community.
Projects are part of the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Seed Investment Stream, which helps communities meet local needs through ideas and projects and approaches, such as helping people find work, helping newcomers settle in a community or helping volunteer organizations boost their membership.