In 2022, Moorelands Kids, a non-profit that has focused on bridging the gap for marginalized children and youth facing socio-economic barriers, learned that it was successful in its application for a $150,000 Resilient Communities Fund grant. The Government of Ontario program was delivered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, helping it rebuild and recover from the impacts of Covid by undertaking capacity building, strategic planning and community engagement activities to create frameworks for improved service delivery.
As a result of the grant, Moorelands Kids which has been in operation since 1912, has been able to equip board members and employees with supports to implement new approaches preparing for change in building resiliency as an organization. This grant has enabled the creation of a Youth Advisory Committee to work together with Moorelands Kids in order to meet the needs of communities served.
“In a post pandemic world, children living with financial barriers have also experienced heightened mental health challenges. We are so grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for empowering our dedicated staff to grow in advancing our mission to build opportunities for greater resiliency and success for children and youth.”Lynda Tilley, Executive Director, Moorelands Kids
Moorelands Kids continues to deliver experiential leadership programming for marginalized children and youth living in financial inequity from low-income neighbourhoods in Toronto. Our goal is to help them to grow in confidence and self-worth while developing leadership competencies and active healthy connections. Moorelands Kids knows that children and youth living with financial challenges face barriers that other kids don’t. To learn more, please check out our Annual Impact Report.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) mission is to build healthy and vibrant communities across Ontario. As an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations, last year, OTF invested nearly $209M into 2,042 community projects and partnerships, which included funding for the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund. Since 2020, OTF has supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Visit otf.ca to learn more.