MAJOR GRANTS IN PROGRESS
Since January 1, 2004, the major funding focus for the Foundation has been the family and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future.
Concerned about gerontology and care for the elderly, the Foundation entered into a five-year agreement in 2004 with the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care and the Baycrest Foundation to jointly fund the establishment of a mood and related disorders clinic. The clinic to which the Foundation committed $1 million has become the model for innovation in care, research and education efforts in the understanding and treatment of mood disorders in the elderly.
At the same time, Etobicoke Services for Seniors was awarded a five-year, $200,000 grant by the Foundation to enable it to expand and enhance the community transportation services provided to senior citizens in Etobicoke.
The Foundation’s participation in these projects has now been completed. Work is currently underway to identify the next gerontology project(s) for investment.
Post-secondary School Scholarships
In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Wood, the Foundation established an innovative post-secondary school scholarship program in 2004 as a way of investing in Canada’s future. Entitled the Geoffrey and Edith Wood Memorial Scholarship program, the Foundation committed to provide $100,000 in scholarship funding each year to ten inner city/inner suburban Toronto high schools for a minimum of five years. The scholarships are awarded to graduates pursuing post-secondary education at a university, a community college or in an apprenticeship program. The recipients are selected by their teachers.
In 2009, the scholarship program was renewed for a further three years for students graduating from four of the original schools and six new schools.
Economic Self-Sufficiency for Single Mothers
In August, 2005, the Foundation joined with the Ontario Trillium Foundation to fund a five-year project called Women Moving Forward. The goal of the project is to provide an integrated and comprehensive program for low-income single and unemployed mothers between the ages of 20 and 29 that will lead to economic self-sufficiency. The project is being led by the Jane/Finch Community and Family Centre in collaboration with a number of community partners including Seneca College and York University. The Foundation and Trillium have committed $936,000 and $300,000 respectively to the project.
The Foundation and Trillium’s funding has been completed. However, the Foundation continues to provide modest interim financing while the program seeks a new funder.
The Children and Youth of North Etobicoke
In 2006, the Foundation completed the development and implementation of a three-pronged initiative to benefit the children and youth of North Etobicoke.
In partnership with Arts Etobicoke, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Toronto Arts Council and other funders, the Foundation committed $75,000 over three years to an arts project entitled “urbanNoise”. The project is to develop and produce a three-year training and performance festival for youth at risk in the Jamestown area. The second element in the initiative is the establishment and commitment for five years to fund homework clubs for students in grades 5 to 8 at two junior middle schools in North Etobicoke - The Elms JMS and Greenholme JMS. In addition to homework support, each program will provide a nutritious snack, a recreation opportunity and practical life skills programming. The total program cost is $800,000. Finally, the Foundation made a four-year $200,000 commitment to a North Etobicoke pilot project with the United Way and an anonymous donor. The Bridge to Success program at North Albion Collegiate Institute is designed with community partners to create a culture of student success within the school by providing academic supports, mentorship and incentives for students to complete high school and make the transition to post-secondary education and/or employment training.
All of these initiatives will have matured by June 2011 by which time a new opportunity for investment will have been identified.