Hands has earned a $150,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund. The successful grant was announced on April 20, 2022, at Hands’ Oak Street site by Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing.
Fedeli announced funding for 11 local organizations with $921,300 to help them offset the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic so they can deliver the best service possible for the people of Nipissing and create a stronger Ontario.
“On behalf of Hands, thank you to the provincial government and the Ontario Trillium Foundation for this investment in our Agency as we help our province recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. At Hands, we take our role as an essential service provider very seriously, and the needs of our clients and families are at the core of everything we do,” said Andrea Roberts, CEO. “With this funding, Hands will ensure we are able to maintain in-person service that is effective and safe for our clients and employees, and we will strengthen and enhance our IT strategies to continue to provide highly effective virtual service for our clients.”
The Agency will utilize the funding to develop a comprehensive Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) program and to create an Information Technology Strategic Resilience and Disaster Recovery Plan.
The Resilient Communities Fund provides grants of up to $150,000 to eligible non-profit organizations to cover a broad and flexible range of needs, such as:
- Mental and physical health and wellbeing supports for staff or volunteers.
- Support to adapt or re-imagine program delivery and services to meet the needs of communities, employees and volunteers, incorporate new health and safety processes, or purchase new technology and personal protective equipment.
- Renovations and facility updates to meet the changing needs of the communities they serve.