Funding for Famous People Players and Haven on the Queensway

Published on April 21, 2021

TORONTO ― Today, MPP Christine Hogarth announced on behalf of the Ontario government that two highly regarded Etobicoke-Lakeshore organizations will receive a combined amount of over $158,000 to rebuild and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant has been provided through the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s $83-million Resilient Communities Fund.

“Our non-profit organizations are crucially important, valued sustaining resources,” said MPP Hogarth. “Members of our community have relied upon their services for years, and even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, they still continue to deliver here in Etobicoke-Lakeshore.”

Famous People Players, with a $69,300 Resilient Communities Fund grant over 12 months, will rebuild and recover from impacts of COVID-19 by developing revenue-generating workshops and promotional videos, launching direct mail fundraising, obtaining grant writing and social media support, and purchasing equipment.

“For 46 years, Famous People Players has been Canada’s goodwill ambassador to the world. We are deeply grateful to the Ontario government, the Trillium Foundation and most importantly, to our Member of Parliament Christine Hogarth, who works non-stop with love and compassion,” said Diane Dupuy, Founder and President.

Haven on the Queensway, with a $89,500 Resilient Communities Fund grant over 6 months, will rebuild and recover from impacts of COVID-19 by hiring a part-time staff, engaging with various experts in the sector of marketing and fundraising, purchasing PPEs, food packaging machine as well as covering costs for employment-related expenses.

“The Haven’s Ontario Trillium Fund grant is multi-faceted, moving the Haven to the next level with the backing of expert consultants, marketing, safety training, education, and a few food packing machines added for good measure,” said Heather Fullerton, Director of Development for Haven on the Queensway.  “The grant’s extensive impact will positively affect Haven programming for years to come and we thank Christine Hogarth, our biggest cheerleader, for her hands-on support and her inspiring ‘YOU CAN DO THIS’ attitude. Onward!”

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.

OTF will continue to offer the Resilient Communities Fund in 2021-22 to help more eligible non-profit organizations that have been impacted by COVID-19. Application details will follow soon. For more information on the OTF’s Resilient Communities Fund, including a full list of grant recipients, please visit the OTF website.


  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $ 94.3 million to 1,238 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.
  • In 2020/2021, OTF redirected provincial funding previously allocated for the 2020 Grow and Capital grant streams into the $83-million Resilient Communities Fund.
  • The Resilient Communities Fund has supported 1,045 projects across Ontario since it was announced in August 2020.
  • Ontario is extending the nomination deadlines for the Volunteer Service Awards, the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism, and the Order of Ontario. Please visit ca/page/honours-and-awards-volunteering and for more information.



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