Simcoe County –

Several organizations across Simcoe County are receiving funding to help offset the financial impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

Announced Wednesday, 13 local organizations will share more than $1.2 million from the Ontario government.

The funding is provided through the Resilient Communities Fund.

“Non-profit organizations are a crucial and valued part of any community, especially in Barrie,” said Doug Downey, Barrie – Springwater – Oro-Medonte MPP.

“Countless people rely on their services every day, and even facing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, they still deliver.

“This funding will help them offset those impacts and continue supporting those who need it most.”

The 13 organizations receiving funds are listed below:

  • Alzheimer’s Society of Simcoe County – $148,100
  • Barrie Native Advisory Circle – $150,000
  • Community Builders -$94,700
  • The Elizabeth Fry Society – $62,100
  • The Gilbert Center – $65,700
  • Simcoe Hospice – $111,800
  • The MacLaren Arts Center – $150,000
  • Rainbows for All Children – $61,100
  • Redwood Park Communities – $118,300
  • Seasons Center for Grieving Children – $35,400
  • Simcoe Contemporary Dancers – $33,000
  • Sweet Charity – $48,500
  • Talk is Free Theater – $143,700

“It’s been a priority for us to fund successful programs like the Resilient Communities Fund, which helps non-profits adapt and grow – ensuring they can continue providing the best service possible to the people of Barrie and make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and families,” said Lisa MacLeod, heritage, sport, tourism and culture industries minister.

The provincial government is committing $95.8 million to the Resilient Communities Fund this year to help 1,146 non-profit organizations in Ontario.

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