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Groups share in nearly $2M


Four area organizations and projects will share in nearly $2 million in government grants doled out through the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). The groups were among 33 awarded in Durham, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes and Pine Ridge regions, totaling some $1.886 million, according to a release. The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Ontario government which provides financial assistance to non-for-profit and charitable organizations. The Kawartha Lakes-Haliburton Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee, which operates under the umbrella of the Victoria County Women's Resources Centre and is made up of 43 local agencies, will receive some $73,700 over two years to hire a coordinator and for strategic planning consulting services. "The funds will be used to continue to create a more streamlined service," said Lori Watson, executive director of Victoria Country Women's Resource Centre. Vicki Wallis, coordinator of the Kawartha Lakes-Haliburton Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee said that this funding is extremely important to them. "In the past, the DVCC wasn't annually funded, we do now have annualized funding for two days a week," said Wallis. "The Trillium Foundation grant will help us cover the other three days of the week, as well as take on special projects and move forward with finding out what services the community needs." Also announced Tuesday among those getting cash injections was the John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton, which was given $46,000 to hire a new project coordinator. This new position will enable the society to conduct an organization review and strategic planning process, which officials said will then increase its capacity to provide services to the community. Executive director Laura Maw stated that the funding will help them move forward. Continued After Advertisement Below Advertisement "We've had a lot of changes," said Maw. "This will help us to focus on our role in the community." Maw said the John Howard Society is actively looking for candidates for a project coordinator and advisory committee members, and any one interested can contact her at 328-0472 ext. 26 The Kawartha Lakes Green Trails Alliance received $75,000 to upgrade the tread surface of the Trans-Canada Trail in the City of Kawartha Lakes, which will improve its use and create opportunities for recreational activities for residents and visitors. Also receiving a grant was the Oakwood Lions Clubs for their Little Britain field project. The $30,000 will be used to build a track around the new soccer field in Little Britain, with the intention to help increase physical activity and safety in the village. For more information about the Ontario Trillium Foundation and its programs, please visit

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