Grace Inn Shelter to benefit from pair of Ontario Trillium Foundation grants

BELLEVILLE Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, joined officials at the Grace Inn Shelter to announce it has been successful in receiving $227,100 through two Ontario Trillium Foundation grant streams in 2023-2024.

A $173,800 allocation from the Resilient Communities Fund will support the hiring of a volunteer and outreach co-ordinator over a two-year period to recruit, train, and support volunteers as the shelter recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.  The new hire will also implement a youth homelessness prevention program.

Meanwhile, a $53,300 Community Investments – Capital stream grant has supported roof replacement and new insulation and eavestrough installation at Shiloh House, Grace Inn’s six-bed transitional housing home. The work will produce greater energy efficiency and improve comfort for residents.

“The Grace Inn Shelter provides dignified compassionate service to vulnerable members of our community in need of emergency shelter and longer-term solutions,” said Smith. “With our government’s support through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, they will be able to ensure they have the human resources and facilities necessary to maximize the impact of this important work.”

Rob Crisp, the Executive Director of Grace Inn Shelter, welcomed the grant funding.

“We are so grateful for the support we have received from the folks at the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Not only will these funds help us with our physical structure, but they will allow us to continue to build our volunteer program and outreach plans into our community,” said Crisp.

Since 1982, the Ontario Trillium Foundation has invested more than $2.6 billion in Ontario communities through over 28,000 grants.  Each year, grant proposals are evaluated by regional volunteer Grant Review Teams, who refer them to the OTF’s board of directors for approvals.