Grant of $75,000 will help fund life skills programming for children and youth

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NIAGARA FALLS — The Niagara Falls Community Health Centre (NFCHC) will be able to help sow the seeds for better lives of children and youth in the community thanks to a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The $75,000 seed grant from the foundation will help kick-start the development of NFCHC life skills programming for children and youth, which will be offered at no cost to their families.

“Our community health centre is uniquely positioned to serve children and youth who are struggling. We are delighted to receive this OTF funding to enhance service to this important population,” said NHCHC board chair Carol Stewart-Kirkby.

Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates called the grant “wonderful news” for the centre.

“Providing life skills programming to youth will be another one of the tremendous services that NFCHC can provide to the members of our community,” Gates said. “I know the staff down there, I hear about the great work they do all the time in the community. I’m really pleased that they will have the ability to expand their services with this grant. The issues residents bring into my constituency office tell me that there is great need for their services, and they always step up to the plate.”

Over the next year, the funding will directly impact the lives of 1,000 people in the community by supporting the positive development of children and youth facing barriers. The grant will be used to help with staffing and purchasing new supplies and materials for the program. The project aims to expand on program and outreach services currently being delivered through the Niagara Falls Community Health Centre to reach children and youth.

Current NFCHC offerings include cooking programs, anger management programs, prenatal programs for teens, March break and summer camps, outreach workers for youth, and programming in schools. All programs are available to the community at no cost to recipients, although registration may be required. For information on any of the programs, or to register, contact Nicole at the Niagara Falls Community Health Centre at 905-356-4222, ext. 292 or email

With a budget of more than $136 million, the foundation awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. For more information, please visit



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Niagara Falls Community Health Centre is pleased to be the recipient of an Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) grant in the amount of $150,000 over 11 months to deliver improved infrastructure through installation of an elevator that will increase accessibility for community members. Fostering more active lifestyles, this initiative is helping infrastructure be accessible and available for physical activity, and has an impact on the lives of 5,000 people in the community.

The leading grantmaking foundation in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investment in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities. 


Niagara Falls Review - January 15, 2016


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