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Ontario Supporting 25 Local Projects Through Safer and Vital Communities Grants

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Ontario Supporting 25 Local Projects Through Safer and Vital Communities Grants

Ministry of the Solicitor General

The Safer and Vital Communities Grant was launched in 2004 to help communities reduce crime and enhance community safety and well-being.

It is open to community-based, not-for-profit organizations as well as First Nations chiefs and Band Councils with the support of local police and organizations from other sectors.

Over the next two years, the Safer and Vital Communities Grant is providing $1.7 million to support 25 projects throughout the province.

The theme for the grant is: "Creating a Safer Ontario through Community Collaboration".

Projects approved for funding over the next two years are:

Canadian Mental Health Association - Waterloo Wellington Dufferin
Gatekeeper Project
An education/awareness campaign that focuses on community service personnel who have regular contact with vulnerable elderly adults and/or those at risk of elder abuse or neglect.

Community Microskills Development Centre - Etobicoke
North Stars Anti-Violence Program
In partnership with Toronto Police Service (23 Division), Black Cap, Toronto West Justice Services and the Rotary Club of Etobicoke, this project will serve 100 youth from North Etobicoke, who are either first time juvenile offenders or at-risk of becoming involved in criminal activities. Youth will be empowered to become productive and engaged members of their community and society.

Curve Lake First Nation
Collaborative Public Safety Partnerships
This project will provide training for organizers from project partners on non-violent crisis intervention, mental health first aid, substance abuse and domestic and elder abuse.

East Metro Youth Services (EMYS) - Toronto
Sexual Wellness Education & Empowerment Team (SWEET)
SWEET is an initiative that brings together the experience of young women who have survived sex trafficking with the specialized knowledge, strong community presence and rich resource-base of EMYS. Training will be provided to create awareness, prevent human trafficking and ensure victims access wrap-around supports.

Elizabeth Fry Society Southern Ontario Region
Holistic Empowerment and Reintegration (HER)
HER is designed to help incarcerated women who will be released in Hamilton and the surrounding area, better reintegrate into society. The program is focused on prevention to address risk factors which lead to re-offending and unsuccessful reintegration.

Fostering, Empowering, Advocating, Together for Children of Incarcerated Parents - North York-Jane Finch Community
Building Brighter Futures - Healthy Moms, Healthy Kids Mentorship Project
This project will support children and mothers affected by familial incarceration, particularly those with fathers serving a sentence within Ontario. The project will provide vital support to the entire family unit and capitalize on individual and family strengths to optimize psychological, social and educational outcomes.

Heritage Skills Development Centre - Scarborough
Community Mobilization for a Safer Scarborough (CMSS)
CMSS aims to mobilize members of the Scarborough community into developing effective strategies to reduce crime, while creating a safer and more vibrant neighborhood. It will support marginalized, low-income youth between the ages of 16-21 who are at-risk of or have previously come into conflict with the law.

Kenora-Rainy River Districts Child and Family Services
Multi-lingual Website for Sexual Assault Education
This project will create a professionally designed website to serve as a one-stop location for information relating to sexual violence. It will contain information on specific programs, their coverage area and their clientele, and will allow affected persons to access this information anonymously.

London Family Court Clinic
Indigenous Youth Assessment Framework
This project involves strengthening of community partnerships, developing a culturally-appropriate assessment framework for Indigenous youth involved in the justice system, and piloting and deploying an evaluation tool.

M'Chigeeng First Nation
M'Chigeeng Youth Initiative
This initiative will deliver activities and programs designed to benefit youth aged nine to 14, by building positive self-identity, fostering positive relationships with police and reducing high-risk and criminal behaviours.

Mission Services of Hamilton
In-and-Out Program
This project aims to decrease reoffending and increase community safety by providing comprehensive discharge planning and community follow-up to offenders released from Hamilton Wentworth Detention Centre.

Multicultural Association of Northwest Ontario
After the Inquest: Collaborating to Enhance the Safety of Aboriginal Youths in Thunder Bay
This project aims to mobilize the community to address safety issues identified by Indigenous students who leave small isolated reserves to attend school in large urban centres.

North Hastings Children's Services
North Hastings Family Supports Team
This project will create and support a coalition of 15-20 agencies and municipal governments. It will focus on seven key areas to improve community safety and well-being: service coordination, social navigation, advocacy, public information and education, database coordination/technical assistance and fundraising.

Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO)
Peer Support for Refugee Youth
OCISO will develop and implement a new, age-appropriate peer support model for recently arrived refugee youth.

Partners in Process Equine Learning Centre (Grey/Bruce: Owen Sound, Chatsworth, Meaford, Markdale, Wiarton, First Nations Reserves)
Stable Solutions
Stable Solutions is an evidence-based diversionary project that responds to the growing issue of alcohol and drug use among youth as contributing factors to delinquent behaviours within the community. The project offers an alternative resource for at-risk youth who do not respond well to traditional clinical counselling and intervention strategies.

Peel Family Education Centre - Milton
Discovering Me!
Discovering Me! is designed to provide services to women housed in the Vanier Centre for Women. Peel Family Education Centre partners with Peel Regional Police, Catholic Family Services Peel Dufferin and the Region of Peel to provide an information program and aftercare support to ensure these women have appropriate services available to them upon release.

Pinecrest Queensway Community Health Centre (PQCHC) - Ottawa
West End Wrap (WOW)
This project aims to prevent crime and victimization and increase community safety and well-being in seven social housing neighbourhoods within the PQCHC catchment area. This will be achieved by strengthening the capacity of local service providers to deliver collaborative and integrated services.

Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre - Toronto
RPTV Soundboard
The project will stimulate community collaborations and engage 200 volunteers in contributing to local, accessible media broadcasting that supports community development and service priorities. The resources will air on Canada's first closed-circuit neighbourhood digital television channel.

St. Leonard's Community Services Inc. - Brant County
Brant County Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRRT)
This project will develop a police/mental health collaborative response model with a dedicated team of mental health specialists partnered with policing personnel who respond to persons in crisis triaged through the 911 dispatch.

The Hub for Beyond 21 Foundation - Cornwall
Community Based Safeguarding for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
This project will address the risk factor of interpersonal violence for adults in the community who have a developmental disability by building personal resilience and skills in targeted areas. These include violence prevention, injury prevention, emergency preparedness and bullying/abuse prevention.

The Journey Neighbourhood Centre - Brampton
Orenda Court Outreach Project
The project will engage families in activities to enhance education, health, safety, parenting and volunteerism. It will also create new opportunities for social service agencies, police and municipal services to collaborate in the delivery of programs and family support services to Orenda Court residents.

Victim Services of Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry and Akwesasne
Caring Paws - Canine Assisted Intervention Facility Dog Program
Caring Paws, a Canine Assisted Intervention Facility Dog Program will be delivered in partnership with Cornwall Community Police Service, OPP and Akwesasne Mohawk Police, Children's Aid Society of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry and Koala Place (Child and Youth Advocacy Centre) to provide emotional support to children, youth and families during difficult disclosures of abuse.

Victim Services Wellington
Human Trafficking Support Worker
A human trafficking support worker will work with the Guelph Police Service and OPP Wellington to provide crisis support for victims of human trafficking, including comprehensive case management and assistance in navigating the agencies/systems in place to support them.

West Scarborough Neighbourhood Community Centre
West Scarborough Neighbourhood Community Centre - Support and Knowledge for Young Women (SKY) project
The objective of this project is to enhance awareness around sexual violence and provide support in healing. This project will build on youth's current knowledge of sexual violence including negotiating consent and healthy relationships and provide a safe space for disclosure and counselling. There will be a focus on marginalized communities, specifically young women of colour and LGBTQ communities.

Youth Now On Track Services (Toronto, Downsview and Weston area)
Empower Children for Greater Tomorrow (ECGT)
ECGT will involve a collaborative effort among parents, community leaders, schools and the police. The focus will be on young people 10 to 14 years old with low self-esteem, behaviour issues, poor learning and coping skills, peer pressure stress and anger management issues. ECGT will implement outreach, strategy sessions, business and academic mentoring, workshops, role play, homework help and individual one-on-one counseling activities.

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