Community Grants

Giving back to our communities

Community Grants (formerly Project Service To Others or PSTO) are designed to encourage all RTOERO Districts to support and partner with local organizations to promote projects that will help our organization to meet our strategic goals of improving the lives of members and seniors; being the trusted voice for the broader education communities; and broadening our membership base. Since the inception of this grant 24 years ago, we’ve donated $1.95 million for 598 projects.

This year RTOERO Districts are eligible to receive grants of up to $4,000 for community projects that advance these strategic goals. Districts interested will serve as the project sponsor and will submit the application for a Community Grant either in partnership with a community organization or on behalf of the district.

How to apply

Applications are to be completed online using the apply button found below. Progress can be saved and the application returned to at a later date if desired.

Please refer to the following supporting documents when preparing your application:

In order to facilitate collaboration with your district executive or community partner, we encourage districts to begin developing their application on the following word document, which lists all application questions. As a final step you can copy and paste your answers from your word document into our online application.

Applications are due by June 2, 2023. For more information contact [email protected].

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2022 Project

District Project Amount
Algoma Get Moving $4,000.00
Cochrane & Temiskaming Funding to increase the Montesssori based cognitive learning materials already in use at Golden Manor Home for the Aged. $3,901.00
London Middlesex Dorchester Accessible "Dream" Park $4,000.00
Bruce Grey & Dufferin Owen Sound Hunger and Relief Effort - OSHaRE - Christmas Dinner $4,000.00
Hamilton-Wentworth & Haldimand Cycling without Age Hamilton & Burlington (CWA) $4,000.00
Niagara Clarice West-Hobbs Contemplative Garden $4,000.00
Simcoe County Friendship Dinners $4,000.00
Hastings & Prince Edward Benches for Seniors along the East Zwick’s Park Walking Trail in Belleville ON $3,710.00
Renfrew Chasing a Healthy Ottawa River Watershed $4,000.00
Etobicoke and York Music Therapy for Developmentally Delayed Seniors $4,000.00
North York Supporting One Voice: Responding to Domestic Violence in Our Community $4,000.00
Stormont Dundas Glengarry Just For Seniors: LOL-Laugh Out Loud $4,000.00
Ottawa - Carleton Canadian Martyrs Parish - Centre 507 Sandwich Club $4,000.00
Northumberland YMCA Northumberland Empowerment Series $4,000.00
Wellington Connecting Kids to Nature $4,000.00
Prescott - Russell Drum Circles for Seniors $3,860.00
Dryden Dryden Public Library - Large Print Book Collection and Lending Library $4,000.00
Peterborough Can You Hear Me Now? Enriching the listening experience for all at the Showplace Performance Centre. $4,000.00
Brant Brantford-Brant Men’s Shed Community Research Summit $4,000.00
EstaRiO Pet therapy sports workshops music therapy and outings $4,000.00
Vancouver Island RTOERO District 47 "Connecting with the Homeless" $4,000.00
Leeds and Grenville The Farm at Glen Elbe Connect with Nature Program $4,000.00

2021 Project

District Project Amount
Sudbury & Manitoulin Keeping Seniors Warm $2,400.00
Cochrane & Temiskaming South Centennial Manor: Promote Enjoyment and Engagement in a meaningful outdoor activity for seniors with Alzheimers or cognitive impairments. $2,500.00
Parry Sound The Children's Garden at Tower Hill $2,500.00
London Middlesex Childcan's Early Literacy Project $2,500.00
Huron-Perth Let's Play Together $2,500.00
Bruce Grey & Dufferin Bruce Grey Seniors' Centre Without Walls $2,500.00
Waterloo Region Delivering the Goods $2,500.00
Norfolk Commercial Cooler/Freezer for Riversyde 83 Community Kitchen $2,500.00
Hamilton-Wentworth & Haldimand Art Therapy $2,500.00
Niagara Port Cares Reach Out Centre $2,500.00
Halton LM Montgomery in Norval $2,500.00
Simcoe County Seniors' DIY Crafting Program - Bradford $2,500.00
Hastings & Prince Edward Dementia Friendly Communities HPE $2,500.00
Renfrew Arnprior Regional Health Foundation - Construction of Memory Boxes $2,500.00
North York Respecting Urban Wildlife Challenges and Environmental Stewardship $2,500.00
Stormont Dundas Glengarry New Long Term Care Home Fundraiser $2,500.00
Kenora The Borrowing Cupboard $2,500.00
Region of Durham Looking for "Signs of Nature" - A project to bring interpretive signs to the Nonquon Provincial Wildlife Area $2,500.00
Lanark Connect Protect Program $2,500.00
Northumberland Cornerstone’s COVID-19 Recovery $2,485.00
Wellington Food & Friends $2,500.00
Chatham - Kent Imagine McGregor : A Watershed Tree Planting Project $2,500.00
York Region Power Wheelchair $2,500.00
Dryden Dryden Seniors Activity Centre - The Go Getters:) $2,500.00
Oxford Oxford Thames River Trail East End Wetlands Viewing Platform $2,500.00
Lambton LEO Christmas Gift Campaign to Isolated Seniors in Jeopardy $2,500.00
Brant Buzz Me Bears $2,500.00
Nipissing Assessing the impact of companion robots on social inclusion and participation of older adults: A Northern Ontario pilot (two districts combined project) $2,500.00
Region du ciel bleu Assessing the impact of companion robots on social inclusion and participation of older adults: A Northern Ontario pilot $2,500.00
Muskoka Promoting awareness of and participation in the Community Carbon Challenge $2,500.00
Vancouver Island CanAssist CanConnect $2,500.00
Leeds and Grenville Brockville Cardiac Rehabilitation Program $2,500.00

2020 Project

District Project Amount
Algoma Audio books and large print for seniors at the Ontario Finnish Rest Home $4,000.00
Cochrane & Temiskaming Villa Minto Long Term Care: Promote engagement in meaningful activities for seniors with Alzheimer’s or cognitive impairment $4,000.00
Parry Sound Community Oven Project $4,000.00
Windsor Essex Survive the Cold - Sleep Warm $4,000.00
Huron-Perth Camp Klahanie- (Youth Camp) $2,000.00
Bruce Grey & Dufferin 72 Hour Family Emergency Kit $4,000.00
Norfolk Quilts for Those in Need $4,000.00
Hamilton-Wentworth & Haldimand Good Shepherd’s Jeanne Scott Parent & Child Resource Centre $2,000.00
Halton Burlington Able Sail - Volunteering in the Summer Program $4,000.00
Simcoe County Days for Girls Barrie $4,000.00
Haliburton Kawartha Lakes Combat Climate Crisis Poster Contest $2,000.00
North York Stronger Minds Make for Stronger Kids $4,000.00
Kenora N.O.W. (Nutrition on Weekends) $4,000.00
Ottawa - Carleton Kids Today! | Les Enfants d’aujourd’hui $4,000.00
Wellington COVID-19 Survival Lifebags $4,000.00
Prescott - Russell Courtepointes Victoria's Quilts $4,000.00
Dryden Cycling Without Age: Ami Trishaw Bike for Seniors $4,000.00
Nipissing Reducing Barriers to Education in Cameroon Africa $1,500.00
Vancouver Island Makeover of Intake Transition Room $4,000.00
Leeds and Grenville Days for Girls - Hybrid Kits $4,000.00