How the Ontario Trillium Foundation helps ALUS make a difference on the ground
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) has been a generous ALUS supporter for years.
In 2012, OTF provided more than $400,000 to assist ALUS in establishing three pilot communities in Ontario: ALUS Elgin, Grey Bruce and Ontario East. And OTF has supported ALUS Canada directly and through Ontario Nature via three grants since August 2015.
From 2015 to 2018, a grant of nearly $700,000 helped ALUS Canada establish four new communities in Ontario (ALUS Lambton, Peterborough, Middlesex and Chatham-Kent, and transform the three pilot communities into permanent ALUS programs. Read more: https://alus.ca/alus_news_and_events/ontario-trillium-foundation-invests-in-alus/
“I am pleased that Ontario Trillium Foundation has chosen to support this very important project,” said MPP Monte McNaughton at the announcement event. “The planning and management partnership of Ontario Nature and ALUS Canada will make possible the success of this project, part of a broader design to restore and safeguard Ontario’s native ecosystems.”
In 2016, OTF also provided more than $300,000 to ALUS Norfolk.
And in 2019, OTF granted ALUS Canada $625,100 over three years to increase the number of individuals undertaking conservation and restoration projects in six ALUS communities in Ontario. Six ALUS communities are receiving funding to engage local farmers as ALUS Farmer Liaisons and PAC members, and to engage more farmers in conservation and restoration efforts.
In the first year of the current grant, for example, OTF funding helped 25 participating ALUS farmers establish projects on their farm, provided training and resources for 30 ALUS Farmer Liaisons and PAC members, and funded a new series of guidebooks for ALUS project maintenance and monitoring.
The “Success with ALUS Projects” series presents how to establish, maintain and monitor wetland, tree and shrub, grassland and erosion-control projects in ALUS Canada’s Eastern Hub. More information here: https://alus.ca/alus_news_and_events/otf-alus-project-monitoring-guidebooks/