November 20, 1998
To:Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee
Subject:Community Services Grants Program -
1998 Reallocation of Funds
The Municipal Grants Review Committee on November 20, 1998, recommended to the
Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee the adoption of the attached report (November 2,
1998) from theCommissioner of Community and Neighbourhood Services respecting the
Community Services Grants Program - 1998 reallocation of funds.
Item No. 2
(Report dated November 2, 1998, addressed to the
Municipal Grants Review Committee from the
Commissioner of Community and Neighbourhood Services)
This report recommends the reallocation of funding to three agencies under the 1998
Community Service Grants Program (C.S.G.P.).
Funding Sources, Financial Implications and Impact Statement:
Sufficient funds for the 1998 C.S.G.P. exist in the Community Services Grants Programs
component of the Corporate Grants appropriation.
It is recommended that:
(1)the reallocation of $20,000.00 under the 1998 C.S.G.P. to: Macaulay Child Development
Centre ($14,500.00); and Welcome Baby Support Program for Etobicoke ($5,500.00) be
(2)the allocation of $10,000.00 to the Woman Abuse Council of Toronto be approved; and
(3)the appropriate City officials be authorized and directed to take the necessary action to
give effect thereto.
On July 8, 9 and 10, 1998, City of Toronto Council approved the report, titled "Community
Services Grants - 1998 Allocations and Appeals" (Clause No. 9, Repot No. 10 of The
Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee). In this report, 1998 grant allocations were
approved for Common Ground Women's Centre ($15,000.00) and Toronto Children's
Breakfast Club ($15,000.00). Circumstances changed for both of these organizations whereby
they are no longer eligible for support through the Community Services Grants Program.
This report recommends that funds totalling $30,000.00 from the two aforementioned
organizations be reallocated to the following three organizations, Macaulay Child
Development Centre, Welcome Baby Support Program for Etobicoke and the Woman Abuse
Council of Toronto.
Comments and/or Discussion and/or Justification:
In the Community Service Grants Program, organizations are assessed annually to determine
operational and service effectiveness. At the time of the review, agencies are provided advice
and might receive conditions in order to improve their effectiveness. However, agencies
occasionally encounter organizational difficulties which may warrant tough decisions in order
to meet their financial and legal obligations or ensure their survival. Common Ground
Women's Centre and Welcome Baby Support Program of Etobicoke are two agencies funded
under the 1998 C.S.G.P. which found themselves experiencing serious financial problems this
Common Ground Women's Centre:
Common Ground Women's Centre has been funded by the municipal government for many
years, in addition to receiving core funding from the provincial government. Earlier this year,
the agency lost a provincial stabilization grant of approximately $45,000.00 for the 1998/99
fiscal year. The organization developed a fundraising strategy to minimize the loss of its
provincial grant. Municipal staff encouraged the agency to pursue appropriate restructuring
opportunities, given the insecurity of long-term funding from current sources. The
organization has withdrawn its application for 1998 municipal funding because it has closed
its doors for service. The Centre provided services to low income women and their children
and was located in the former City of York. The agency has requested that their Community
Services grant be reallocated to low-income women and children.
Toronto Children's Breakfast Club:
In the past, the Toronto Children's Breakfast Club has received funding through the former
area municipal community services program. In 1998, Toronto Public Health allocated
$1,310,500.00 to child nutrition programs across the new City of Toronto. This agency is now
eligible to access municipal support from the Public Health Division. The agency received a
1998 grant of $17,715.63 from Public Health for the 1998/99 school year.
Year End Allocation:
On occasion, approaching year-end, grant monies may remain unexpectedly if agencies cannot
meet their grant conditions and/or the monies are returned by funded agencies. These
unexpended grant dollars may be reallocated to agencies which meet the eligibility criteria and
have no performance issues. Macaulay Child Development Centre and Welcome Baby
Support Program are two currently funded agencies which have been identified for
reallocation of available funds. A third organization, the Woman Abuse Council of Toronto, is
also being recommended for the reallocation of grant monies.
Macaulay Child Development Centre:
The Macaulay Child Development Centre provides a range of programs designed to "foster
the optimal development of children in partnership with families and community", including
licensed childcare and family support programs. Currently, the agency is funded for
$16,333.00 under the 1998 C.S.G.P. to provide two family resource programs, a caregivers
resources program in the Junction area and a teen parent/child drop-in program in the former
City of York. The agency is requesting additional funding to support three parent/caregiver
resource programs in under-serviced neighbourhoods.
The agency is requesting funding to supplement existing programs and to operate a
parent-child program at Trimbee, a Metropolitan Toronto Housing Company Limited site,
located at Weston Road and Eglinton Avenue West in the former City of York. Trimbee is a
very diverse, under-serviced neighbourhood; 35 percent of the units are subsidized and more
than half of the 250 households are of single parent families; one-third have children below
the age four. The program will address the development needs of the children and the social
support needs of the adults.
Macaulay Child Development Centre is recommended for an additional $14,500.00 to support
the teen/parent drop-in, caregiver resources program and the Trimbee site.
Welcome Baby Support Program For Etobicoke:
For the past 12 years, Welcome Baby Support Program of Etobicoke has served first-time
high-risk mothers, 21 years old and younger. With two part-time staff, they facilitate a
community support network which match the young mothers with trained volunteers to reduce
the isolation and stress of the new mothers. The agency received a 1998 C.S.G.P. grant
totalling $18,415.00 and has no other government support. The agency has been funded by the
Trillium Foundation and the Toronto Community Foundation, however, the monies are for
specific initiatives. The agency provides a unique model of service delivery which has been
effective in reaching a high risk population and has been short-listed nationally by the Fraser
Institute (Wm. Donnor Memorial Award) for excellence in community service.
Currently, Welcome Baby Support Program is experiencing financial difficulties due to some
unforseen changes in revenues and expenses. The agency has developed a financial strategic
plan and increased its fundraising efforts. An additional grant of $5,500.00 is recommended
for this agency to help sustain it in the short-run. In addition, the organization is encouraged to
enlist the assistance of a Community Development Officer to help with the financial strategy
to ensure its ongoing viability.
Woman Abuse Council of Toronto:
The Woman Abuse Council of Toronto (W.A.C.) was established in 1991 (as the Metro
Woman Abuse Council of Toronto) to create a Metro-wide integrated community response to
woman abuse. The need for the initiative was established through research and community
consultation that identified that the response to woman abuse by community and institutional
services was inconsistent and fragmented. Municipal government has played a key role
through participation on the Council with other service providers, and additionally, through
the provision of in-kind resources to support some of the basic operating costs.
At the current time, the Council consists of 18 members (including Toronto Public Health and
the Toronto Police), and a further 175 organizations participate in various committees and
initiatives. City of Toronto Council Members are also active in a variety of Women Abuse
Council initiatives. The W.A.C. efforts in developing protocols and monitoring the
implementation of innovations in systemic responses to woman abuse has provided an
effective and efficient way to co-ordinate community input on this crucial issue. The 1998/99
organization activities include ongoing initiatives such as the Specialized Domestic Courts
and the Male Batterers' program, as well as projects such as a Court Watch Project and
responding to the Provincial Coroner's Inquest into Domestic Violence.
Since amalgamation in January, 1998 the W.A.C. has continued to access in-kind support
through the Community and Neighbourhood Services, Social Development Division budget.
This support has included office space, access to office equipment and supplies, printing,
telephone service and other resources related to the administration of the W.A.C. Due to
expansion of Ontario Works, the W.A.C. was required to move in early 1998, and the
organization has been relocated to rent-free space at 590 Jarvis Street. Non-space, in-kind
administrative resources are estimated at about $20,000.00 per year.
As an independent body, the W.A.C. is unique in being able to draw on departmental
administrative resources. In order to regularize the relationship, it is recommended that the
in-kind administrative support be replaced with a grant of $10,000.00, to reflect six months of
administrative costs starting in January 1999. The W.A.C. will apply for continuation of this
support through the 1999 Community Services Grants Program. The in-kind provision of
space would not be affected by this change, as it is governed by the current space use policy
administered through the Corporate Services Department.
Over the life of the W.A.C., staffing support has come from a variety of sources, including
provincial ministries. Due to the changing funding climate and reduced funding from previous
sources, the W.A.C. has requested that the City allocate operating and administrative costs of
$115,000.00, over and above the currently received in-kind support. The organization has
been asked to submit any request for additional funds through the Community Services Grants
Program in 1999, where it can be reviewed in the context of the City's overall support for
community organizations. Staff has also provided information to the organization on other
sources which may be approached regarding this substantial funding needs.
The Common Ground Women's Centre and the Toronto Children's Breakfast Club were
approved for 1998 C.S.G.P funding totalling $30,000.00. These two organizations became
ineligible for funding under the C.S.G.P. for different reasons and the 1998 grant monies
could not be allocated to them. The unexpended C.S.G.P. funds are being recommended for
reallocation to Macaulay Child Development Centre, Welcome Baby Support Program of
Etobicoke and the Woman Abuse Council of Toronto.
This report recommends that funds totalling $30,000.00 under the 1998 C.S.G.P. be approved
for reallocation to Macaulay Child Development Centre ($14,500.00), Welcome Baby
Support Program of Etobicoke ($5,500.00) and Woman Abuse Council of Toronto
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