Due to the increased need for development of programs and services in our various regions, each year, Kerry’s Place develops a list of granting priorities. For 2013/2014, the following programs are in need of granting support:

Granting Priorities

Recent Grants

Past Grants 

  • The Carolyn Sifton Foundation
  • The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism
  • Velleman Foundation
  • The Edwards Charitable Foundation
  • The Masonic Foundation of Ontario
  • The Richmond Hill Mayor’s Endowment Fund for the Arts
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • Green Shield Canada’s Social Surplus Program
  • The Canadian Million Dollar Round Table Foundation
  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation 

    Granting Priorities
    If you are interested in receiving more information on any of the below described Granting Priorities, please contact the Fundraising Department. We appreciate all feedback and leads on potential funders for these priority programs.

    1.    Resource Centre for Children and Families with ASD

    Resource Centres are instrumental in bringing families together. These locations serve as meeting places for children, youth and adults with ASD and their families to come together to share experiences, challenges, success and hope.

    As a result, we are looking for funding supports to purchase resource materials (toys, books, videos, etc.), sensory equipment and office furniture for our various resource centres across our regions.

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    2.    Social Group Programs for Children, Youth and Adults with ASD and their Families

    Our community programs are expanding to meet the needs of our communities. Through surveys to the people we support and their families, Kerry’s Place is currently seeking funding to support its Social Programs for Children, Youth and Adults with ASD and their Families. A variety of programs have been proposed, including collaborations with other service providers (CAMH, etc.).

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    Recent Grants

    Imperial Oil Foundation
    In June 2011, the Imperial Oil Foundation made a generous donation of $1,000 in recognition of volunteer involvement with Kerry’s Place. The contribution will be used to help families in crisis situations via the Kerry’s Place Enhanced Support Fund. Thank you Imperial Oil Foundation for making a difference in the lives of people with ASD.

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    The Dunin Foundation

    Since 2006, The Dunin Foundation has graciously supported Kerry’s Place York Region residents. This private, family foundation has whole-heartedly helped countless families during emergency and crisis situations as well as supported multiple families during the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Holiday seasons. The joy and happiness brought to the Kerry’s Place families is endless and for that, Kerry’s Place is truly grateful and appreciative of their continued support.

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    Autism Speaks Canada
    In January 2013, Autism Speaks Canada presented Kerry’s Place with 2 grants from their Family Service Community Grants Program. The first, in the amount of $12,140 will be used to grow the Loyalist College Adult Student Support Group program in Belleville. This program will teach campus and workplace social skills, independence, self-advocacy, crisis prevention and health promotion. The second, in the amount of $22,500 will be used to start The LIFE Academy. This educational setting program will help transitional aged youth (16 to 24 years of age) with high functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome. Courses will include class time with assignment, individualized instruction and support and hands-on learning experiences. We are very grateful for Autism Speaks Canada’s generous support.

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    Green Shield Canada
    Kerry’s Place is pleased to be the recipient of a grant from Green Shield Canada in 2012. Funds received from Green Shield Canada will provide individuals supported in Kerry’s Place community programs with a one-time subsidy to help with costs associated with camp programs.

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    Lillian & Leroy Page Foundation
    Kerry’s Place was pleased to receive a grant from the Lillian & Leroy Page Foundation in the amount of $1,000 which was used to provide social group programs for individuals affected by ASD living in Durham Region. We are very thankful for this foundation’s support.

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    The Catherine & Maxwell Meighen Foundation
    The Catherine & Maxwell Meighen Foundation has been a long time supporter of Kerry’s Place . Their contributions over the years have been instrumental in enhancing the quality of life for those affected by ASD. We are very honoured and proud of our relationship with this foundation and are truly thankful for all of their support.

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    Giving Dreams Foundation
    This foundation provides life experiences for individuals supported residentially by Kerry’s Place. The Giving Dreams Foundation donates tickets to various outings including sporting events and theatre. The intent is to provide life experiences to individuals who could not otherwise afford to attend. Thank you Giving Dreams Foundation.

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    Town of Aurora
    Kerry’s Place received a grant from the Town of Aurora Arts & Cultural Fund in 2012 to create an interactive community arts project. The art piece “Hearts & Hands Together” was created with help from local artist Deborah Campo and is now displayed at the Kerry’s Place head office at 34 Berczy Street in Aurora.

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    Past Grants

    The Carolyn Sifton Foundation
    In 2008, Kerry’s Place was the proud recipient of a grant in the amount of $30,000.00 for the Kerry’s Place/Griffin Children and Youth with ASD Program. In conjunction with the Griffin Centre, this program bridged the gap in providing crisis support to at-risk children but it also encouraged the sharing of information, strategies and ASD resources that helped to build community capacity and individual success. We thank the Carolyn Sifton Foundation for their generous support and congratulate them on the success of the program.

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    The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism

    With a contribution of $10,000.00 for the Enhanced Support Program in 2008, the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism made a remarkable impact on the lives of people with ASD in Toronto, Ontario. The funds were used for crisis intervention and prevention, consultations, outreach and educational programs and seed funds and helped over 85 individuals with ASD and their families. Kerry’s Place extends its utmost gratitude to the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism for their generosity and leadership in supporting people with ASD.

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    Velleman Foundation
    In June 2011, the Velleman Foundation displayed its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children, youth and families affected by ASD living in Halton Region. The Velleman Foundation generously donated $1,000 which will be used to purchase materials for the Halton Resource Centre located in the Town of Milton. Thank you to the Velleman Foundation for their generous support.

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    The Edwards Charitable Foundation
    In November 2010, The Edwards Charitable Foundation generously provided $10,000.00 for Social Skills Programs for Toronto children and youth with ASD and their families. The funds will be used throughout 2011. Social Skills Programs foster the learning of various life skills and provide educational and vocational opportunities which facilitate positive transitional experiences for developing children and youth. Thank you to The Edwards Charitable Foundation for their generosity.

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    The Masonic Foundation of Ontario
    Kerry’s Place is proud of its relationship with the Masonic Foundation of Ontario and extends its utmost gratitude for their support in the amount of $17,000.00 for the Kerry’s Place Enhanced Support Program in 2009. The funds received from the Masonic Foundation of Ontario will help individuals and families in crisis. Since the inception of the Enhanced Support Program, the Masonic Foundation of Ontario has contributed over $165,000.00 to this program.

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    The Richmond Hill Mayor’s Endowment Fund for the Arts
    Mayor Barrow and his council generously provided $1,000.00 to Kerry’s Place in support of the creation of a tile mosaic mural that is now displayed in the Kerry’s Place head office location. The mosaic tiles were created by the people we support, volunteers and other community members during our 35th Anniversary Celebration Event held in July 2009. Thank you to Mayor Barrow and the Mayor’s Endowment Fund for the Arts for their kind support.

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    Ronald McDonald House Charities
    In 2009, RMHC funded a grant in the amount of $15,000.00 for the Kerry’s Place Resource Centre Program. This grant enabled Kerry’s Place to purchase educational materials, such as toys, books, games and sensory equipment for our various Resource Centres throughout the province. The RMHC funds helped Kerry’s Place to fill the disparity between the quantity and quality of resource materials in each of our Resource Centres. For more information on Ronald McDonald House Charities, please visit their website at http://www.rmhc.ca/.

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    Green Shield Canada’s Social Surplus Program
    Through the generosity of Green Shield Canada’s Social Surplus Program, Kerry’s Place received $20,000.00 in 2009 for the Kerry’s Place Web-Based ASD Resource Lending Library Project throughout the Kerry’s Place operating regions. The project enabled Kerry’s Place to set up each of the regions with a web-based lending library which has helped individuals with ASD and their families to easily access resource materials using the Kerry’s Place website. The support provided by the Social Surplus Program has helped to enhance the quality of life of the people we support and for that we are truly grateful. For more information on Green Shield Canada, please visit http://www.greenshield.ca/.

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    The Canadian Million Dollar Round Table Foundation
    Kerry’s Place is honoured to receive a grant in the amount of $3,402.00 from the Canadian Million Dollar Round Table Foundation for the Kerry’s Place Enhanced Support Fund in 2009. The funds will be used to help children, youth and adults with ASD and their families during times of crisis. The Enhanced Support Fund was established in 2003 out of emergency situations, in which Kerry’s Place identified that a small amount of one time funding could prove the difference between keeping a family together or having it fall apart. Many thanks to our ‘Knight’, Mr. Tony Pereira for his ongoing support of Kerry’s Place Autism Services.

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    The Ontario Trillium Foundation
    In 2007, the Ontario Trillium Foundation generously provided funding to Kerry’s Place, over 3 years, in support of building volunteer capacity within our Central East region in the amount of $103,800.00. Since the start of this grant, our Central East region has seen tremendous growth in the number of volunteers since the start of the grant initiative. The 3 year grant will end in early 2011.

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