The Lawrence Heights community is currently undergoing a multi-phase redevelopment that will transform the community from an isolated, aging social housing complex to an integrated community with newly built housing, retail units and public space. Toronto Community Housing (TCHC) and Heights Development have collaborated to establish the Revitalization Micro Grants (RMG) to support all tenants in Lawrence Heights and Neptune impacted by the redevelopment.
What are the Revitalization Micro Grants?
The RMG are funds which TCHC provide to support tenant-led projects that fall under one or more of the following categories:
- Innovate and stimulate economic development
- Support and promote neighbourhood heritage, arts and culture
- Promote and ensure safety and well-being.
- Highlight and support youth-focused or youth-led initiatives
- Highlight and support seniors-focused or seniors-led initiatives
- Promote social cohesion and neighbourhood integration
- Support and promote community connections
How much funding is available?
A maximum of $40,000 will be available. Funding for projects led by a group will be a maximum of $3000. Individual applicants can only receive a maximum of $1000.
In order to be eligible for a grant, a project must:
- Be started by at least one Toronto Community Housing tenant in Lawrence Heights or Neptune. The tenant(s) can be members of a tenant group or association or a group of independent tenants who come together to implement a community project. At least half of the applicants in a group must be TCHC tenants.
- Show how the project will benefit and be accessible to the diverse tenants within the Lawrence Heights community. Preference will be given to resident-designed and led applications.
- Involve tenants in the design and implementation of the project.
- Provide clear goals and objectives on how the grant will be used.
- Not need on-going funding. Exceptions may be made if evidence of a funding commitment from another source is provided for projects requiring on-going funding.
- Occur between July and December 2018 (exceptions can be made for projects that start in 2018 but end within the first half of 2019).
- Include a detailed budget.
- Have 3 documented quotes for purchases that exceed $100.
- Have all the necessary information for City and/or TCHC use of space permits and approvals, if project involves a City or TCHC-owned facility.
- Have documents confirming permission for use of facility and equipment, if included, for project (must be a public facility).
- Have a plan to show the project's success and complete all required reporting documents.
- Show evidence of capacity to implement the project.
This program is ongoing from June 25 to November 30, 2019. You can apply for a grant at any time during the open window.
Completed application forms can be dropped off at 37 Varna Drive or submitted via email to LawrenceHeights@torontohousing.ca.