Community Building Fund Takes Unicamp to the Next Level
Mulmur, ON – Unicamp of Ontario is thrilled to announce that it was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund – Operating stream in 2021. This special investment, delivered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, supported staffing and operating costs, property maintenance and upgrades to Unicamp’s kitchen and internet facilities. This support has helped Unicamp and the diverse communities it serves rebuild resilience and capacity in the wake of COVID-19.
“The Ontario Trillium Foundation is helping Unicamp of Ontario, located in the beautiful hills of Mulmur, stay connected with campers all age,” said Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones. “The Community Building Fund – Operating Stream has provided Unicamp with opportunities to build on their programming outreach and safely plan for welcoming campers back for their next camping season.”
Over the grant’s six-month term, Unicamp transformed its operations to meet public health requirements, maintain viability, ensure sustainability, and adapt to new ways of working, all to provide vibrant programs, services and experiences to enhance community health and well-being.
“I am beyond thrilled that Unicamp was given this amazing opportunity,” said Yvette Salinas, Executive Director of Unicamp. “Besides improving our property and our safety, this support allowed Unicamp to keep our intergenerational community united through the winter and also helped set us up for success this summer! Funds allowed us to pay staff members to aid with setting up Camp Brain, responding to Customer inquiries, and begin program planning and hiring. We were also able to host an ongoing workshop for Youth, increase our social media presence and responsiveness, and connect with campers for their birthdays and other significant events. It’s clear this grant has made us strong as an organization and will have lasting benefits for our campers.”
Unicamp of Ontario is a Unitarian Universalist camp located in Dufferin County, just north of Shelburne, Ontario, within the UNESCO Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve. It has hosted summer camps and programs for all ages since 1969.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112M was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non‐profit sector. In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non‐profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID‐19. Visit otf.ca to learn more.
Yvette Salinas, Executive Director
Unicamp of Ontario