Community Service Recovery Fund

Pictured top-bottom, left-right: Kaleigh Watson, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dufferin & District; Juli-Anne and Andrew James, Streams Community Hub; Jennifer Payne and Sheralyn Roman, HCIA; Ingrid Watt, Theatre Orangeville; Neetu Dane, Dufferin Parent Support Network; Kelly Lee and Lisa Goodison, Family Transition Place; Nigel Kingwell, Hospice Dufferin; Debbi Goss, Margot Hornseth, Shirley Boxem and Michele Fisher, Dufferin Community Foundation.

Community service organizations receive $270,000 through the Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund

September 2023 

Congratulations to the seven local charities that received $270,000 in post-pandemic federal funding this summer after a thorough grants review by Dufferin Community Foundation.

The Community Services Recovery Fund (CSRF) is a one-time investment of $400 million by the Government of Canada to help community service organizations adapt, modernize and be better equipped to improve the efficacy, accessibility and sustainability of the community services that they provide through the pandemic recovery and beyond.

Along with other community foundations across Canada, the funding provided through Dufferin Community Foundation is aimed at Investing in Systems and Processes.

The following projects are being activated across Dufferin County thanks to the CSRF: 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dufferin & District

$27,335.00 – Archival Digitization Project

Dufferin Parent Support Network

$38,000.00 – DPSN 2.0 

Family Transition Place

$28,600.00 – Payroll Processing Modernization

Headwaters Communities In Action

$36,900.00 – Prepare to Engage Dufferin!

Hospice Dufferin

$43,600.00 – Resource Development and Communication Reboot

Streams Community Hub

$86,000.00 – Sustainable Streams

Theatre Orangeville

$16,565.00 – Fundraising Capabilities Upgrade


 “Many thanks to our Grants Review Team volunteers. It was a fulsome process that required our team to be sharp and responsive and make decisions that were not always easy,” said Shirley Boxem, Chair, Grants Committee. “We commend all the applicants on their meaningful work in our community. The government’s CSRF investment will have a tremendous impact on the operations and sustainability of the seven charities that received funding.”

Quick Facts About the CSRF:

  • Now more than ever, community service organizations play a key role in addressing complex social problems faced by many communities across Canada.
  • From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, community service organizations across Canada have shown impressive stamina and creativity in their response to the diverse and increasingly challenging needs of their communities.
  • The Community Services Recovery Fund responds to what community service organizations need right now and supports them as they adapt to the long-term impacts of the pandemic.
  • As community service organizations across Canada work to support recovery in their communities, the CSRF will help them adapt and modernize their operations to grow their impact.
  • The Government of Canada is delivering the CSRF through three National Funders: Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide.


To read more about the CSRF and organizations funded across the country, visit:



Michele Fisher, Executive Director
Dufferin Community Foundation

Community Service Recovery  Fund
Community Service Recovery Fund