Eight groups sharing $25,000 to support our community’s most vulnerable during the holidays

Today, in recognition of #GivingTuesday, Ajax Council unveiled - via video announcement - the eight (8) recipients of the Town’s second round of COVID-19 relief funding.

The second round of the $25,000 fund was announced on November 10, and received 19 submissions totaling approximately $76,000 in funding requests to support our community’s most vulnerable during the holidays.

The 8 recipient community-based groups were selected based on the populations being served, needs or gaps being addressed and ability to deliver services. Programs supported include mental health and well-being services, holiday hampers, cognitive games & activities and more. Groups were able to apply for up to $5,000.

Funding Recipient Groups:

  • Girl’s Inc. of Durham - $5,000
  • Carea Community Foundation - $2,500
  • Women’s Multicultural Resource & Counselling Centre of Durham - $4,000
  • Durham Youth Services - $2,500
  • Community Living Ajax - $4,000
  • Community Justice Alternatives of Durham Region - $500
  • St. Bernadette Catholic Church/Society of St. Vincent de Paul - $2,000
  • Art with a Heart Inc. - $4,500


“On behalf of Ajax Council, I want to congratulate each and every community group that has answered the call to support residents in need through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The work you do is truly invaluable and appreciated. Council is proud to have aided in these efforts by supporting a total of 16 community groups and not-for-profits through these two rounds of COVID-19 relief funding, helping to ease the burden of carrying out this important work. As we approach the holiday season, I ask that residents who are able, consider donating what you can to one of the many great organizations serving our community, to help make the holiday brighter for your neighbours.”

– Mayor Shaun Collier

Quick Facts

  • To date, the Ajax Council COVID-19 Special Response Fund, has supported 16 local organizations with $50,000 of funding. The first round of the COVID-19 Special Response Fund occurred April 2020.
  • Selected by committee, groups, projects and initiatives were selected based on populations served, needs or gaps addressed, and the group’s ability to deliver.
  • The Town and Ajax Council are continually seeking new and creative opportunities to support our local community groups including funding, partnerships and initiatives.
  • For information about the Town’s response to COVID-19, including service levels and helpful links, visit ajax.ca/COVID19.