The Homenetmen General Athletic and Scouting Organization Toronto chapter recently received a $30,000 grant from the Ontario government. A ceremonial cheque was presented by Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) Vincent Ke (Don Valley North) and Homenetmen Toronto alumnus MPP Aris Babikian (Scarborough-Agincourt) on June 27, at the Armenian Youth Centre Homenetmen gymnasium.
“Congratulations to the Homenetmen Toronto executive committee and all those who worked tirelessly to secure this grant,” read a part of a statement published by the Homenetmen Canada regional executive.
The Ontario government announced last March that it is investing $105 million through a new Community Building Fund to support non-profit tourism, culture, sport, and recreation organizations. The funding is intended to help non-profits recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and meet the needs of their communities.
The Emergency Relief Community Sport and Recreation Grant was administered by the Ontario Sport Network, which was appointed by the province to deliver a one-time application-based relief fund targeting community-level sport and recreation organizations, clubs, teams, leagues, and associations that have sustained losses due to COVID-19.
The Homenetmen Toronto chapter has been offering scouting and athletics programs for all Armenian youth in Toronto since 1969.
More information about the grant will be forthcoming.