The Priority Neighbourhoods Project, a community initiative that began in 2012 with an initial grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, provides free, accessible programs to children, teens and young adults in four identified priority neighbourhoods in Oakville: Kerr Village, Dorval community, Clearview community and 6th Line and Elm Road area. The initial grant provided was a three-year $225,000 grant, the largest received in Halton.
Since it began, the Priority Neighbourhoods Project has offered 33 new programs focusing on physical fitness and the arts, reaching a total of 2,286 children, youth and families in the identified priority neighbourhoods. The extension of this project, made possible with the additional grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, will help the YMCA continue to meet changing needs and offer free and accessible programs for more people in Oakville.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation grant has provided significant funding for both the Priority Neighbourhoods Project and Youth Engagement Initiative, however both will require support from the Oakville community to continue the work and to provide new outreach programs that respond to the evolving needs of our community.