The following agencies and organizations have generously supported the work of the Rice Lake Plains Partners over the years:
Ontario Trillium Foundation
The Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario which grants hundreds of millions of dollars to thousands of charitable and not-for-profit organizations in every part of the province. The RLPP is honoured to collaborate with the Trillium Foundation in promoting education and awareness of Ontario’s significant prairie and savanna habitats.
The Trillium mission is to help build healthy and vibrant communities by strengthening the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. This is reflected in their granting priorities and grants that enable organizations to build on their strengths and develop new ideas. The Trillium Foundation is an integral supporter of the Rice Lake Plains collective.
For more information visit http://trilliumfoundation.org.
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
The Foundation helps champion a vast array of projects and approaches under the banner of one common goal: to make the Greenbelt a dynamic and self-sustaining entity, rich with spirit and activity. Since 2005, they have funded over $19 million in Foundation grants, supporting projects that make the Greenbelt a better place to live, work, play, and grow.
The Foundation has supported various projects for the RLPP including our annual Prairie Day, public tours, workshops, landowner outreach collaboration and media support.
The Government of Ontario
Assistance for projects within the Partnership is provided by the Government of Ontario through several helpful programs organized through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.
The Species at Risk Stewardship Fund provides funding to engage people in a wide variety of activities that increase awareness or knowledge about species at risk, or encourage good land stewardship, habitat protection and/or improvement. With this support, the RLPP has hosted native planting workdays, conducted grassland bird surveys, and organized successful natural resources-related workshops and education programs. For more information visit www.ontario.ca/speciesatrisk.
The Community Fisheries and Wildlife Involvement Program (CFWIP) provides an opportunity to participate in hands-on fish and wildlife management and biodiversity conservation activities. The RLPP received support from CFWIP to host a Rice Lake Plains Butterfly Count and the popular Prairie Day Celebration at the Alderville First Nation Black Oak Savanna and Tallgrass Prairie. More than 300 people join in this annual event. Make plans to visit us at Prairie Day on the second Saturday of September! For more information visit http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/LetsFish/2ColumnSubPage/STEL02_166030.html.
Through the Land Stewardship and Habitat Restoration Program applicants are eligible up to $20,000 in matching funds for a project that maintains or restores habitats that benefit fish, animals and/or plants. For more information please visit:
Environment and Climate Change Canada
The overall goal of Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk (HSP) is to “contribute to the recovery of endangered, threatened, and other species at risk, and to prevent other species from becoming a conservation concern, by engaging Canadians from all walks of life in conservation actions to benefit wildlife.” The RLPP subscribes to the same philosophy and works to promote land use practices that preserve and protect critical habitat which support species at risk. More than 150 hectares have been restored and 45,000 native plants have been planted in the Rice Lake Plains thanks to HSP funding. For more information visit the HSP website.
Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation
The Oak Ridges Moraine is more than 90 percent privately owned, with a population of more than 100,000. It crosses 32 municipalities, supplies drinking water to more than 250,000 people, and supports related agricultural, industrial, commercial and recreational uses.
The Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation (ORMF) is governed by a vision for the future of the moraine as a vibrant, healthy ecosystem that is widely acknowledged as a model for successful preservation, protection, and restoration of landscapes; where land owners, users of the Moraine and all levels of government are actively engaged; where a scenic trail along the Moraine is secured; and where the Foundation is regarded as an essential partner.