Executive Council
Children, Seniors and Social Development
April 25, 2018

Community Groups Selected for Phase One of Multi-Year Funding

Twenty-two community groups representing a broad cross-section of society have been selected to participate in phase one of multi-year funding. The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development, made the announcement today in St. John’s at an event at SeniorsNL.

In The Way Forward, the Provincial Government committed to implementing a strategic one-window, multi-year approach to community grant funding. Multi-year funding will deliver funding for three years, up to $20 million maximum per year in total, to the selected community groups. Each group will have one point of access with the Provincial Government in the administration of their multi-year funding.

A list of community groups selected to participate in phase one can be found in the backgrounder below. These groups have a proven client-service focus with a clear social mandate that benefits individuals in need; a strong and committed board of directors with proven fiscal responsibility and effective management; and a demonstrated record of financial and program delivery effectiveness.

The Provincial Government will be developing accountability requirements and an evaluation plan, which will help to determine if decisions made by selected community groups are fiscally responsible and are meeting the needs of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.

As announced in Budget 2018, all community groups will receive their current funding levels for 2018-19 which, combined, totals over $115 million.

“Community groups in our province provide important and valuable services and programs to our citizens. As part of The Way Forward, we recognized the tremendous work they do and made a commitment to provide multi-year funding so that they can offer better services to the people of the province. I am proud that we are delivering on that commitment today.”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“Community groups throughout our province do excellent work in a variety of areas to meet social, wellness, cultural and other community needs. Providing this degree of financial stability through multi-year funding provides a greater certainty for funding, which will allow these organizations to focus their efforts on delivery of services and programs and make longer-term decisions around staffing.”
Honourable Lisa Dempster
Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development
Minister responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation
Minister responsible for the Status of Persons with Disabilities

“SeniorsNL is very pleased to be selected to be part of phase one for multi-year funding. This gives our organization better financial stability allowing us to plan into the future the things we need to do to assist seniors, and those who support them, make informed decisions.”
Janet Lilly
Chair, SeniorsNL

“The Community Sector Council Newfoundland and Labrador welcomes this announcement. It signals the Provincial Government’s appreciation of the significant role of community sector organizations. A longer term planning perspective will be helpful in managing operations in a strategic manner. It will also provide an opportunity to focus on outcome measurement and impact. Making this shift requires careful policy direction and planning so it is important that government, as well as community organizations, make sure that the new approach rolls out carefully and is well-understood. Working with a limited number of groups will offer the opportunity to refine the new model. CSC NL looks forward to being part of this multi-year funding initiative and to assisting in its development and evaluation.”
Penny Rowe
CEO, Community Sector Council

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Media contacts
Michelle Cannizzaro
Office of the Premier

Gina MacArthur
Children, Seniors and Social Development
709-729-3768, 730-2977

Kelly Heisz
Executive Director

Penelope M. Rowe
Chief Executive Officer
Community Sector Council Newfoundland and Labrador


The 22 Community groups selected for phase one for multi-year funding are:

  • Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Circle
  • AIDS Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Association of New Canadians
  • Bay St. George Status of Women Association
  • Canadian Mental Health Association
  • CNIB
  • Coalition of Persons with Disabilities
  • Community Sector Council
  • Corner Brook Status of Women Council
  • Choices for Youth
  • Gateway Status of Women Council
  • Gander Status of Women Council
  • Kids Eat Smart
  • Labrador West Status of Women Council
  • Mokami Status of Women Council
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Aboriginal Women’s Association
  • SeniorsNL
  • Status of Women – Central Inc.
  • Stella’s Circle Community Services
  • St. John’s Status of Women Council
  • Vera Perlin Society Inc.

2018 04 25                              10:45 a.m.