ROOTS Community Fund

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At Trillium Mutual we are proud of our strong legacy of community support over many years. We are committed to the sustainability of rural Ontario and we realize we have an opportunity to support programs that will foster the success of this responsibility.

The Trillium ROOTS Community Support Fund will ensure that we continue to provide meaningful assistance in the future. We have established a new and fresh approach that is designed to improve the levels of consistency of support over time and provide an independent and objective process to review all requests.

The Trillium ROOTS Council is a body within our Governance Model that will accept, review and recommend levels of support for applications received from the communities in which our policyholders live and serve.

The 2020 Trillium ROOTS Council:

Jen Isber-Legge  – Council Chair

Jackie Frazer

Blair Freeman

Karen Galbraith

Margaret Jack

Carrie Robertson

Recognizing Our Opportunity To Support (ROOTS) would like to hear from you regarding capital projects and facility/equipment upgrades in your community.

Exception to Capital Projects – Mental Wellness/Community Response is a new category that allows for funding of single-time projects/programs geared towards non-capital projects/programs that do not receive government funding.

Trillium ROOTS Community Fund focus areas include:

1. Healthcare
2. Recreation and Wellness
3. Emergency Response (Fire Fighters)
4. Agriculture/Eco/Sustainability
5. Mental Wellness/Community Response

Requests for funding are reviewed quarterly. We appreciate as much lead time as possible. The greater the advance notice we are given, the better decisions we can make regarding your application. The quality of your application and timing of the application is also very important. Only applications received prior to the published deadlines will be reviewed at the next regular meeting of council. All applicants will receive a timely response following Council review.

2020 ROOTS Council Meeting Dates


Recognizing Our Opportunity To Support (ROOTS) would like to hear from you regarding capital projects and facility/equipment upgrades in your community.

Capital Project Definition

Capital projects for consideration will include the construction, expansion or major renovations of facilities as well as purchasing equipment to enhance the services provided.

Ineligible Categories – we are not able to support the following efforts:

Please consider your application as the Trillium ROOTS Community Fund will only support one event/initiative/program per organization every two years.

Previous sponsorship support by Trillium Mutual Insurance may not guarantee approval of your application.

Please click here to submit the Trillium ROOTS Application Form.

All applicants will receive a timely response following committee review.

If you require more information with respect to Trillium ROOTS Community Support, please contact Paula Culbert at 1-800-265-3020 or email


KidsAbility Foundation – Healthcare

As a caring supporter of KidsAbility and families, we are grateful to Trillium Mutual Insurance for their generous gift in helping us to establish a new centralized Hub in Guelph, Ontario. The design of KidsAbility’s new facility reflects Guelph’s unique needs, community partnerships and best practices in the care of children and youth with special needs. We are thankful to the ROOTS Community Fund for their support which has enabled us to bring two KidsAbility Guelph locations together and for helping to ensure that all children and youth with disabilities in Guelph have access to the supports and services that they need. KidsAbility is a unique place that gives local children a stronger future. To honour this generous gift, and in keeping with the Canadian Theme, Room 116 has named “Saugeen River ” supported by Trillium Mutual Insurance. With your generous gift, children and youth in Guelph will continue to flourish and grow in our great community.

Charmaine Brown, Senior Development Officer

The Kingsbridge Centre – Recreation & Wellness

The Kingsbridge Centre was formed with a goal to preserve an historic building and provide a multi-use facility for community use. The upper level of the centre now operates as a cultural centre and the community has been working since 2015 on renovating the basement for community programs. A donation of $5,000.00 from the ROOTS Community Fund was more than just a much needed capital grant. It validated our efforts, brought encouragement to the volunteers, and renewed our determination to soldier on. It is friends, neighbours and businesses working together that revitalizes rural Ontario, and we are truly thankful to Trillium Mutual Insurance for supporting rural communities.

Jennifer Miltenburg, Director

Hanover Fire Department – Emergency Response

The Hanover Fire Department was a fortunate recipient of Trillium ROOTS Community Fund in 2018. The support from Trillium Mutual Insurance began a hugely successful fundraising campaign for the department to upgrade specialty auto extrication equipment focusing on assisting individuals. This upgrade will benefit the residents of the Town of Hanover, those in neighbouring municipalities, as well as visitors that frequent the area. The Hanover Fire Department is thankful for the assistance provided by the ROOTS Community Fund. This organization is leading the way with its community minded spirit.

Jeff Dentinger, Fire Chief

Kettle Creek Conservation Authority  – Eco/Sustainability/Other

The ROOTS Community Fund provided a grant of $3,500.00 to Kettle Creek Conservation Authority’s Dalewood Reservoir Trail Improvement Project. The Dalewood Reservoir Trail is a 6.6 km recreational hiking trail that is over 40 years old. With support from ROOTS, was able to breathe new life into this natural infrastructure by creating a trailhead including a viewing platform. The public now has a new, more convenient access to the trail and a viewing platform which provides a place to rest, bird watch or conduct educational programming. KCCA appreciates the willingness of ROOTS to recognize the interconnection between recreation and the overall wellness of a community. Thanks to this support, more community members will be able to access and live a healthy lifestyle.

Elizabeth VanHooren, General Manager/Secretary Treasurer

RARE Charitable Research Reserve – Agricultural

With heartfelt thanks to the Trillium ROOTS Community Fund, our Education Gardens underwent a complete revitalization. With 24 brand new raised garden beds in which to teach about food security and organic food production, our Educational Garden Program reached over 200 students this summer. Campers aged 6-12 years participated in hands-on learning about compost, potato mounding, harvesting of a wide array of vegetables and herbs and enjoyed making and consuming a healthy garden salad.” Thank you Trillium Mutual Insurance Company.

Taryn Jarvis, Property, Facility and Garden Coordinator

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