Community Building Fundhelps WETRA Sustain Operations Through COVID-19
In September 2021, The Windsor-Essex Therapeutic Riding Association (WETRA) received a $97,100 grant from the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund – Operating stream. This support, delivered over 12 months by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), is allowing WETRA to continue operating facilities and deliver equine experiences and programs for Ontarians.
Since October 2021, these funds have assisted with the staffing costs, operational costs, and technical upgrades needed to safely deliver virtual and in-person equine therapy sessions and events for the special needs community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“WETRA thanks OTF and truly appreciates the opportunity to sustain and begin to re-grow the equine therapy programs at the farm,” says Executive Director Becky Mills. “Ontario’s generous contribution has allowed us to adequately care for the farm and the animals who live here. With these funds, we have kept people working and receiving much needed therapy with horses in new and creative ways.”
Since 1973, the Windsor – Essex Therapeutic Riding Association has been improving the quality of life of individuals with diverse needs through equine therapies.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) mission is to build healthy and vibrant communities across Ontario. As an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations, last year, OTF invested nearly $209M into 2,042 community projects and partnerships, which included funding for the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund. Since 2020, OTF has supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19.