Grant Recipients

The Libro Prosperity Fund supports community organizations that are making big things happen in southwestern Ontario. Last year by working together 78 entrepreneurs started new businesses, social enterprises started to grow, financial literacy was shared, 16 individuals transitioned off social assistance and local youth gained leadership and employability skills.

Join us in celebrating the 2019 Prosperity Fund recipients; we can’t wait to see the impact they will have!

Full list of 2019 Prosperity Fund grant recipients:

Essex Kent


Organization Name Project Name Grant Amount About the Project
LaSalle Hangout for Youth     LaSalle Young Leaders Program $45,000 LaSalle Hangout for Youth receives $45,000 for the LaSalle Young Leaders Program, targeting at-risk youth ages 15-18 to develop leadership and employment skills, job training, and a community support network through organized volunteering.
LEARNING DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION OF WINDSOR-ESSEX COUNTY     Supported Employment Training Program (SET)  $10,000     The Supported Employment Training Program (SET) assists youth with a diagnosed learning disability, and is awarded $10,000 to assist participants to develop the skills needed to find and maintain employment, including social skills, preparing for interviews and communication skills.
Essex Centre Business Improvement Area      Win This Space Essex   $15,000    The Essex Centre BIA is awarded $15,000 for their economic development project, Win This Space Essex, which will see area entrepreneurs complete business preparation sessions with the goal of awarding one finalist with free commercial space in the town of Essex.


Organizational Name Project Name Grant Amount About the Project
The Gathering Food Centre Riversyde 83: community food centre $20,000 The Gathering Food Centre’s grant of $20,000 will support a community food centre for food skills training, culinary arts and a catering social enterprise for youth and those with employment barriers, as well as provide community dinners and emergency meals.
ARY Arcady (Libro) Side by Side Program $20,000 The Arcady Side-by-Side Program receives $20,000 to provide youth ages 7-18 the opportunity for training, mentorship and musical performance experience in a highly skilled environment, including resume building performances and recordings of their work. 

Huron Perth

Organization Name Project Name Grant Amount About the Project
Municipality of Central Huron Win This Space Central Huron  $10,000      Win This Space Central Huron receives $10,000 to provide business training and mentoring to local entrepreneurs interested in opening a location in Central Huron, with four contestants receiving free rent for one year and the grand prize winner receiving the storefront of their choice rent-free plus in-kind professional services. 
HURON COUNTY 4-H LEADERS' ASSOCIATION    Youth 4H Judging, Go For the Gold and Demonstration Awards Day. $5,000      With their $5,000 grant, the Huron County 4-H Leaders’ Association will mentor youth, encouraging leadership, presentation development and public speaking skills.
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF SOUTH HURON     Big Bunch $10,000    The Big Bunch program through Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Huron receives $10,000 to provide mentorship and social opportunities for youth in a group setting more appropriate for their needs than traditional one-on-one mentorship, fostering social growth and connections between peers.
CAMP MENESETUNG   The Libro Leadership Training Program - working title of course   $10,000    The Camp Menesetung Leadership Training Program is awarded $10,000 to provide youth 15 and 16 years old with the opportunity to receive leadership training from highly skilled and certified mentors, along with practical leadership experience, skill development and employment-based training such as interview skills and resume writing.
LAKE HURON CENTRE FOR COASTAL CONSERVATION   Coastal Conservation Youth Corps (CCYC) $5,000 The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation is awarded $5,000 for Coastal Conservation Youth Corps, providing 80 youth the opportunity to learn about coastal conservation, develop professional skills and experience hands-on coastal environmental stewardship.
Listowel Business Improvement Area    Win This Space $7,700      The Listowel BIA’s economic development initiative, Win This Space, receives $7,700 to support area entrepreneurs in turning their ideas and concepts into sustainable business plans, attracting new business ideas and reducing commercial vacancies in the business district.
St. Marys Farmers' Market Association     St. Marys Farmers Market Pilot Winter Farmers' Market     $7,300     
St. Mary’s Farmers’ Market Association is granted $7,300 to pilot an indoor Winter Farmers’ Market, a monthly, producer-based market focused on local producers and farm artisans to complement the summer market and provide year-long access to fresh, local food.
Technical Training Group (Stratford & Area)   TTG Virtual Welder   $5,000

The Technical Training Group receives $5,000 for a virtual welder, to provide hands-on demonstrations of this in-demand skilled trade at community events, schools and fairs to educate youth on skilled trade opportunities in the region.

Kitchener Waterloo

Organization Name Project Name Grant Amount About the Project
K-W YOUNG WOMEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION In Her Shoes   $20,000  The K-W Young Women’s Christian Association is awarded $20,000 for the In Her Shoes program, providing entrepreneurship and online business development support, training and experience to marginalized women. 
KITCHENER-WATERLOO COUNSELLING SERVICES INCORPORATED     OK2BME GSA Squad  $10,000      OK2BME Youth Leadership Group supports LGBTQ2+ youth through a youth recreation and leadership development program, and receives $10,000 to plan an annual Gender and Sexuality Alliance Conference (GSA Conference), a one-day community-building, brave space conference for LGBTQ+ youth.  

Lambton Kent Middlesex

Organization Name Project Name Grant Amount About the Project
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - SARNIA/LAMBTON     Indigenous Youth Skills Training & Development      $42,000   Habitat for Humanity, in partnership with the Chippewa of Kettle and Stoney Point and the Chippewa of Aamjiwnaang First Nations, receives $42,000 to enhance employment skills of First Nations youth by utilizing new home construction as an opportunity for skills training and development in the construction field.
JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF SOUTH WESTERN ONTARIO INC. Boosting Financial Literacy in the County      $20,000    Junior Achievement Personal Finance is a financial literacy program for high school students, encompassing money management skills such as spending wisely, budgeting, investing and good credit decisions. The $20,000 grant will provide 55 programs across southwestern Ontario.
Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc Junior Trades Program $20,000  The Junior Trades Program, through the Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc, is expanding their pilot program to directly engage youth ages 9-13 to foster their interest and skills in the trades prior to choosing a secondary school career path. The Junior Trades Program receives $20,000.
Lambton 4-H Association     Lambton 4-H Associations $5,000      The Lambton 4-H Association receives $5,000 to provide the opportunity for youth leaders to speak about and demonstrate their knowledge while developing interest in next-level clubs and learning opportunities.
The Corporation of the Township of Warwick     Township of Warwick "Win This Space'      $5,000      The Corporation of the Township of Warwick is awarded $5,000 for their economic development project, Warwick Township Win This Space, which will see area entrepreneurs complete business preparation sessions with the goal of awarding one finalist with subsidized commercial space in the Watford business district.

London Elgin Oxford

Organization Name Project Name Grant Amount About the Project
Oxford Small Business Support Centre (operating as Community Futures Oxford)     Thrive Oxford   $48,000      Community Futures Oxford is awarded $48,000 for their Thrive Oxford program, delivering self-employment training for women starting or growing a sustainable business in Oxford County, including education and support toward obtaining B Corporation certification.
Mennonite Community Services of Southern Ontario     The Harvest Bowl      $60,000      This $60,000 grant to the Mennonite Community Services of Southwestern Ontario will see their pilot ‘gleaning’ program, The Harvest Bowl, transitioned to a social enterprise which reaps the overabundance at harvest and creates dry soup mixes for year-round consumption by food banks
Ontario Co-operative Association Co-operative Business Succession Incubator   $20,278      The Ontario Co-operative Association receives $20,278 to develop a business succession incubator, providing training support and consulting to retiring owners of small and medium enterprises to convert their businesses to employee- or community-owned co-operatives.
London Youth Advisory Council    Generations of Leaders: Bringing Youth Strength Forward $33,386      Through their Generations of Leaders: Bringing Youth Strength Forward, the London Youth Advisory Council is granted $33,386 to involve youth ages 15-25 as designers and facilitators to deliver a series of workshops to adults on effectively engaging young people in community decision-making and participation. 
London InterCommunity Health Centre     Youth Financial Literacy Workshop     $6,336  The London Intercommunity Health Centre’s Youth Financial Literacy Workshop receives $6,336 to support youth 18-24 struggling to resolve debt issues by arming participants with financial knowledge through a series of targeted workshops.