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The Ten Oaks Project receives $20,000 Community Investment – Seed Grant

Ottawa – July 4, 2020 – Ten Oaks Project is growing with a $20,000 Community Investment Seed grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The Community Investment Seed grant allows non-profit organizations to help new ideas take root that will drive positive change in our communities. Every summer, around the campfire and under the stars, we create intentional magic for children and youth from 2SLGBTQ+ communities. With this seed grant, we can spread our magic further and create intentional community spaces for 2SLGBTQ+ families.

Over the next year, Ten Oaks Project will launching new programs under the direction of a new Community Engagement Coordinator which will include an eight-week closed support group for parents of transgender and/or gender-diverse children, and a monthly discussion and education group for prospective 2SLGBTQ+ parents and a variety of community events.

“Building inclusive and engaged communities together, this initiative will create opportunities for 2SLGBTQ+ families to meet others with similar identities and family structure, receive peer support and form stronger connections.”

Stay posted on our website and social media for the launch of these programs and registration information! We look forward to growing with our community and extending our programs to include 2SLGBTQ+ families from prospective parents, to those looking for community and support year round.

The Ten Oaks Project is a charitable, volunteer-driven organization that engages and connects with and engages children and youth from 2SLGBTQ+ (two spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer) identities, families, and communities.

An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. Ontario Trillium Foundation


Ottawa – April 1, 2023 – On Sunday, the Ten Oaks Project was pleased to recognize an $86,600 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, which has supported the organization develop strategies to diversify revenue sources and adapt its in-demand family supports for virtual service delivery.

“The Ten Oaks Project’s work provides a beautiful and vital service to our Ottawa community, during a time when spaces for 2SLQBTQ+ community members and their families are so desperately needed,” said Joel Harden, MPP for Ottawa Centre. “I am excited to see them continue to serve our 2SLQBTQ+ neighbours, and the broader Ottawa Centre community, with the help of OTF and the Resilient Communities Fund.”

The Ten Oaks Project received the OTF funding in spring 2022 to help recover from the impacts of the Covid 19 pandemic,and adapt their in-demand programming into virtual formats as a means of reaching a diverse range of community members. The grant has also been by Ten Oaks Project to develop expertise to diversify revenue streams and support staff in order to maintain the long-term stability and efficacy of the organization’s programs. One such program, Families in TRANSition, offers in-depth support to the parents and caregivers of trans and gender diverse youth in Ottawa and the surrounding areas. Thanks to the Resilient Communities Fund grant, this highly sought-after program is now staffed full-time and able to provide services on a yearly basis.

“The impact of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant cannot be overstated,” said Lux, Executive Director of Ten Oaks Project. “The OTF funding has allowed us to ensure that life-changing programming is available to support the wellbeing of trans and gender diverse young people and helped ensure a bright future for Ten Oaks Project in the long term with a strategy that will help us sustain programming and growth.”

The Ten Oaks Project is a charitable organization working to help children, youth, and families from 2SLGBTQ+ communities thrive by offering inclusive and play-based programming such as summer camps, in-person activities, virtual family programs,
and community education whenever needed.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations celebrates 40 years of grantmaking in Ontario and making a lasting impact in communities. 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. Visit to learn more.