Grand River Film Festival receives Resilient Communities Fund grant to implement diversity, equity, and inclusion training

WATERLOO, August 1, 2022 –

The Grand River Film Festival (GRFF) has received a boost towards organizational growth with a $24,800 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Government of Ontario. The Resilient Communities Fund was developed to help non-profit organizations recover and rebuild from the impacts of COVID-19 and to continue meeting the needs of Ontario communities.

Former GRFF Chair and current advisor, Paul Tortolo, says “The support of OTF and the Government of Ontario, along with GRFF’s other funding partners and sponsors, ensures the sustainability of the organization. Through the Resilient Communities Fund grant, GRFF has invested in the future by providing training and coaching to develop and implement a diversity, equity and inclusion workplan and evaluation strategy meeting community needs.”

MPP Laura Mae Lindo for Kitchener Centre says “My sincerest congratulations to the Grand River Film Festival (GRFF) on being a recipient of the Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. As a pillar of arts, culture and creative expression in Waterloo Region, this award will ensure that GRFF is able to continue to provide opportunities for local artists to showcase their talents.”

The grant supports GRFF’s efforts to increase our social value by providing our members informed training and coaching in the field of EDI. By investing in this training, Chair of the Board Michael Clark, says “GRFF can gain a greater understanding of where we fit in our community. It also allows us to reexamine how we operate and speak to our audience. Ensuring that we represent those whom we serve is critical to the future of the organization.”

If you are interested in learning more about GRFF please contact Michel Clark, Chair, at

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $613 million to 3,600 projects over the last six years to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.
ABOUT GRAND RIVER FILM FESTIVAL – Founded in 2007, the Grand River Film Festival (GRFF) is committed to celebrate and inspire community through the shared experience of film. Featuring compelling documentaries, engaging shorts and premiere features, GRFF presents an integrated cultural experience. The festival encourages community involvement through a shared love for cinema by offering unique and diverse programming with creative community partnerships.