ROCKWOOD, ONT. (June 22, 2022) – In April 4-H Ontario was awarded a $150,000 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to support the research, development and implementation of a participant recruitment strategy. The participant recruitment strategy will help 4-H Ontario engage with new youth and volunteers across the province and support the growth of the organization post-pandemic.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation,” says Christine Oldfield, Executive Director, 4-H Ontario. “4-H Ontario can now create a participant recruitment strategy that will allow us to engage more youth and volunteers across Ontario and support the organization for many years to come.”

The strategy will be created by April 2023 and includes an extensive research phase that will be used to gather information from youth, volunteers and families of all backgrounds to support the development and implementation of the plan. A portion of funds from this grant will also be used to enhance the current database software, bettering the 4-H experience for all youth and volunteers.

4-H Ontario is committed to providing youth with meaningful experiences that allow them to build their leadership and life skills through hands on learning and mentorship. 4-H’s motto, “Learn To Do By Doing” is more important than ever before and the organization will continue to build youth as resilient leaders within their communities and as assets to world.

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. Visit to learn more.


About 4-H Ontario

4-H Ontario is a non-profit positive youth development organization that builds youth as leaders within their communities and assets to the world. With roots in rural Ontario, today it is open to youth of all backgrounds across the province. 4-H youth ages 6–21 and screened, engaged volunteer leaders come together to learn about selected topics through fun hands-on activities and mentorship. There are also provincial camps, conferences, competitions and national and international travel opportunities available to further develop skills in leadership, business, self-confidence and more. 4-H provides youth with a place they can be involved, accepted, valued and heard while developing valuable skills for leadership and life.

For more information please contact:

Laura Goulding, Manager, Communications, 4-H Ontario