January 27, 2011
Media Release

New Agency Development Fund supports emerging agencies

$286,620 investment in new community service agencies will enhance local social services
NEWMARKET – York Regional Council today approved the allocation of $286,620 to support new community agencies across the Region through the New Agency Development Fund (NADF).
“Since its establishment in 2008, the New Agency Development Fund has been successful in strengthening the capacity for new and emerging social service agencies to address the service needs of York Region residents,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “This year, this fund will help ensure that agencies are meeting the diverse needs of our growing communities.”
York Region’s growth and diversifying population has put pressure on existing community agencies to provide an ever-increasing level of support.  NADF helps new and emerging agencies to overcome some of these pressures by providing funding that supports their growth and development. 
“As the Region’s population grows, the demand for additional community-based social services continues to increase,” said Town of Markham Deputy Mayor Jack Heath, Chair of the Region’s Community and Health Services Committee.  “The New Agency Development Fund provides much-needed resources to ensure that new social service agencies have the tools to sustain themselves now and in the future.”
Activities funded through the NADF Strategy include those that support community agencies organizational development and capacity building, for long-term sustainability. The Region also provides all eligible agencies non-financial support to assist in developing their organizational structure.
Newly formed not-for-profit or charitable agencies (less than five years at the time of application), that deliver social services to York Region residents and meet eligibility criteria may be considered for NADF support.  Eligibility criteria include supporting the Region’s health and community services strategic directions, priorities and mandates on the following priority areas: 
• Homelessness programs and services
• Family and Children’s strengthening programs and services
• Employment Supports including programs that support self-employment
• Public Health programs that complement regional health initiatives
The NADF Strategy is a result of extensive community and social service agency consultations, research on new agency funding strategies and discussions with other levels of government. 
Interested agencies are invited to apply for funding through the next community-wide call for proposals process beginning in early February 2011.   More information is available at www.york.ca/nadf
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
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Media Contact: Michelle McEwan, Communications Specialist, York Region
 Phone:  905-830-4444, ext. 1209 or Cell: 905-251-6412
 Email:  michelle.mcewan@york.ca

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