Don Summerville Revitalization

Applications for the 2022 Don Summerville Scholarship Program can be submitted from March 1 to April 14. See below for details and the application form.

In partnership with the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), Applegrove has taken on a leadership role in engaging tenants on issues related to revitalization of the TCHC Don Summerville site at 1555 and 1575 Queen Street East.  Tenants are engaged in all aspects of the revitalization process, which aims to transform this aging social housing complex into a vibrant integrated, mixed use and mixed income community. 

The physical redevelopment of Don Summerville is accompanied by social transformation. In January 2020, a community benefits program was launched. The program supports social and economic development for tenants through a $100,000 scholarship fund, a $250,000 economic/social development fund, and TCHC tenant job opportunities valued at a minimum of $500,000. In addition, a community action plan supports social cohesion and connectivity for tenants and the community as a whole.  

Learn more about Don Summerville Revitalization:

Scholarship Program

Toronto Community Housing, its development partners Context Developments Inc. and RioCan Living, and Applegrove are working together to deliver the Don Summerville Scholarship Program. This program supports tenants to pursue post-secondary education in college, university, career academy and/or a trade school and recognizes the commitment of tenants to contributing to their community, bettering the world around them and cultivating change in their career field of interest. Scholarships are intended for full-time and part-time students with the goal of obtaining a degree or academic certificate.

 Key Information

  • The scholarship award value is up to $1,500 for part-time programs and up to $3,000 for full-time programs. The total amount to be awarded this year is up to $16,000.
  • Recipients will be chosen by a panel of evaluators.
  • Application Deadline: Thursday April 14, 2022 at 5:00 pm
  • On-line info sessions: March 8 and March 24, 2022 at 5:30 pm – click here to join online or dial 647 374 4685 or 647 558 0588 to join by phone (meeting ID is 826 1325 8629)
  • Information on the program will go to tenants via an email blast, phone outreach and Don Summerville social media platforms:

Instagram: @donsummervillehub

Facebook: don summerville hub

Application Package

Click here for application package.

This is a fillable PDF form. Please:

  • Follow the instructions in the form on how to prepare your application package
  • Add your initials in the designated place as your signature
  • Save it as “[Your Name] DS_Scholarship Application Form” once completed
  • Email your completed application to [email protected]

If you need a paper copy, a translated version of the application or other accommodation to complete the application please contact Marveh Farhoodi by March 25, 2022.


Contact Marveh Farhoodi at [email protected] or 416-688-1583

Click here to meet 2021 scholarship recipients

Community Action Plan (CAP)

Revitalization is not just about new buildings. It is also about people and facilitating a positive neighbourhood for all. The CAP is a living document created by tenants, TCHC and community partners. It provides a road map for building community engagement, social inclusion and economic empowerment into the revitalization process.

The first pillar in the CAP is celebrating heritage. TCHC, RioCan, Context Development Inc. and Applegrove are working with East End Arts to support a community-driven heritage project based on gathering and sharing stories and photos of Don Summerville tenants.

Employment Program

As part of revitalization, TCHC, RioCan, Context Development Inc. and Applegrove are collaborating with WoodGreen Employment Services and TDSB Next Steps Employment Centre to connect TCHC tenants with employment and entrepreneurial opportunities. Some but not all opportunities are associated with the revitalization project itself, for example in construction and the trades. Applegrove is also committed to providing seasonal employment opportunities to youth from Don Summerville

For more information on Don Summerville and Revitalization contact:
Marveh Farhoodi at [email protected]