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Immediate grants

In mid-March, these organizations received emergency grants from the Pandemic Response Fund to immediately address critical needs including food security, shelter and hygiene for high-need, vulnerable people:

De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre$25,000
Elizabeth Fry Society$5,000
Essential Aid and Family Services of Ontario Inc.$10,000
Good Shepherd Centres Hamilton$25,000
Hamilton Community Legal Clinic$10,000
Hamilton Food Share$50,000
Hamilton Social Medicine Response Team (HamSMaRT)$10,000
Living Rock Ministries$20,000
Mission Services of Hamilton$25,000
Neighbour to Neighbour Centre (Hamilton)$20,000
Shelter Health Network$10,000
St. Matthew’s House$10,000
The Salvation Army Booth Centre$25,000
Welcome Inn Community Centre of Hamilton$10,000
Wesley Urban Ministries$25,000
YWCA Hamilton$25,000

Subsequent grants

The fund opened in early April for applications from charities, inviting applications for funding to provide basic needs in Hamilton and to support frontline charities delivering critical services to vulnerable populations in Hamilton affected by quarantine, closures, shortages, access to services, loss of income, or affected by other economic factors.

Grants were made to:

Body BraveSupport to meet needs of Hamilton clients unable to access usual hospital supports at this time$10,500
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton HamiltonSupports staff coverage and volunteer training for program to identify and connect with highly vulnerable children in their programs for weekly well-being check-in and encouragement/engagement $15,000
Cancer Assistance ProgramSupport delivery of essentials to clients$7,500
Catholic Children's Aid Society of HamiltonFood security for kinship families and children in care, and basic needs for youth aging out of care$16,000
City Housing HamiltonFood support for highly vulnerable populations, and support for personal hygiene products$5,300
Dr. Bob Kemp HospiceSupport PPE and ipads for patients to stay connected to families$10,000
Elizabeth Fry Society Southern Ontario RegionEssential hygiene, food and childcare needs $5,000
Elliott Heights Baptist ChurchFood support for vulnerable children and families in the Larch After School Program$5,000
Elliot Heights Baptist ChurchMaintain and expand Larch After School program during COVID-19$10,000
Empowerment SquaredSupport to help newcomer families access government assistance and other resources$25,000
Eva Rothwell CentreFood security$4,000
Good Shepherd CentresSupport for most-needed items including food, diapers, hygiene products, and technology to engage with clients$25,000
Grenfell Ministries/Welcome Inn Community Centre of HamiltonPurchase of basic needs and harm reduction supplies for vulnerable people and Overdose Prevention Line and small grants for people just released from corrections$3,500
Hamilton Centre for Civic InclusionSupport to Caremongering program, food security prioritizing racialized and disabled people$15,000
Hamilton Habitat for HumanityProvide free home repairs for vulnerable homeowners living in unsafe conditions$10,000
Hamilton Jewish FederationFood security$5,000
Hamilton Foundation for Student SuccessSupport for equitable access to learning in the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board$50,000
Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School BoardSupport for equitable access to learning$30,000
HAMSMaRT/Keeping SixSupport outreach coordinator and peer support worker roles and provide essential supplies for clients$20,000
Immigrants Working CentreTechnology and computer literacy support for newcomer individuals and families$7,020
Institute for Advancements in Mental HealthSupport to meet needs of Hamilton clients unable to access usual hospital supports at this time$10,000
Interval House of HamiltonSupport enabling existing staff to focus on COVID-19 related issues and tasks$4,120
Interval House of HamiltonSupport initiatives to keep women experiencing intimate partner violence safe, connected and comfortable during the pandemic$6,650
Islamic Relief- IR CanadaCulturally appropriate basic necessities for newcomers/refugees, people with low income and seniors$15,000
L'Arche HamiltonTechnology to administer proper care remotely, and to prepare isolation spaces$15,000
Learning Disabilities Association of HaltonProvide supports not covered elsewhere for Hamilton students with learning disabilities and exceptionalities $5,324
Liberty For YouthSupport ability to provide mentorship, mental health and other services online, and to provide basic needs and other support for vulnerable youth affected by pandemic$20,000
Micah House Refugee Reception Services Inc.Support basic needs of tenants in shelter$5,000
Mohawk College Purchase basic needs items for packages for international students/families in financial need$25,000
Neighbour 2 Neighbour CentreSupport food access through gardening for families and individuals living on low-incomes$14,200
Parkview Church of the Christian and Missionary AlliancePurchase essential items for food boxes for people in need$15,000
Refuge: Hamilton Centre for Newcomer Health/Empowerment SquaredSupport translation services for Refuge clients$15,000
Second Harvest Food Support CommitteeExpand platform to Hamilton, to facilitate donation of surplus food from businesses to social service organizations$15,000
Sex Workers' Action Program of Hamilton/Hamilton AIDS NetworkSupport for emergency food, housing, transportation, hygiene items and other small grants related needs arising from COVID-19 $5,000
Shalom VillageSupport staff costs for resident care related to COVID-19$24,000
Spinal Cord Injury OntarioOffset administrative costs related to online platforms for staff, clients, family and caregivers$6,000
St. Joseph’s Healthcare FoundationSupport Mobile Nursing Clinic to assist outpatients managing mental illness$50,000
Victorian Order of Nurses - HamiltonMaintain services and connection to clients and caregivers while day and respite care services are closed $5,000
Welcome Inn Community CentreSupport to maintain services to multiple vulnerable populations normally supported by thrift store revenues $25,000
Wellwood Resource CentreContinuation and expansion of transition to virtual programming, online self-help resources and online peer-mentoring$10,000
Wesley Urban MinistriesProvide hot meals to vulnerable people in Hamilton$15,000
YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/BrantfordBasic needs of tenants in transitional housing $25,000