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We grant to the widest range of charitable organizations and initiatives.

Update July 20, 2020: Pandemic Response Fund
In March, Hamilton Community Foundation established its Pandemic Response Fund with a $2 million commitment, since augmented by generous donors, to address Hamiltonians’ emergency needs and those needs that arise over the ensuing months toward recovery.

Emergency granting from this fund is complete for now; we are currently working with the community to develop the next phase of funding related to rebuilding and recovery, anticipated this fall. Stay tuned via social media and this website.


Hamilton Community Foundation grants to the widest range of charitable organizations and initiatives. Grants are made in two ways:

  • Through open calls where organizations can apply based on specific fund priorities.  The open call funds are listed below.
  • Through matching donor interests and community needs.  If you have a funding need that meets HCF priorities but does not necessarily meet the criteria of the open calls, there may be opportunities to link you to appropriate grants. Please contact us at

Who qualifies?

HCF provides grants for projects that benefit the citizens of Hamilton and by law, grants only to registered Canadian charities and others qualified as described in Section 110 of the Income Tax Act.  On occasion, not-for-profit organizations without charitable status may be sponsored by a registered charity. We also offer community loans to charities, not profits and social enterprises.

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For organizations reporting via HCF’s online grants management system, a link to complete the report will be sent automatically to the original applicant. Before working on the report please be sure to read the following guide.

For reporting on grants other than those from the funds listed below, our correspondence advising you of the grant will indicate which one of these two reports you should complete:
Final Report – Abbreviated
Final Report – General

Recognition Guidelines

This link provides direction on recognizing your HCF grant. Please contact us at if you have questions.

Open Call Grants

Hamilton Community Foundation provides grants to local programs and organizations that improve the quality of life in our city. Many grants are available through an open-call process for which any qualifying organization may apply. The chart below summarizes the areas of focus for these open-call grants; for detailed criteria, deadlines and application form and report forms process, follow the links.