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

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.

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.

In addition to the open call grants listed below, these one time grants are currently available:

ABACUS Small Grants for Teachers program, for teachers of children in grade 6, 7, 8 in Hamilton’s publicly funded schools – Link to online application and guidelines.  Deadline is October 3, 2019.

Field of Interest Call for Proposals
Hamilton Community Foundation invites applications that support initiatives for children and youth from preschool to Grade 8. Grants will range from $1,000 to $10,000 and will be for one year. The applicable focus areas are:

  • Literacy*
  • Basic Needs*
  • School Connectedness/Attachment*
  • Chronic Absenteeism and Suspensions*

*see application guidelines (accessed via the online link) for more detail

Link to online application and guidelines here. Complete and submit your online application form by December 1, 2018.


For additional granting opportunities from the Malloch, Martin and Marshall funds, click here.  Applications received any time before October 15th will be considered in November of that year.

NEW Applications are being accepted to the Women4Change Fund until January 31, 2018.  Guidelines and application form can be accessed below.

Application form


For reporting on grants other than those from the funds listed above, please use this form.