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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 grants@hamiltoncommunityfoundation.ca.

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.

Reporting

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

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.

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.  Deadline is October 31, 2019.

 

Malloch, Martin and Marshall funds

The Martin Foundation was established, as an independent foundation, in 1968 by two proud Hamilton residents, D’Arcy Argue Counsell Martin, and his brother, Hubert Anthony Martin. Both men practiced law in Hamilton, and served the community as volunteers in numerous charitable and community endeavours. They founded The Martin Foundation in order that the community would continue to receive financial support on a yearly basis when they were no longer actively involved. In 2011, The Martin Foundation Fund was established as the successor directors decided to merge The Martin Foundation with the Hamilton Community Foundation to ensure that this legacy of philanthropy would remain in this community and be strengthened through this relationship.

Priorities & Criteria

  • Focus is primarily on the greater Hamilton area
  • Grants across sectors, with 25% dedicated to the arts
  • Repeat applications will be considered

Grant range: $1,000 – $3,000

Link to online application and guidelines here. Complete and submit your online application form by October 15. **Use Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Apple Safari to open the application**

The Malloch Foundation was established in 1964 by Francis Gibson Malloch and Kate Daintry Malloch in memory of their son, F. David Malloch. David was a graduate of Queens University and Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, British Columbia. Throughout his lifetime, David had a keen interest in animal welfare and conservation. In 2014, the Board of the Malloch Foundation decided to merge with the Hamilton Community Foundation to create The Malloch Foundation Fund to ensure that this legacy of philanthropy will remain in the Hamilton community and be strengthened by this relationship.

Priorities & Criteria
Focus: Supports a broad array of issues including children, animal welfare, the environment, education, healthcare and adult and adolescent rehabilitation and reform.

Grant range: $1,000 – $2,000

Link to online application and guidelines here. Complete and submit your online application form by October 15. **Use Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Apple Safari to open the application**

The Esther Marshall Memorial Fund was first established in 2000 to honour the spirit of woman with a quiet, steady presence and who was well liked and respected by everyone. She was there not only for her family and friends, but also gave extensively to the community through her many volunteer activities over the years. In 2006, the fund’s name was changed to the John & Esther Marshall Memorial Fund to also honour John’s memory. Today, the fund continues this legacy of giving through the Fund’s support of arts and cultural organizations in Hamilton.

Priorities & Criteria
Focus: supports arts initiatives.
Grant range: $1,000 – $4,000

Link to online application and guidelines here. Complete and submit your online application form by October 15. **Use Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Apple Safari to open the application**