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

Emergency Community Support Fund

May 2020: Hamilton Community Foundation is participating in the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) along with the United Way of Halton & Hamilton. Funded by the Government of Canada, the ECSF is a $350 million fund being implemented with Community Foundations of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross and United Way Centraide Canada.

Click here to learn more and apply for funding from the Emergency Community Support Fund through Hamilton Community Foundation.

You may also choose to apply through the United Way Halton & Hamilton, by clicking here.

Questions about your application to the Emergency Community Support Fund? Click here for our FAQ.


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.

As of Thursday May 21, granting from this fund has been temporarily paused while we help to flow funds locally from the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund. Granting through the Pandemic Response Fund portal will resume at the close of the Emergency Community Support Fund, anticipated at the end of July.


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.


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 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.

Recognition Guidelines

The following link will provide you with direction on recognition. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

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 15, 2020.