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Grants and student awards

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.

Online portal

Log in to the online portal here.

Reporting

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 grants@hamiltoncommunityfoundation.ca 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.

Field of Interest Call: BIPOC Literacy/Meeting Basic Needs

Funding for this call will be through Field of Interest Funds held by HCF. Field of Interest Funds are established by donors to support specific interest areas (e.g., the environment, children’s needs, the arts, etc.). Read more and apply here.

Community Arts Fund

There is no Community Arts Fund open call for proposals for the 2020-21 year. Future granting opportunities for arts-based organizations will be posted on our website and social media as they become available. Read more and apply here.

ABACUS: Advancing Post-secondary Access

There are no ABACUS or Teacher Small Grants open calls for proposals for the 2020-21 year. ABACUS focuses on improving the academic, community and environmental factors that most directly affect a student’s likelihood of continuing his or her education. Read more and apply here.

Ontario Endowment for Children & Youth in Recreation Fund

This fund supports recreation needs of low-income children, youth at risk and children with special needs.
Read more and apply here.

The Hamilton Spectator Summer Camp Fund

The Hamilton Spectator Summer Camp Fund is used to provide camperships to children whose families could not otherwise afford the cost of summer camp. Read more and apply here.

The Dougher Community Fund

Grants from this fund support and enhance services and facilities offered in the area formerly known as the Town of Dundas. Read more and apply here.

Pandemic Response Fund

The Pandemic Response Fund addresses both the emergency needs of Hamiltonians today, and their emerging needs over the next weeks and months. Read more here.

Malloch and Martin 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. Read more here.

Community Health, Education & Research Fund

Applications due January 12, 2021. This fund supports innovative research in community health, with particular interest in applied research and collaborations involving respiratory health issues. Read more and apply here.

Edith H. Turner Fund

The Edith H. Turner Foundation Fund was established in memory of Edith H. Turner. Read more and apply here.

The McCallum, McBride Fund

This fund supports environmental protection, projects that assist women’s shelters and hostels and helping local organizations provide support to clients at Christmas. Read more here.

Ed Smee Conserver Society Environmental Fund

This fund supports small projects focused on education, research, or advocacy aimed at protecting the natural environment in Hamilton and Burlington. For information about applying, please contact the Society directly.