Grants and student awards

Community loans

The Hamilton Community Investment Fund (HCIF) provides loans and investments that work alongside our conventional grantmaking toward dual goals: producing measurable social impact and building re-usable resources for the future.

Working in concert with experienced partners and resources, this $5 million fund is available for loans or investments in charities, non-profits and social enterprises that benefit this community. The investments can help organizations acquire assets, achieve scale, and launch or expand a program. As loans are repaid, funds become available for use with other projects, creating a continual recycling of charitable capital.

Through this fund, the Hamilton Community Foundation recently made a loan to the Mustard Seed Co-op.


The HCIF is one component of the Foundation’s impact investing portfolio.

For more information contact Annette Aquin at 905.523.5600 x 243.