Grants and student awards

Edith H. Turner granting round Fall 2021

Edith H. Turner granting round Fall 2021

The Edith H. Turner Fund supports evidence-informed programs and services designed to support children and youth, families, adults and seniors in Hamilton who are experiencing marginalization.

The following grants were awarded from the Edith H. Turner Fund in 2021:

OrganizationProject TitleProject DescriptionAmount
A Rocha Canada
Operation WildProvides accessible environmental education and nature experiences to individuals with disabilities to promote wellbeing, environmental stewardship, and social inclusion and connectedness.$13,680
ACORN Institute CanadaHamilton Civic Connections projectDevelops leadership and civic engagement skills across vulnerable neighborhoods in the city with focus on tenant rights.$25,000
Adult Basic Education AssociationEducational planning servicesProvides adults in our community with objective, goal-oriented educational planning services.$12,760
Afro-Canadian Caribbean AssociationCaring For Black Bodies and Mind – A Youth Resiliency programProvide engagement strategies for nurturing resiliency in Black children through a 12-month social and educational project focusing on a healthy body healthy mind.$20,000
Ancaster Community ServicesYouth engagement program – the NetAims to help young people (aged 13-18) connect, learn, and be engaged in their community in a safe and supported manner.$10,000
Art Gallery of HamiltonAGH Learn: in-class, artist led projectsProvides literacy based, arts-integrated, curriculum opportunities for students in Grades 1 and 9.$13,440
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton Hamilton
In-school mentoringSupports children at a Hamilton Wentworth elementary school as well as provides positive social interaction for the students in an “out of classroom” venue.

Cancer Assistance ProgramDrive2DeliverProvides free home delivery of nutrition, incontinence supplies, food bags and home safety equipment.$20,000
City Kidz MinistryCityYouth leadership developmentDevelops important life skills such as resumé writing, networking and interviewing.$10,000
City of Hamilton
McQuesten Urban Farm / De Dwa Da Dehs Nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre (DAHAC) Healthy Living PartnershipIntegrates the McQuesten Urban Farm with DAHAC healthy living and health promotion programming .$25,000
Compass Community HealthHealth in the DiasporaSupports newcomer youth to increase their personal agency, overcome tragedy, develop coping skills, and set goals for themselves.$8,300
Culture for KidsAfter School Arts Program 2022Supports performing arts experiential learning for children and youth.$15,000
Dr. Bob Kemp HospiceCamp Keaton Hamilton 2022Supports Children’s Bereavement Program, for children, ages seven to 17, who have experienced the death of someone close to them.$5,000
Dundas Youth ChaplaincyRoutes Youth CentreSupports safe space for youth ages eight to 19 from low-income households.$10,000
Easter Seals OntarioEquipment funding programSupports purchasing essential mobility and accessibility equipment for children and youth with physical disabilities.$6,000
Elliott Heights Baptist Church

Larch Afterschool ProgramSupports healthy development of children academically by providing customized support and socially by helping children deal with everyday life issues.$20,000
Essential Aid & Family Services of Ontario Inc.Infant & toddler food bankProvides emergency formula, food and diapers to families with children under the age of four who are experiencing financial hardship.$25,000
Fit Active Beautiful FoundationFAB Girls 5K Challenge ProgramHelps girls living in lower income communities develop the skills and confidence needed to live an empowered life.  $7,500
Hamilton East Kiwanis Boys’ & Girls’ ClubRec in a BagSupports marginalized and at-risk seniors and adults who are unable to access recreational services because of technological limitations.$25,000*   *$6,078 from EHTF and $18,922 Mary Lauder Cassidy Fund
Hamilton Festival Theatre CompanyHFTC Artist Development: ALERT & SPARK 2021-22Assists aspiring and emerging theatre professionals navigate the unique challenges faced by artists who wish to make careers in Hamilton.$10,000
Hamilton Music CollectiveHamilton Music Collective summer campProvides youth with access to all aspects of music performance, creation and production in a safe collaborative way,$20,000
Hamilton Philharmonic OrchestraMusic education and appreciation for students, youth and seniorsProvides entertaining, educational and accessible music appreciation programs for students and seniors in the Greater Hamilton Area.$7,500
Learning Disabilities Association of Halton

Some Assembly Required (SOAR) transition skills programProvides online and in-person support for students with Learning Disabilities (LDs)in Grades 6 to 9 in as they begin preparing and adapting to the choices and challenges of high school as well as support for parents.$10,000
Liberty For YouthBright ChoicesHelps to keep youth in high school and helps youth become aware of their strengths, improve their learning skills, increase their knowledge of career opportunities and make a plan to graduate.$10,000
Living Rock MinistriesRock Resources: Life skill & work readiness programProvides supports and training to vulnerable youth through Work-to-Earn and Earn-while-you-Learn models.

Métis Women’s CircleElders Teaching Traditional Plant Science -Grade 6 to 8Provides support for students to learn about the reciprocal relationship between the earth and living beings.$21,500*   *$1,500 EHTF and $20,000 from Hogarth Family Foundation Fund
Munar Learning  Center (Sponsorship by Empowerment Squared)Somali Community Youth
Somali Community Youth Academic Program
Afterschool support and Literacy and Numeracy
Provides support for 50 students to improve their literacy and numeracy skills and support with their homework and social lives.$25,000
Neighbour to Neighbour CentreEducation & Food Skills Programming:  Healthy Bodies and MindsPromotes health and encourages social connections by enhancing knowledge and skills in preparing nourishing food, reducing social isolation and celebrating diversity and culture and supporting physical, social and mental well-being$25,000
Neighbour to Neighbour CentreMiddle East outreachAssists newcomer households, and households with systemic barriers to settlement, to connect with services and programs that address income and health vulnerabilities.$17,000
Pathways to Education CanadaKeep Hamilton Students Connected to their EducationProvides youth living in North Hamilton with the resources and networks of support needed to graduate from high school and transition to post-secondary education, training, and employment.$14,600
Rafiki Hamilton (Sponsored by Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion)KUSOMA Literacy and Math program for children in the Black communitySupport Black francophone children outside of school to improve in math and literacy.$20,000
Relay EducationKids’ World of Energy – HamiltonSupports workshops that teach students about renewable energy systems.$8,060
Scientists in SchoolIncreasing access to stem education for marginalized children in hamiltonProvides 30 virtual hands-on classroom and community STEM enrichment workshops to children in low-income neighbourhoods.$9,000
Shakespearience Performing ArtsThe Shakespearience In Class ExperienceSupports students in Grades 3 to12 to develop character, confidence and communication skills.$3,000
St. Joseph’s Healthcare FoundationSt. Joe’s Youth Wellness Centre’s Youth Empowerment FundProvide clients with the opportunity to apply for critical financial support to help them achieve their recovery-related goals, whether they be related to education, employment, gender identity, artistic pursuits, or overall health and wellness.$8,000
Start2Finish CanadaHamilton R&R Club+Supports children from BIPOC/marginalized communities with physical activity, a trauma-informed Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum, and literacy/reading support.$10,000
Strong Start Charitable Organization

Letters, Sounds and WordsProvides early literacy intervention for children ages five to seven, delivered in partnership with school boards across Ontario.$10,000
Student Open CirclesCommunity Volunteer Circles (CVC)Helps to increase the capacity of Hamilton social service agencies to deliver their programs by recruiting, training, and co-ordinating weekly teams of volunteers on behalf of the agencies.$11,600
Telling TalesEveryone Gets a Front Seat: telling tales’ live streamed author visits to local schools and EarlyOnsSupports the development of 30 live-streamed author visits broadcast to local classrooms and EarlyON family service centres.$12,525
Tetra Society of North AmericaTetra Hamilton Chapter – Devices Breaking BarriersMatches volunteers with Hamilton residents with a disability to design and construct a no-cost custom assistive device that alleviates a barrier. $6,272
The Baby DepotSupporting healthy and stable homes for 175 families in HamiltonProviding families in need with a year’s worth of clothing and essential baby items.$7,500
Wesley Urban Ministries

Seniors outreach programProvides services both in English and Arabic to a targeted population: vulnerable adults and seniors (55 years old and older), newly arrived refugees ages, and veterans.$15,000
YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/BrantfordBeyond the Bell After-school ProgramProvides interactive after-school programming that instills positive social and emotional skills by addressing each child’s academic, social and behavioural needs while emphasizing literacy, numeracy, recreation, and nutrition.

Youth and Philanthropy Initiative Canada
YPI Hamilton Community Partner 2022/23Provides programming that builds skill and
character, and develops a greater sense of community and connection with local people, issues, and services.
$25,000*     *includes $7,928 from Youth and Philanthropy Fund
YWCA HamiltonPeer to Peer Connections: peer support program expansion for women experiencing homelessnessSupports peer-led approach to foster meaningful connections and intervention for residents of Transitional Living Program.$18,150
Total grant amount$662,537