Grants and student awards

Edith H. Turner Foundation Fund grants

The Edith H. Turner Foundation Fund supports evidence-based programs and services that help children/youth; families, adults and seniors in Hamilton who are experiencing marginalization, with a focus on stable homes and families, healthy bodies and minds and educational/learning support across ages. In 2022, HCF made 48 grants totalling $642,603 from this fund.

NameProject titleProject descriptionGrant*
ACORN Institute CanadaHamilton Tenant Rights ProjectExpands “Civic Connections,” a program for people with low income, to build their knowledge, skills and confidence in tenant rights and civic topics.$25,000
Adult Basic Education AssociationEducational Planning ServicesBuilds on ongoing programming to assist adults to explore and provide supports for educational options and pathways appropriate to their goals.$12,960
Ancaster Community ServicesYouth Engagement Program – The NetThe Net helps people aged 13-18 connect, learn, and be engaged in their community in a safe and supported manner through recreation, volunteering, social outings and more$10,000
Cancer Assistance ProgramDrive Program – Drive & Ride and Drive 2 DeliverCAP provides free practical services to cancer patients such as delivering home-safety equipment/personal care/food and drives to cancer-related appointments via volunteer drivers.$10,000
Catholic Children’s Aid Society of HamiltonYouth Transition Success ProgramSupports youth aged 18 to 23 to transition successfully from child welfare care to adulthood, by assisting to fill a funding gap. Grant will support three priority areas: housing, mental health, and education.$16,000
Circle of Friends for Newcomers (Hamilton)Towards Closing the Technology Gap: Digital Literacy Coaching ProjectHelps equip ESL newcomers with basic digital literacy skills to support access to services and opportunities that are increasingly online.$9,515
City Kidz MinistryYouth Leadership DevelopmentSupports youth aged 12 to 18 to gain important life skills such as resume writing, networking and interview are nurtured along with developing servant leadership through practical experiences. $10,000
CNIBCNIB Mobile Hub in HamiltonThe CNIB Mobile Hub is a full-accessible pop-up that sets up in community spaces to deliver programs that teach new skills to prepare participants, who are affected by sight loss, for employment and improve their mental and physical health.$10,000
Culture for KidsAfter School Arts ProgramExpands performing arts experiential learning for children and youth, and supports equity, diversity and inclusion in program delivery.$15,200
Dundas Youth ChaplaincyEvening Programming and WorkshopsComplements existing drop-in services with new structured programming and workshops to support youth with a variety of social, emotional and mental health needs. $15,000
Elizabeth Fry Society Southern Ontario RegionSTARS Program – Sex Trade Alternatives, Resources & ServicesSupports a client-centred drop-in that provides access to a variety of services to women and gender-diverse people who identify involvement in the sex trade.$13,618
Elliott Heights Baptist ChurchLarch After School ProgramProvides academic and social support to help children living in low income, deal with everyday life issues and access equitable opportunities to participate in school life and excel in education.$20,000
Essential Aid and Family Services of Ontario Inc.Infant & Toddler Food BankSupports the Infant & Toddler Food Bank service providing free access to emergency supply of formula, diapers and food for children 0-3 years.$15,000
Fit Active Beautiful FoundationFAB Girls 5K Challenge ProgramSupports the FAB Girls 5K Challenge program which helps young girls living in lower-income communities to develop the skills and confidence needed to live an empowered life through sport.  $7,500
Flamborough Information & Community ServicesFlamborough Youth Empowerment Program – Expansion ProjectExpands program to connect and engage youth living in rural areas who have limited access to public transportation and fewer services$15,000
Frontier CollegeFree Literacy Programming for Hamilton Children and YouthSupports students from under-served, low-income and newcomer communities to achieve more academic success through literacy and numeracy skills. $10,000
Grace Anglican ChurchGraceful Abilities Day ProgramSupports creation and operation of a day program to support adults with developmental disabilities in leading an active and fulfilling daily life through life-skill building activities and friendships.$23,269
Grenfell MinistriesWomen’s Transitional Living ProgramA partnership with Hamilton City Housing for a peer-based, peer-led transitional living shelter program at Vanier Towers, in which each participant has the supports they need to facilitate their housing journey.$25,000
Hamilton Conservation FoundationIncreasing Learning Opportunities for Disadvantaged Youth – Environmental Education and WestfieldIncreases equitable access to Hamilton Conservation Authority’s environmental education and Westfield’s historical programming by reducing those financial aspects, such as transportation, that must be covered by parents.$7,500
Hamilton Food SharePriority Food Purchasing Project – School Aged ChildrenSupports FoodShare’s priority food purchasing project which focuses on ensuring nutritious items for children are consistently available throughout the emergency food system, including school-safe foods for lunches.$7,500
Hamilton Music CollectiveMusical Futures Summer CampSupports a barrier-free summer camp for underserved families, exposing youth to all aspects of the music industry.$10,000
Hamilton Naturalists’ ClubRevitalizing HNC’s GO (Get Outside) Explore Nature Education Program: Empowering students to enhance biodiversityTeaches students about Hamilton’s natural features and why it’s important to protect and enhance biodiversity, through hands-on activities in neighbourhoods and HNC nature sanctuaries.$9,900
Hamilton Philharmonic OrchestraAccessible Music for Students and SeniorsProvides accessible, entertaining and educational musical appreciation for local students and seniors.$12,500
Interval House of HamiltonCoaching Kids into StarsTrains and supports local coaches to educate young players on gender-based violence, consent and bystander intervention.$19,096
Liberty For YouthBright ChoicesWorks toward helping youth stay in high school, improve their learning skills, knowledge of career paths and graduate.$10,000
Living Rock MinistriesRock Resources: Life-Skill and Employment Readiness ProgramRock Resources supports and trains vulnerable youth through earn-while-you-learn models, helping them set goals to address challenges and dreams.$25,000
Mishka Social ServicesThe Sanad ProgramProgram provides culturally informed support, connecting underserved communities to shelter and social services, and tackling systemic barriers.$25,000
Muscular Dystrophy CanadaEquipment Program – Hamilton-WentworthEquipment program provides support for wheelchairs, home and vehicle adaptations and other aids to help people living with neuromuscular disorders improve access and enhance quality of life.$5,000
Neighbour-2-Neighbour Hamilton Community Food CentreEducation and Food Skills Programming:  Healthy Bodies and MindsUses food as a tool for bringing people together to promote health and wellness and provide opportunities fore participants to connect and learn.$15,000
Neighbour-2-Neighbour Hamilton Community Food CentreMiddle East OutreachHelps connect newcomer and households experiencing barriers to settlement connect with income and health services, through navigation, advocacy and education.$25,000
Rafiki Hamilton   Fiscal sponsor: Hamilton Center for Civic InclusionKusoma programProvides math and literacy tutoring for students in French school or French immersion.$10,000
Scientists in SchoolIncreasing Access to STEM Education for Marginalized Children in HamiltonProvides STEM workshops for Hamilton children living in low-income communities. Workshops are offered in schools, and through after-school programming partners$12,400
Shakespearience Performing ArtsThe Shakespearience In-Class ExperienceHelps students develop confidence and language skills through the works of Shakespeare.$5,000
Shalem Mental Health FoundationPost Pandemic Response to Heightened Mental Health NeedsGrant subsidizes affordable and accessible mental health counselling for approximately 100 families/individuals living with low income$25,000
Smilezone FoundationSmilezone installation for McMaster Children’s HospitalSmilezone transforms existing pediatric space for children facing surgery, into child-friendly, multi-sensory play areas to provide a more welcoming and calming environment.$10,000
St. Joseph’s Healthcare FoundationYouth Empowerment Fund at St. Joe’s Youth Wellness CentreThis program provides financial support for youth to achieve recovery-related goals i.e., education, employment, artistic to remove financial barriers that hinder recover from mental health and addiction challenges.$8,000
Start2Finish CanadaHamilton R&R Club+Reading and running program for children facing economic barriers, centres on physical, mental, academic and social emotional well-being to help them stay in school and graduate.$10,000
Student Open CirclesCommunity Volunteer CirclesHelps 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.$12,000
Telling TalesEveryone Gets a Front Seat: Telling Tales’ Livestreamed Author Visits to Local Schools and Daycare ProvidersGrant will support 20 virtual author visits to local classrooms and early learning centres, introducing children and youth to Canadian authors and illustrators.$11,700
Tetra Society of North AmericaTetra Hamilton Chapter – Devices Breaking BarriersProject matches Hamiltonians living with a disability and volunteers who can build them a custom-built assistive device that reduces a barrier to daily living, school, work or recreational activity. $6,445
The Baby DepotSupporting the Hamilton Community’s most vulnerableGrant supports providing families with low-income with a year’s worth of clothing and essential baby items.$7,500
The Children’s Garden Project Canada   Fiscal sponsor:  The Conserver Society of Hamilton and DistrictThe Little Planters Workshops SeriesThe Children’s Garden Project in Gage Park enables children to play, garden, connect with nature and learn about the natural world. It’s created, built, planted, maintained and harvested by children, their families, and local community.$20,000
The Eva Rothwell CentreDolly Parton’s Imagination LibraryGrant will expand distribution coverage to for the Dolly Parton Imagination library which sends free books to Hamilton children up to age five.$5,000
Theatre Aquarius Inc.TA Arts DaysGrant will support 500 children with free access to “TA Arts Day”, which includes workshops, lunch, a matinee performance of the mainstage production and a talkback with the cast.$5,000
Welcome Inn Community CentreLearning and funThe program supports children from two local elementary schools who would benefit from one-on-one mentoring; it includes mental health, emotional wellness and financial literacy components, a healthy snack and group fun. $10,000
Wellwood Resource CentreCreating Connections for Newly Diagnosed Cancer PatientsSupports newly-diagnosed patients with personal connections and tools for self care.$10,000
YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/BrantfordBeyond The BellAn interactive after-school program emphasizing literacy, numeracy, recreation and nutrition.$20,000
YWCA HamiltonHolistic Health Solutions: Multi-tiered health supports for women experiencing/recovering from homelessnessAddresses service gaps in mental and physical health supports for residents and clients of YWCA’s housing program to promote healthy bodies, minds and trauma recovery.$20,000

*Grants in this round include support from the following HCF funds: Barbara and Bob Harwood Fund, Barbara Farnan Fund, Betty and Jack George Family Fund, Everard Hambro Fund, George and Shirley McBride Foundation Fund, Jane C. LeWarne Fund, John Dennis Holmes Fund, Kenneth Boothe Young and Marie Catherine Young Fund, Lillian & Marvin Goldblatt Family Fund, School Sisters of Notre Dame Legacy Fund and The Van Dusen Fund.