Grants and Student Awards

ABACUS Small Grants Program for Teachers

Teachers play an essential role in supporting students learn, grow and thrive in the middle-school years. To help teachers continue to foster creative approaches to student learning, HCF offers a small grants program. The program provides funds to teachers offering enrichment experiences for students.

Since its start, the small grants program has funded approximately $172,000 to teachers across HWDSB and HWCDSB since its 2016 start. Grants are available to support middle school age children for the 2023-2024 school year.

Last year, 38 teachers received funding for their class activities, such as:

Who can apply? What kinds of projects will be considered?

Funding available

Grants range from $100 to $500. Grants will be limited to three per school per school year. Please note: funds may not be used for salary costs.

What is ABACUS?

Hamilton Community Foundation has a commitment to increasing the likelihood that young people who face multiple barriers will graduate high school and access post-secondary opportunities by focusing on the pivotal middle school years and supporting the transition into high school. We are doing this through an initiative called ABACUS, launched in 2015. In spring 2022 we launched ABACUS Phase II: Equity, Wellness, Academic Achievement, which further refines our grants and systems change work to include:

You can read more at here.

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