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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.).

The pandemic isn’t just a health crisis. It is a social and economic one as well, revealing and exacerbating the inequities and disparities embedded within our communities. Anti-black racism, Indigenous sovereignty and Black Lives Matter intersect with the pandemic. HCF stands with Black, Indigenous and people of colour, and is committed to using our resources to work with others to dismantle systems of oppression. We are looking to focus these funds in ways that best support this important work. This year’s Field of Interest Call for Proposals is part of a larger set of actions HCF will be taking.


This call for proposals is limited to BIPOC-focused organizations. BIPOC-focused organizations include organizations led by Black, Indigenous and people of colour, and/or organizations with services/programs that focus on BIPOC communities.

We know that grassroots community groups play an important role in the health and well-being of communities and we encourage them to apply with a fiscal sponsor. See below for additional information on fiscal sponsorship.

For 2020-21, Hamilton Community Foundation invites applications for support in two areas:

  • BIPOC literacy through history
  • Poverty relief: Meeting basic needs

1. BIPOC literacy through history
We heard from BIPOC communities that understanding the past helps frame our future. This granting initiative provides funding for projects that focus on the broad fields of literacy and education through the study of BIPOC history and historical events. Maximum grant will be $5,000.

2. Poverty relief: Meeting basic needs
The focus of this funding is to support initiatives directed to relieving poverty for BIPOC individuals and families (e.g., through food, transportation, shelter etc.). Maximum grant will be $5,000.

General eligibility:

  • Costs are not being covered by other grant sources
  • Workspace is located within Hamilton, serving Hamilton residents

HCF grants only to registered Canadian charities and other qualified donees as described in Section 110 of the Income Tax Act. Not-for-profit organizations without charitable status may be sponsored by a registered charity under a fiscal sponsorship.  More information on fiscal sponsorships is available here.

If you have questions or would like to talk to us about fiscal sponsorship, email us at

The following are NOT eligible for funding:

  • Individuals
  • Research
  • Endowment requests or deficit reduction
  • Major capital expenditures
  • Organizations with a primary focus on fundraising
  • Promotion of political, religious, moral or ethical philosophies or for purposes which may be deemed discriminatory