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Learning, Environment & Seniors funding

Hamilton Community Foundation invites applications for support in three areas (details on each are provided below):

  • Children/Youth and Learning
  • Seniors
  • Environment
  1. Children/Youth and Learning

Reporting from our ABACUS[1] grantees has identified a number of issues affecting a student’s ability to learn and their journey through high school and onto post-secondary education.  This component of the Call for Proposals offers the opportunity for non-profit organizations to access resources to address these issues.

This component will support initiatives for children and youth from preschool to Grade 12.   The focus areas are:

  1. Literacy: examples include tutoring, reading enrichment programs.
  2. Basic needs: examples include food, clothing, school supplies, transportation or hygiene products.
  3. School connectedness/attachment: examples include mentoring and modeling the importance and belonging to school life, anti-bullying strategies and programs, school-based recreational sports, arts and cultural programs, an inviting, warm, supportive and child-friendly school environment, parental involvement and interaction with the school and the child’s education.
  4. Chronic absenteeism and suspensions: examples include recognizing good and improved attendance, engaging students and parents, providing personalized early outreach, monitoring attendance data and practice, and developing programs and services to respond.

We are looking for initiatives that:

  • Serve children/youth who have been shown to experience more educational barriers such as low-income students, students whose parents did not attend post-secondary education, Indigenous students, students from newcomer communities, etc.
  • Incorporate strategies to engage parents
  • Demonstrate a level of co-operation and collaboration with other groups, particularly schools and school boards, that could contribute to improved results in the project
  1. Seniors

Seniors are the fastest growing segment of Hamilton’s population.  We are looking for opportunities to support initiatives which improve their quality of life.

We are looking for initiatives that:

  • Support seniors from historically marginalized communities including, but not limited to, newcomer and Indigenous communities
  • Provide opportunities to combat social isolation
  • Support senior women
  • Address gaps identified through the “Hamilton’s Plan for an Age-Friendly City” –  and/or issues identified in HCF’s Vital Signs update on seniors:
  1. Environment

 We wish to provide assistance for projects with tangible, measurable results, aimed at protecting, preserving and enhancing the local natural environment both for now and in the future.  Grants are available to support environmental initiatives in these areas:

  • Small-scale climate action projects: examples include community-based, small-scale projects that raise awareness of climate change, greening and sustainability initiatives (i.e., urban green spaces, etc.),  and/or  projects that build communities’/residents’ resilience and adaptive capacity to climate change (including extreme heat, poor air quality, etc.) particularly amongst vulnerable populations
  • Green transportation: examples include help to build a constituency and a culture that support alternatives  to  car  use (such as, car  pools, public transportation) and promoting cycling and walking
  • Ecosystem conservation and restoration programs: examples include wetland restoration, preservation of habitat for endangered species, tree planting
  • Environmental education and community engagement: examples include enrichment activities to promote student learning, public awareness and engagement initiatives on environmental issues

Available funding:

We anticipate grants in each category to range from $1,000 to $20,000.   The following are not eligible for support:

  • capital campaigns
  • grants to individuals
  • endowment requests or deficit reduction
  • political or religious activities
  • research
  • activities outside of Hamilton

 Application process:

  • Grants will be made in accordance with the Canada Revenue Agency’s guidelines. Please see our website to confirm your eligibility
  • Complete and submit your online application form by August 17, 2020.  **Use Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Apple Safari to open the application**
  • ALL applicants will be contacted with a decision on their application by the end of January latest.


[1] To learn more about our ABACUS initiative and the programs we have supported, please visit our website at