Grants and Student Awards

Martin Fund

Application deadline: October 30, 2023 – 5:00 p.m.


HCF grants only to registered Canadian charities and other qualified donees as described in Section 110 of the Income Tax Act.  On occasion, 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 at:

Priorities & Criteria

The Martin Foundation was established, as an independent foundation, in 1968 by two proud Hamilton residents, D’Arcy Argue Counsell Martin, and his brother, Hubert Anthony Martin. Both practiced law in Hamilton, and served the community as volunteers in numerous charitable and community endeavours. They founded The Martin Foundation in order that the community would continue to receive financial support on a yearly basis when they were no longer actively involved. In 2011, The Martin Foundation Fund was established as the successor directors decided to merge The Martin Foundation with the Hamilton Community Foundation to ensure that this legacy of philanthropy would remain in this community and be strengthened through this relationship.

For 2023-24, the fund will consider applications within two focus areas.  These are:

  1. Supports and Services to improve the quality of life for seniors
  2. Mental Health across the ages

Grants are available to a maximum of $5,000.

The Foundation will be looking for applications which:

The fund does not support:

How to apply

Link to online application and guidelines here. Complete and submit your online application form. Application deadline is 5:00 p.m. October 30, 2023. 

[1] HCF defines equity-seeking/deserving groups are as communities that who face significant collective challenges in participating in society. This marginalization could be created by attitudinal, historic, social and environmental barriers based on age, ethnicity, disability, economic status, gender, nationality, race, sexual orientation and transgender status, etc. Equity-seeking groups are those that who identify barriers to equal access, opportunities and resources due to disadvantage and discrimination, and who actively seek social justice and reparation.