Grants and student awards

Logo and recognition

Hamilton Community Foundation encourages all our grant and loan recipients to build awareness of their projects through their community and local media. Social media, news releases, publications, websites, speeches, brochures, annual reports and advertising are all simple but important ways your organization can build awareness and understanding of the impact of your work.

When promoting a project Hamilton Community Foundation has funded, or when your organization receives ongoing support, we ask that you acknowledge this. This helps to raise awareness of the good work HCF is funding and to encourage more support for projects like yours.

Below we have provided information on recognition that is part of the terms of your grant contract, as well as a number of ideas for sharing news about your HCF-funded work with our community.

For more information or to submit your photos and stories please contact Grace Diffey, Vice-President, Community Relations, 905.523.5600 x 260


Hamilton Community Foundation logo
Hamilton Community Foundation requests that our logo be displayed on any promotional, marketing or donor recognition materials associated with projects we have supported. For example, posters, advertisements, web pages, rack cards, invitations, etc. for the project, should all display the Foundation logo.  Please note that the logo should not be squashed, stretched, rotated or modified in any way. The white space surrounding the logo is part of the logo.  Full guidelines, including proper colours can be found here.  Download the logo here.

If you require the logo in a different format, please contact

When using the Hamilton Community Foundation logo on your website, please link the logo with the Foundation’s website

The decal:  Portable signage for your project
The Foundation provides a decal for your organization to display on any window, wall or other surface in a public area in your organization, at an event or any other appropriate venue/area that connects to your grant.  The decal is easy to remove and reapply.  If you have not received a decal or would like more, please contact Tracy Varcoe at the Foundation.

Permanent signage
Recognition signage (e.g. donation walls etc.) should include the Foundation’s logo and/or name. If the support has been identified from a specific fund, it can include the fund name as well, e.g. The Edith H. Turner Foundation Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation. In the event that the donor wishes to remain anonymous (as described in the letter accompanying your grant) please recognize HCF only.

Making your grant news

There are many other ways to bring attention to your organization’s work, here are a few:

Photos are a great way to illustrate the activities and projects made possible by a Foundation grant. We require high-resolution photos and we MUST have photo consent or be assured, in writing, that you do, from all photo subjects before we can publish anything. You are welcome to use the HCF photo consent form,  for photos sent to us.

Do you have a success story from the grant you have received? We’re happy to share it in a blog post. We also invite submissions for guest blog posts to highlight the impact of a grant. Stories and photos will be reviewed, posted on the Foundation’s website and shared via our social networks. Please contact us with your ideas and stories.

Media release
Prepare a media release announcing the grant you have received and the impact it will bring to the community. This sample media release may help you frame your news.  If your news involves a project funded by the Foundation, we would appreciate acknowledgement in your media release by using our standard “statement of recognition” paragraph on the Foundation and its work. Please include in any media release on a project we have supported:

Hamilton Community Foundation has been working to drive positive change in Hamilton since 1954. We do this by helping people give in a way that has meaning to them and impact in the community, providing grants and financing to charitable organizations and initiatives and bringing people together to address priority issues that affect Hamiltonians. Last year HCF gave 893 grants to 318 charities, totalling $11.5 million. We also provided loans of $9.9 million to charities and non-profits across Hamilton.

If you require additional information or a quote from the Foundation, please contact Grace Diffey.

You may have an event or public celebrations to highlight your project.  If so, please acknowledge the Foundation’s role and feel free to extend an invitation to Foundation staff.

Speaking engagements
The Foundation is happy to bring greetings at your events whenever possible and can also often provide a keynote speaker.

Keeping us in the loop through social media
Share impact stories of your project and other milestones with the Foundation via social media by tagging us on Twitter (@HamCommFDN),  Facebook ( and Instagram (@hamilton_community_foundation). We would be pleased to share your successes to our own networks. Doing so will not just highlight the Foundation’s role but also draws attention to the positive impact of your organization’s work.

Newsletter or program
When including an article about a grant that you have received in your print/electronic newsletter or program, please make mention of the Foundation. If you require additional information or a quote from the Foundation, please contact us.

If you have any questions about developing news releases or promoting a grant received from Hamilton Community Foundation, please contact