This page includes information on grants:

  1. Health Communities Initiative – Round 1 is now closed, funding recipients will be notified by April 14.  Round 2 opens May 14 and closes June 25, 2021
  2. Maple Leaf Community Fund – applications accepted until April 6, 2021
  3. Student Awards – now open, applications are due by May 14, 2021
  4. General Fall Granting – closed, reopens mid August 2021


COVID-19 has seriously impacted our access and use of public spaces which are the glue to our communities. They are a big part of what makes communities safe, vibrant and connected.

The Healthy Communities Initiative is a $31 million investment from the Government of Canada to support communities as they create and adapt public spaces to respond to the new realities of COVID-19.  We are proud to be working with CFC, the Government of Canada, and other community foundations in South Western Ontario to provide $1.3 million of funding to support organizations who are showing creativity and resourcefulness in creating solutions that enable people to connect and access public spaces safely while still respecting public health measures. Applications for Round 1 are now closed and recipients will be notified by April 14, 2021.  Organizations can apply for Round 2 starting May 14, 2021.Visit to find out more about how to apply, explore resources for applicants and sign up for community mobilization sessions. 

Who can apply?
The Healthy Communities Initiative supports communities as they create and adapt public spaces, and programming and services for public spaces to respond to ongoing needs arising from COVID-19 over the next two years.

What type of projects are eligible for funding?  Healthy Communities Initiative projects will:

  • respond to identified needs arising from impacts of COVID-19;
  • create and adapt public spaces, and programming and services for public spaces in the public interest;
  • demonstrate consideration of and connections with the community;
  • serve the general public or a community disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 ; and,
  • fall within the three Healthy Communities Initiative theme areas.

What projects are ineligible for funding?  Examples of ineligible projects include but are not be limited to:

  • Partisan, political or election-related activities
  • Research projects where findings are not, or are not intended to be, tangibly applied as an outcome of the project. For example, carrying out a feasibility study without intending to carry out the project.
  • Publication of books or reports
  • Projects that solely sponsor other organizations’ events or activities
  • Research and development for a for-profit endeavour
  • Projects that benefit only private interests or are implemented only on private property
  • Projects that promote a for-profit entity or its products and service.

In Honour of Harvey and Erma Beaty

Maple Leaf Foods is a national corporation with local roots. The company’s rich history traces back more than 100 years through the amalgamation of some of Canada’s most notable food companies. Maple Leaf Foods has always been a champion for food security.

This Donor-Advised Fund honours the late Harvey and Erma Beaty. Harvey founded Cold Springs Farm in Thamesford, ON in 1949 and shepherded Cold Springs’ growth from a small farm to a major agri-food enterprise, which eventually became part of Maple Leaf Foods. We remember the farm and the Beatys, including Harvey’s business acumen, concern for the environment and tremendous generosity, especially demonstrated when Cold Springs established this fund in 1994.

Through this fund, $36,800 is available to supports the capital-related needs of food security programs that promote dignity and build individual and community capacity. This includes:

  1. Food Literacy– providing people with the information, understanding and skills to provide healthy food for themselves and their families. (e.g. nutrition/food safety/meal planning)
  2. School & Other Nutrition Programs– promoting, educating and allowing people to access healthy meals. (e.g. School breakfast/lunch/after school programs; nutrition and fitness programs.)
  3. Sustainable Initiatives Beyond Conventional Food Bank Models– initiatives that establish a reliable supply of nutritious food and promote self-sufficiency. (e.g. social enterprises that support food security; community gardens; social profit enterprises with a focus on food security including training programs for unemployed, at-risk youth and single parents)

The funding is being distributed to both Oxford and Middlesex counties; therefore London Community Foundation and Oxford Community Foundation partnered on the application intake and vetting process. 

Applications accepted between February 2 to April 6, 2021. 
Application Link: 


Thanks to generous donors, awards will be distributed to Oxford County graduates as follows:

  • WDDS Rosemary George DSW Bursary
  • Oxford Manufacturers Skills Development Bursary
  • George & Lorna Roberts Bursary
  • Pat & Barry Smith Leadership Award
  • Tyler Arts Athletic Team Player Award (IDCI)
  • Laurie Hawkins Bursary (IDCI)
  • Cassandra Hawkins Bursary (St. Mary’s)

Description of awards: 2021 OCF Student Awards

Dates:  Applications will be accepted until May 14, 2021.  Please see your school guidance department for more information

Applications:  Catholic School Board Award_and_Bursary_Application 2021
Thames Valley Public School Board student award-application2021


About the grants:  Oxford Community Foundation legacy and community fund grants support Oxford County’s continually evolving and growing needs in the areas of arts & culture, education, the environment, health & wellness, heritage and recreation.

Examples of previous grants made can be found under the “Past Recipients” tab.

Please note:  Organizations applying must have registered charitable status under Income Tax Act to be eligible for grant consideration. Alternatively, organizations may be sponsored by a registered charity or municipality.

Organizations whose mission substantially involves alignment with political campaigns (candidates); religious organizations; individual or for-profit businesses; or lobbying/advocacy groups are ineligible to apply

Dates:  Applicants will be accepted beginning in mid August 2021 and funds disbursed by mid December 2021

Application Form:  2020 OCF Grant Application Form


Please contact:   Rosaline Bruyns at 226-667-6404  |
447 Hunter Street, Woodstock, ON  N4S 4G7

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