This page includes information on grants:

1.  Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) – applications are now closed
2.  Student Awards – closed, reopens in early 2021
3.  Maple Leaf Community Fund – closed, reopens in late winter 2021
4.  General Fall Granting – applications will be accepted mid August to end of September, 2020

Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)

Applications are now closed.

Oxford Community Foundation distributed over $200,000 in Oxford County to support local charities responding to COVID-19. The new money was funded through the  Government of Canada’s $350M Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)  as part of a new partnership with Community Foundations of CanadaUnited Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross. This far-reaching national effort provided support for vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

Marginalized groups, youth, children and the elderly, essential workers, and newcomers are just some of the communities that are facing increased challenges. The fund aimed to provide additional and much-needed assistance to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations.

We are proud to be working with CFC and the Government of Canada to deliver funding locally in Oxford County to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens are safe and healthy. Through the ECSF, we are investing more than $200,000 towards local charities and qualified donees supporting vulnerable populations.


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” Award (IDCI)
  • Laurie Hawkins Bursary (IDCI)
  • Cassandra Hawkins Bursary (St. Mary’s)

Details for each award can be found here: 2020 OCF Student Awards

Applicants are now closed.


About the grant:  Maple Leaf Community Fund grants support the capital-related needs of food security programs that promote dignity and build individual and community capacity.

About the Maple Leaf Community Fund:  In 1994, the Maple Leaf Community Fund was established in honour of the late W. Harvey and Erma Beaty.  Beaty was the founder and Board Chair of Cold Springs Farm Ltd., an enterprise that he started in 1949 in Thamesford on 100 acres.

Beaty’s generosity towards his community continues today and forever through annual grants from the Fund supporting the counties of Oxford and Middlesex and the City of London.  Granting criteria supports capital-related needs of food security programs that promote dignity and build individual and community capacity.

The Food Security Program must fit at least one of the following three categories and applications for capital funding as opposed to operating costs are preferred. The recent developments of COVID-19 has impacted many.  Consequently, we’ve also included a question for you to identify how your initiative will help ensure our community’s food related needs are being met during this difficult time.

  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 are now closed.


About the grants:  Grant in support of community services, the environment, health & wellness, arts, culture & heritage and recreation are made available in the fall of each year.  Applications open mid August and close the end of September.

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

Applications will be accepted mid August to September 30, 2020

Grants will be disbursed in November.

Sample Application Form:  2019 OCF Grant Application Form


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

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