Grants & Bursaries

Scroll down this page for information on the following grants and student awards as follows:

  1. Community Services Recovery Fund – applications due Feb 21, 2023
  2. OCF Funds, General Fall Granting – now closed, reopens August 2023
  3. Maple Leaf Community Fund – now closed, reopens February 2023
  4. Student Awards – now closed, reopens March 2023

Questions?  Please contact:   
226-667-6404 or


Applications open January 6 – February 21, 2023

Sign up for: How to Apply Webinar on January 12th at 2pm EST
Community Services Recovery Fund

OCF is proud to be working with community foundations across Canada as part of the Community Services Recovery Fund. This fund is a collaboration between Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada, and United Way Centraide Canada to provide funding to Community Service Organizations including non-profit organizations, Indigenous Governing Bodies and Registered Charities located in Canada. The Community Services Recovery Fund responds to what charities and non-profits need right now and supports organizations as they adapt to the long-term impacts of the pandemic.

Projects funded under the Community Services Recovery Fund will work within one of the Project Focus Areas below. Although some projects may touch on more than one Project Focus Area, eligible organizations are asked to select one focus area that best relates to the main intention of their project:

Oxford Community Foundation
Investing in Systems and Processes:
Funding will support one-time projects that invest in the systems and processes involved in creating the internal workings of an organization’s overall structure.

Red Cross
Investing in People:  Funding will support one-time projects that focus on how organizations recruit, retain, engage and support their personnel, including staff, volunteers and boards of directors.

United Way of Oxford
Investing in Program and Service Innovation and Redesign: Funding will support one-time projects primarily focused on program and service innovation and redesign using information gained during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visit Community Services Recovery Fund for more information, the application guide and application portal.



About the grants:  OCF’s role as a grant maker is to build connections between donors and the charitable sector.  We build these connections through the generosity of donors who provide financial support by directing their gift to various types of endowment funds. These permanent funds help people invest in the community and in the causes they care about most.

Each Fall, grants from these permanent funds to support initiatives across all of Oxford County and across all areas in our community including:
     1.  arts, culture & heritage
     2.  education,
     3.  the environment,
     4.  health & wellness,
     5.  social services,
     6.  sports & recreation

We fund eligible organizations that:
–  provide services within Oxford County;
–  make services available without discrimination;
–  demonstrate fiscal and management responsibility, and financial need.

Examples of past grants made can be found on our website under the Grants & Bursaries “Past Recipients” tab and in our annual reports found under the “News & Media” tab.

Please note:  Organizations must be a qualified donee as defined under the Income Tax Act to be eligible. Examples of qualified donees include registered charities and municipalities. Your charitable registration number must be provided.  For more examples of qualified donees, please go to the CRA website

Note: If you are not a registered charity, your organization may wish to establish a formal agency relationship with a registered Canadian charity who can act as your sponsor.  The registered charity must complete the application and provide their charitable registration number.


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, $40,000 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)

Important dates:

  1. successful applicants will receive their grant in July 2022 and must use the funds as intended by January 31st of the year following the granting year
  2. a report must be submitted on the project by the end of February of the year following the granting year.

The funding is available to both Oxford and Middlesex counties (Ontario, Canada); therefore London Community Foundation and Oxford Community Foundation partner on the application intake and vetting process.

To apply, go to:  Maple Leaf Community Fund Application

NOTE: 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.



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

  • Joland Family Fund Bursary
  • 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)

Dates:  Applications we reopen in March 2023.   

Information about each award: 2022 OCF Student Awards FINAL

Application: 2022 OCF Student Award Application FINAL

For questions or information, please contact us at or see your School’s Student Services Department.



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

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