Grants & Bursaries

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

  1. Investment Readiness Program – applications due Nov 22, 2022
  2. OCF Funds, General Fall Granting – closed Sept 30, 2022; applicants will be notified by Nov 30, 2022
  3. Maple Leaf Community Fund – now closed, reopens February 2023
  4. Student Awards – now closed, reopens March 2023


The IRP is designed to help social enterprises unlock much needed funding to help create organizations and solutions to pressing social, cultural, and environmental challenges. Organizations can apply for funds to help launch, design, measure, and scale their social enterprise to get ready to access investment in Canada’s growing social finance sector.

What is a social enterprise?  An organization or program that is mission-driven, aiming to sell goods or services to earn revenue, while also helping achieve positive social, cultural, or environmental results.

Examples are provided in the attached application guide and in this excellent program overview video

What the IRP funds  The program can provide $10,000 to $75,000 for each successful applicant. Funds are intended to be used to access outside expert advice or services to:

  • Explore a new business idea or develop a business plan to test an inspiring idea
  • Create a marketing plan to reach new audiences
  • Prepare the documentation needed to approach potential investors
  • Plan new products or services to grow revenue

The funds are not eligible for use towards core operating costs. They should move social enterprises forward along the spectrum to investment readiness.  Examples of activities eligible for funding are provided in the attached application guide and in this excellent program overview video

Who can apply? Charities, non-profits, co-ops, for profits organizations who have an idea or an existing project that fits the definition of a social enterprise, may be eligible to apply.

Education Sessions – OCF works as part of the community foundation network to bring programs to our communities.  In our area, Windsor/Essex Community Foundation and Grey Bruce Community Foundation are taking the co-lead for this program in our region and are providing online education sessions as follows: 

The Investment Readiness Program (IRP) overview video with Elly Green is now available on YouTube:

This video helps views to understand what a social enterprises is and examples of these organizations.  The recording also provides an overview of the program and examples of funding opportunities.

The next session is scheduled for November 16.  The session will cover how to write a great application, examples of successful past projects followed by an open Q & A session.  You can register here:

What’s Oxford Community Foundation’s Role in the IRP?  OCF’s role is to reach out to you to inform you of this opportunity and to help you access resources as well as the application portal.  OCF will also take the lead in assessing all local applications. 

Where to apply?  Applications for the IRP should be submitted by November 22 through the program’s website



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.

$30,000 is now available to grant 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.

Grant Application:  As a requirement for receiving funds, all grant recipients must complete a grant evaluation. This enables us to assess the outcome of each grant and this is essential to our learning and improving.  Please email completed applications 2022-ocf-grant-application-form to 

Important Dates: 
–  Applicants deadline was September 30th. 
–  Successful applicants will be notified by November 30th. 
–  Funds will be disbursed following execution of grant agreement
–  Grant report including quotes and photographs are requested by March 31, 2023 so they can be included in the Foundation’s Annual Report and/or on the website and at our annual meeting the end of April 2023. 

Questions?  Please contact:   
Rosaline Bruyns at 226-667-6404

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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