This page includes information on grants:

  1. Emergency Community Support Fund – closed, applications are now being evaluated.
  2. General Fall Granting – closed, 2020 applications are now being evaluated.
  3. Student Awards – closed, reopens in early 2021
  4. Maple Leaf Community Fund – closed, reopens in early 2021


The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unpredictable and challenging time for many, with some communities experiencing higher levels of vulnerability than others. Marginalized groups, youth, children and the elderly, essential workers, and newcomers are just some of the communities that have faced increased challenges. To provide emergency relief, the Government of Canada launched the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) to help support communities made increasingly vulnerable by the pandemic. 

With COVID-19 cases increasing in many communities, and a continuous call for emergency relief, the ECSF second round of funding, providing much-needed assistance to charities servicing communities experiencing vulnerability.  We are proud to be working with Community Foundations of Canada and the Government of Canada to deliver funding in Oxford County to ensure that our citizens are safe and healthy. Through the ECSF, we will be investing an additional $84,770 towards local charities and qualified donees supporting people experiencing heightened vulnerability.

Application deadline is October 30, 2020.
Maximum grant amount is $25,000

Learn more about the program and find out if your organization is eligible to apply:  
Application Guide:  ECSF Round 2 Applicant Guide


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.

Dates:  Applicants will be notified by mid November. 

Application Form:  2020 OCF Grant Application Form


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.

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

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