Grants & Bursaries

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

  1. Health Communities Initiative – Round 2 is now closed. Applicants will be notified by Sept 27, 2021.
  2. Maple Leaf Community Fund – now closed, reopens February 2022.
  3. Student Awards – now closed, reopens February 2022
  4. General Fall Granting – now open, applications due by September 30, 2021

HEALTHY COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE – $800,000 Available in Round 2 for SWO

As Canadians continue to adapt to the realities of COVID-19, local governments and community partners across the country are adapting their spaces and services to keep residents safe and healthy, support economic recovery, create jobs, and build vibrant, resilient communities.

As part of the first round of Canada Healthy Communities Initiative, the South Western Ontario HUB is providing approximately $550,000 in funding to support 28 projects in the Southwestern Ontario Region including 2 projects in Oxford County. Through the $31-million Canada Healthy Communities Initiative, the Government of Canada, alongside Community Foundations of Canada, is building safer spaces and ensuring a higher quality of life for people across the country, by helping communities adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19.

The South Western Ontario HUB is being co-led by Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation, London Community Foundation and WindsorEssex Community Foundation, in partnership with Aylmer Area Community Foundation, Sarnia Community Foundation and Sunset Community Foundation supported by Centre Wellington Community Foundation, Dufferin Community Foundation, Elgin St. Thomas Community Foundation and Oxford Community Foundation.

The second round of the Healthy Communities Initiative is now open. The South Western Ontario HUB will be providing approximately $800,000 in funding. The Healthy Communities Initiative is funding projects between $5,000 and $250,000 that help create safe and vibrant public spaces, improve mobility options, and provide digital solutions to help their neighbourhoods or communities navigate the pandemic and look to build back better in the COVID-19 recovery. A variety of community-led organizations are eligible to apply, including local governments, charities, Indigenous communities, and registered non-profit organizations.

Visit to apply and to see the Healthy Communities Initiative projects that have received funding in Round 1.

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. 



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 are closed for 2021.  Applications will reopen in February 2022.  Please see your School’s Student Services Department for more information

Applications:  Catholic School Board Award and Bursary Application 2021
Thames Valley Public School Board student award-application2021



About the grants:  $20,000 is available for granting from legacy and community funds established by generous and caring donors.  These grants must support projects that address community wellbeing in Oxford County in one or more of the following areas:
     1.  arts & culture,
     2.  education,
     3.  the environment,
     4.  health & wellness,
     5.  social services,
     6.  heritage, or
     7.  recreation.
Charitable organizations applying must have a strong local presence (e.g. a local Board of Directors, a well-defined accountable local committee, a local office with strong community involvement) or must demonstrate that the project/program will specifically benefit residents of Oxford County.

Examples of previous 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 applying must be a qualified donee as defined under the Income Tax Act to be eligible for grant consideration. Examples of qualified donees include registered charities and municipalities. For more examples of qualified donees, please go to the CRA website 

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

Dates:  Applicants will be accepted beginning Thursday, August 19th with a deadline by end of day Thursday, September 30th.  Successful applicants will be notified by November 30th.  Quotes and photographs of the project for inclusion in the Foundation’s Annual Report and/or on the website are requested by March 31, 2022. 

Application Form: 2021 OCF Grant Application Form

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

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