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 16, 2021.
  2. Maple Leaf Community Fund – now closed, recipients will be notified by June 15.  Reopens Feb 2022.
  3. Student Awards – now closed, reopens February 2022
  4. General Fall Granting – closed, reopens mid August 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:  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.

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

Dates:  Applicants will be accepted beginning in mid August 2021 and funds disbursed by mid December 2021

Application Form:  2020 OCF Grant Application Form


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

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