Lyle S. Hallman Foundation


Past Grants


2020 Grants

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, the Foundation made a series of grants outside of its regular funding envelopes.



Covid-19 Response Grants


Support the Pivot Grants


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region

Connecting Mentors and Mentees with Virtual Engagement

$117,500 (two year grant)

With innovative recruitment and mentor training strategies, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region will recruit and train volunteer mentors to build long-lasting virtual developmental relationships with children and youth.


Business and Education Partnership of Waterloo Region

Building capacity for youth career development


Through this project, the Business and Education Partnership of Waterloo Region will undertake community action planning to determine how they can best adapt their programming to proactively support K-12 students as they prepare for their future career paths.


Central Ontario Developmental Riding Program

Equine Assisted Support

$36,922 (two year grant)

Combining hands on experiential learning with horses. Working with horses provides opportunities to teach and enhance critical life skills such as trust, respect, confidence, honesty and communication. Programs and activities are personalized to the individual or group, length of session(s) is very flexible.


Community Music School of Waterloo Region

CMSWR Virtual Program Pivot


CMSWR has embraced an entirely virtual program for 2020-2021. They are offering both individual lessons and ensembles for children and youth ages 4-18, with an emphasis on musical skills, self-confidence, connection and increased opportunities for collaboration and creative exploration.


Fiddlesticks Community Centre (fiscal sponsor for Alison Neighbourhood Community Centre)

Alison Neighbourhood's After School Club Program


Adapting activities in Alison Neighbourhood's After School Club program to focus on improving the unique educational, social and mental affects the Covid-19 pandemic has on children and youth participants; and in doing so achieving early intervention in the prevention of long term effects the pandemic would have on this community.


Greenway-Chaplin Community Centre (in partnership with Preston Heights Community Group and Silverheights Neighbourhood Association)

Adapting community engagement through collaborative operational infrastructure to support sustainability across 3 neighbourhood agencies in Cambridge, ON to support future sustainability.

$78,500 (two year grant)

This pivot funding will support and further develop back bone supports to increase engagement within these Cambridge neighbourhoods. It will increase agency capacity of existing systems and create new opportunities for capacity building and engagement for all ages to further adapt in the new post pandemic space.


Kinbridge Community Association

Riding the Wave - From Crisis to Pivot


Riding the Wave - From Crisis to Pivot will take a grass roots Community Development approach. Children and their families will be engaged with addressing needs, brainstorming solutions and implementing ideas answering how to continue building relationships and respond to community in a socially/physically distanced pandemic environment.


Langs Farm Village Association

Enabling Youth & their Families to Shift from Surviving to Thriving


A community collaborative approach to increasing capacity for offering children and family focused programming post-Covid in Cambridge and North Dumfries. Moving beyond the initial pivot, to creating environments that support social support networks, connection to school and community, address inequities with internet access as well as enhance overall well-being for children and families.


Monica Place

Supporting the Pivot, helping Monica Place adapt our high school and childcare for the next 1-2 years.


This project will enable young women and their babies to return to Monica Place's school and nursery safely through Covid-19.


rare Charitable Research Reserve

rare ECO Program Strategic Pivot


Providing land-based environmental learning virtually during a time when in-person gatherings are restricted.


Reception House Waterloo Region

Connecting refugees to virtual Waterloo Region


Digital literacy is increasingly essential for refugees settling in our community - as health, education and community services have transitioned to virtual in response to Covid-19. This initiative will ensure refugee families have technology access and support to build their digital literacy from the point of arrival.


SHORE Centre

Adapting Empowering Pregnancy


Covid-19 changed the realities of pregnancy and parenting for many people, and SHORE must adapt to support the emerging needs of their clients. This funding will allow SHORE to adjust, respond and continue to ensure that families are supported during this incredibly trying time.


The Ripple Effect Education

TREE Classrooms


The Ripple Effect Education (TREE) is adapting their school program, TREE Classrooms, by shifting their in-person workshop programs to virtual, physically-distant programs to continue to equip youth with the tools they need for healthy conflict resolution in their classrooms, families and communities.



Virtual Field Trips for Students in the Region of Waterloo


THEMUSEUM will partner with the Waterloo Region District School Board and Waterloo Catholic District School Board to offer curriculum-based virtual field trips for the K-12 age range using Desire2Learn's BrightSpace platform for the upcoming school year and beyond. This initiative will provide engaging hands-on learning opportunities to local students meant to address skills gaps in classroom learning while in-person field trips are not feasible due to health/safety concerns.


Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area

Empowering Proactive Youth in Communities Virtually


The EPYC Virtually program is a ten week program engaging a team of youth through weekly challenges that connect with values related to volunteering and community involvement. This program builds skills and value development, gamifies volunteering and community education, and fosters reflection and connection through weekly meetings facilitated by a VAC staff team member for youth participants.


World Wide Opportunities for Women Inc. (fiscal sponsor for African Women's Alliance of Waterloo Region)

The Volunteer Capacity Building Project


The project will incentivize families and youth within the African Women's Alliance of Waterloo Region (AWAWR) community to volunteer within their own communities by providing training opportunities and certification. The addition of a volunteer coordinator will improve the recruitment, supervision and management of volunteers, thereby improving their wellbeing and happiness.


YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo

Re-imagine the delivery of programming to meet the needs of families and children, eliminate barriers for 123 families and children by adapting to new ways to virtually connect families to long-term community services.


Offer IT resources and programming to assist an average of 123 families and children over 15 months to virtually connect with long-term community services such as education, health care, counselling, mental health services and parenting programs. Empower families and children to connect remotely to community services particularly in a time where physical isolation has become a necessity.


2020 Framework Grants

Proactive (no application requested), unrestricted grants intended to provide program grant recipients, from the last several years of both the Children’s Initiatives and invited Community Support envelopes, with some flexibility and stability through 2021.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region



Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank



Capacity Canada



Carizon Family and Community Services



CJI Waterloo Region



Greenway-Chaplin Community Centre (as lead agency for the Cambridge Neighbourhood Organizations)



KidsAbility Centre for Child Development Foundation



Kinbridge Community Association



Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre



Kitchener-Waterloo Counselling Services Incorporated






Marillac Place



Muslim Social Services KW



Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre



Project Read Literacy Network (Waterloo-Wellington)



rare Charitable Research Reserve



SHORE Centre



Strong Start






Woolwich Community Health Centre



YWCA Cambridge



Emergency Relief Grants


Aids Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA)

Harm Reduction in Cambridge

$25,000 (one year grant)

In response to urgent need, ACCKWA will hire a full-time Harm Reduction Worker to be based in Cambridge. The need in this area predates the pandemic, but with the emergency measures things have been worsened considerably. The newly hired Harm Reduction Worker will take over all Cambridge harm reduction outreach (two of three encampments, Cambridge mobile outreach, Cambridge drop-in). This will expand ACCKWA’s pre-COVID capacity of 20 hours/week in Cambridge to 40 hours/week, serving approximately 600 individuals.


Waterloo Education Foundation Inc. (Waterloo Region District School Board)

Internet Connectivity for Students in Waterloo Region


This grant will purchase hotspot devices and/or four months of internet access for students in the Waterloo Region District School Board.


Waterloo Region Catholic Schools Foundation

Internet Connectivity for Students in Waterloo Region


This grant will purchase hotspot devices and/or four months of internet access for students in the Waterloo Region Catholic School Board.


House of Friendship

Proactive, unrestricted emergency relief



The Working Centre

Proactive, unrestricted emergency relief



Food Bank of Waterloo Region

Proactive, unrestricted emergency relief



Sanguen Health Centre

Proactive, unrestricted emergency relief



Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank

Proactive, unrestricted emergency relief



Covid-19 Community Response Fund

The Lyle S. Hallman Foundation contributed $150,000 to the total pool of over $800,000 distributed to 43 charities across Waterloo Region in response to applications to the COVID-19 Community Response Fund.