Lyle S. Hallman Foundation

 

Children's Initiative Grants
 

2016

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region

Big Bunch

$119,000  (3 year grant)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region will expand our Big Bunch program to meet the demand of our growing waitlist.  Big Bunch provides children and youth with mentoring support through group programming.  By participating in recreational activities/opportunities youth develop positive relationships, social skills and leadership skills.

 

Carizon Family and Community Services

Coping With Emotions: Emotional Freedom Techniques for Children

$366,580 (2 year grant)

Emotional Freedom Techniques provide a complementary intervention for individuals struggling with their mental health that may not respond to traditional counselling.  Described as “emotional acupuncture”, this energy therapy practice seeks to balance the energy field of the human body, blocking anxiety, phobias, pain and often physical illness.

 

Evergreen 

Neighbourhood Nature-play: Co-creating responsive, sustainable and developmentally-appropriate children’s nature-play spaces in community parks

$395,000 (2 yea grant)

In partnership with the City of Kitchener and local communities, Evergreen will co-create two nature-play spaces in underserved neighbourhood parks in Kitchener.  Responsive public spaces, staffed by trained play workers, are created, with positive impacts on the health and well-being of children and their families.

 

Family and Children's Services of the Waterloo Region 

The Resilience Project: Building Resilience for Children, Families and Community

$1,599,400 (4 year grant)

The Resilience Project builds on previous success to offer programs with measured results while providing partner organizations opportunities to build resilience in their organizations and the families they serve.  The project will help engineer resilience for children, families and our community by enhancing multi-sectoral collaboration using a collective impact framework.

 

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

Children's Community Recreation Workers

$300,000 (2 year grant)

This funding supports the delivery of quality children’s recreation programs within each neighbourhood in Cambridge, designed to enhance positive child engagement.  It will increase the capacity of existing programming as well as create new opportunities for children in affordable recreation programs.

 

Kitchener-Waterloo Counselling Services 

Parenting Now: Today. Tomorrow. Together.

$1,339,320 (4 year grant)

This project will implement three prototypes for parenting education developed through our 2014-16 design study.  Grounded in the learning experiences of parents and caring adults, Parenting Now offers a unique and dynamic interface of online and in-person opportunities for parenting education.

 

Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA  

The First 2000 Days

$635,100 (4 year grant)

The First 2000 days is an intentional strategy that increases knowledge of the importance of the first 2000 days of a child’s life by connecting with mothers post-birth, linking them with program such as Parenting My Baby which provide information, early intervention and continued supports throughout the parenting journey.

 

Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre  

Pedagogy Leadership with Families and Community

$455,234 (2 year grant)

We will further pedagogy exploration and understanding, demonstrating and promoting a common approach to early learning in child and family centres.  The whole family will be invited to deepen understanding of pedagogy and their role in supporting a child’s early learning and transition to school through employing pedagogy in the home.

 

Project Read Literacy Network (Waterloo-Wellington) 

Families First Waterloo Region

$335,283 (2 year grant)

The Families First initiative will generate a viable, sustainable model of family literacy support for a variety of audiences and demographics in Waterloo Region.  This will create a plan to improve school readiness and contribute to breaking the cycle of intergenerational low literacy and poverty in Waterloo Region.

 

Strong Start

Get Ready for School program

$538,700 (2 year grant)

This project supports Strong Start’s Get Ready for School program at its existing sites and three new sites to serve approximately 752 at-risk preschoolers.  This program helps prepare children who may be disadvantaged at school entry for a successful transition into junior kindergarten.

 

THEMUSEUM 

The Underground Studio MakerSpace - S.T.E.A.M. Education Programs

$70,000 (3 year grant)

The Underground Studio MakerSpace is a hands-on learning environment where children and youth explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Participants tinker, hack, design and create under six learning streams (3D Modelling, Computer Programming, Circuitry and Soldering, Woodworking, Silkscreening, Textiles and Deconstruction) with industry professionals, parents and educators as mentors.

 

Waterloo Public Library  as lead agency for the Early Literacy Alliance of Waterloo Region

A Prescription for Literacy: Accelerating the Early Literacy Movement in WR

$304,092 (2 year grant)

ELAWR and Overlap Associates will collaborate with the healthcare community – a universal access point for families – to highlight the critical window of opportunity for early literacy development.  Using Design Thinking, we will develop community-led solutions, consider collective impact and build capacity, accelerating the early literacy movement in Waterloo Region.

 

Waterloo Region Family Network  

Linking Families, Building Lives 2.0

$100,000 (2 year grant)

Position WRFN as the key resource for families with exceptionalities through: 1) enhancement of the partnership funding model; 2) maximizing staff resource time; 3) implementing several options for family support; and 4) engaging in active advocacy for our families.

 

YWCA Cambridge  

YWCA Cambridge Girls' Programming Revitalization

$777,962 (4 year grant)

YWCA Cambridge Girls’ Programming Revitalization will provide the organization an opportunity to restructure the way its Girls’ Programming currently operates.  The restructuring will allow us to meet the demands for programming across the Region more effectively, more cost-efficiently, and more sustainably.

 
2014
 
Carizon Family & Community Services
Coping With Emotions: Emotional Freedom Techniques for Children
$177,312 (2 year grant)
Emotional Freedom Techniques provide a complementary therapy for individuals struggling with mental health challenges that may not respond to traditional counselling. Described as emotional acupuncture, this practice is a self-administered treatment that encourages mindfulness about negative emotions, allowing clients to label and talk about these feelings while voicing positive affirmations.  This project will explore the viability of EFT in children, and determine best practices for its use and delivery.

 

Evergreen Canada
Securing a Future for Early Years Outdoors in the WRDSB
$225,000 (2 year grant)
Evergreen will partner with the Waterloo Region District School Board to transform outdoor spaces and support outdoor learning in full-day kindergartens at two high-needs schools.  We will also offer: district-wide teacher workshops, a video series, “loose parts” kits and written resources to support and enhance outdoor learning, incorporating insights from our earlier pilot project.

 

Family & Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region
Child & Youth Resilience Project @ The Family Centre
$331,283 (2 year grant)
The Child & Youth Resilience Project will offer a range of programs and services with measured results that build upon the resilience in children and families experiencing adversity.  It will expand proven, evidence-based programming to broader populations and younger age groups; it will draw diverse programs together under a single umbrella, enhancing the ability to track results, identify duplication and evaluate effectiveness; and it will strengthen community capacity by building on existing partnerships as well as establishing new relationships that are based on health promotion and prevention rather than crisis management.

 

Cambridge Neighbourhood Organizations
Cambridge Afterschool Program
$132,980 (2 year grant)
This grant will support an affordable, accessible, neighbourhood-based afterschool program delivered by 7 neighbourhood associations in Cambridge.  The program gets kids active, teaches healthy eating, builds healthy relationships and gets kids connected to people that care about them and their families.  The existing program will be enhanced with additional planning time that will ensure new, interesting, engaging and accessible content for all participants.  In addition, staff will participate in the High Five Quality Assurance Program, gaining training and access to top-quality evaluation tools.  Those tools can then be applied to other neighbourhood recreation programs as well.

 

House of Friendship (lead agency) in collaboration with WRDSB and Life Change Adventures
Better Beginnings, Better Futures North Waterloo (Pilot)
$1,443,525 (4 year grant)
Better Beginnings, Better Futures is an innovative, research-based, community-driven primary prevention initiative that supports the development of young children and their families in economically disadvantaged communities.  This pilot in North Waterloo will ensure that children and families can access programs within their community  that provide social, emotional and academic support to children ages 4 to 8.  The BBBF model presumes that there is wisdom within communities about what they need, and puts structures in place to allow residents to make change.

 

KidsAbility (lead agency) in collaboration with Strong Start and the YMCA of Cambridge, Kitchener & Waterloo
Baby Connections: Next Steps for Baby Literacy in Waterloo Region
$88,584 (2 year grant)
Community organizations, through collaborative efforts, motivate and support parents through training and the use of a literacy toolkit to facilitate early literacy skill development starting in the first year of a child’s life.  We will externally evaluate the program parameters, processes and priorities to identify efficiencies and facilitate discussion about future options.

 

KidsAbility Centre for Child Development
SPARK!...Igniting Potential
$130,000 (2 year grant)
SPARK! is a service designed to provide brief interventions to children between the ages of 2½ and 5 who have been identified as having mild to moderate special needs and who require only a short course of treatment to generate significant positive results.  In addition to supporting families, these interventions also help to reduce KidsAbility’s wait list as a whole.  Social work and therapeutic recreation are a new critical component of the SPARK! program.

 

Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA
Web-based Community Access to Recreation Pilot
$184,566 (2 year grant)
We will pilot the creation of a web-based, community access to recreation portal to ease the process of applying for and accessing financial assistance for children and youth to participate in recreational activities in Waterloo Region.

 

Kitchener-Waterloo Counselling Services
Exploring The Future of Parenting Education
$495,609 (2 year grant)
Founded on the belief that every caring adult can make a difference in the life of a child, this project will engage parents, caring adults and other community stakeholders to develop a transformative approach to parenting education, using design thinking methods.  Through in-depth inquiry, we will explore the needs, desires and experiences of people, whether current parents, potential parents or other adults who are concerned with the healthy development of children.  We will apply our new understanding and insight to re-think and re-design our current parenting education methods.

 

Lutherwood
The Invisible Disability: Creating A Community System to Serve Children and Families Living with FASD
$545,510 (3 year grant)
Lutherwood seeks to improve the lives of children and families who are affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.  Lutherwood will collaborate with community partners in developing an integrated community strategy, building capacity for diagnosis, establishing a community of practice and offering FASD specific programming for children and families in Waterloo Region.

 

Nutrition For Learning
Strategic Direction, Accountability and Sustainability in Food Procurement
$120,000 (2 year grant)
Nutrition For Learning is realizing rapid growth in its programs. We embarked on an innovative project to centralize food purchasing for our 26 largest programs, minimizing food costs and volunteer demands.  This grant will support the second year of the bulk procurement pilot, while also supporting the organization to access external evaluation of the pilot, and to explore the viability of a social venture.

 

Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre
Early Learning Pedagogy Reflection and Exploration
$166,125 (2 year grant)
We will build organizational and family support sector capacity for reflection, exploration, deeper understanding and implementation of the “How Does Learning Happen?” early years pedagogy and learning framework. This will support and enhance early learning capacity and successful transition to school for children.

 

YWCA Cambridge
SHYFT (Shaping & Helping Youth Form Tomorrow)
$237,600 (2 year grant)
SHYFT empowers youth and caregivers to engage with media in a more intentional way.  Youth will become critical thinkers about gender, media and pop culture, and learn to express their voices by creating their own media.  Caregivers and educators will gain the language and resources to support their youth.

 
2013
 
Waterloo Region Baby Literacy Initiative
$63,455
Community organizations, through collaborative efforts, motivate and support parents through training and use of a literacy toolkit to facilitate early literacy skill development starting in the first year of their child's life.
 
 
2012

Evergreen
Bringing Outdoor Kindergarten to Waterloo
$120,000 (2 year grant)
Evergreen will work with 2 high-needs schools to implement exemplary outdoor learning and play spaces that complement and enhance classroom learning that will be expanding with the introduction of full day kindergarten.

Family and Children's Services Of The Regional Municipality Of Waterloo Foundation
A Co-ordinated Response to Supporting Children and their Foster Caregivers to Effectively Manage Significant Emotional and Behavioural Challenges
$24,700 (2 year grant)
Abused kids express distress through behavior. Foster parents are unequipped to handle emotional/behavioural difficulties and can result in placement breakdowns. Children's mental health and child protection services partnership will address this.

Kinbridge Community Association
Go Ahead Program (Goal Oriented And Holistic Educational Approach to Discipline)
$58,416 (2 year grant)
As school suspensions continue to rise in Waterloo Region, the Go Ahead program acts as a prevention measure as well as working with students who have had issues, to learn new strategies to deal with issues they are facing.

Kitchener-Waterloo Extend - A - Family
Autism Services Waterloo Region (ASWR)
$196,000 (2 year grant)
ASWR is a collaborative of families and service providers working to build family and community capacity for managing the journey with ASD. Vision: for all families impacted by ASD to find the supports/resources they require for their unique situation.

Langs Farm Village Association
Healthy Beginnings -- a community coordinated approach to prevention of chronic disease and improved healthy child development
$245,630 (2 year grant)
Healthy child development will be improved through partnerships with schools, businesses, agencies. The community-based collaborative initiative improves physical activity, healthy eating habits and health of children in Preston and North Dumfries.

Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care   
Early Child Development - Funders Working Group     (ECD-FWG)
$20,000 (2-year grant)
The ECD-FWG is a cross-Canada learning network among eight diverse foundations. Its goal is the availability of quality, public-funded, early childhood education for every child from the age of two. The ECD-FWG does not solicit or accept applications for funding. Rather, it is a resource to its membership, supporting collaboration and knowledge sharing that improves the effectiveness of members' philanthropy relating to young children. Its major project to date has been a shared investment in the creation and promotion of Early Years Study 3.

Young Women's Christian Association-Cambridge
Roots of Empathy (ROE)
$190,140 (2 year grant)
Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom program that has shown significant effect in reducing levels of aggression among school children while raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy.

2011

The Strong Start Charitable Foundation
Get Ready for School program implementation
$389,368.00 (5 year grant)
A grant for Strong Start's Get Ready for School program which is designed to prevent at-risk preschoolers from being disadvantage at school entry in their readiness to learn to read.

 
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