By invitation only, the Foundation accepts applications from qualified donees to support initiatives that align with the vision, mission, values and philosophy of the Foundation, which do not fit within the other grant envelopes.
Smart Waterloo Region – Healthy Children and Youth
$1,000,000 over four years
Smart Waterloo Region (SWR) is the community’s plan to apply technology- and data-enabled solutions to challenges facing Waterloo Region’s children and youth. By leveraging Waterloo Region’s growing technology sector, the goal is to work with partners to make Waterloo Region the best community in Canada for child and youth well-being. This grant, coupled with matching funding from the municipalities, will allow the Smart Waterloo Region initiative to continue.
Youth Getting Connected
$545,000 over three years
Youth Getting Connected (YGC) supports Grade 8 students identified as being at risk of not graduating from school. Building on learnings and implementing key components of Carizon’s successful delivery of the Pathways To Education program, YGC will provide the care, coaching and support youth need to effectively transition through their school years into adulthood.
Children & Youth Planning Table
$465,868 over two years
The Children and Youth Planning Table (CYPT) is a community-wide collaborative that includes over 500 service providers, researchers, planning bodies and funders serving children, youth and families in our community. As a collaborative we are working for happy, healthy children and youth - today and tomorrow. This funding supports backbone functions of the Table.
Our Sustainable Network
$354,076 over three years
The CNO will build sustainable network capacity through two simultaneous processes: 1) Implementing our theory of change to help our work focus directly on grassroots community development; and 2) Undertaking work-related transformation, re-organizing our assets and resources, to achieve our collective purpose.
Enriching Environmental Education through Indigenous Knowledges
$123,085 over two years
Enriched education modules will be designed and made available for groups of children and youth. These groups will be able to visit rare or their surrounding neighbourhoods and learn about Indigenous knowledges, truthful histories, and take part in reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and the land. rare is undertaking an institutional commitment to creating a welcoming, reciprocal space where Indigenous Peoples can engage in traditional land stewardship, learning and teaching, while non-Indigenous children can learn about truth and reconciliation and Indigenous ways of knowing and being.
Close to Home – Transforming Men’s Addiction Services
The renovation of 562 Concession Road, Cambridge will provide men’s addiction treatment in a healing place of greater dignity, with expanded programming and access, as a start to a journey of transforming the way addiction treatment is delivered in Waterloo Region. Along with offering residential services to men, day treatment and community programming services will be available to both men and women. The facility will include private, quiet meeting spaces for families, outdoor recreational space, and family counselling space.
Growing the Hub@1145
The expansion of the Langs facility will increase the number of partners on site at the provincially-recognized Hub@1145 that is currently co-located with 20 organizations. This means better and timelier access to essential services for families and children in Cambridge. The expansion will include a new community arts space for children, more group spaces and much needed additional parking.
CNO Capacity Building
$73,250 (2 year grant)
This project will continue to build the capacity of the CNO to learn, define and organize itself as a strategic table, and to maximize and demonstrate impact in its community.
UNICEF Canada Children's Observatory
An observatory for and with Canada's children will foster comprehensive and innovative approaches to child well-being and belonging, and address the underlying drivers shaping childhood in Canada, with the singular mission to elevate the well-being of children from a middle position in the international Index of Child Well-Being.
Children's Planning Table of Waterloo Region
$422,912 (2 year grant)
The Children's Planning Table of Waterloo Region is an integrated planning table representing over 60 organizations with close to 350 members supporting children and families. As a community collaborative, we work together towards building a community of coordinated and effective services that supports the optimal developmental health of all children in Waterloo Region.
Fostering Social Enterprise
$398,400 (3 year grant)
Over 3 years this project helps establish an Enterprise Facilitation hub at 256 King Street, supports the long-term sustainability of this creative enterprise and digital media space, and extends the strategy for sustainability of the Community Enterprise projects of The Working Centre.
$400,000 (2 year grant)
Unrestricted operating funds will support Capacity Canada in its work of helping non-profits to excel, through providing non-profit leaders with new resources, mentoring and educational programs. This grant will enable Capacity Canada to achieve: stronger, more effective leadership and leadership networks; greater innovation and new solutions to complex social issues; and implementation of long-term plans for sustainability, especially through earned income.
Building on a history of collaborative work this grant supports the next steps in the collaboration’s growth. Seven neighbourhood associations will be better able to share resources, ideas and processes as well as build clear direction and purpose for the future. The CNO will develop a web portal for resource sharing and will undertake a strategy retreat in the fall of 2015.
Children's Planning Table of Waterloo Region
The Children's Planning Table of Waterloo Region is an integrated planning table representing over 60 organizations with
close to 350 members supporting children and families. As a community collaborative, we work together towards building a
community of coordinated and effective services that supports the optimal developmental health of all children in Waterloo
Partnership Model for Sustainability for WRFN: Linking Families, Building Lives
$60,553 (2 year grant)
The grant will be used to build a partnership model of agencies for the sustainability of WRFN to permit them to continue their work of supporting families on a journey with disabilities and special needs (physical, mental health, developmental and communication).
Schools at the centre of the community: A case study of the Waterloo School Board
$40,000 (2 year grant)
An examination of the implementation of seamless early learning in the Waterloo Region District School Board: A Case Study of Collaboration in Practice between the school board, regional and community partners.