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.
AO Nest Tutoring Manager
Funding will support the hiring of a manager to build the processes and partnerships needed for the AO Nest Tutoring Program. This program is intended to support Indigenous children and youth who are struggling academically, by matching students with tutors to meet academic goals, facilitated through the AO Nest platform.
Harm Reduction in Cambridge
This grant supports the short-term continuation of harm reduction services and the multi-agency community space in Cambridge, originally supported by the Foundation in 2020. This provides the organization time to work further on securing long-term funding.
Black Mental Health Campaign
$181,920 over 3 years
The mental health in Black communities is a longstanding concern. Stigma around mental health is prevalent while barriers to accessing culturally relevant and appropriate mental health care exist. AFRO's Black Mental Health Campaign will promote mental health literacy, normalize the conversation about mental wellbeing and improve help-seeking behaviour among community members. The conversation about mental health will start with children and youth who will in turn be encouraged to take these conversations into the family home.
Partnering with grassroots groups led by and serving Indigenous, Black and racialized communities who work with children and families in Waterloo Region, our goal is to develop mutually beneficial relationships and learn together through regular conversations throughout the year. The funds provided to the organizations are unrestricted, two years in length, and are meant to recognize the value of the time and perspectives of the organizations’ team members.
$20,000 over two years (an additional $13,000 added in 2022)
$50,000 over two years (an additional $25,000 added in 2022)
$100,000 over 2 years (an additional $50,000 added in 2022)
$20,000 over 2 years (an additional $13,000 added in 2022)
$40,000 over 2 years (an additional $26,000 added in 2022)
The 2021 Social Impact Grants are proactive (no application requested) and unrestricted.
Please see 2020 Grants.
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.