Lyle S. Hallman Foundation

The Lyle S. Hallman Foundation’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic

The Lyle S. Hallman Foundation’s mission is “We invest so that children grow up loved and resilient with families that are strong, neighbourhoods that are connected, institutions that are healthy and systems that are creative and dynamic.”

The Foundation recognizes that during this time of shut downs, physical distancing and financial uncertainty, the organizations in Waterloo Region who are doing the front-line work of supporting children and families may need different support than what the Foundation typically funds. We also know that this will not be a short-term problem.

Below are some of the ways in which the Foundation is shifting to respond to the immediate needs in the community. We will continue to update this page with additional ways in which the Foundation is responding to this crisis as they occur.

LSHF partners with other funders to provide internet access to Waterloo Region students

May 7, 2020

To continue providing education to students during Covid-19 closures, school boards in Ontario have switched to a remote learning format. This change has highlighted the existing needs of a portion of the student population who do not have internet access.

As part of the Smart Waterloo Region (SWR) initiative in 2018 and 2019, the Region of Waterloo, seven area municipalities, and some community partners identified a need in the Waterloo region to deploy internet to low-income households to support child and youth development. To address this issue, SWR partners have been exploring opportunities to provide internet connectivity. The school closures created an urgent need to deploy this service immediately to support e-learning.

The Lyle S. Hallman Foundation has partnered with Astley Family Foundation, Cowan Foundation, and Fairmount Foundation to grant a total of $225,755 to the two school boards in Waterloo Region. These grants will purchase hotspot devices and/or four months of internet access for 1,000 students in the Waterloo Region District School Board and 355 in the Waterloo Region Catholic School Board.

The Foundation's contributions are as follows:

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


Waterloo Region Catholic Schools Foundation


Covid-19 Community Response Fund

April 24, 2020

Lyle S. Hallman Foundation, United Way Waterloo Region Communities, Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation, Social Venture Partners Waterloo Region, The Astley Foundation, Fairmount Foundation and Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation recently joined forces to maximize assistance for urgent and emerging community needs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funder’s collective is working together to raise and distribute funds to front line organizations that are striving to ensure our most vulnerable citizens and those that support them remain supported, safe and healthy.

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

This funding is being directed to charitable organizations working with vulnerable populations across Waterloo Region. It will assist organizations that expressed urgent need to continue providing front-line social services through essential programming as well as health and safety for charitable front line workers.

Funded Organizations

  • Adventure4Change
  • Anishnabeg Outreach Employment and Training Inc.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region
  • Cambridge Self Help Food Bank
  • Cambridge Shelter Corporation
  • Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington
  • Carizon Family and Community Services
  • Child Witness Centre of Waterloo Region
  • Christian Horizons
  • Community Care Concepts of Woolwich Wellesley and Wilmot (Rural Collaborative)
  • Community Justice Initiatives of Waterloo Region
  • Community Support Connections
  • Family & Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region Foundation
  • Family Counselling Centre Cambridge & North Dumfries
  • House of Friendship
  • Independent Living Centre Waterloo Region
  • Interfaith Counselling Centre
  • Kinbridge Community Association
  • Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre
  • KW Counselling Services
  • Langs Farm Village Association (Langs)
  • Lisaard and Innisfree Hospice
  • Lutherwood Child and Family Foundation
  • Marillac Place
  • Mennonite Central Committee Ontario (MCC)
  • Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support
  • Monica Place
  • Nutrition for Learning
  • oneROOF Youth Services
  • Reception House Waterloo Region
  • Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre
  • Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region
  • Shalom Counselling Services Inc.
  • Sunbeam Centre
  • Supportive Housing of Waterloo
  • The AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area
  • The Food Bank of Waterloo Region
  • The Kidney Foundation of Canada
  • The Salvation Army Kitchener Waterloo Community and Family Services
  • Waterloo Region Family Network
  • Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region
  • Woolwich Counselling Centre
  • YW Kitchener-Waterloo

LSHF Board of Trustees approves proactive emergency response grants

April 20, 2020

On April 1, 2020 the Foundation’s Board of Trustees approved five proactive, unrestricted emergency response grants to organizations working on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic in Waterloo Region.

House of Friendship


The Working Centre


Food Bank of Waterloo Region


Sanguen Health Centre


Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank


Emergency relief funds available to Waterloo Region charities

April 2, 2020

The world of COVID-19 has shifted everything, and the nonprofit sector is being hit particularly hard. This will not be a short process, and there are no easy answers. Normally, the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation (LSHF) does not invest in crisis situations or basic needs. Extraordinary times mean that typical rules must change. As a first stage of response therefore, the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation is allocating $150,000 to be granted collaboratively with investments from other regional funders through the United Way’s Community Response Fund. Applications are now open, and the first deadline is April 9.

This fund will not solve anyone’s problems in full. None of us knows what that will take yet. What it will do, we hope, is offer some quick, flexible, short-term relief. And by working and reviewing together, the five funders involved (and possibly more to come) will utilize a single application process. Organizations complete one form, through United Way, and are then considered for emergency support by all five foundations. You can find more details in the press release.

The Lyle S. Hallman Foundation removes restrictions on current grants

March 16, 2020

Click here for a message from the executive director to all current grantees in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic.