Lyle S. Hallman Foundation

Current Grants


The Lyle S. Hallman Foundation is pleased to support the following programs and projects in 2022.



Children's Initiatives


Let’s Begin Again!

$150,000 over two years

Better Beginnings Waterloo is based on an acclaimed approach to child development that aims to prevent the development of emotional/behavioural problems in children, aged 5-9, living in vulnerable life situations, by enabling them and their families to successfully begin their educational experience through participation in integrated, holistic and relevant programs.


African-Canadian Association of Waterloo Region and Area (ACAWRA)

Afri-Can Village

$175,000 over two years

“It takes a village to raise a child”, ACAWRA aims to create a village that surrounds children in our community and aids in developing leaders. We aim to create an environment where children belong and feel protected while free to explore their creativity.


Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region

Creating Community Circles

$144,036 over two years

Creating Community Circles is a program that will address the long wait for services for both parents/caregivers and their child with a developmental disability. Participant-directed programming will focus on establishing informal supports and connections with peers in a space that fosters inclusion and belonging through sharing, education and play.


Porchlight Counselling & Addiction Services

Building Pathways to Support in Cambridge and North Dumfries

$121,350 over two years

Porchlight Counselling & Addiction Services will continue and grow the Taming the Dragon program delivery in local schools in junior classrooms, and develop and deliver new Taming the Dragon programs for new audiences: intermediate classrooms, and caregivers. These programs will give participants the language, resources, and strategies they need to identify and manage anxiety, as well as how to seek additional support if needed.


Rhythm and Blues Cambridge

Black Girl Excellence

$119,600 over two years

The Black Girl Excellence (BGX) Program exists to empower and uplift Black female-identifying children and youth in Cambridge with continued support for their mental health, creative expression and conversation. Our priority is to reduce systemic barriers, educate and empower the youth in the community.


Somali Canadian Association of Waterloo Region

Intergenerational Literacy Program for East African Families

$251,856 over two years

Somali Canadian Association of Waterloo Region will engage the East African community through an intergenerational literacy program supporting mothers with English language literacy while also building early literacy skills in children, giving the parent the ability to support their child’s emerging literacy, and building educational success and outcomes.


SPECTRUM Waterloo Region’s Rainbow Community Space

Youth Under the Rainbow

$152,493 over two years

SPECTRUM provides activities for 2SLGBTQ+ children and youth aged 4-12 in partnership with local libraries and arts organizations.


Wilmot Family Resource Centre Inc. in partnership with Woolwich Community Services

Reaching our Rural Youth Project

$142,845 over two years

Addressing barriers reaching youth aged 9-12 years. Implement a Youth Engagement Strategy to co-develop a youth-driven model that better serves youth and improves youth mental health. Engage youth in the rural townships to understand what youth want and need through connections with youth, led by the youth for youth.


Woolwich Counselling Centre

Development of Child Therapy Programming


Woolwich Counselling Centre aims to be an expert in child therapy and offers high quality, professional counselling to children and their parents. As a resource to the community, WCC works in partnership to provide groups and workshops at no cost. Through this project, Woolwich Counselling Centre will offer free parent workshops and preventative mental health education to children aged 6-12 at each school in the Townships of Woolwich and Wellesley. They will increase capacity on the existing child therapy team through additional training and resources.




Housing Grants

For more information about the Foundation's Housing Grants, please visit the Pilot Projects page.


City of Cambridge

K-W Urban Native Wigwam Project’s 27-31 Cambridge Street Housing Project


This housing development, located at 27-31 Cambridge Street in Cambridge and managed by K-W Urban Native Wigwam Project, will provide 30 new homes for Indigenous people, including 16 units dedicated to Indigenous women and their children.


House of Friendship

Supportive Housing Community Hub


In addition to providing ‘home’ to an additional 72 individuals with 24/7 supportive housing staff on-site, the Supportive Housing Community Hub will create places & spaces to build community, belonging, well-being and connection among the 150 residents living on House of Friendship’s housing campus on Charles, between Eby Village, Charles Village and the new Supportive Housing facility being built.



Safe Haven Youth Services Life Launch Expansion


This expansion project will increase the number of beds in the Life Launch program from 2 to 6. The project includes renovations and three years of additional operating revenue.


The Working Centre

Making Home


The redevelopment project at 97 Victoria St. will create 44 units of supportive, affordable housing, a new St. John’s Kitchen building and campus community hub, expanded medical and harm reduction services and a central community courtyard.



Higher Education Grants

Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Growing together: Inviting Indigenous ways of knowing and being into the early years

$630,000 over 3 years
Inspired by the intersection of Western research and Indigenous knowledge in believing that meaningful learning for young children is rooted in play and nature, this project will integrate Indigenous ways of knowing and being into the early years’ programs through teaching gardens that focus on relationships with the land, language and culture.


Conrad Grebel University College

House of Friendship Leadership Scholarship
$186,800 over 4 years
The House of Friendship Leadership Scholarship provides funding for four years of tuition at a University of Waterloo program and two years of residence at Conrad Grebel University College. Recipients of this award will demonstrate leadership capabilities and expand this potential at Conrad Grebel and in House of Friendship programs.


University of Waterloo

Talk2Thrive Board Games Project
$232,780 over 2 years
Talk2Thrive is the outreach arm of the Children’s Communication Lab at the University of Waterloo. The Board Games Project helps to build strong foundations for communication, literacy and language development in children from two to 12 years of age. Programs take place in community settings, in fun and informal ways.


Wilfrid Laurier University

Learners from Care: Academic Success Program
$318,000 over 7 years
The Learners from Care Academic Success program provides support for youth from care to participate fully in their university experience both inside and outside of the classroom. Through wrap-around support from admission to graduation, students can focus on excelling in their studies and meeting their academic and career goals.



Community Support Grants

Anishnabeg Outreach

AO Nest Tutoring Program
600,000 over 3 years
The AO Nest Tutoring Program is designed to support Indigenous children and youth from kindergarten to grade 12 who are struggling academically. Children and youth will be matched with a tutor to work with them to meet academic goals facilitated through the AO Nest platform.


Capacity Canada

Igniting Capacity for Social Good
$994,160 over 3 years
Capacity Canada will develop a tool to assess non-profits’ capacity. To address needs identified in the assessment, Capacity Canada will formalize a suite of services that support these agencies in doing more good. 12 Waterloo Region non-profits will have subsidized access to the tool and services over the three-year project.


Children and Youth Planning Table of Waterloo Region

Belonging, System Support & Transformation Post-Pandemic
$460,000 over 2 years
This project seeks to alleviate the destabilizing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by prioritizing child and youth belonging and youth-centric planning. The project also supports system coordination by providing organizations with resources and capacity building to identify and address community needs, especially for those experiencing systemic barriers.


The Working Centre

Building Resilience
$750,000 over 3 years
The Working Centre, as a 40 year old organization, seeks to transition from being a founder-led organization, to continue to lean into the deep issues of poverty and dislocation in the community, reinventing structures, engagement and resilience to ensure they remain true to the deep values base on which they are founded.



Stabilization Grants

The 2022 Stabilization Grants are proactive (no application requested) and unrestricted grants to mission-aligned partners.


Alison Neighbourhood Community Centre (charitable partner: Fiddlesticks Community Centre)

$69,000 per year for two years


African Women's Alliance of Waterloo Region (charitable partner: World Wide Opportunities for Women Inc.)

$69,000 per year for two years


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region

$100,000 per year for two years


Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank

$100,000 per year for two years


Carizon Family & Community Services

$1,000,000 per year for two years


Community Justice Initiatives

$75,000 per year for two years


Community Music School of Waterloo Region

$20,000 per year for two years


Compass Refugee Centre

$50,000 per year for two years


Counselling Collaborative of Waterloo Region

$500,000 per year for two years


Fiddlesticks Community Centre

$60,000 per year for two years


Greenway-Chaplin Community Centre

$60,000 per year for two years


Hespeler Village Neighbourhood Association (charitable partner: Fiddlesticks Community Centre)

$69,000 per year for two years


House of Friendship

$250,000 per year for two years


KidsAbility Foundation

$400,000 per year for two years


Kinbridge Community Association

$150,000 per year for two years


KW Counselling Services

$300,000 per year for two years


Langs Farm Village Association

$250,000 per year for two years


Lutherwood Child and Family Foundation

$500,000 per year for two years


Marillac Place

$150,000 per year for two years


Monica Place

$25,000 per year for two years


Nutrition for Learning

$50,000 per year for two years


Preston Heights Community Group

$60,000 per year for two years


rare Charitable Research Reserve

$200,000 per year for two years


Reception House Waterloo Region

$150,000 per year for two years


SHORE Centre

$250,000 per year for two years


Silverheights Neighbourhood Association (charitable partner: Greenway-Chaplin Community Centre)

$69,000 per year for two years



$150,000 per year for two years


The Ripple Effect Education

$20,000 per year for two years


Women's Crisis Services Waterloo Region

$75,000 per year for two years


Woolwich Community Health Centre

$300,000 per year for two years


YMCA of Three Rivers

$500,000 per year for two years


YWCA Cambridge

$400,000 per year for two years


YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo

$100,000 per year for two years


Contact Us

Have questions? Ready to get started? We'd love to hear from you! Please don't hesitate to get in touch with our team.