The children’s initiatives program builds on the Foundation’s understanding of how investing in the Determinants of Health contributes to healthy childhood development.
The Foundation has adopted an intentional proactive emphasis on prevention. As a result, we give priority to initiatives focused on primary prevention-strategies which promote children’s wellness and prevent future problems by providing opportunities for learning and growth.
Our goal is the healthy development of children and young people aged 0-12 years of age in Waterloo Region. To achieve this we recognize the engagement, support and involvement of parents is critical for children’s successful development and learning. We value the important role played by families, schools, neighbours and the community at large in raising healthy children. We dream of a community where every child is supported and encouraged to reach their full potential.
The Foundation gives priority to children’s proposals that:
- Build the strengths and developmental assets of children
- Provide prevention strategies through universal or targeted programs
- Address one or more Determinants of Health that contribute to healthy childhood development
- Create direct benefits for children
- Engage and involve children, parents, schools, and neighbourhoods in an integrated approach
- Model inclusion and accessibility
- Incorporate collaborative, comprehensive approaches that address multiple objectives simultaneously
- Use evidenced based strategies and/or promising practices
- Will have long-term impact and have the potential to be sustained
The Foundation does not normally fund requests from this program for:
- Capital Grants (see Children and Youth Capital)
- Camp sponsorships or capital campaigns for children's camps (see Camp Sponsorship)
- Children’s medical and healthcare services (see Healthcare)
- Minor sports
Children and Youth Capital
The purpose of this grant program is to increase access to facilities offering recreation and character-building programs for children and youth (0 – 16 years) from low-income families.
Higher consideration will be given to capital requests which:
- Provide facilities in areas of high need
- Involve shared facilities
- Assure access for children and youth from low-income families.
The Waterloo Region Record - Lyle S. Hallman Foundation "Kids to Camp" Program
In 2008, the Foundation partnered with the Waterloo Record, the Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation and The Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation to increase the opportunity for children from low-income families in Waterloo Region to attend summer camp.
Each year charitable organizations may apply to the Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation and/or The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation for a grant to provide camp sponsorships.
Lynda Silvester Award "Community Collaboration for Children"
The award honours the remarkable and enduring contributions made by Lynda Silvester in her role as co-founder of Strong Start and in her roles as an educator and community leader.
The award is to be used to support collaborative groups in developing/strengthening their capacity. A range of needs can be supported: events, technology, space, consulting, etc.
- Help groups go beyond the early stages of working together in order to reach the next level of collaboration.
- Help strengthen existing collaboratives so that they become models of collaboration in the community.
- Promote community-wide planning (Waterloo Region)
- Enhance multi-sectoral endeavours
- Emphasize the value of prevention and early intervention
Groups applying must have already made a commitment to and demonstrated efforts to work collaboratively to further their work in a given area.
- The group is multi-sectorial.
- Initiatives target the well-being of children from birth to age 12 and their families in Waterloo Region.
- Considerable in-kind support must come from members of the collaborative group.
The Foundation recognizes the importance of education and how it contributes to the overall health and well-being of individuals and the community.
The Foundation supports post-secondary education in Waterloo Region through grants to Conestoga College, Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo.
The Foundation will consider proposals of:
- Capital campaigns
- Program development
- Scholarships and awards
- Applied research/evaluation of community initiatives in Waterloo Region
The Foundation recognizes the importance of healthcare as it relates and contributes to the overall health of individuals and the community.
The Foundation supports healthcare in Waterloo Region through grants to the Cambridge Memorial Hospital, Grand River Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital.
The Foundation will consider healthcare proposals in support of:
- Capital campaigns
- Training and professional development
- Program development
The Foundation does not fund requests for sponsorship of events or fundraising.