Lyle S. Hallman Foundation


Recent Grants


The Lyle S. Hallman Foundation supported the following programs and projects in 2015.




Fiddlesticks Community Centre

Fiddlesticks Historic Fireplace Restoration


Fiddlesticks 'Campfire's burning ~Outdoor Youth Engagement' project would not be possible without the restoration of the historic outdoor fireplace on our community centre property.


Grand River Conservation Foundation

Shade's Mills Natural Playground & Amphitheatre


The Shade's Mills Natural Playground will be located within Shade's Mills Conservation Area. This area will feature structures such as logs, boulders, and other naturally occurring materials that provide children and youth with an opportunity to play and create in a safe outdoor environment. This playground will support the GRCA's Outdoor Education Program, YMCA/YWCA Day Camps and all park visitors.


Interfaith Community Counselling Centre

Expanding Hope Campaign


With 9 therapists, 2 administrators and a 50% increase in counseling services over the past four years, ICCC's main strategic goal for 2014-2017 was acquisition of additional counseling space. The Expanding Hope Campaign will support our mission to improve services, increase accessibility and ultimately provide the best possible mental health services in a rural community.


Kinbridge Community Association

Growing Spaces Together


KCA is moving to ground level and with the City of Cambridge are renovating the space so that all community members will have accessible space to participate in programs and services meeting their needs. Equally important, is creating a warm, friendly atmosphere for youth, cultivating a sense of belonging.


Langs Farm Village Association

Building the Grow Centre


Langs began operating Popcorn House programs in 2012. In January 2015, Popcorn House found a new home in Hespeler; it was re-branded as the Grow Community Centre.  Exterior improvements are desperately needed to be more appealing to both the community at large and neighbourhood residents accessing programs and services.


Mennohomes Inc.

Affordable Housing for Low Income Households in Elmira


A multi-generational low-income housing apartment building that will strengthen young families by intentionally building support networks and relationships within the building; seniors mentoring young parents. The barrier free construction will also benefit family households where a family member may be experiencing mobility challenges.


The Working Centre

Youth Mixed Media Production Studio


The Commons Studio project is developing a mixed media production studio and workshop area in the basement of 256 King Street East in Kitchener. We will offer low income youth opportunities through camps and workshops to build skills related to film-making and production, and stop-animation.



Underground Studio - a community makerspace


The Underground Studio at THEMUSEUM is a makerspace for experimentation to bolster Waterloo Region's culture of ingenuity, and provide youth with the tools, supervision and know-how to ignite their passions. Expertly designed education programs are led by THEMUSEUM, with help of partners in Waterloo Region to create a breeding ground for future woodworkers, computer engineers, electricians, techies and do-it-yourself enthusiasts.


Waterloo Education Foundation Inc.

Moffat Creek Public School Wetland Learning Grounds


Our goal is to transform the school yard into an interactive natural learning environment filled with options for inquiry-based study, native to our beautiful wetland location, while providing engaging play opportunity in shaded areas. Children will expand imaginations, sense of adventure and ability to assess risks in a safe environment while becoming environmental stewards and advocates.


Waterloo Region Catholic Schools Foundation (WRCSF)

Heart of the Community - Active Living Centre


The project will add accessible play and recreation facilities complementing the existing infrastructure of sports field, track, fitness stations, school facilities and public library to create an Active Living Centre.  This will create a foundation for a wide variety of programming to support the healthy development of youth and families.


Women's Crisis Services of Waterloo Region, Haven House

Rebuild Haven House....She Deserves It


Indoor children and youth play and programming area at Haven House which serves children escaping violence and abuse in our Region.


Woolwich Recreational Facility Foundation

Splash Pad/Ice Rink


We will build an Ice Rink & Splash Pad System which will have dual year round use of one common concrete pad.  The concrete pad will have refrigeration for continued use in winter and have splash pad features installed in summer


YMCA of Cambridge

Re-purpose Chaplin Family YMCA First Floor & Relocate the YMCA Teen Drop-In Zone


Re-purpose the Chaplin Family YMCA First Floor (West Wing) and Relocate the YMCA Teen Drop-In Zone, there increasing access to recreation for low income youth in the Cambridge community.




Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation

Transformation CMH


A Capital Expansion of the Cambridge Memorial Hospital. The project highlights the patient care benefits associated with having the most up to date facility in the Region as well as the improved working conditions for our physicians, staff and medical professionals.


Grand River Hospital Foundation

One Patient, One Record


Grand River Hospital will greatly improve every patient's experience with an HIS that is fully integrated across all services: from emergency to the lab and medical imaging, to inpatient stays and outpatient visits. It's the first stage to providing patients with one complete health record in all local hospitals.




Canadian UNICEF Committee

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.


Region of Waterloo, Social Services, Children's Services Division

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.


The Working Centre

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.



Past Grants

Children's Initiatives
Children & Youth Capital
Camp Sponsorship
Lynda Silvester Award
Higher Education
Community Support



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