Community Fund for Canada's 150th

Jul. 05, 2017

As we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary this year, we reflect on not only 150 years of Confederation but 150+ years of the Indigenous people who were here before us, their history and their heritage. Canada’s 150th anniversary brings community awareness to the ongoing efforts of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Genuine reconciliation is not simply a fleeting thought - it is about going the extra mile. It is the unique opportunity to change the future and the belief that we will. London Community Foundation’s Fund for Canada's 150th encourages all Canadians to contribute to their communities in a way that will foster a greater sense of belonging, support meaningful reconciliation and leave a lasting legacy now and for future generations.

The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is a small grants program made possible by London Community Foundation, the Government of Canada and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast.

All grant projects work towards the following principles

  • Encourage participation in community activities and events to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary
  • Inspire a deeper understanding about the people, places and events that shape our country and communities
  • Build vibrant and healthy communities with the broadest possible engagement of all Canadians including indigenous peoples; groups that reflect our cultural diversity; youth and official language minorities.

In 2016 and 2017, the following Foundation funds contributed $75,000, which was matched, making available $150,000 each year for this program.

2016 and 2017 Donors
  • Bowden Family Fund
  • Milton and Jean Broderick Charitable Fund
  • Richard and Beryl Ivey Fund
  • Jung Family Fund
  • Kayser Family Foundation
  • William and Katharine Kostuk Family Fund
  • Ashley Grace Powell Memorial Fund
  • Rasmussen Family Fund
  • Rick and Carol Richardson Family Fund
  • William Thomson Family Fund
  • Faith Tilk Memorial Fund
  • Smart & Caring Community Fund
  • Bourne Family Fund
  • Wilson Family Foundation
  • The Thirty-Two Associates Fund
  • Allan and Susan Edwards Family
  • Megan Holliday Memorial Fund
  • Tom and Sue Allan Family Fund
  • Wilson & Judith Rodger Fund
  • William Thomson Family Fund
  • Keith and Lynn Watson Family Fund
  • London Life Community Fund
  • Ontario Endowment for Children & Youth in Recreation Fund

“I was proud to support the Fund for Canada’s 150th as myself and my family are so blessed to live in such a beautiful country. We Canadians accept everyone into our great country which is diverse, polite, and proud.”- Darlene Broderick, Milton and Jean Broderick Charitable Fund

Representatives of each fund had the opportunity to be a part of the selection committee, which was chaired by Madeline Lennon, a long serving grants committee member. After reviewing almost 50 applications, the following projects were selected as successful recipients:

1. London Cross Cultural Learner Centre
For: Connecting Newcomers to Canada’s 150th Anniversary
Amount: $14,440

2. Twelve Canada
For: Regional Youth Reconciliation Gathering
Amount: $14,185

3. London Regional Children’s Museum
For: Celebrate Kids!
Amount: $12,650

4. London Potters Guild
For: Mosiac Celebrating Canada 150 and London Clay Art Centre
Amount: $11,000

5. Forest City Gallery
For: Vaulted: A Commemorative Arts and Culture Project
Amount: $10,000

6. Salthaven Wildlife and Education Centre
For: Go Wild for Canada’s 150th
Amount: $10,000

7. Pillar Nonprofit Network
For: Celebrating 150 Years of Innovation in London
Amount: $7,500

8. Maria Luisa de Moreno International Foundation
For: Canada’s 150 Years Celebration @ One Day for Kids
Amount: $6,800

9. United Way London & Middlesex
For: Bands 150
Amount: $6,490

10. Urban League of London on behalf of SoHo Community Association
For: SoHo Celebrates Canada
Amount: $5,000

11. Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre
For: Heritage Railway Event
Amount: $4,000

12. Ark Aid Street Mission, Inc
For: New School of Colour 150
Amount: $3,000

 13. City Art Centre 
For: Inspiring possibilities through Canadian art and culture 
Amount: $2,832

14. London Middlesex Heritage Museum- Fanshawe Pioneer Village
For: The First World War: Vimy Remembered
Amount: $2,600

15. Municipality of Middlesex Centre- on behalf of Middlesex Centre Archives
For: Canada 150- Middlesex Centre
Amount: $2,500

16. Strathroy Middlesex Museum
For: Celebrating Canada- Museum Exhibit
Amount: $2,000

17. University Heights Public School
For: University Heights Public School Playground
Amount: 15,000

18. C.C. Carrothers Elementary School
For: Outdoor Learning Centre
Amount: 15,000

19. Habitat for Humanity
For: Canadian Heroes Buildn - Carter Work Project & Canada’s 150th
Amount: $5,000

20. True Sport Foundation
For: Adaptive Outdoor Sports
Amount: $8,594

21. L’Arche London
For: Celebrating Canada’s 150th & L’Arche London’s 20th Anniversary
Amount: $14,500

22. London Cross Cultural Learner Centre
Amount: $6,000

23. Home County Folk League
For: Indigenous Performers for Canada’s 150th at Home County Music and Art Festival
Amount: $5,650 24.

24. TVDSB - Wilton Grove Public School
For: Kindergarten Yard Reinvention
Amount: $14,000

25. Chippewas of the Thames First Nation
For: Neejawnisag
Amount: $15,000

26. London InterCommunity Health Centre
For: OEV Community Exchange Project
Amount: $6,475

27. Nokee Kwe
For: Positive Voice
Amount: $14,986

28. Urban League of London
For: 100in1Day London
Amount: $5,000

29. LUSO Community Services
For: Youth Bash 2017
Amount: $1,000

“Words are not enough to express our sincere appreciation for what you’ve done for us. With the anchor of your $15,000 Canada 150 grant, we approached TD for a community grant – and were awarded an additional $16,100. Our kindergarten playground will be exceptional and unique in the province with its First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultural focus. And with the school facilitating these initiatives, the school board has agreed to tackle a much-needed redo of our main outdoor play area. The positive energy among our faculty and students is palpable!” - Jeff Holbrough, Vice Principal, CC Carrothers Elementary School, 2016 recipient of a grant from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th