Foundation announces over $1.2 million of innovative grants that will create community-wide change

Nov. 06, 2018

On Wednesday, November 7th, London Community Foundation unveiled over $1.2 million in grants and honoured local leaders for their dedication to the community at its Community Vitality Celebration.

The highlight of the program is the announcement of the Foundation’s Community Vitality grants. Funded by the Foundation’s Smart & Caring Community Fund, the Community Vitality grant program strives to build a stronger and more vibrant London and Middlesex region by investing in initiatives that will move the needle on our most pressing issues.

“These groups are tackling issues in ways that have never been done before,” says Martha Powell, President & CEO, London Community Foundation. “Breaking down silos and addressing the root of our community’s most challenging issues, we believe these groups will create systemic change.”

The Foundation is dedicated to tackling our community’s most pressing issues through its leadership and philanthropy. Each year dozens of charitable organizations apply for funding. High-impact, innovative, and collaborative projects are selected by the Foundation’s grants committee and chosen based on their evaluated potential to tackle a community need.

This year, four groups will receive a Community Vitality grant. Issues such as homelessness, recovery, health and the environment will be addressed.

This is especially timely given the Foundation’s recently released Vital Signs report. The report entitled, What London Can Be, explores how our community is faring on issues such as health and wellness, housing, inequality, employment, education, environment and belonging.

“Vital Signs is really the roadmap for our granting,” says Powell. By bringing our community’s most pressing issues to the forefront we are able to ensure our granting is strategic and has the greatest impact.”

 Although the Community Vitality Celebration highlights the $1.2 million granted from the Foundation’s unrestricted fund, this is just $1.2 million of a larger $4.6 million that the Foundation grants each year.

 “What we do at the Foundation is all about building long-term community capacity while at the same time, making an impact today,” says Powell. “That’s the power of endowment.”

In addition to the Community Vitality grants, the Foundation honoured local community heroes who have demonstrated dedication to improving our community. The awards honoured at this year’s celebration include the prestigious Governor General’s Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, Vital People Award, Ivey Unsung Heroes Award, and the J. Allyn Taylor Award for Community Service. There was also an update on the progress of the Foundation’s Social Impact Fund which currently has $3.5 million in affordable housing loans out in the community.

Click here to learn more about this year's Community Vitality grant recipients!