London Community Foundation invests $1 million into the Community

Feb. 05, 2014

(London, ON, Feb 5th, 2014)- In 2014 London Community Foundation will grant up to $1 million through its Community Vitality granting program. Double the amount of last year’s funding, the money will go towards initiatives that tackle the most pressing issues in the London community.

In 2013 London, Ontario faced one of its toughest years with rising unemployment, budget cuts and decline of the local manufacturing sector. Despite these challenges, London Community Foundation has stepped forward to take an active role in making our community a better place to live. The Foundation’s Community Vitality grant program strives to build a strong and vital community by investing in “game-changing” initiatives that will move the needle on some of the community’s most concerning social issues such as poverty, unemployment and mental health. Bigger and bolder than ever before, the Foundation is raising the bar in 2014 by increasing the pool of available grant money up to $1 million from last year’s total of $500,000.

The Foundation’s 2014 Community Vitality grant cycle will launch on March 20th with a workshop for potential applicants held at Goodwill Industries. The event will feature the facilitator, Dr. Kathleen Kevany, Assistant Professor at the University of Dalhousie, expert in community development, social change and community learning. The event will offer potential applicants a chance to network as well as to provide valuable information on how to apply for a Community Vitality grant. Most importantly, participants will leave inspired and better prepared to share their “game-changing” ideas with collaborators and the Foundation.

Each year charitable organizations are encouraged to apply to the Community Vitality grant program. With the help of the Foundation’s knowledgeable grants committee, local initiatives are carefully selected based on an evaluation of their potential to tackle a pressing community need. Community Vitality grants are awarded to organizations that demonstrate compelling, innovative, collaborative and strategic projects.

Last year 3 projects were awarded Community Vitality grants, which together, totalled $500,000. The Poverty Research Centre (Sister’s of St. Joseph and the London Food Bank), Communities, Career & Connect (Habitat for Humanity, Fanshawe College and Ontario Works), and Extreme Clean (VHA Home Healthcare) all received substantial funding for their visionary projects. Demonstrating collaboration, sustainability and innovation, these three projects are game-changing in the truest sense, as they tackle serious community issues such as mental health, poverty and youth unemployment. There is no doubt that the bar has been set high for 2014 applicants!

“London has experienced one of the most difficult times in its history this past year. Programs that will tackle our community’s issues are needed more than ever. We are committed to breaking down boundaries, convening people and ideas to create change. We hope that by increasing our available grant money to $1 million, local organizations will be even more driven to put their heads together and develop sustainable solutions for our community,” says London Community Foundation President & CEO, Martha Powell.

Funded by the Smart & Caring Community Fund, an unrestricted fund within the Foundation, Community Vitality grants are made strategically to ensure dollars will have the greatest impact on the community. Changing its granting philosophy in 2011, the program’s mandate is to support high impact initiatives that strive to change the current state of affairs in a particular issue area. The goal is to grant strategically and facilitate meaningful community change across London, Ontario.

For more information on how to apply and to learn more about past recipients of Community Vitality grants, click here.


Media Contact

Vanessa Dolishny

Manager, Communications & Donor Relations

London Community Foundation

t: 519-667-1600 x 107 e: vanessa [at] lcf [dot] on [dot] ca

Community Vitality Contact

Lori Runciman

Manager, Community Initiatives

London Community Foundation

t: 519-667-1600 x 105 e: lrunciman [at] lcf [dot] on [dot] ca