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Field-of-Interest Call

Funding for this call will be through field-of-interest funds held by HCF. Field-of-interest funds are established by donors to support specific interest areas (e.g., the environment, children’s needs, the arts, etc.).


We know that grassroots community groups play an important role in the health and well-being of communities and we encourage them to apply with a fiscal sponsor. See below for additional information on fiscal sponsorship.

For 2021-22, Hamilton Community Foundation invites applications for support in two areas:

  • Literacy through history
  • Poverty relief: Meeting basic needs

1. Literacy through history
Understanding the past helps frame our future. This granting initiative provides funding for projects that focus on the broad fields of literacy and education through the study of  history and historical events related to Black, Indigenous, people of colour, Two Spirit and LGBTQIA+ and Jewish communities. Please note that in addition to charitable organizations, these grants are open to school based initiatives with approved fiscal sponsorship by the HWCDSB or the Hamilton Foundation for Student Success (HWDSB). Maximum grant will be $3,000. We encourage interested teachers to collaborate and consult with their Principals. No more than two applications per school will be considered.

Examples of projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Honorariums for representatives for speakers from identified communities to make presentations with a focus on history
  • Online or in-person educational tours to learn about the residential school system
  • Creation of literacy pieces on the history of communities listed above

Successful applications will contain both a literacy and historical component.

2. Poverty relief: Meeting basic needs
In recognition of the disproportionate effect the pandemic has had on marginalized communities in our city, special consideration will be given to organizations led by Black, Indigenous and people of colour, and/or organizations with services/programs that focus on racialized communities. 

This focus of funding is to support initiatives directed to relieving poverty for individuals and families experiencing marginalization (e.g., through food, transportation, shelter etc.). Maximum grant will be $5,000.  Please note that requests for gift cards are only funded if part of a larger menu of services offered to recipients.

General eligibility:

  • Costs are not being covered by other grant sources
  • Workspace is located within Hamilton, serving Hamilton residents

HCF grants only to registered Canadian charities and other qualified donees as described in Section 110 of the Income Tax Act. Not-for-profit organizations without charitable status may be sponsored by a registered charity under a fiscal sponsorship.  More information on fiscal sponsorships is available here.

If you have questions or would like to talk to us about fiscal sponsorship, email us at

The following are NOT eligible for funding:

  • Individuals
  • Research
  • Endowment requests or deficit reduction
  • Major capital expenditures
  • Organizations with a primary focus on fundraising
  • Promotion of political, religious, moral or ethical philosophies or for purposes which may be deemed discriminatory
  • For school applications, funds for staff coverage will not be considered.

Application process:

Please note, content in your Application and Requirement forms WILL NOT AUTOSAVE as you type. Please be sure click “SAVE” periodically so you don’t lose your work. We suggest you type your content in a Word document, then copy and paste it into the online form.

o   Complete and submit your online application form. Next deadline will be posted in spring 2022.

o   ALL applicants will be contacted when a decision has been made on their application.  It is expected that funds will be used within a year of the date they are received.

Questions may be directed to: