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The Foundation’s Pandemic Response Fund works to address the changing needs of Hamiltonians through the unpredictable course of COVID- 19. Its three phases are:

  1. Immediate needs of vulnerable people at the pandemic’s outset
  2. Stabilization of charities to deliver critical services in the short-term
  3. Recovery of charities to help offset increased costs and/or revenue loss related to pandemic; and equipping them to provide services over the longer term. Grants to date are listed below.

In addition, the Foundation may make proactive grants to address needs it has identified through consultation with the community.

Immediate grants

In March 2020, these organizations received emergency grants from the Pandemic Response Fund to immediately address critical needs including food security, shelter and hygiene for high-need, vulnerable people:

De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre$25,000
Elizabeth Fry Society$5,000
Essential Aid and Family Services of Ontario Inc.$10,000
Good Shepherd Centres Hamilton$25,000
Hamilton Community Legal Clinic$10,000
Hamilton Food Share$50,000
Hamilton Social Medicine Response Team (HamSMaRT)$10,000
Living Rock Ministries$20,000
Mission Services of Hamilton$25,000
Neighbour to Neighbour Centre (Hamilton)$20,000
Shelter Health Network$10,000
St. Matthew’s House$10,000
The Salvation Army Booth Centre$25,000
Welcome Inn Community Centre of Hamilton$10,000
Wesley Urban Ministries$25,000
YWCA Hamilton$25,000

Stabilization grants

The fund opened in April 2020 for applications from charities, inviting applications for funding to provide basic needs in Hamilton and to support frontline charities delivering critical services to vulnerable populations in Hamilton affected by quarantine, closures, shortages, access to services, loss of income, or affected by other economic factors.

Grants were made to:

Body BraveSupport to meet needs of Hamilton clients unable to access usual hospital supports at this time$10,500
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton HamiltonSupports staff coverage and volunteer training for program to identify and connect with highly vulnerable children in their programs for weekly well-being check-in and encouragement/engagement $15,000
Cancer Assistance ProgramSupport delivery of essentials to clients$7,500
Catholic Children's Aid Society of HamiltonFood security for kinship families and children in care, and basic needs for youth aging out of care$16,000
City Housing HamiltonFood support for highly vulnerable populations, and support for personal hygiene products$5,300
Dr. Bob Kemp HospiceSupport PPE and ipads for patients to stay connected to families$10,000
Elizabeth Fry Society Southern Ontario RegionEssential hygiene, food and childcare needs $5,000
Elliott Heights Baptist ChurchFood support for vulnerable children and families in the Larch After School Program$5,000
Elliot Heights Baptist ChurchMaintain and expand Larch After School program during COVID-19$10,000
Empowerment SquaredSupport to help newcomer families access government assistance and other resources$25,000
Eva Rothwell CentreFood security$4,000
Good Shepherd CentresSupport for most-needed items including food, diapers, hygiene products, and technology to engage with clients$25,000
Grenfell Ministries/Welcome Inn Community Centre of HamiltonPurchase of basic needs and harm reduction supplies for vulnerable people and Overdose Prevention Line and small grants for people just released from corrections$3,500
Hamilton Centre for Civic InclusionSupport to Caremongering program, food security prioritizing racialized and disabled people$15,000
Hamilton Habitat for HumanityProvide free home repairs for vulnerable homeowners living in unsafe conditions$10,000
Hamilton Jewish FederationFood security$5,000
Hamilton Foundation for Student SuccessSupport for equitable access to learning in the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board$50,000
Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School BoardSupport for equitable access to learning$30,000
HAMSMaRT/Keeping SixSupport outreach coordinator and peer support worker roles and provide essential supplies for clients$20,000
Immigrants Working CentreTechnology and computer literacy support for newcomer individuals and families$7,020
Institute for Advancements in Mental HealthSupport to meet needs of Hamilton clients unable to access usual hospital supports at this time$10,000
Interval House of HamiltonSupport enabling existing staff to focus on COVID-19 related issues and tasks$4,120
Interval House of HamiltonSupport initiatives to keep women experiencing intimate partner violence safe, connected and comfortable during the pandemic$6,650
Islamic Relief- IR CanadaCulturally appropriate basic necessities for newcomers/refugees, people with low income and seniors$15,000
L'Arche HamiltonTechnology to administer proper care remotely, and to prepare isolation spaces$15,000
Learning Disabilities Association of HaltonProvide supports not covered elsewhere for Hamilton students with learning disabilities and exceptionalities $5,324
Liberty For YouthSupport ability to provide mentorship, mental health and other services online, and to provide basic needs and other support for vulnerable youth affected by pandemic$20,000
Micah House Refugee Reception Services Inc.Support basic needs of tenants in shelter$5,000
Mohawk College Purchase basic needs items for packages for international students/families in financial need$25,000
Neighbour 2 Neighbour CentreSupport food access through gardening for families and individuals living on low-incomes$14,200
Parkview Church of the Christian and Missionary AlliancePurchase essential items for food boxes for people in need$15,000
Refuge: Hamilton Centre for Newcomer Health/Empowerment SquaredSupport translation services for Refuge clients$15,000
Second Harvest Food Support CommitteeExpand platform to Hamilton, to facilitate donation of surplus food from businesses to social service organizations$15,000
Sex Workers' Action Program of Hamilton/Hamilton AIDS NetworkSupport for emergency food, housing, transportation, hygiene items and other small grants related needs arising from COVID-19 $5,000
Shalom VillageSupport staff costs for resident care related to COVID-19$24,000
Spinal Cord Injury OntarioOffset administrative costs related to online platforms for staff, clients, family and caregivers$6,000
St. Joseph’s Healthcare FoundationSupport Mobile Nursing Clinic to assist outpatients managing mental illness$50,000
Victorian Order of Nurses - HamiltonMaintain services and connection to clients and caregivers while day and respite care services are closed $5,000
Welcome Inn Community CentreSupport to maintain services to multiple vulnerable populations normally supported by thrift store revenues $25,000
Wellwood Resource CentreContinuation and expansion of transition to virtual programming, online self-help resources and online peer-mentoring$10,000
Wesley Urban MinistriesProvide hot meals to vulnerable people in Hamilton$15,000
YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/BrantfordBasic needs of tenants in transitional housing $25,000

Recovery grants

Recognizing that the impact of COVID-19 is unpredictable but is likely to be prolonged, the Pandemic Response Fund is also positioned to assist local charities in addressing the longer-term needs of our citizens and our city’s recovery. Starting in November 2020, grants to these organizations assisted in replacing lost revenue and supporting other costs:

Afro Canadian Caribbean AssociationOffset revenue loss and buying PPE, sanitation supplies and dividers. $20,000
Afro Canadian Caribbean AssociationCreate a virtual program where seniors can connect and provide culturally-centred mental health supports$30,000
Alzheimer SocietyReconfiguring space, cleaning supplies and costs to continue online and in-person programming$12,300
Ancaster Community ServicesPartial recovery of revenue lost from cancelled fundraisers, purchase of PPE, program costs, purchase of a new staff laptop.$15,000
Big Brothers Big SistersPPE, staffing, equipment and covering youth activitiy fees for in-person physical and social program for youth$15,158
Body BraveCurriculum development and knowledge translation.$10,000
City Kidz MinistryBuying PPE, wages for program delivery, program materials and staff training. $10,000
Culture for Kids in the ArtsMove resonance choir for children and youth with disabilities online$15,000
Dundas Valley School of ArtProgram equipment and equipment for staff to work remotely.$10,000
Dundas Valley School of ArtSupplies for online art therapy for frontline workers$17,100
Dundas Youth ChaplaincyOffsets revenue loss to allow for continuation of programming.$10,000
Elliot Heights Baptist ChurchOffsets revenue loss to allow for continuation of child/youth programming.$10,000
Empowerment SquaredOffsets revenue loss to allow an Educational Program Coordinator for racialized newcomer youth to continue.$10,000
Essential Aid & Family Services of OntarioOffsets revenue loss to allow for providing essential needs.$10,000
Friends of the AviaryOffsets revenue loss to allow vet visits and buying bird food.$8,000
Hamilton Artists Inc.Supports efforts to further engage BIPOC artists in an effective way during and post-pandemic. Also supports BIPOC-focused professional development for staff.$8,000
Hamilton Children's ChoirOnline programming and social distancing practices in-person.$10,000
Hamilton Conservatory for the ArtsTo develop new forms of program delivery in the context of the pandemic.$3,000
Hamilton Jewish FederationFood, hygiene supplies and transportation expenses related to winter essential kits and kosher food bank support$11,500
Hamilton Naturalists' ClubSupports GO Explore outdoor education program in schools.$9,000
Hamilton Philharmonic OrchestraMoving performances online.$15,000
Hamilton Theatre IncSupports replacement of revenue loss.$10,000
Hamilton Youth Steel OrchestraSpace rental and equipment for virtual performances.$20,000
Living Rock MinistriesSupports replacement of revenue loss and buying safety supplies and equipment.$15,000
Micah HouseMaterials related to settlement program for new refugees$18,844
Mohawk College FoundationAddress food security issues related to COVID-19 for Mohawk College Indigenous students/households $20,000
Native Women's CentreSupports board members' ability to connect remotely during the pandemic.$9,081
Neighbour 2 NeighbourOffsets revenue loss used to fund the emergency food program.$10,000
Parkview Church of the Christian and Missionary AllianceSupports replacement of revenue loss.$10,000
Portugese Community SupportOnline programming and preparing physical space and PPE for socially-distanced programing for adults and families with disabilities $8,517
Refuge (Sponsor: Empowerment Squared)Outreach worker and program supplies to support mental health of racialized youth$30,000
Salvation ArmyMobile unit and PPE to allow women on conditional release to safely visit with social supports during pandemic$14,000
Social Planning & Research Council of HamiltonRetrofitting of office space.$2,000
Somali Community in HamiltonOnline programming and safe reopening of offices.$10,000
Somali Community in Hamilton (Sponsor: Afro Canadian Caribbean Association)Educational and other resources to reduce and prevent negative health outcomes$25,000
St. Matthew's HouseMoving fundraising online.$10,000
Student Open CirclesSupports replacement of lost revenue and moving services online.$14,000
Suicide Prevention Community Council of HamiltonSupports replacement of revenue loss.$7,500
The Baby DepotRental of additional space in order to serve more families, and buying PPE. $17,000
The Equestrian Association for the Disabled (T.E.A.D.)Supports replacement of revenue loss.$10,000
The SPACE Youth CentreSafe reopening of offices.$10,000
Tottering Biped TheatreSupports replacement of revenue loss$10,000
Welcome Inn Community CentreFunding for adapting volunteer supports.$10,000

Proactive grants

In 2020-21 the Foundation also made these grants from the Pandemic Response Fund to meet identified community needs:

Hamilton Social Medical Response Team (HAMSMaRT)Expand peer-based harm reduction work in serving street-entrenched and drug user populations$77,450
The John Howard SocietyCleaning and equipment costs$25,000
Niwasa Kendaaswin TegPoverty reduction worker providing culturally relevant wrap around supports$62,000
Social Planning and Research Council (SPRC)Financial empowerment program supporting Hamiltonian’s access to financial benefits to which they are entitled$75,000