Niagara Community Foundation awards more than $360,000 in David S. Howes Fund Grants

The legacy of David S. Howes is delivering an additional $360,000 in funding this year, to charitable causes in the Niagara Community.

This year's David S. Howes Fund grants are being awarded to 11 organizations in the Niagara community. Among the awards are $55,000 to support expansion of service hours at Pathstone Foundation's mental health walk-in clinics across Niagara, $45,000 to support summer camp for up to 300 low-income youth at four Niagara Region Housing services run by The RAFT, and $40,000 to help Niagara (Hope) Furniture Bank purchase a moving truck to collect mattresses for Niagarans in need.

A full list of grant recipients is found below.

"This year more than ever, we're cognizant of the need across Niagara. The projects David's legacy fund will support will help thousands of people throughout the Region," says Niagara Community Foundation Executive Director Bryan Rose.

The David S. Howes Fund was established in 2017 following a $19 million gift from the David S. Howes Foundation, the largest single gift ever received by the Niagara Community Foundation. This year marks the third year in which the Fund has awarded grants to great causes reflecting David's legacy of community support in fields like health care and education.

"We were incredibly impressed by the applications we received this year. We're confident that David would've been touched to see so many great causes working to support Niagarans from all walks of life," Rose said.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2020, the Niagara Community Foundation has raised $62 million in endowed funds and has granted in excess of $19 million to charities working in the arts, heritage, environment, social services, health, education and community development sectors. In 2020 alone, the Foundation granted more than $2.9 million in regular grants and $1.3 million in federal funds, investing a total of $4.3 million into Niagara.

Charities Supported in 2020 by David S. Howes Grants

Brock University


Implement My SSP portal for students to access text and telephone counselling.

Faith Welland Outreach


Provide support programs and supplies for youth and seniors in need.

Folk Arts Council of St. Catharines - Multicultural Centre


Provide literacy and skills training to support newcomer youth that experience barriers to education, employment and success.

Hotel Dieu Shaver Health & Rehabilitation Foundation


Purchase eye-gazing technology and Smart Writing Board assessment tools for clients of the Augmentative & Alternative Communication Clinic.

I CAN Therapeutic Equestrian Riding Association of Niagara Inc.


Build infrastratue to provide a year round outdoor nature facility.

In Communities


Improve access to information and community services for seniors through enhanced resources and linkage to 211 helpline.

Niagara (Hope) Furniture Bank


Purchase moving truck to collect mattresses to distribute to those in need in Niagara Region.

Niagara Health Foundation


Purchase portable Air Scrubbing equipment for high risk areas in multiple hospital locations.

Niagara Resource Service for Youth (The RAFT)


Provide 1200 hours of Summer Camp for 250-300 low income youth living in four Niagara Region Housing communities.

Pathstone Foundation


Support the expansion of hours of service at the  mental health walk in clinics across the Region

YWCA Niagara Region


Support the building of the new community room space at their new 24 unit transitional apartment building to be used by residents.