NCF’s New Grant Portal

NCF is pleased to announce the launch of our new Granting Portal; making applying, receiving, and reporting on grants a streamlined and simple process. Through one dashboard, applicants can access all grant programs available through NCF, see archives of past grants, and have access to final reports and follow-up steps.

Beyond the simplicity for our grantees, this new portal allows our volunteer grant reviewers to access applications assigned to them with a transparent and templated process for evaluation. This ensures NCF is adhering to the highest grantmaking standards required to maintain our certification with Imagine Canada.

For all applicants, please follow these simple steps to start your application process today.


Follow this link and click on “Create New Account” to set up a username and password. In the registration process, you will be asked to provide your organization’s contact information and CRA number. This information will be used to track all your applications, approvals, and grant agreements.


Once logged in, you will have access to all available grants through NCF by clicking on the “Apply” tab at the top of your screen. The first step of the application process is completing a LOI. This process determines your eligibility to apply. The LOI does NOT replace your grant consult with JoAnne Krick; required to apply. Instead, this added step provides the needed due diligence to ensure NCF is granting to registered charities and/or qualified donees that meet our granting priorities.


After NCF approves your LOI, you will be given access through your dashboard to the full Grant Application. Click APPLY to begin. You can save your work and return to your application whenever convenient.


Within your dashboard, you will have access to all current, past and approved applications, as well as grant agreements and final reports. NCF’s new portal will make applying for grants a streamlined and straightforward process.


For further information, questions or concerns, contact JoAnne Krick, Director of Grants & Community Initiatives.

Largest Grant in NCF History

The generous $655,000 grant from the NCF’s David S. Howes Fund will supply all of the high-performance training and testing equipment at the new David S. Howes Sport Performance Centre

May 25, 2022 (Niagara, Ont.) — Today, at Canada Games Park, the Niagara 2022 Host Society, along with the Niagara Community Foundation (NCF) and Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO), proudly announced that, in recognition of a generous $655,000 grant from the NCF’s David S. Howes Fund, the 6,000 square foot sport performance centre located inside the Walker Sports and Abilities Centre at Canada Games Park has been officially named the David S. Howes Sport Performance Centre.

This grant, which represents the largest ever awarded by the NCF in its 22-year history, will supply all of the high-performance sport training and testing equipment at the new David S. Howes Sport Performance Centre, and will help this facility to become the first regional training centre of the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO). Set to begin operating after the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games, this centre through its affiliation with the CSIO will provide world-leading sport services and programs, such as training, performance testing, nutrition, mental performance training and more, to Niagara athletes and coaches in order to enhance their ability to achieve national and international sport success.

The David S. Howes Sport Performance Centre will be managed by a new legacy organization called Sport Niagara that will be established following the 2022 Canada Games. Sport Niagara will focus on advancing the development of sport within the Niagara community by working to maintain, build on and optimize the many benefits achieved by hosting the 28th edition of the Canada Games in the Niagara Region.

“We would like to thank the Niagara Community Foundation and the David S. Howes Fund for this extremely generous grant,” said Doug Hamilton, Board Chair of the Niagara 2022 Host Society. “One of the pillars of Niagara’s bid for the Canada Games was to create a lasting legacy for sport in Niagara, and this grant will go a long way to helping us to accomplish that. The David S. Howes Sport Performance Centre will be a game changer for Niagara’s athletes that are pursuing their dreams in sport”.

“Two areas that the late David S. Howes had tremendous passion for are sports and the community — and this initiative covers all of these bases and more. The Niagara Community Foundation is proud to continue to honour David’s legacy by supporting the upcoming Canada Games and the Niagara community through this grant,” said Bryan Rose, Executive Director of the NCF. “This first-class complex will be utilized by Niagara’s athletes for many years. The Foundation is extremely proud to partner with the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games, the various levels of government, the other donors and sponsors and the community at-large as the excitement builds to the kick-off of the 2022 Games and as we welcome Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast to Niagara this summer.”

“Canadian Sport Institute Ontario is excited to have it’s first official regional training centre at the David S. Howes Sport Performance Centre at Canada Games Park. This facility is an incredible legacy of the 2022 Canada Summer Games and to have a dedicated legacy for high performance sport within that will be a game-changer for the region,” added Ian Gordon, Chair of CSIO. “We will provide local high performance athletes and coaches from over 40 national and provincial sport organizations with access to a state-of-the-art daily training environment and best-in-class sport science and sport medicine service delivery and pathway support. This facility will allow CSIO to better support current and future Olympians and Paralympians in the region and our goal of elevating people and performances.”

As a key contributor to Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic podium performances, the CSIO is a recognized leader in the delivery of applied sport science and sport medicine to Canadian high-performance athletes and coaches. With offices at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre in Scarborough and the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, the CSIO supplies sport science, sport medicine, and sport performance professionals to their partnered National and Provincial Sport Organizations, working with coaches and athletes to ensure best-in-class care and support are provided in training, recovery and competition.

Held every two years, alternating between winter and summer, the Canada Games are the country’s marquee event for amateur sport representing the highest level of national competition for thousands of up-and-coming Canadian athletes. The 28th edition of the Canada Games will mark just the third occasion in the event’s history that it will have taken place in the province of Ontario and the first time in 21 years. In total, more than 5,000 participants and close to 4,500 volunteers are expected to take part in the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games scheduled for August 6-21, 2022.

Tickets for this summer’s Games are currently available for purchase online.

About the Niagara Community Foundation (NCF) & David S. Howes Fund

Created in 2000, the Niagara Community Foundation has assets over $76.5 million and has granted in excess of $21 million to charities working in the arts, heritage, environment, social services, health, education and community development sectors. The NCF is proud to have over 400 fund holders under its umbrella. In 2021, the NCF granted over $2.7M to the charitable sector here in Niagara. In 2017, the David S. Howes Fund was created following an $19 million dollar donation from the David S. Howes Foundation. Per David’s wishes, grants from the Fund support post-secondary, facilities, research, health care services, education and humanitarian issues throughout Niagara.

About Canadian Sport Institute Ontario

Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) is a non-profit organization committed to the pursuit of excellence by providing best-in-class programs, services, and leadership to high performance athletes, coaches, and National and Provincial Sport Organizations to enhance their ability to achieve international podium performances. Our team of expert staff deliver sport science, sport medicine, life services, and coaching and technical leadership support to help Canada win medals and strengthen the sport system in Ontario and Canada. CSIO is part of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network, working in partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Own the Podium, and the Coaching Association of Canada. CSIO is further supported by funding partners such as the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries and Sport Canada. For further information about the CSIO, please visit www.csiontario.ca.

About the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games

At the peak of Niagara’s boldest summer yet, more than 5,000 up-and-coming athletes, their coaches and support staff will gather to compete for the podium in Canada’s largest multi-sport event. From August 6 to 21, 2022, Niagara will surge stronger than ever on the national stage. The 2022 Canada Games, made possible thanks to funding and support from the Government of Canadathe Government of Ontariothe Niagara Region, and the Canada Games Council, will give rise to new legacies of ambition, confidence, and compassion that will inspire generations to come.

For further information, visit us at niagara2022games.ca or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (@2022canadagames).

Media Contact:

Christopher Séguin, Manager, Media & Communications


Spring Wave of Niagara Community Foundation Grants

Niagara Community Foundation (NCF) is injecting over $620,000 into the charitable sector this spring with three grant programs, including the David S. Howes Fund Grant program. Accounting for over 75% of NCF’s annual discretionary grant programs, this flood of funding will provide charities with the necessary resources they need to grow and flourish this year.

The Foundation is awarding more than $620,000 through the following grants this spring. 16 David S. Howes Fund Grants, 10 Mini Grants, 14 Summer Camp Grants that will support more than 240 kids a Niagara camp this summer. A sample of NCF’s spring 2022 grants include:

  • $100,000 pledge to Hospice Niagara and their work to build 20 new private suites in Welland and Fort Erie for those at end of life needing hospice care.
  • A mini grant to the Grimsby Public Librarytopurchase materials to plan, stage, and deliver puppet shows and workshops to children, teens, and families, promoting literacy and library use, which will be shared with Lincoln and West Lincoln libraries.
  • $1,100 Grant to Carousel Players that will support 8 kids, ages 5 to 14 years, attend camp at their Summer Theatre School.

Foundation Executive Director Bryan Rose comments “All our spring Grants demonstrate our commitment to provide support to charities in across Niagara at various levels, in various ways. Our Mini Grants, although valued at just $750, prove to be impactful to charities needing a little bit of help, while our Summer Camp Grants are vital in providing financial support for kids to enjoy a local summer camp experience. Since the inception of the David S. Howes Fund in 2017 an extraordinary $3 million has been injected into the community’s charitable sector through this transformational Fund. We are proud to continue to honour Mr. Howes’ legacy in providing grant support for education, research, facilities, healthcare and humanitarian issues here in Niagara.”

For a full list of all the grants awarded this spring, please see below.

The Niagara Community Foundation will be awarding its second round of grants this fall, including the fall Mini Grants and Community Grants. Details can be found on the grants section of our website (attach). Created in 2000, the Niagara Community Foundation has raised over $76.5 million and has granted in excess of $21 million to charities working in the arts, heritage, environment, social services, health, education and community development sectors.

Attachment and Trauma Treatment Centre of Healing (ATTCH) Niagara
Brock University
Crystal Ridge Dream Centre
Faith Tabernacle Pentecostal Assembly – Faith Welland Outreach
Hospice Niagara
Hotel Dieu Shaver Health & Rehabilitation Foundation
Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre of Niagara
Niagara Health Foundation
Niagara SPCA & Humane Society – Welland Site
Pathstone Foundation
Pelham Cares Inc.
Project S.H.A.R.E. of Niagara Falls Inc.
Town of Lincoln – Museum & Cultural Centre
West Niagara Palliative Care Services o/a Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers
Women’s Place of South Niagara Inc.
YWCA Niagara Region
Community Care of West Niagara
Community Living – Fort Erie
Grimsby Public Library Board
Heartland Forest Nature Experience
Niagara Falls Art Gallery
Red Roof Retreat
Town of Lincoln
Wellspring Niagara Cancer Support Foundation
West Niagara Palliative Care Services o/a Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers
TOTAL= $7,500.00
Autism Society Ontario – Niagara Region Chapter
Carousel Players
Community Living Port Colborne – Wainfleet
Community Living Welland Pelham
Heartland Forest Nature Experience
Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region
Links for Greener Learning
Niagara Pumphouse Visual Arts Centre
Red Roof Retreat
Redeemer Bible Church
Town of Lincoln
Town of Pelham
YMCA of Niagara
Young Carers Initiative – Powerhouse Project

YWCA Safer House: Oakdale Avenue

Being close to an international border comes with serious challenges. For Niagara, its proximity to the U.S. border makes it an epicentre for human trafficking, with Niagara ranking among the top five Canadian communities for the crime. Furthermore, 75-80 per cent of human trafficking victims come through the Golden Horseshoe. 

It’s a harrowing infamy underscoring the need for support locally for those escaping such a life. Enter Safer House, a residential program run by the YWCA of Niagara for women and gender-diverse individuals bravely embarking on a life free from the harm inflicted by their traffickers.

With the help of a $100,000 grant from the David S. Howes Fund, the YWCA hired a support worker to help those living at Safer House to access community resources, attend appointments, and tap into other supports to start moving forward with their lives.

“Sometimes women who are coming into the program don’t feel safe going into the community so having a staff member with them helps them feel safe,” said Elisabeth Zimmerman, YWCA executive director. “These are people who have experienced a great deal of trauma and are trying to rebuild their lives.”

Safer House residents can stay as long as they need. In addition to connecting with community resources, some reconnect with their families after being socially isolated and controlled by their traffickers. Others learn how to live independently or move on to other programs depending on their needs. 

“It was a critical grant for us in terms of having a well-rounded program and we’ve made it very clear the importance of the role for the success of our participants,” Zimmerman said. “We have a very strong success rate.”

Additionally, the YWCA received $36,000 from the Howes Fund to purchase furniture and appliances for the common room and offices at its new location on Oakdale Avenue in St. Catharines. Now the organization can use the space to its full potential, including hosting workshops, staff meetings, celebrations, and food preparation for its shelters.

Niagara Health Foundation

Niagara Health’s St. Catharines Site has never had an outbreak of any airborne illness.

The hospital, which opened in 2013, was designed and built after the 2003 SARS pandemic, so attention was given to managing airflow and ensuring the same air, breathed by someone with a severe contagious illness, wasn’t circulated throughout the rest of the building.

Two portable air scrubbers, purchased by the Niagara Health Foundation with a grant of more than $37,400 from the David S. Howes Fund, helped ensure the hospital’s track record during the COVID-19 pandemic. The units, each the size of a foot stool, could be moved from room to room, even hospital to hospital within the Niagara Health system, to help patients and staff breathe easier by living up to their name. 

They cleared the air of the potentially deadly COVID-19 virus from rooms where an infected person recovered in isolation from surgery or dealt with another medical issue. And they came in particularly handy during the worst of the Omicron variant when infections skyrocketed.

“It’s good for the patient and good for staff, and really good for the other patients because you’re protecting them from airborne viruses,” said Pamela Shanks, Niagara Health Foundation vice-president of development.

The scrubbers were among a list of equipment the health system needed, including additional beds and ventilators, during the height of the pandemic. Once the pandemic is history, however, they will continue to be used to keep people safe and healthy while in hospital, including against flu strains.

“The Niagara Community Foundation grant was a huge benefit,” Shanks said. “(The scrubbers) were critical to the fight against COVID-19. We’re still using them and we’ll use them going forward.”

Niagara Community Foundation Funds Local Projects

After an incredibly challenging year, charities and good causes across Niagara will have a little help to continue to provide essential and necessary services to Niagara, thanks to the first series of the 2021 grants from the Niagara Community Foundation.

The Foundation is awarding a total of $222,525 through the following grants this spring:

  • Twenty-six Community Grants, totaling $199,500;
  • Including four grants from the Niagara Casinos Endowment Fund totaling $36,900 providing food supports;
  • Thirteen summer camp grants, totaling $19,275 supporting 232 kids in financial need; and
  • Five mini grants, totaling $3,750.

“As an organization, we are aware that the need in our community and in the charitable sector is still great and we are doing our part to answer this need with funds from these grants,” says Bryan Rose, the Foundation’s Executive Director. “We continue to be grateful for the generosity of our fund holders and donors who make it possible for us to support the extremely important work being done by our charity partners. They continue to serve the members of our community needing a helping hand during these tumultuous times.”

This wave of grants includes a number of projects relating to COVID-19 adaptation and recovery. Whether it is expanding food rooms to allow for social distancing (Community Care West Niagara) or increasing the number of front-line staff to address the growing concerns of children’s mental health (Pathstone), the primary focus of these grants has been helping charities in Niagara adapt to the new realities resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Niagara Community Foundation will be awarding its second round of grants this fall, including the fall Mini Grants and David S. Howes Grants. It is also participating as the secretariat for the second round of the federal Canada Healthy Community Initiatives funding. Second-round applications are due June 25th and can be found at https://communityfoundations.ca/initiatives/chci/

Created in 2000, the Niagara Community Foundation has raised nearly $65 million and has granted in excess of $18 million to charities working in the arts, heritage, environment, social services, health, education and community development sectors.


Pathstone Mental Health

A plan to make face-to-face emergency counsellors available to more Niagara teens paid off early when the pandemic hit. Pathstone Mental Health, which serves Niagara children and youth up to age 18, wanted to make its nine walk-in clinics, supporting youth in crisis, even more effective by adding more hours and allowing video appointments.

A $75,000 grant from the David S. Howes Fund allowed Pathstone to buy laptop computers and docking stations for staff and to extend its hours, said Kim Rossi, Pathstone’s director of philanthropy and public relations, as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to break down barriers to care. The tools are a life-saver, Rossi said, and that was true even before the pandemic hit – especially for youth who live outside urban centres.

“Access to travel was an issue. You can’t hold off on a mental health issue until you can get to a clinic,” Rossi said. With video counselling, “you can have instant face-to-face contact with a counsellor.” In the eight months from January to August 2020, Pathstone took close to 70 calls from children and youth experiencing suicidal thoughts, but Niagara Regional Police report there was not a single death by suicide of children under 18 during that time.

Counsellors for kids in crisis are available at the walk-in clinics, or by phone, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Referrals or appointments aren’t needed. But the added ability to do video counselling means children who are referred to short-term counselling (six sessions or less) will be able to continue treatment, despite distance, bad weather, transportation problems, or a pandemic lockdown. There’s no loss of care or pressure on waiting lists from missed appointments.

“This grant allowed us to answer a call right now and to fulfill a need during the pandemic,” Rossi said, “and it will make us better for the future.”

Community Living Fort Erie

Beach days, regular hikes and daily walks used to be par for the course for many before the pandemic. During a global health crisis such outings took on new meaning and importance, especially for Community Living Fort Erie participants, who face barriers to community inclusion even when they’re not trying to keep safe from COVID-19.

“All people deserve the opportunity to participate in their community and get out,” said Margaret Fidler, manager of community development for Community Living Fort Erie. “Our mission is to promote inclusion, so we feel people should have the opportunity to participate in the same opportunities as everyone else.”

That’s why it was critical the organization receive a $15,000 grant to purchase a van that could shuttle participants to and from activities in their community. Funding for the van came from the David S. Howes Fund Grants Program, which provides financial assistance to support post-secondary, facilities, research, health-care services, education and humanitarian issues.

The new wheels were originally intended to get participants out and about to restaurants and other local events and activities. But the van became a vehicle for combatting pandemic-induced isolation and loneliness instead. It’s been used daily since it was acquired, getting Community Living participants to the beach on a summer day, helping them hit a local hiking trail, or taking them to popular spots for a stroll so they can safely reconnect with their community.

“The purchase of this van became even more important due to the pandemic,” said Vickie Moreland, Community Living’s executive director.

“The van provides an opportunity for people to travel safely during this crisis. Being able to travel outside of the home has helped to alleviate feelings of isolation and hopelessness by getting people to outdoor spaces where they can still social distance and participate in low-risk activities because they have transportation available.”

My Student Support Program- Brock U.

Adjusting to life at university comes with its own challenges for students. Throw a pandemic into the mix, which brings to a halt many of the rituals associated with post-secondary life, including living on campus and attending classes with peers, and the need for support becomes paramount.

A $40,000 grant from the Niagara Community Foundation’s David S. Howes Fund last fall ensured students at Brock University had access to vital mental health resources 24/7, via a year-long, university-wide subscription to the My Student Support Program App.

The David S. Howes Fund Grants Program provides funding that supports post-secondary, facilities, research, health-care services, education, and humanitarian issues.

The app, which launched at Brock in December, offers students real-time confidential counselling support over the phone or text in five languages, whenever and wherever they need it. They can also access topical articles, podcasts, videos, and infographics to help combat the isolation and loneliness many report feeling.

In addition, the app connects students to a virtual fitness program called LIFT. But mental health challenges aren’t all the pandemic has thrust upon students. Some are also dealing with food security issues exacerbated by precarious employment.

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing we wanted to ensure was we continued to support students and focused on ways we could help them,” said Sonia Dupte, Brock’s director of development and stewardship. “With face-to-face drop-ins (with counsellors on campus) not being feasible, this was another way we could support students.” It’s also in keeping with Brock’s consistent first-place ranking in Macleans Magazine for mental health support for students, Dupte noted.

“Students feel like they’re doing everything by themselves. COVID-19 has been such a beast and opened a Pandora’s box,” she said. “In the David S. Howes Fund through the Niagara Community Foundation, we’ve found great partners to help fulfill this need for support for our students.”

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.




Niagara Community Foundation’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Niagara Community Foundation (NCF) is providing nearly $300,000 in funding to support our most vulnerable citizens amid the rapidly changing situation created by the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.

The Foundation will be issuing an emergency Strategic Initiatives Grant of $25,000 in response to the United Way Niagara’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. As well, the David S. Howes Fund – the Foundation’s largest fund – will be issuing $250,000 to the Niagara Health Foundation to help purchase essential equipment. This will be topped up by an additional $20,000 from the Niagara-on-the-Lake Healthcare Community Fund and the Niagara Falls Healthcare Flow-Through Fund, for a total of $270,000.

“COVID-19 is having an impact on charities in every sector that we serve. The work they do is more vital now than ever before and the Foundation recognizes how important it is for us to support these agencies,” said NCF Executive Director Bryan Rose. “We’ll continue to work with our charity partners on the front lines to learn how best we can support them, now and in the long term.”

The grant to the Niagara Health Foundation, whose mission is to raise and steward funds to support high-quality patient care, education and research at Niagara Health is much needed to support local hospitals in their fight against the pandemic.

“We are grateful to the Niagara Community Foundation for their leadership to support urgently needed equipment for our front-line health care workers. The donation will directly impact patients being cared for with COVID-19 in our community. Thank you for providing funds to support Niagara Health at this critical time in our community,” said Roger Ali, President & CEO of the Niagara Health Foundation.

The grant to the United Way’s Fund provides immediate support to charitable service providers across Niagara who are providing essential resources related to basic needs.

NCF has reached out to other local funders. Thus far, the Branscombe Family Foundation has joined the Niagara Community Foundation with their own pledge of $25,000 to the United Way. Rose stated, “We have and will continue to collaborate with charities and other funders to support the emerging needs of our community.”

The grant to the NHF will allow Niagara Health to purchase essential equipment, such as new ventilators, as well as a number of new beds. The impact of this funding will be felt across Niagara in providing our frontline healthcare workers with the equipment they need to ensure our community remains safe and cared for.

Created in 2000, the Niagara Community Foundation has raised over $62 million and has granted in excess of $15 million to charities working in the arts, heritage, environment, social services, health, education and community development sectors.

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St. Catharines Standard


Local Projects Receive $370,000 in David S. Howes Fund Inaugural Grants

Dec. 03, 2018- Thirteen charities across Niagara are the recipients of the first wave of grants from the David S. Howes Fund Grants program – the Niagara Community Foundation’s largest-ever grant program.
The Foundation received 35 applications valuing a combined $2.6 million dollars in requested funds. Each application was reviewed by the Foundation’s Grants Committee as well as vetted by representatives from the David S. Howes Foundation. After a tremendous amount of due diligence, $370,000 will be distributed to support 13 charities across Niagara. Additionally, other community funds were used to “top-up” the 13 projects for this round.

“The proposals submitted to us were extremely impressive. Not only did they span the charitable sector, but they came from all corners of Niagara with each addressing at least one of the David S. Howes Fund priorities,” says NCF Executive Director Bryan Rose. “The projects selected will have a tremendous impact and support thousands of people across the Niagara Region, and we know they would make David very proud.”

Some of the projects awarded include:

  • Brock University was awarded a $136,000 grant over 3-years for their partnership with CMHA to offer mental health supports to students on campus especially during high stress times.
  • Women’s Place of South Niagara was awarded a $100,000 grant over 3-years to support their project to double the capacity of their shelter to provide safety and services for women and their children who are victims of abuse.
  • Fonds Foyer Richelieu will receive $100,000 over three years to support the build of a 128-bed long-term care home for residents and retrofit the existing seniors housing facility.
  • In 2017, the David S. Howes Fund was created following an $18 million gift from the David S. Howes Foundation. Per Mr. Howes’ wishes, grants from the Fund will support post-secondary, facilities, research, health care services, education and humanitarian issues throughout Niagara.