In 2015, The Foundation’s Vital Signs report identified the four most pressing issues in Oakville – Housing; Equity Gap; Inclusion and Mental Health. In 2016 and 2017, The Foundation engaged with Sheridan College to move beyond identifying these issues to creating Vital Solutions.
In 2018, BeCause Oakville was launched to fund these solutions through a Request for Proposal (RFP). BeCause Oakville is a transition from The Foundation’s general grant application process to an evidence-based, solution-driven RFP process. It enables Fundholders to determine the research-based priorities of the RFP process. In 2018, BeCause Oakville focused on solutions within the Housing and Food Insecurity sectors, specifically:
Common / Centralized Intake System for Food
(Application submissions now closed)
This is The Foundation’s new ONLINE grant management system. As part of this granting program, charities are invited to submit an application for grants up to a maximum of $25,000. All requests must have a specific connection to The Foundation’s Vital Signs Report and be in line with our granting guidelines. This granting program is now closed for intake.
Successful applications will be available for viewing and funding by Fundholders through their online portal as of October 9, 2018. Grants will be distributed as projects become fully funded. Grants for partially funded projects will be dispersed in December 2018.
Homeward Bound Halton (HBH)
The Foundation is a founding partner of the HBH program which was introduced in 2014 and spearheaded by Home Suite Hope. It provides wrap-around services to help single mothers and their children move from homelessness and poverty to successful careers and self-sufficiency.
It is The Foundation’s first ever multi-year funded initiative and the largest granting program to date supported entirely by Fundholders. The Foundation has enabled funding to support the costs of tuition and books for the mothers. Other program partners include: the Region of Halton, Sheridan College, and the YMCA of Oakville.