BeCause Oakville (Spring)

BeCause Oakville is a research-based, solution-driven, granting process where The Foundation’s Fundholders determine the granting priorities.


2018 Priorities:

In 2018, BeCause Oakville focused on solutions within the Housing and Food Insecurity sectors, and, over $250,000 was committed to supporting 3 initiatives:

Emergency Shelters

  • Community Resiliency Hubs – Faith and the Common Good / Halton Environmental Network

Alternative Housing

  • Alternative Housing for Halton: Position Paper  – Affordable Housing Halton
  • Margaret Garden Community Project – Home Suite Hope / Kerr Street Mission


Fundholders have determined this year’s 2019 BeCause Oakville program priorities as follows:

Wrap-around services (an intensive, individualized care management process for clients)

Social Enterprise Ventures (a commercial organization that has specific social objectives that serve its primary purpose)

No call for proposals will take place for 2019. The Foundation will support infrastructures and initiatives already under development through the Halton Granter’s Roundtable and community partnerships.  These initiatives will be showcased at our May 30th Annual General Meeting for Fundholder granting consideration.

To learn more about the research and the priority setting process, refer to Creating Vital Solutions: Community Ideas Factory.


Give Oakville (Fall)

GIVE Oakville is The Foundation’s online granting catalogue for single grant requests up to a maximum of $25,000.  Charities will be invited to submit applications in late Summer / early Fall. All requests must have specific connections to The Foundation’s 2015 Vital Signs Report or Vital Youth Report and be in line with our granting guidelines.  Over $315,000 was granted through GIVE Oakville in 2018.

The GIVE Oakville grant catalogue will open again in November 2019 for “crowdfunding” by Fundholders and, new this year, the general public.

“Give Oakville” Granting Catalogue Guidelines

For further information on The Foundation’s granting programs contact

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.