What We Fund
Our goal is the healthy development of children aged 0-12. The Foundation gives priority to initiatives focused on primary prevention: strategies which promote children’s wellness and proactively address potential problems by providing opportunities for learning and growth. We value the important role played by parents, caregivers, schools, neighbours, and the community at large in raising healthy children. We dream of a community where every child is supported and encouraged to reach their full potential.
Special Grant Opportunity: Lynda Silvester Award "Community Collaboration for Children"
This $50,000 award honours the remarkable and enduring contributions made by Lynda Silvester in her role as co-founder of Strong Start and in her roles as an educator and community leader. The award is used to support collaborative groups in developing/strengthening their capacity and reaching the next level of collaboration. A range of needs can be supported: events, technology, space, consulting, etc. The group’s work must focus on the wellbeing of children from birth to age 12 and their families.
Children and Youth Capital
The purpose of this grant program is to increase access to facilities offering recreation and character-building programs for children and youth (0 – 16 years) from low-income families.
Higher consideration will be given to capital requests which:
The Foundation recognizes the importance of education and how it contributes to the overall health and well-being of individuals and the community. We support post-secondary education in Waterloo Region through grants to Conestoga College, Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo. We emphasize initiatives that improve access to higher education from under-represented groups; and those that involve community partnership.
Strong healthcare institutions are fundamental to community wellbeing. We support healthcare in Waterloo Region through grants to Cambridge Memorial Hospital, Grand River Hospital, and St. Mary's Hospital. These investments may include buildings, equipment, training and professional development, or other programs.