A new fund to support communities

Please note that applications for the Community Fund are now closed. We thank you for your interest and look forward to announcing the winners in the coming months. To learn more about Hydro One’s community investments please visit Building Safe Communities.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new challenges to the organizations on the ground supporting community well-being. Community organizations are working tirelessly to adjust their operations to respond to new challenges and address urgent local needs.

To support these initiatives, Hydro One has introduced a community fund as a new way to support organizations promoting safety.

By supporting the organizations who energize life for so many we are able to build safer and more resilient communities.

Are you a registered charitable organization, municipality or Indigenous community seeking funding to support safe programming in your community in Ontario? If so, you may be eligible to apply for the new fund from Hydro One.

About the Community Fund

  • Applications are now open for organizations to apply and share how they are focused on safety to address urgent and pressing needs in their local community. Examples of potential projects:

    • A local youth shelter is requesting funds to purchase personal protective equipment and adapt their youth housing facilities to make them safe and physically distant.

    • A food bank is seeking support to provide mental health training to their front-line workers.

    • A municipality is fundraising to upgrade their outdoor recreation trails to support community well-being.

  • All applications are to be submitted through the Hydro One Grant Application portal with the title "Community Fund”.

  • Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to the recipients.

  • Recipients will be announced in March 2021.

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two kids working at a foodbank handing out canned food

Criteria

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The Fund will support initiatives that improve safety in communities across Ontario. Organizations must adhere to the following criteria to be eligible:

  • Meet Hydro One Community Investment Policy (Canadian registered charity, non-profit and non-political affiliation).

  • Address one or more of our core focus areas:

    • Improve community physical or emotional safety.
    • Support well-being and inclusion through community programing.
    • Stand up for cultural diversity in their communities through programs, services and funding.
  • Operate in Ontario.

  • Have clear objectives and a measurement plan.

  • Identify community impact and specify the number of anticipated beneficiaries through the project.

Applications close on February 19th, 2021.

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How to Apply

1

Review funding criteria to ensure your organization is eligible to apply.

2

Complete the online application form and make sure to title your application "Community Fund – (Your title)" I.e. “Community Fund – Providing mental health training to frontline workers”.

3

Once your application is successfully submitted, you will receive a response from communityinvestment@hydroone.com confirming your submission.

4

Hydro One will notify the recipients directly.

About Hydro One Community Investment

Hydro One is committed to giving back to communities where we live and work. Through community donations and local sponsorships, we are helping to build safe communities. To learn more, visit our Building Safe Communities page.

Questions? Please email communityinvestment@hydroone.com

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