The Foundation awarded $1,368,163 in grants in 2023

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Agency Funds are established by a non-profit organization that transfers certain assets to the Community Foundation and designates itself as the beneficiary of the fund. Agency Designated Funds are set up by an individual or family to support the organization(s) most important to them.

In 2023, $86,300 was dispersed from the following funds:

Hospice Peterborough

Hutchison House Trust Fund

Judy Heffernan Fund (recipient: YWCA PH)

Judy Simmonds Fund (recipient: Kawartha Youth Orchestra)

Kawartha Haliburton Children’s Fund

KMRA Fund for Women & Children (recipient: YWCA PH, Five Counties Children’s Centre)

Olive and Doug Kirk Fund (recipient: YWCA PH, YMCA of Central East Ontario)

Otonabee Conservation Fund

Peterborough Field Naturalists Fund

Tenuto Trust (recipient: Kawartha Youth Orchestra)

WB Fund (recipient: Peterborough Symphony Orchestra)

What’s Next Fund (recipient: YWCA PH)

GreenUp Fund (recipient: GreenUP)

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The Community Services Recovery Fund is a $400 million investment from the Government of Canada to support charities and non-profits as they focus on how to adapt their organizations for pandemic recovery. This fund was delivered to the non-profit sector in partnership with Community Foundations Canada, The Canadian Red Cross, and United Way Centraide Canada.

In 2023, the Foundation administered $492,000 in one-time funding to the following organizations (read the story here):

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Consumption and Treatment Services Fund

This fund began with a campaign called Light the Way, which helped raise $160,000 for an opioid response hub in Peterborough. The Fund continues to collect donations in order to support the costs not covered by the Consumption and Treatment Services Site’s core funding. Much needed items are purchased with this money including, equipment, socks, mittens, and snacks. Donations are gratefully accepted here.

In 2023, Four Counties Addiction Services Team (Fourcast) was granted $4,400 from this fund.

Read more about the CTS here.

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Emergency Winter Response Fund

In 2023, $29,577 was given to One City Peterborough to help fund outreach programs and other daily needs of One City’s Stopgap Drop-in Centre. Stopgap provided emergency winter overnight shelter to those in need between January and April 2023.

Read the full Report of Services at the Stopgap 2023.

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The Fund for Gender Equality is a collaboration between Community Foundations of Canada and the Equality Fund, with support from the Department for Women and Gender Equality (WAGE), within the Government of Canada.

In 2023, $120,000 was awarded to these organizations:


Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre

Kawartha World Issues Centre

New Canadians Centre

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Peterborough

First Peoples House of Learning – Trent University

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Student Awards

In 2023, $16,000 was awarded to young people through these institutions:

Art Gallery of Peterborough – award for young artists (Bierk Art Fund)

Fleming College – student award (Teresa J Daw Fund)

Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board – PACE Bursaries (PCVS Legacy Fund)

New Canadians Centre – English language learner award (Ferne Cristall ELL Fund)

Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School Scholarship Foundation – three student awards (Hailey’s Comet Fund & Malinda Morrow Scholarship Fund & Scott Kidd Memorial Fund)

Trent University – five bursaries for social work students (Deb’s Circle Fund)

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Vital Community Grants is the Foundation’s small grants program, which is open to a wide range of charities. These grants address immediate community needs, strengthen the non-profit sector, and help build a vital community for everyone.

 Over the past five years, Vital Community Grants have contributed nearly $560,000 to 66 local charities. Information about the 2024 iteration of this program will become available in the summer.

In 2023, $79,000 was granted to the following organizations (read the story here):

Artspace PTBO

Down Syndrome Association of Peterborough

ReFrame Film Festival

Heads Up for Inclusion

Peterborough AIDS Resource Network (PARN)

Right to Heal PTBO

The Council for Persons with Disabilities

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Peterborough

YWCA Peterborough Haliburton


Jennifer DeBues |

Executive Director

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