THUNDER BAY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION GRANTS
The Community Fund supports existing programs and services and new and innovative programs or other charitable works in the District of Thunder Bay. Each year the Foundation awards grants to charitable organizations for projects in areas including, but not limited to: arts, heritage, youth, recreation, capital projects, alleviating human suffering, health and welfare and community innovation.
- Roots to Harvest - Culture Kitchen
- Roots to Harvest - Traditional Cooking Spaces
- St. Thomas Church Family Giving Centre - Grub Tub Program
- Ontario Nature - Bringing the Love of Wildlife to Classrooms
- CAHEP - The Wonderful World Of Fractal Art
- Alzheimer Society Thunder Bay - Home Therapeutic Recreation Program
- Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra - Family Connects
- St. John Ambulance - SJA Connect
- Elizabeth Fry Society of Northwestern Ontario - Phones for Women
- George Jeffrey Children’s Foundation - Sensory Circuit
- Roots to Harvest - Bee’ing with Bees
- Hospice Northwest - Heartsteps Grief Camp for Kids
- Northwind Family Ministries - Cooking for Life
SHIRLEY H. & MEREDITH O. NELSON FUND
Meredith O. Nelson and Shirley H. Shrum married and lived in Newfoundland where Meredith was in the Navy. When Meredith retired they settled in Thunder Bay in 1985. The fund was established by their daughter Deborah H. Kraft in 2006.
- Mission to Seafarers
- Underground Gym
- Friends of Chippewa Park - Save Our Carousel
- Hospice Northwest - Comfort Kits
CHRISTOPHER JEAN MEMORIAL FUND
To honour the giving spirit of a loving father, husband, son and brother, Christopher's family set up this fund.
- Shelter House Thunder Bay - New Kitchen Lighting
JACKIE AND ERNIE DOJACK FAMILY FUND
Jackie and Ernie Dojack established their family fund to support our community through the funding of local initiatives that are important to them.
- Precious Bundles - Socks and Underwear Program
RUTH BLACK FUND
Ruth Black loved Thunder Bay and left a large bequest to the Thunder Bay Community Foundation so her passion for the community would be nurtured in perpetuity.
- Our Kids Count – Building Connections Through Counselling
HANNAH & VICTOR STEVENSON FUND FOR EDUCATION & ARTS DEVELOPMENT
The Hannah and Victor Stevenson Fund was established by the estate of Mr. Stevenson in 2010 to partially support education and arts development. In his Will, Mr. Stevenson intentionally left the broadest possible interpretation of education and arts development so that the Foundation could direct the income from his fund to the most pressing needs of the City of Thunder Bay. As these needs change, the Hannah & Victor Stevenson Fund will remain flexible to change with them.
- Magnus Theatre - The Reconciliation Project
- Magnus Theatre - Assisted Hearing Loop System
DONNY RITZA FUND
In 2012 the estate of Lucy Frances Ritza created the Donny Ritza Fund to assist in the skills development of people with developmental disabilities. Donny is Lucy's son and she wanted to honour his achievements by supporting those with disabilities.
- Community Arts and Heritage Educational Programming - Canada Special Olympics Legacy Project
THE MARGARET AND ARNOLD WESTLAKE FUND FOR THE ARTS
Margaret and Arnold Westlake believe strongly in the Arts. They set up a fund to assist charities devoted to arts obtain seed money and make "artistic" dream come true.
- Thunder Bay Youth Symphony Orchestra - ”Bang the Drums for the TBSYO”
GEORGE AND KELLY BADANAI FUND
The owners of Badanai Motors have taken the company mission statement of "remaining a socially responsible member of the community” to heart by investing in causes that resonate with their family“.
- Hospice Northwest
JP HUDOLIN FAMILY FUND
This fund was established by Jack P. and Maria Hudolin as a tribute to Jack's parent, John and Phyllis Hudolin, who lived and worked in Thunder Bay during their 66 years of marriage.
- Salvation Army - Journey to Life Centre
DR. R. K. DEWAR MEDICAL RESEARCH GRANT FUND
The Dr. R. K. Dewar Medical Research Grant was established in 1987 by Ms. Helen Dewar to honour the life and work of her brother Dr. Robert Kerr Dewar. Dr. Dewar had faith in the future and progress of medical science and had a keen interest in cutting edge research of his day.
- Hospice Northwest - Research, Development Implementation and Marketing of Grief Support for the Suicide Bereaved
KERI CHASE MEMORIAL ANIMAL WELFARE FUND
The Keri Chase Foundation was formed in 2002 in memory of Keri Coleen Chase, who died in a tragic auto accident. Keri was continually helping injured and stray animals and birds of every description and either finding them homes or returning them to the wild from which they come. In 2013, the Keri Chase Foundation created the Keri Chase Memorial Animal Welfare Fund at the Thunder Bay Community Foundation. The grants will support animal welfare charities for specific projects, such as and not limited to spay & neutering, shelters, medical, food and general care of animals.
- St. John Ambulance - Therapy Dog Unit
- Caring Hearts Cat Rescue – Vet costs to spay/neuter cats/kittens
JAMES AND SHIRLEY SYMINGTON FAMILY FUND
Local philanthropists Shirley and James established their own family fund to support our community through the funding of local initiatives that are important to them.
- Our Kids Count - Wonder of Thunder Bay Outings
- Boys and Girls Club - Nerfs for Smurfs
- Boys and Girls Club - Security Camera Upgrade
ONTARIO ENDOWMENT FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH IN RECREATION FUND
The OECYR Fund was developed in partnership with the Province of Ontario; these funds were matched by generous donations from our community. Grants from this fund are available to registered charities providing recreation programs for individuals less than 18 years of age. Community recreation includes: sport, recreation, fitness, youth leadership, camping, outdoor eduation, playgroups, the arts and cultural activities.
- Our Kids Count - Windsor Picton Blucher Unite #16 Gets Mobilized
DR. S. PENNY PETRONE GRANT
In 2003, Dr. S. Penny Petrone established a named fund to grant agencies that support persons with disabilities, especially the blind. In her directions for fund, Dr. Petrone wrote, "I truly believe that the able-bodied should be responsible for their own welfare. My concern is for those, who through no fault of their own, are born disabled or have become so. Thereby, I hope to make their lives a little better".
- Canadian National Institute for the Blind – Music Together