Grant Programs

Note - you may apply for grants in each category, however, you cannot use the same project in multiple categories.


 Thunder Bay Community Foundation Fund

The Foundation grant support 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.

When selecting the Thunder Bay Community Foundation General Grants our Selection Committee look for the following elements in successful proposals:

  • Clearly state the organization’s positive contribution to its community
  • Meet current community needs
  • Show innovation and resourcefulness
  • Are organized and well written

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 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 education, playgroups, the arts and cultural activities.

When selecting OECYR Grants our Selection Committee look for the following elements in successful proposals:

  • Providing recreation programs for individuals less than 18 years of age
  • Clearly state the organization’s positive contribution to its community
  • Meet current community needs
  • Are organized and well written
  • Show innovation and resourcefulness

Margaret & Arnold Westlake Foundation for the Arts Fund

In 2009 Mr. Arnold and Mrs. Margaret Westlake established a permanent endowment to help foster new and innovative arts programs and organizations in Thunder Bay. The income generated by this fund is intended to help organizations get started or try new things.
The Westlake’s were business owners in Thunder Bay and throughout the years have made significant contributions to several local arts organizations. This endowment is a result of their desire to foster a culture of arts in the City that has given them so much. Their hope is to provide exhibitions and performances to the public in the areas of visual and performing arts for years to come.

When selecting the Margaret & Arnold Westlake Grants our Selection Committee and Mr. Westlake look for the following elements in successful proposals:

  • Foster arts programs/programming
  • New or emerging arts groups are encouraged to apply
  • Is organized and well written

Hannah & Victor Stevenson Fund for Education & Arts Development

The Hannah & 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 Community Foundation could direct the income from his fund to the most pressing needs of the City. As these needs change, the Hannah and Victor Stevenson Fund will remain flexible enough to change with them.

When selecting the Hannah & Victor Stevenson Grants our Selection Committee look for the following elements in successful proposals:

  • Are for the purpose of Arts Development in the City of Thunder Bay
  • Demonstrate that Arts’ organizations are increasing their impact
  • The programs offer training, education and or development opportunities
  • Is organized, well written and creative

Dr. S. Penny Petrone Grant

In 2003 Dr. S. Penny Petrone established a named fund to grant to agencies that support persons with disabilities, especially the blind.
In her directions for this 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.”

When selecting Petrone Grants our Selection Committee look for the following elements in successful proposals:

  • Specifically benefits persons with disabilities
  • Shows innovation
  • Clearly demonstrates need
  • Is organized and well written

Donny Ritza Fund 

In 2012 the estate of Lucy Frances Ritza created the Donny Ritza Fund to “assist in the skills development of people who are mentally challenged”. Donny is Lucy’s son and she wanted to honour his achievements by supporting those with disabilities. 

When selecting Donny Ritza Grant our Selection Committee looks for the following elements in successful proposals:

  • Specifically benefits persons with disabilities
  • Shows innovation
  • Clearly demonstrates need
  • Is organized and well written

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. He was particularly interested in Neuro-Regeneration and Molecular Biology.

When selecting R. K. Dewar Grants our Selection Committee looks for the following elements in successful proposals:

  • Addresses a small research project or marketing for a health care charity
  • Makes an impact on Health Care in Thunder Bay
  • Seeks to assist in the future progress of medicine.
  • Are organized and well written.

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 came. In 2013 the KCF created the Keri Chase Memorial Animal Welfare Fund at the TBCF. 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.

When selecting the Keri Chase Memorial Animal Welfare grants our Selection Committees look for the following elements in successful proposals:

  • Specifically benefiting animal welfare charities (see above)
  • Clearly demonstrates need
  • Funds cannot be used for administration costs.
  • Is organized and well written