BeCause Oakville

BeCause Oakville is The Foundation’s research-based, solution-driven, granting program where our Fundholders determine our granting priorities.

Launched in 2018, The Foundation’s first allocation of strategic funding provided will provide over $250,000 in grants to projects focused on alternative housing and emergency shelters, specifically:

Oakville Ready – an Oakville neighbourhood extreme weather resiliency hub model using places of worship as engagement and care anchors.

Alternative Housing Research Paper for Affordable Housing Halton
Margaret Garden Community Project

This year, 2019, The Foundation is focused on wrap-around services and social enterprise ventures are as the priorities.  The Foundation is supporting infrastructure and initiatives already under development through the Halton Granter’s Roundtable and other community partnerships:

Wrap-around services = an intensive, individualized care management process for clients

Homeward Bound Halton (HBH) Academic Training
The Foundation is a founding partner of the HBH program which was introduced in 2014 and spearheaded by Home Suite Hope. It is an education program for single mothers to receive a two-year college scholarship in order to enter a new field of employment.

Homeward Bound Halton – Jill Of All Trades – offers the same benefits as Homeward Bound Halton Academic Training, but is focused on the world of skilled trades. The in-class portion is followed by an apprenticeship to help these moms move ahead with their career in the trades.

Youth Out of Care – Pilot Program
This initiative comes out of the work of the Halton Granter’s Roundtable which is convened by The Foundation and is a collaborative network of organizations providing financial support for charitable causes within the Halton Region. The focus of this is to help Halton youth coming out of the care of the Halton Children’s Aid Society (CAS) who are facing multiple barriers in achieving greater self-sufficiency and long-term well-being. More specifically, the goal of the program is to increase the number of youth aged 18-24 supported by the Halton CAS to be in education, employment and/or training.

Social Enterprise Ventures = a commercial organization that has specific social objectives that serve its primary purpose. It can be for-profit or not-for-profit.

EDGE at Sheridan
EDGE at Sheridan College offers workspace, mentorship and training to people of all backgrounds interested in exploring entrepreneurship or turning innovative ideas into a business or social enterprise venture. The EDGE Social Enterprise Philanthropitch event, taking place October 3, is an opportunity for early-stage student social entrepreneurs to showcase their ventures and compete in the development of a solution to a pressing social or environmental challenge. Through a partnership with Sheridan College, The Foundation will provide support to further develop the winners’ solutions.