Applications are now open for grants for “community-led” initiatives


Eligible projects must have a goal related to learning in their community and building strong communities for the future, officials say

LINDSAY—Commonwell Country Ontario Communities; (small places and wide open spaces in eastern, central and western Ontario that The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group are now encouraged to apply for a grant of up to $50,000 to fund community programs and local infrastructure programs.

To kick-start and re-energize learning, education and engagement in these communities, The Commonwell is pledging $300,000 to fund community initiatives where The Commonwell operates, through its Care to Grow: LEAF philanthropy program ( Learning and Engagement Accelerator Fund). This year, LEAF is focusing on learning. Eligible projects must have a goal related to learning in their community and building strong communities for the future.

“We had an overwhelming response from local community and infrastructure programs last year,” said Tim Shauf, president and CEO of The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group. “This year we wanted to highlight, encourage and fund local initiatives that specifically address ‘learning’ as it is a key part of our philosophy of philanthropy.”

Which projects are eligible ?

Local community-led initiatives in areas The Commonwell operates across Ontario that support learning programs or places where communities come together to learn. Think of libraries, schools and community centers.

Which municipalities are eligible?

Alexandria, Arnprior, Barrie, Belleville, Bracebridge, Brighton, Brockville, Calabogie, Carlton Place, Coburg, Collingwood, Cornwall, Gravenhurst, Hawkesbury, Huntsville, Innisfill, Kemptville, Kingston, Kincardine, Lindsay, Midland, Minden, Nappanee, Orangeville, Orillia , Ottawa, Owen Sound, Parry Sound, Pembroke, Perth, Peterborough, Prince Edward County, Renfrew, Smiths Falls, Wasaga Beach and all the other small places and big spaces in between.

And after?

For communities to earn their share of the fund, residents can nominate an eligible project through the submission portal at Once projects are submitted, The Commonwell will reach out to these communities to rally support for the project by commenting, sharing photos and sharing the link on social media via these platforms/usernames:
Instagram – @thecommonwellinsurance. Community engagement is a key factor in choosing winning entries.

Applications open today, September 12, 2022 and close November 10, 2022. Winners will be announced in early December.



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