In addition to major commitments in education, land conservation, science in Canada’s North and neuroscience, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation makes a number of Director directed grants each year.
Director Initiated Grants span a variety of interests and needs across urban and rural Canada. These interests range from medical and nutritional research to programs in the arts and culture, from community and heritage projects to those that support Canadians with the determination and vision to contribute in innovative ways for the benefit of their communities.
Due to the focused and individualized nature of this grant-making, the Foundation does not accept applications for Director Initiated Grants.
Director Initiated Grants reflect the overall values of the Foundation, helping Canadians to take leadership and strive for excellence. The following exemplify some of these achievements:
Established at The Royal Conservatory’s The Glenn Gould School in 2012, this program is the only one of its kind in Canada. It provides extraordinary emerging artists with an opportunity to complete an international residency and the support to launch a successful professional career.
With 5 regional hubs located in BC, the Prairies, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada, this program promotes the production and use of local and diverse seeds by funding groups working with farmers, researchers, industry partners, government and civil society organisations.
This program was established at the Canadian Women’s Foundation in response to the need for girls between the ages of 9-13 to have role models. The results of this program will impact and improve services offered to over 10,000 girls across Canada.
Located at Toronto General Hospital, The Dalglish Family Hearts and Minds Clinic is the world’s first comprehensive, interdisciplinary clinic devoted to adults with mental and physical health challenges caused by 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome. Families and clients benefit from a concierge of services that fit their individual needs and schedules.
The Salvation Army Centres in Calgary and Winnipeg provide a wide range of services to vulnerable families and communities. Programs are family focused providing basic assistance and skills training for re-entering the workforce. Various outreach programs provide assistance to seniors and at risk youth.