Stronger Together is pleased to confirm grants of $500,000 to twelve organizations in this year’s round of grants for innovative outreach by Canadian Christian charities. Four partners — Acts of Grace Foundation, Bridgeway Foundation, John and Rebecca Horwood, and Mitchell Family Foundation — are this year’s contributors. Bridgeway Foundation contributed a quarter of the funds for this initiative.
Our grantmaking process followed the pattern from previous years. In January, we received 74 LOIs of which 18 were shortlisted. Over the next months, we received a comprehensive application which detailed the project for which they sought our partnership, and we personally met with leaders from each organization in a site visit.
The partners met on May 26-27, 2015 and together decided to fund the following twelve organizations. Our best wishes go to the recipients of this year’s grants. We also thank all who have applied and who continue to seek creative solutions to challenges in our world.
Bridgeway’s contributions are listed below. For the complete list of grants given by all four partners, please visit the Stronger Together results page.
|Stronger Together 2015|
|Commitments by Bridgeway Foundation|
|Organization Name||Organization City||Prov||Project Name||Amount Awarded||Project Description|
|cbm Canada||Stouffville||ON||3D Printing of Prosthetics for Children||$30,000.00||To research and propose a business model to manufacture prosthetic sockets made on a 3D printer for some of the world’s poorest children in developing countries.|
|Cardus||Hamilton||ON||End of Life Care: Changing the Public Conversation||$15,000.00||To develop a coherent and compelling policy to advance alternatives to end of life care in Canada.|
|Focus on the Family Canada||Langley||BC||Canadian Family Life Project||$21,125.00||To undertake a comprehensive survey and conduct research to measure aspirations and realities of Canadian families, and to communicate findings to the public. Conditional.|
|Bible League Canada||Grimsby||ON||Find-A-Bible Website Project||$10,000.00||To add 1300 minority language versions of the Bible to a website and increase the traffic to the site by 75,000.|
|Health Partners International of Canada||Dollard-des-Ormeaux||QC||Pharmaceutical Inventory Management Project||$10,000.00||To develop a new and accessible pharmaceutical inventory management program for partner clinics and hospitals in the developing world. Conditional.|
|World Relief Canada||Markham||ON||Roots of Opportunity (Ibba County, South Sudan)||$5,000.00||To benefit rural farmers with improved nutrition, food security and income generation in Ibba County, South Sudan.|
|CAUSE Canada||Canmore||AB||Peer Literacy Mobile Computer Lab Program (Kabala, Sierra Leone)||$10,000.00||To train 60 high school students in Sierra Leone to offer literacy support to 2,160 primary school students, and to benefit another 800 remote, rural students through e-learning support.|
|International Needs Canada||Burlington||ON||School Poultry Enterprise (Solwezi, Zambia)||$10,000.00||To invest in the construction of a 3,617 square foot chicken coop and poultry enterprise to provide an ongoing sustainable income stream for a school in Zambia. Conditional.|
|Sanctuary Ministries of Toronto||Toronto||ON||Improved Medical Care for our Community||$5,000.00||To increase the number and quality of health care for the homeless at an inner Toronto drop-in community.|
|Communitas Supportive Care Society||Abbotsford||BC||Training and Developing Healthy Families||$4,625.00||To offer new training support to families of children with autistic and other special needs at an Abbotsford respite care home.|
|Canadian Association of Pregnancy Support Services||Red Deer||AB||National Consultant Team||$2,750.00||To create resources and train five regional consultants to assist in strengthening pregnancy care centres in localities across Canada.|
|Christians Against Poverty Canada||Hamilton||ON||Toronto Debt Centre Project||$1,500.00||To open three new local church-based debt centres in the GTA to assist 24 individuals with debt counselling and holistic support.|