New Community Fund for Canada’s 150th builds community, inspires understanding, and encourages participation for the sesquicentennial!

A collaboration for Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation is bringing people and places together to build community and activate a groundswell of local initiatives, activities and events.

The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is an effort led by Community Foundations of Canada and the national network of community foundations with the support from the Government of Canada and leaders from coast to coast to coast. The Fund is matched and delivered locally by Canada’s 191 community foundations, including the Community Foundation of Orillia and Area.

The Fund will engage Canadians from all walks of life in a wide range of local projects that build community, inspire a deeper understanding of Canada, and encourage participation in a wide range of initiatives that mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The Fund will be responsive to local priorities and will be accessible to all Canadians, including Indigenous peoples, youth, groups that reflect our cultural diversity, and official language minority groups.

The Community Foundation of Orillia and Area (CFOA) is participating to provide grants to local organizations. The CFOA has $40,000 dollars to give to registered charities and grants are expected to be in the range of $1000 – $5000. Grant applications will be submitted online through the Community Foundation Canada website from January 9th – February 3rd and grants will be awarded in early spring.

“The 150th anniversary of Confederation is an opportunity for a whole generation of Canadians to come together and celebrate our accomplishments. This important step will allow us to strengthen the bonds between Canadians from all regions of the country and to build, together, a vision for our future,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th will let us create community projects that will leave a lasting legacy for generations to come.”

For more information visit or contact the CFOA at [email protected] or 705-325-4903 ext. 207