Since 1983 the WindsorEssex Community Foundation has invested over $12 million to organizations throughout Windsor and Essex County
Art Alley Windsor
Downtown Windsor Art Alley

The Downtown Windsor Business Revitalization Association’s Art Alley, funded by the Government of Canada’s Healthy Communities Initiative, in partnership with Community Foundations of Canada and The WindsorEssex Community Foundation



Our grant programs are vital to helping organizations and groups achieve their goals of filling gaps in our community by addressing important community needs. By providing funding to community projects and programs, the WindsorEssex Community Foundation inspires leadership, community collaboration, and innovation.

Based on needs outlined in our annual Vital Signs Report, the Community Foundation aims to fund programs that fall within our granting areas of interest and answer community needs. This is in collaboration with our seven areas of interest. The WindsorEssex Community Foundation strictly abides by the guidelines and policies outlined by Community Foundations of Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency with respect to grant-making practices.


The WindsorEssex Community Foundation (WECF) is now accepting applications for the 2024 KidStart Grant Program.  KidStart Grants provide individual elementary-level classes with up to $500 to use on a project that will have a positive impact on the community outside their school and classroom.

We are pleased to welcome your proposal for a grant from the WECF, deadline to submit your application is Wednesday, February 7, 2024.

To apply, please download the application: KidStart Grant Application

The WindsorEssex Community Foundation is now accepting KidStart grant application until February 7, 2024.

Please check back, as we regularly update this page to reflect available funding, and be sure to follow @WECFoundation on social media for updates and announcements.

List of 2021-2022


ALS Society of Windsor-Essex County

Alzheimer Society of Windsor & Essex County

Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission

Art Windsor-Essex

Artcite, Inc.

Autism Services Incorporated of Windsor & Essex County

Bike Windsor-Essex

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windsor Essex

Black Boys Code

Cambridge Self Help Food Bank

Canadian Mental Health Association Windsor-Essex County Branch

Children First in Essex County

CJAM FM Student Media

CNIB Foundation Windsor

Corporation of the City of Windsor

Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator

Downtown Windsor Business Revitalization Association

Drouillard Place

Easter Seals Ontario (Windsor-Essex)

Elder College

Erie Shores Health Foundation

Essex Area Food Bank

Essex County Field Naturalists Club

Essex County Library

Essex Region Conservation Foundation

Family Respite Services Windsor-Essex

Fight Like Mason Foundation

Ghana Native Assistance Group

Harrow Health Family Team

Hiatus House

Hospice of Windsor and Essex County Inc.

Italian Canadian Handicapable Association

Julien Gaudet’s House

Kiwanis Music Festival of Windsor-Essex County

LaSalle Rowing Club

Life After Fifty

London Health Sciences Foundation

Manna Homeless Society

Marsh Society Collection

Mission Services of London

Multicultural Council of Windsor & Essex County

Pelee Island Bird Observatory

People First of Ontario

Polish Peoples’ Home Association

Rotary Club of Windsor 1918 – WERA Rainbow Alliance

Rotary Club of LaSalle Centennial

Saint Vincent de Paul Society Windsor Essex Central Council

Save our Scruff – Rehome and Rescue

Slovak Heritage Foundation Windsor-Essex County

South Essex Community Council

Street Help Homeless Centre of Windsor

The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation

The Purple Theatre Company

The Salvation Army

The Windsor Youth Centre

Trans Wellness Ontario

United Way/ Centraide Windsor & Essex County

University of Windsor

Windsor Endowment for the Arts

Windsor Essex Children’s Aid Foundation

Windsor Essex Therapeutic Riding Association

Windsor Goodfellows

Windsor Kiwanis Charitable Trust – Sunshine Point Camp

Windsor Symphony Society

WindsorEssex Community Foundation

Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor

Youth Opportunities Unlimited