The Helderleigh Foundation funds multi-year agreements with colleges, universities, associations and social enterprises.


Colleges and Universities

We help advance nutrition awareness, education and research.


Associations and Coalitions

We support good work of associations and join coalitions.


Social Enterprises

We support expansion of qualified social enterprises.

Types of initiatives funded:

Our philosophy is to strategically select best of class partners to lead projects and initiatives. Here are some examples of our partner’s work now underway:

  • Nutrition Connections, part of the Ontario Public Health Association, creates opportunities for capacity building, training, collaborating and networking with over 6000 educators and health professionals to accelerate knowledge exchange and advance practice in healthy eating and food literacy. The NC online food literacy and healthy eating reference library – the NC Navigator - has over 350 educational resources available and counting.

  • The University of Calgary helps parents, guardians and educators in Alberta and Ontario understand how children view packaged foods, how best to interpret the often-compelling media and advertising messages, so that healthier choices may be made.

  • The Early Childhood Education Centre at George Brown College is customizing sensory-based nutrition education and food literacy messaging, building confidence among its educators, delivering education to students and equipping families of children enrolled in their 12 lab schools, with nutrition tips and related practical information.

  • The Guelph Family Health Study, at the University of Guelph is testing new ways to support parents and guiding them to help their children learn to adopt healthy habits today – and sharing lessons learned to reduce significantly children’s risk of disease, now and in the future.

  • The Canadian Nutrition Society, a network of close to 1000 professionals is advancing scientific nutrition research, a foundational role in enabling evidenced based guidance that influences policy.

  • Through Ophea, the Helderleigh Foundation  is reaching out to all 3954 Ontario elementary schools; educators and students with updated lesson plans, incorporating food literacy and information from Canada’s new Food Guide.

We believe the education a child receives in the early years has a profound effect on life-long learnings, behavior and ultimately, health. The Helderleigh Foundation is a catalyst for bringing experts together, helping translate theory into practice, and advancing policies for a healthier food environment.

Partnerships organizations & coalitions must:

  • Meet the standards of the Canada Revenue Agency. Grants shall be used solely for charitable purposes.

  • Represent a way to achieve or further the charitable purpose of The Helderleigh Foundation.

  • Be based on a subject of educational value.

  • Be undertaken in such a way that it might reasonably lead to a discovery or improvement of knowledge.

  • Be conducted primarily for the public benefit and not for self-interest or private commercial consumption.

  • Be disseminated and made publically available to others who might want access to the information.

  • Be undertaken in a structured manner, in a systematic way, have educational value and not be selective, unreasonably biased or promote a predetermined point of view.

  • Meet the charitable purpose and its associated public benefit as a primary consideration in the protection and use of intellectual property arising from projects funded.

The Foundation gives priority to initiatives by organizations that are:

  1. Well managed, effective and recognized leaders in their field.

  2. Committed (and able) to disseminate their work.

  3. Willing to collaborate with other partners.

  4. Aligned with our values and business arenas.

  5. Results oriented, seeking a measured social return for their work.

  6. Broadly beneficial or have the potential for broad regional or nation-wide replication (though preference will be given to Ontario).

  7. Already partnered and willing to consider contributing cash, in kind funding or other strategic benefits in support of the initiative.

  8. Undertaking diversity, equity and inclusion.

Although worthwhile, the Foundation does not support:

  • Fundraising campaigns

  • General building funds, not specific to program delivery

  • Bursaries and scholarships not related to its Mission

  • General capital campaigns

  • Emergency funds other than for victims of natural disasters in need of nutrition

  • Public policy research and advocacy outside of its Mission

  • The advancement of religious organizations and schools

  • Poverty relief assisted programs, including community kitchens and food security

  • Projects with a sole focus on low income families and low income schools and districts

  • Assistance for the sexually/physically abused

  • Spousal and child abuse programs

  • Assistance for the mentally challenged

  • Substance abuse programs

  • Long term care projects

  • The arts

  • Individuals

  • Projects delivered outside of Canada

Note: The Helderleigh Foundation will, from time to time, make trustee-directed donations that fall outside its regular guidelines. These are proactive in nature. The Foundation does not consider unsolicited proposals made to its Board of Directors.