You can help make a difference in your community.
Make a gift to the Smart & Caring Muskoka Fund, our community fund. This fund is special because it allows Muskokans to have a direct impact on the issues affecting our communities. Anyone can give any amount to the Smart & Caring Muskoka Fund at any time. Gifts to the Smart & Caring Muskoka Fund are pooled and community grants are made to address issues facing Muskoka. As the fund grows the Foundation can grant more to Muskoka charities that are working to make a difference throughout Muskoka.
You can also support MCF’s other funds or create your own fund at Muskoka Community Foundation.
Stan Darling Environmental Education FundInception
This field of interest fund was established in memory of Stan Darling, MP for Parry-Sound Muskoka. Stan was an active environmentalist, and was instrumental in establishing the Acid Rain Treaty with the USA in 1991. Grants are awarded each June to a student from each of the area’s six high schools who is pursuing a post-secondary education with a focus on environmental studies at a Canadian College or University. Recipients are selected based on their demonstrated commitment and service to community environmental issues, academic achievement and record of participation in volunteer and extracurricular activities.
South and Central Almaguin Education FundInception
The South and Central Almaguin Education Fund was created in 2017 to support high school students, residing in South and Central Almaguin region, who otherwise may not have the opportunity to attend a post-secondary education institution. This donor advised fund provides successful applicants with grants up to $5000.00 to assist with school related expenses in their first year of post-secondary education. Click here to access the application.
Peter and Eve Willis Bursary FundInception
This fund will support students, who might not otherwise afford it, to enter vocational educational programs that equip them to prosper in the Muskoka economy.
Fields of Interest
Coco Bear FundInception
The Coco Bear Fund was started by Shari and Jean-Marc Dubois as a way to honour their son Conrad who died after a lengthy struggle with addiction. In an effort to support other young people in Muskoka who are struggling with addiction and their mental health and wellness, the Coco Bear Fund will provide financial support to mental health and addiction programs in Muskoka.
Patricia’s Fund was created in 2020 by a retired teacher in South Muskoka. This fund is administered by the Muskoka Community Foundation and provides financial support for programs that support, children, youth and families with a focus on the South Muskoka area.
The Peggy Clark-Guiry Happy Dancing Feet FundInception
The Peggy Clark-Guiry Happy Dancing Feet Fund was established to keep the memory of Peggy Clark-Guiry alive in Muskoka. This donor-advised fund is dedicated to supporting young dancers to further their training and develop their artistic skills through grants, bursaries or scholarships. Peggy was an avid dancer from a young age until her early 60’s. The Clark and Guiry families are pleased to provide other young dancers with the opportunity to experience the love of dance.
Paul and Ruby Erb FundInception
The Paul and Ruby Erb Fund is a Donor-Advised Endowment Fund created by the late Paul Erb. Paul and Ruby were long time residents of Bracebridge who were actively involved with many charitable organizations and service clubs.
Lowden Family FundInception
The Lowden Family Fund is a Donor-Advised Endowment Fund, created by Honourary Directors Steve and Linda Lowden to support Muskoka’s registered charities. Steve Lowden is a 3rd generation Muskokan and a founding member of the Toronto Foundation; Linda was a founding director of the Muskoka Community Foundation. The Lowdens wanted to create a Fund to build a legacy in Muskoka and so that their children and grandchildren would be an active part of Muskoka for generations to come.
Cowan Family FundInception
The Cowan Family Fund is a Donor-Advised Endowment Fund, created by John and Maggie Cowan to support registered charities primarily in Muskoka. The Cowans, who have cottaged in Muskoka for five generations, wanted to create a legacy to preserve the Muskoka they love and cherish.
Goodwin Family FundInception
The Goodwin Family Fund is a Donor-Advised Endowment Fund, created by Jim and Marlyn Goodwin to support registered charities in Muskoka. The Goodwins are long-time residents in Gravenhurst who wanted to create a legacy to preserve the Muskoka they love and cherish.
Uffelmann Family FundInception
The Uffelmann Family Fund is a donor-advised fund established to assist in improving the quality of life in the Muskoka region through donations to registered charities.
Muskoka Community Foundation Funds
Muskoka Strong FundInception
In an effort to help local municipalities and first responders during future emergencies the Muskoka Strong Fund was created. If a man-made or natural disaster should occur the Muskoka Community Foundation will work closely with the District of Muskoka to assess the needs of those impacted during times of crisis and act as a central location for individuals to direct their donations allowing local officials to focus on addressing the urgent needs of their community.
Youth Citizenship and Service FundInception
This Fund was created to help young people whose financial situation prevents their participation in optional experiences organized by their school or other approved organizations. These funds are directed to enhancing citizenship or enable young people to join in service to others in their community, elsewhere in Canada or abroad. Examples include student exchanges, school trips to Ottawa, Quebec or other significant destinations, or church or school organized trips to perform service projects in Canada and other countries. This fund may only be accessed when all other funding has been exhausted. For more information, or to inquire about eligibility to receive a grant from this fund, please contact us at 705-646-1220
Muskoka Community Foundation Administration FundInception
This Endowment Fund was created to ensure the long tern sustainability of Muskoka Community Foundation as an organization. Anyone can invest any amount to this Fund at any time to build capacity and share in the vision of building a smart & caring Muskoka.
Smart & Caring Muskoka FundInception
In November 2012, we joined community foundations coast to coast in responding to Governor General David Johnston’s challenge to come together and build a smarter, more caring nation that holds promise for all by creating the Smart & Caring Muskoka Fund. This community fund ensures that there are dedicated resources to us respond to local priorities. Any Muskoka resident, cottager or business can donate any amount to the Smart & Caring Muskoka Fund at any time. Every August our Board sets the Fund’s granting priority. Grants are awarded each November to celebrate National Philanthropy Week. Click here to check for funding opportunities from the Smart & Caring Muskoka Fund.
Muskoka Youth Mental Health and Wellness FundInception
The Muskoka Youth Mental Health and Wellness Fund was created in 2019 to assist organizations and programs that support youth mental health and wellness in Muskoka.