Vital People

CLOSED - Will Accept Nominations beginning February 1, 2017 | Preview 2016 Nomination Form

Vital People Grants are available to those taking on new leadership challenges, as well as those with many years of experience. 

Charitable organizations play an important role in ensuring the vitality of our community. We rely on the individuals within these organizations who take initiative and demonstrate leadership every day. The Vital People Grant Program recognizes and supports these leaders in our community by investing in their success. 


An employee at any staffing level - from the most junior to the most senior position within an organization - can be nominated.

The nominee must:

  • demonstrate leadership
  • be employed by a registered charitable organization
  • work in London or Middlesex County (Nominees are not required to be living in London or Middlesex County - this is a change from previous years)
  • have a passion for personal professional growth and ability to practically apply what they learn to benefit the community
  • choose a professional development provider that is a certified institution, firm or organization


$10,000 is available in 2016 for Vital People Grants. The maximum grant per person per organization shall not exceed $2,000. Grants are intended to support training or other development opportunities - through a certified institution, firm or organization - that will build the recipient’s skills or knowledge and ultimately enhance their contributions to the community.

This grant program is supported by the Smart and Caring Community Fund.

The Grants Committee will assess all nominations and select recipients. All nominators will be notified by March 22, 2016 as to whether their Vital People Nomination was selected.  Grants will be issued by April 30.  Official award presentation will take place at the Foundation's Celebration event in the Fall.

Questions? Contact Lori Runciman, Director, Grants 

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