Core Funding Areas

What does Hewitt Foundation fund?

The Hewitt Foundation solely funds Canadian registered charities in Eastern Canada, more specifically Québec and the Atlantic provinces.  We highly encourage the submission of innovative and collaborative projects that bring about significant, meaningful, and sustainable change.

The Hewitt Foundation aims to support Canadian registered charities and partner with other philanthropic foundations in order to augment the impact in improving the lives of all Canadians through collaboration and innovation.


Mental Illness

1 in 5 Canadians will experience mental illness in our lifetime.  Despite the growing openness to talk about mental illness, prejudice and fear still prevent many from seeking help. 

The Hewitt Foundation aims to support organizations that continue to work with adolescents and adults living with mental illnesses and collaborate with others to innovate and bring about social change and acceptance.


Diseases, viruses and illnesses are continually evolving and the search for cures, treatments and prevention is never ending.

The Hewitt Foundation aims to support centres of excellence in research with the goal of helping fund expert researchers to find solutions, therapies, medications, and eventually cures and/or vaccines.


Despite significant improvements to the healthcare system, trauma remains the number one cause of death among Canadians under 44 years of age.

The Hewitt Foundation aims to support centres of excellence to continue to help save lives and send Canadians home healthy.


Colleges & Universities

The greater one’s education, the better the chances of finding work: a bachelor’s diploma and a college(Cegep) certificate are associated with more years of coverage in an employer-sponsored pension plan and fewer layoffs than a high school diploma.  And at an overall level, university graduates earn salaries 60% above their peers without a diploma.

The Hewitt Foundation aims to support universities, college and cegeps that provide resources to all students, offer scholarships, innovate in the ever-changing world, and prepare our future leaders.


According to the 2019 Canadian Health Survey on Children and Youth, approximately 1 in 50 children and youth (2%) aged 1 to 17 years in Canada have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), with this number increasing to 1 in 37 as of 2020.  Moreover, the prevalence of autism is higher among in lower-income households, with a rate of 2.6% compared to 1.1% in the highest-income households. 

The Hewitt Foundation aims to support schools that offer specialized and innovative programming, provide support and resources to all students, offer scholarships, are inclusive, and encourage all students to graduate.

Specialized Programs

About 2 in every 5 Canadian adults– 9 million people – can’t read well enough to do everyday things. If we add in the people who are older than 65, that number goes up to 12 million Canadians.  Some people who have low literacy skills come from vulnerable groups, but this problem also affects many people in the general adult population. 

The Hewitt Foundation aims to support organizations that provide and encourage Canadian students of all ages to improve their current level of education and improve their quality of life.

Youth 12-35

Today in Canada, up to 14% of students drop out from high school, and the number reaches almost 50% in low-income communities. This means that close to 300,000 students face barriers including nutrition, financial stability, resources, transportation, language, and cultural difference that impede their ability to graduate.

The Hewitt Foundation aims to support organizations that provide services to youth aged 12 to 35 that mentor and guide them to reach their full potential and become a responsible and contributing Canadian citizen.



There is overwhelming evidence (such as higher global sea levels, increased air and sea surface temperatures, and ocean heat content) that the Earth has warmed during the Industrial Era and that the main cause of this warming is human influence. Canada is no exception and has actually warmed and will continue to warm almost at double the global rate, especially in the North.

The Hewitt Foundation aims to support organizations that help to conserve and preserve our species, both floral and fauna, protect our parks and waters, promote recycling and using reusable energy, and ensure our future generations can enjoy all the wonders that planet Earth has to offer.

Fundamental Needs

1 out of 7 Canadians lives below the poverty line, particularly affecting vulnerable groups including people living with disabilities, single parents, racialized communities, etc., resulting in food and housing insecurity, health issues and substance abuse.

The Hewitt Foundation aims to support organizations that provide emergency services, financial aide and educational programs in order to break the cycle of poverty and help Canadians have a better quality of life and prosperity.

Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous communities are among the most vulnerable groups in Canada.  They represent a group that suffers greatly from mental health disorders, many not yet diagnosed, a high drop out rate for lack of consistent resources and poor living conditions.   

The Hewitt Foundation aims to support Indigenous-led organizations that encourage Indigenous individuals to pursue their education, seek medical and therapeutic assistance, create innovate solutions, with the objective of improving their quality of life.


There are approximately 450,000 Canadian Veterans, with 4 in 10 aged 65 years or older, while almost one-third are in the core working age group of 25 to 54. One third of Canadian Veterans report difficulties in transitioning to civilian life, feeling vulnerable and isolated from the world. Men and women who spent their adult lives working in disciplined teams suddenly find themselves in a job market where military skills are often not recognized.

The Hewitt Foundation aims to support organizations that help Canadian Veterans and their families, transition to civilian life and find a new purpose, combat depression, post-traumatic stress or substance abuse, and that educate the public on these men and women who have served our country and represented our Canadian values around the world.

Granting Exclusions

The Hewitt Foundation donates strictly and solely to registered Canadian charities, as defined by the Canadian Revenue Agency and the Canadian Income Tax Act.  

Considering the very large number of requests we receive from many worthy causes, we are obliged to be highly selective. In order to help those causes which we do support, we must say no to many projects and organizations which may be just as worthy.

We have a policy of not donating to the following:

  • Non-qualified donees (individuals or not-for-profit organizations, i.e. a registered charity number is required)
  • Political movements or partisan political activities
  • Film, video or documentary projects
  • Religious causes, projects or activities
  • Individual research projects or consortium of organizations
  • Events such as galas, walks/runs, golf tournaments, festivals, sport teams, etc
  • Emergency relief for operating deficits
  • Retroactive funding for activities or projects that have already taken place
Applying for a Grant


  • Each Grant Request is reviewed to validate its eligibility, starting with geography (Québec and Atlantic provinces).
  • There is no specific deadline for Grant Applications.  The review, research and decision-making process may take up to 12 months.
  • If the Grant meets the initial criteria, a member of the staff will reach out by email or by phone to set up a meeting, by phone or in person, and proceed to the next step.
  • The assessment and final decision rests with the Board who meets quarterly.  Once a decision is rendered, we will communicate directly with your organization.  No additional follow-up is necessary.