New Oakville Community Activation Grant program supports initiatives that enhance community belonging

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

The Town of Oakville is excited to announce the launch of the Community Activation Grant program, which supports community driven initiatives in local neighbourhoods and communities in Oakville. 

Council approved $35,000 in annual funding earlier this year and is encouraging residents, informal groups, and neighbourhood associations to organize initiatives that strengthen relationships and enhance the community’s sense of belonging. The Community Activation Grant is here to support these meaningful and community building initiatives through grants of up to $2,000. 

How to apply

Eligible community and resident groups, ad-hoc groups and residents who are organizing small-scale events, initiatives, and programs in Oakville that contribute to the overall well-being of the community are invited to apply! 

Applications should be completed online and submitted at least two months in advance of the proposed initiative/activity. Submissions will be based on how the initiative is enhancing a sense of community belonging and meet the program requirements.

The town’s Community Development team in the Recreation and Culture department is excited to work with the community on supporting applicants through the grant process, ensuring initiatives are set up for success. For information, including eligibility and more, visit the Community Activation Grant page.


  • Town Council approved $35,000 annually for the Community Activation Grant as part of the 2023 Budget.
  • In September, staff presented details about the program to Council and the framework.
  • The program aligns with Council’s strategic priority to enhance community belonging so that all residents feel welcome to engage in a fulfilling community life that is built to support the well-being of all residents. 
  • Staff will report back to Council on the program after one year.


“There are so many community groups and residents doing great things in Oakville to support our vibrancy and livability. Council and I hope the Community Activation Grant program will help these groups and individuals continue their work and inspire others to contribute to the well-being of our community.”

– Mayor Rob Burton

“We’re proud to invest in and support these small, yet impactful, local projects that connect neighbours and build stronger communities. We are excited to see what our residents can do through this initiative and really showcase that Oakville really is the best place to live, work and play.”

– Julie Mitchell, Director, Recreation and Culture