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Pillar Community Innovation Awards

Awards to Ontario Individuals, Organizations, Enterprises,
and Collaborations for Outstanding Work in the Community

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Pillar Nonprofit Network

Deadline Date:

06/08/20 4:00 PM


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Awards of $2,000 to Ontario individuals, organizations, enterprises, and collaborations in eligible locations to honor outstanding work in the local community and nonprofit sector. The financial prize will be directed to the registered charity of choice of individual awardees. Eligible nominees include nonprofits, charities, individuals, businesses, social enterprises, and education and government sector organizations. Applicants must be in the London, Elgin, Oxford, and Middlesex areas.

Award Categories:

Community Innovation Award: Nominees for this award have recognized new and better ways to address a need in the community despite the many demands, and sometimes too few resources. Nominees have found innovative, creative and efficient solutions to make a difference in the lives of others. The innovative efforts have had a positive impact on the community.

Community Leadership Award: Nominees for this award stand out because of exceptional professional and/or volunteer achievements in the community, which are above and beyond the role in a paid position. The integrity, dedication, ingenuity, and leadership are undeniable throughout the notable contribution to a nonprofit and/or not-for-profit social enterprise. These nominees embody the spirit of the community and, through actions and accomplishments, are an inspiration to others.  

Community Impact Award: Nominees for this award recognize new and better ways to address a need in the community despite the many demands, and sometimes too few resources available. Efforts have a positive and meaningful impact on the broader community, resulting in clear and measurable change. The nomination includes evidence that beneficiaries or individuals with lived experience were involved in a meaningful way in affecting that change. The nominee’s efforts demonstrate enhanced dialogue in the community and attempt to mobilize knowledge from learnings and failures. The nominee changes the culture of their organization or systems as a result of listening to the voices in their community, involving them in the solution and/or processes and capturing learnings and failures along the way to create change.

Community Collaboration Award: Nominees for this award provide outstanding examples of collaboration within their communities. These nominees recognize the benefits that come from accessing resources and expertise of individuals, local businesses, government, nonprofits or charities for positive community impact. Through the synergy that comes with community collaboration, the nominees have facilitated increased sustainability, efficiency, impact and innovation in the service they provide to their community. One collaborative partner must be from a nonprofit organization or nonprofit social enterprise. 

Community Choice Award: Once finalists are confirmed and announced, the award recipient will be determined by an online community vote.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143431

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award recipients will receive $2,000 to be directed to the registered charity of choice, an engraved award, and their name engraved on a perpetual plaque in the Hudson’s Bay Passageway of the Central Library.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-Any nonprofit, charity, individual, business, social enterprise, education or government sector organization in the London, Elgin, Oxford and Middlesex regions whose work relates to positive community impact is eligible for nomination.
-Self-nominations & posthumous nominations will not be accepted.
-Only one nomination package per nominee will be accepted. Past award recipients are not eligible for resubmission within a 3-year period.
-Platinum and Gold level sponsors of the Pillar Community Innovation Awards may not be nominated or submit a nomination.
-No staff or board member of Pillar Nonprofit Network or their immediate families are eligible to be nominated or submit a nomination.
-No Pillar Community Innovation Awards Committee volunteer may be nominated or submit a nomination.

Pre-Application Information:

Nomination Schedule:
April 1 - Nominations for the Pillar Community Innovation Awards will open
June 8 - Deadline for nominations (4:00 PM)
August - Finalist announcement and media launch
November 19 - Awards celebration and VIP reception

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
London Convention Centre

The nominee must sign the nomination package or forward an email indicating consent and verification that the information submitted is accurate and complete. Subject line: PCIA19 Consent

The completed nomination form should be emailed with subject line: PCIA19 Nomination


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Kaleigh Rodgers
519-433-7876 x211.

Pillar Nonprofit Network c/o Innovation Works
201 King Street
London, Ontario, N6A 1C9

Grant Coverage Areas:

London, Elgin, Oxford and Middlesex regions

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Geographic Focus:

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