The L.E.A.F. Initiative is a Commonwell program to grow capacity and resiliency in the communities we call home.

Re-energize Learning and Engagement in Your Community

Submissions will be Applications are now closed. You have until November 15, 2021 to add your support to a submitted project!

Sure, many communities throughout Ontario have been through tough times of late. The fastest way to bounce back better and stronger than ever is to invest in the local places where the community comes together. Funding upgrades or even retrofits for the places in your community where people learn, share or play is the purpose of The Commonwell L.E.A.F. grants.

In 2021 there’s up to $1 million in grants to distribute to qualifying community projects throughout Commonwell Country: the smaller places and wide open spaces of eastern, central and western Ontario. To earn your community’s share of the fund, submit or support a local project that will improve the places your community gathers, learns and grows.

Think Big!

What facilities, community centres or education spaces could use programming or space improvements to accelerate learning and engagement in your community? Where do you need more room, more capacity, better environments? And how will you put the grant to work to grow the community resiliency that comes from learning, working, connecting and even playing together? Here are some ideas to help you get started.

How The Commonwell L.E.A.F. Initiative Works

1 Find Your

Use the postal code search tool below to see if a project has been started in your community. You can lend your support to an existing project through engagement, or start a new one.

2 Submit
a Project

We’ll walk you through everything you need to include in your submission to be considered for a Commonwell L.E.A.F. grant.

3 Support
a Project

Help an eligible project in your community earn a L.E.A.F. grant. There are lots of ways to get involved!

4 How L.E.A.F. Recipients are Selected

The Commonwell will award L.E.A.F. grants based on the assessment of the impact the project will have on learning and engagement in the community, the demonstration of project viability, the demonstrated need for funding and community support.

Find Your Community to Support a Project 


      Don’t see a project started in your community? Is there a gathering place where you live which needs retrofits, upgrades or improvements? Submit a project on behalf of your community. Click below.