Truly Local Grant Program

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PenFinancial Truly Local Grant Program

We’re excited to announce our Truly Local Grant Program recipients for 2023!

A big congratulations to our 4 grant recipients! PenFinancial is honoured to be able to provide a total of $25,000 in funding to help these organizations provide much needed programs and services for the Niagara and Haldimand communities. 


Holy Trinity Church

$10,000 Received

The funds will be used to purchase new movable racks for Holy Trinity's Hygiene and Food Pantry, as well as purchase supplies to keep it stocked throughout the holiday season.

The Hygiene and Food Pantry at Holy Trinity Welland began as a grassroots movement over 14 years ago serving anyone in need in Welland. A significant increase in need over the past few months has challenged our capacity. The generous grant from PenFinancial will allow us to continue to meet the growing demand, helping to make Welland a stronger community.

Learn more about Holy Trinity Church →
PenFi Truly Local Grant Program Recipient - Holy Trinity Church Welland

Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre

$8,000 Received

The funds will go towards the purchase of a brand new greenhouse and supplies for their new Grow @ FENFC program! This project will provide holistic, sustainable, land-based learning to participants in a variety of programs throughout the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre. The funding for this program will provide a greenhouse and supplementary resources to be located on the FENFC property and serve as a foundation for teaching, learning, and growing. The first section focuses on the greenhouse and the impact on reducing poverty and hunger, while the second emphasizes the teaching and learning that will be implemented and that holistic impact on good health and well-being.

Learn more about the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre →
PenFi Truly Local Grant Program Recipient - Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre

Dunnville Youth Impact Inc.

$5,000 received

The funds will go towards the purchase of a new commercial dishwasher for their facility on Chestnut Street. Dunnville Youth Impact offers life skills programming to youth and families in the Haldimand community, along with free brunches and suppers. As you can imagine, preparing and serving all this food results in a lot of dishes, which previously had been hand washed. The new dishwasher will allow the staff and volunteers to save time and focus their efforts in meeting the real needs of the families in the community.

Learn more about Dunnville Youth Impact Inc. →
PenFi Truly Local Grant Program Recipient - Dunnville Youth Impact

Project SHARE of Niagara Falls

$2,000 received

The funds will go towards their annual Christmas Program, that serves families in need in Niagara Falls. This program provides grocery store gift cards and new, unwrapped toys to children 18 and under who register for the program from November to December. In 2022, the Christmas Program supported over 5,000 individuals who live in low-income households.

Project SHARE of Niagara Falls provides essential support services that improve the lives of Niagara Falls individuals and families in need. As a non-profit charitable organization, Project SHARE has been providing emergency food and support services to residents of Niagara Falls for more than 30 years. The acronym SHARE represents support, housing, awareness, resources and emergency.

Learn more about Project SHARE of Niagara Falls →
PenFi Truly Local Grant Program Recipient - Project SHARE of Niagara Falls

We’re happy to announce that our Truly Local Grant Program will be back in 2024! Applications will open in Spring 2024.


  • Registered non-profit and charitable organizations operating in the Niagara and/or Haldimand regions *Organizations must have non-profit/charitable status at the time of applying
  • Organizations who have not received financial support (over $5,000) from PenFinancial in the previous 12 months (September 30, 2022 – September 30, 2023)
  • Grants will support one-time project-based proposals (examples: facilities updates, purchase of equipment/supplies, programming support)
  • Applicants must provide direct benefit and a measurable impact to the Niagara and Haldimand communities
  • Funds must be used for projects completed before April 30th, 2024
  • Proposals must align with one or more of the following UN Sustainable Development Goals of:
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Frequently Asked Questions

Community and Non-Profit Accounts

PenFinancial’s Truly Local Commitment to Niagara isn’t just about checking a box. We’ve truly drawn a line in the sand and are putting our money where our mouth is.

One of the ways we’ve decided to do this is by offering non-profits in Niagara a banking relationship that was built specifically for you.

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