Welcome to the Paterson Foundation Website

The Paterson Foundation was started in 1970 by Senator Norman McLeod Paterson. Since November 2019, the Paterson Foundation has focused on grants for charitable activities in Northwestern Ontario.

Please Note: The Paterson Family Foundation Inc. is a related foundation focused on grants for charitable activities in Western Canada. If your charity is based in Western Canada, you may wish to contact the Paterson Family Foundation Inc. at 2O4-956-2O9O Attention Executive Assistant to the President.

The Paterson Foundation is a private, charitable Foundation incorporated under the laws of the Province of Ontario. Its Board of Directors meets twice a year to make decisions on applications received and to deal with other Foundation business.

Generally, grants are made to charitable organizations in Northwestern Ontario with the major emphasis on projects and programs in the areas of education, health care, religion, social welfare and the arts. Public Foundations will not be considered for grants.

Grants will not be made to individuals. Organizations which do not possess a charitable registration number from Revenue Canada are not eligible for funding from the Foundation. It is rare that the Foundation will consider a grant for deficit financing. Read More

Click here to read an article about Senator Norman McLeod Paterson written by Alan M. McPherson.

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