Emergency Community Support Funding Allocated Locally

We are proud to have partnered with Community Foundations of Canada and the Government of Canada to deliver the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)  in the Town of Aylmer, Municipality of Bayham and the Township of Malahide. 

Launched on May 19, 2020, we’ve invested  $40,000 through the ECSF towards local charities and qualified donees supporting populations experiencing heightened vulnerability during this crisis. We are pleased to announce the ECSF has supported projects including:

  • Hospice of Elgin
  • Junior Achievement South Western Ontario
  • Aylmer – Malahide Museum


Our community foundation has granted the full funding available to our community through the ECSF. We are unfortunately no longer accepting applications. Since the start of the pandemic, charities and non-profit organizations have been leading the charge to assist those who need it most in the fight against COVID-19. We know the need for funding is still significant. If you would like to be notified if any additional funding becomes available through ECSF, please fill out this form

We invite you to explore opportunities with the other ECSF funding intermediaries in your community. More information about other national funders is available here

We invite you to follow Community Foundations of Canada’s website for further updates as well.

O’Neil’s Angel Fund

AACF Board member, Harvey Tribe received a donation cheque from Dennis O’Neil of O’Neil’s Fine Jewellery.  Each year, Dennis and Lana sell one-of-a-kind, collectible ornaments with the proceeds going to the Aylmer Area Community Foundation.  Thanks to O’Neil’s Fine Jewellery for your continued support.

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Annual General Meeting 2018

Thank you to those who attended our Annual General Meeting this evening.  Our concise annual report was featured at the event and we are excited to share with you a report from the year.

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2018 Award Recipients


People Who Make a Difference!


EMMA WOLF -Emma is a grade 3 student at McGregor Public School. She consistently helps others with various tasks a daily basis in the classroom, assists others with problem solving in the classroom and the school yard. She manages the computer tech in the classroom and is always the first to offer a helping hand. She is an AMAZING girl with a strong moral compass and is very respectful to everyone.

RAYYA McLEOD- Rayya is a grade 8 student at Davenport Public School. She is a member of Me to We and is passionate about local and global concerns. She is a leader, an individual who is socially conscious and she ‘walks her talk’. Rayya was key in organizing Davenport’s SCARE AWAY HUNGER food drive at Hallowe’en and heads the composting program.


LIZ McCONNELL and SUE ZIMMER…..The Helping Hands Award is in recognition of their leadership and efforts with both the Corner Cupboard and Christmas Care, two very much needed organizations in Aylmer and the surrounding area.


THE HUESTON FAMILY-  The Hueston Family is very well known in the community for their Biggest Little Newspaper in Canada and their extensive publishing firm(s) throughout the Province. Patriarch, Art Hueston started the Thanksgiving Food Drive for the Corner Cupboard 30 some years ago. The drive continues today. The Family and the Express are long-time sponsors of local hockey and soccer teams and give financial support to APAC, The Optimist Toy Drive (and I am sure many more needs and activities within the area).The family founded the 3 Port Tour bicycle event in 2011 which has raised approximately $70,000 that is split between the EESS Environmental Leadership Program and the Forest City Velodrome. The Huestons are also multigenerational presidents of the Aylmer Kinsman Club. Their generosity and community support extends beyond Aylmer and Area to London, Woodstock and Toronto where they have expanded businesses.


O’NEIL’S FINE JEWELLERY- For the past 17 years, Lana and Dennis O’Neil have sponsored a Christmas Angel Program donating all proceeds to the Aylmer Area Community Foundation. Their generosity, as with all donations received by the Foundation, has touched the lives of many in this community. As well as their outstanding support of the Foundation, the O’Neils also contribute to the Corner Cupboard, the Shriners, Minor Hockey, Ducks Unlimited, the Fireman’s BBQ, and several local church bazaars. Their willingness to support is exceptional!

Catfish Creek Revitalization Project Downtown Aylmer

Martin Miller(left) and Jack Couckuyt(right) on behalf of the Aylmer Area Community Foundation presented Chair Kevin Cross(middle) of the Aylmer BIA $6000 towards their revitalization project of the Catfish Creek bank downtown Aylmer. Brush, garbage, invasive trees were removed along the bank and new native Carolinian trees were planted.

The Aylmer BIA initiative was made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the Aylmer Area Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast. 


Annual General Meeting

You are invited to join us for our Annual General Meeting when we will discuss the organization’s accomplishments from 2016 and plans for 2017.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Bandshell Community Room

RSVP here!

Our Top Donors in 2016

Thank you to our top donors in 2016.  Without your support we could have have granted out over $21,000 to local projects and organizations!

Harvey & Kathleen Tribe Family Fund

O’Neil’s Fine Jewellery

The Jeff & Nicole Wiebenga Family Fund

Jeff Wiebenga, Broker -Showcase East Elgin Realty inc. brokerage

Don & Judy Durkee Family Fund

Isobel Frederick

Jack and Judith Couckuyt

Spriet Associates

The Sinclair Family Fund

Christmas Lighting

Join us for the lighting of the parks, Friday November 25th starting at 6:30pm.  The Aylmer Area Community Band will take us on a musical journey through our favourite Christmas carols.  Santa will visit for your photographs and you are invited to walk throughout the parks enjoying the decorations.  Members of the Royal Bank of Canada will be handing out free hot chocolate and treats will also be available.

To kick off Canada’s 150th celebration, Balmoral Park will be decorated in red and white lights to celebrate the monumental occasion.


Thank you to Canada150 grant to the Aylmer BIA to make this event possible.




AACF Christmas Angel is here!

We invite you to support the AACF by purchasing our Annual Christmas Angel.  This is the 15th in the Series and is a limited edition.  Angels can be purchased at O’Neil’s Fine Jewellery in Aylmer for $20 cash.  Proceeds from the fundraiser will support local projects, organizations and events through grants in the Town of Aylmer, Township of Malahide and the Municipality of Bayham.