Our Programs

Access Fund

The Independent Living Waterloo Region (ILWR) Access Fund helps individuals with disabilities in our local community purchase assistive devices, adapted technology, and medical equipment to help them live more independent lives.

To date, the Access Fund has helped 300 people purchase equipment totaling approximately $700,000! The annual Tournament of Hope Golf Classic was the initial funder of the Access Fund. It remains the largest funding source for the program to this day. 

In addition to the Tournament of Hope, the ILWR Access Fund receives donations from the Deer Ridge Golf Club Tournament, and funds from other fundraisers and donors.

Access Fund Contributors

Tournament of Hope Golf Classic
Deer Ridge Golf club
Stratford Perth community foundation

How to Apply

The Access Fund opens its application period at the beginning of each calendar year for two weeks. Submissions are reviewed and applications are selected based on the volume of applications and the available funding for that calendar year.

The 2023 Access Fund application window is now closed. Thank you to all those who applied.

For more information on how to apply, or to learn about our process and selection process, please download our Access Fund Eligibility and Process FAQ 2023

For further clarification, please contact Dan Lajoie at dan.lajoie@ilwr.ca.