J. P. Bickell Foundation General Charities Grant Application Process

The J.P. Bickell Foundation awards grants to various registered charitable organizations operating solely within the Province of Ontario.

The online application to the Foundation must include a description of the organization's objectives and activities or mission statement and a detailed description of the purpose for which assistance is requested.

The online application must include:

  1. A copy of the organization's most recent financial statement.
  2. An appropriate budget which identifies sources of income and expenditure for the intended project.
  3. A listing of the organization's current Board of Directors.
  4. The organization's Canada Revenue Agency charitable registration number confirming its status as a registered charitable organization.

The Foundation generally does not:

  1. support salaries, conferences or seminars
  2. grant to the same organization two years in a row
  3. grant to organizations with an annual operating revenue of less than $100,000.

Questions should be directed to our foundation services team at:

The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company acts as Trustee for the J.P. Bickell Foundation.

J. P. Bickell Foundation Medical Research Grant Application Process

Grants are made to assist biomedical scientists of various departments and faculties in Ontario universities, hospitals and scientific institutions concerned with medical research. These grants may be distributed among medical research institutes and universities in Ontario.

The online application may be submitted from any medically oriented university faculty. These may be within the health sciences department of a university, or any faculty of that university.

Medical institutes within a university or hospital must be approved to apply independently; otherwise they must apply through the university or hospital research office. Independent research institutes may apply directly.

One application may be submitted by a qualified institution by April 30th  for the annual competition.


The Foundation will use the following criteria in assessing applications:

  1. Projects must have scientific merit and be primarily medical in nature.
  2. New researchers seeking start up grants receive priority.
  3. New, innovative projects receive priority.
  4. Applications submitted should most suitably fit the institutions' requirements and the Foundation's criteria.
  5. Supplemental grants may only be made for equipment essential to the described project where main source funding for equipment is unobtainable. For equipment costing more than $10,000 indicate the use, extent of use, availability of similar equipment and the current operating support.
  6. Grants are usually within the $25,000 to $80,000 range.
  7. Grants are not made to cover deficits, or to supplement a project grant from another granting agency (except for essential equipment).

The Application Process

  1. Applications will only be accepted through the on-line granting portal.
  2. One application may be submitted from any one university, hospital or independent medical research institute for the annual competition.
  3. Applications are only to be submitted by the department which oversees research administration for the institution (i.e. not the individual researcher)
  4. The application must be accompanied by:
    a)     a supporting letter from the Director or Head of the Office of Research Administration, or the equivalent, at that institution
    b)     the applicant's and co-applicant(s’) curriculum vitae
    c)      other attachments as noted in the application process

The grant recipient will be notified within approximately four months of the submission date, and full award amounts will be issued to the institution at that time. All correspondence regarding the outcome of the competition will be between the Foundation and the office that submitted the application.

Questions should be directed to our foundation services team at:

J. P. Bickell Foundation Mining Scholarship Grant Application Process

The Mining Scholarship Program is not open to general applications. Universities or Colleges in Ontario that offer accredited academic programs in mining will be identified and invited to apply.

Scholarships are awarded to students studying mining, including the geological and geophysical fields. In current terminology, that would include environmental geosciences, geological sciences, earth sciences programs and mining engineering.


  • At least $2,000/annum per student - at the discretion of the University/College’s scholarship selection committee
  • One-year undergraduate scholarships - candidates apply/compete for a scholarship each year
  • Students need to declare any other award/scholarship funding
  • University and college students must demonstrate their interest in the mining industry/field by presenting a letter, addressed to the University/College’s selection committee


  • Open to undergraduate university students in second or subsequent years
  • Open to community college students in first or subsequent years
  • Qualified to enter, or continue in, the program (average grade “B” or better)
  • At the discretion of the University/College’s scholarship selection committee


  • All funds remitted to the University/College must be paid to students in that year (i.e. no accumulation of funds)
  • Scholarships amount can vary per year, depending upon number of eligible candidates applying that year (but never less than $2,000 per student)
  • Student letter required for each candidate’s first successful application (not required for subsequent applications)
  • At the discretion of the University/College’s scholarship selection committee, a portion of the funds may be allocated to meet student costs for mining related expenses or field study courses

Reporting Requirements

  • University/College is to report to the Foundation Officer at the end of each academic year, listing the successful candidates’ name, amount of scholarship, program of study and provide a copy of the student’s application letter
  • The report is to include comments with respect to the financial accounting of total funds spent, number of successful scholarship recipients in the program and the number continuing in the next academic year
  • Payment of subsequent scholarship funds will be dependent upon receipt of a satisfactory report

Questions should be directed to our foundation services team at: