Access Fund

2022 ILWR Access Fund Application

The application process for this year's Access Fund is now closed. Thank you for your submissions and interest.

As anticipated, we have received many applications-far more than we have the means to support. We wish we could help everyone.

In the coming weeks, selected recipients will be contacted to enter the next phase of the application process. You will not be contacted if your application is not selected.

Thank you.

What is the Access Fund?

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


The largest and initial funder for the Access Fund is the Tournament of Hope Golf Classic. The Tournament of Hope is an annual golf tournament that started in 1998 to raise funds for an individual to purchase a wheelchair accessible van. Since then, the Tournament has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and helped numerous individuals in our community reach independence. A few years ago, the Tournament of Hope partnered with the Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region and is now an integral part of the service that we can provide to individuals with disabilities and their families in our community. 

Today, the Tournament of Hope and Deer Ridge Golf Cub Tournaments raise money for the Access Fund each year. The Access Fund also receives donations from other fundraisers and donors.  


To contact the Access Fund Committee, or to be added to the email list with Access Fund announcements, contact Dan Lajoie at