Wolodymyr Dylynsky was born on 31 August 1911 in Lviv, the son of the Rev. Edvyn Teofil and Maria Stefaniia (née to Yuzychynska). He graduated from law school but was dismissed from his first job for political reasons. Mr. Dylynsky was a member of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and was deported to Siberia when he fell into the hands of the Soviets. Upon his return to Lviv in 1941, he married Lidiia Kunynets. In 1944 they fled to Innsbruck, Austria, and then emigrated to Canada in 1950 with their daughters, Marta and Iryna. Their son, Myron, was born in Toronto. Mr. Dylynsky worked in various enterprises and was active in the Ukrainian Bar Association. He died after a lengthy illness on 9 July 1972. The fund provides research or publication grants in Ukrainian studies to scholars affiliated with academic, cultural and educational institutions in Lviv. The first Annual Wolodymyr Dylynsky Memorial Lecture was held in 2006.