Community Grants Program – Proposals We Support

2018 Community Grant Applications are now under review.

Click here to see a list of our 2017 Community Grant Recipients.

This page provides information about the types of proposals that may or may not be eligible for this particular grant cycle.

We consider requests for:

  • program development,
  • pilot projects,
  • equipment,
  • program resources,
  • small capital projects, and
  • other initiatives that strengthen the community within Cambridge and North Dumfries

NOTE: Any of the above requests may also include minimal amounts for operating expenses. However, a grant proposal that is generally focused on staff salary and overhead expenses will not be considered for funding.

Community Grants are not available for the following purposes:

  • conference attendance,
  • religious or political purposes,
  • team or club sponsorship / membership,
  • deficit reduction/ general operating expenses,
  • scholarship or fellowships,
  • tours or travel outside the community,
  • fundraising campaigns,
  • funding organizations that fund others*

These restrictions do not apply to our Designated, Donor-advised and Scholarship grants.

If your project is connected to any of the above-mentioned Community Grant restrictions, your proposal will be assigned to our List of Granting Opportunities for donor-advisors whose interests may be aligned with your proposed project.

NOTE: Proposals for donor-advised grants are to be submitted during the Community Grants cycle using the same online Community Grant Application form.

To learn more about our Grant Types, please click here.

Interests Supported

We welcome proposals that support the following areas:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Education
  • Early Literacy
  • Children & Youth in Recreation
  • Heritage
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Multiculturalism
  • Children & Youth at Risk
  • Special Needs
  • Social Services

If you are unsure about the eligibility of your program/project, please feel free to contact Adriana Van Oostveen at 519-624-8972 or

For New/Returning Applicants Denied of Funding

While we make it our goal to approve funding for all vital programs and projects in our local community, there are, however, various factors surrounding funding decisions during our Community Grants Cycle. These may include any of the following:

  • Past grant evaluation reports — including project financial reports that showed how previous grants were utilized
  • Audited/non-audited financial statements
  • Charitable status
  • Project/Program concept in relation to current community needs
  • Project/Program target population (Cambridge & North Dumfries vs. Regional) – while we support programs that extend its reach to the whole region, local needs are prioritized when funds are limited
  • Past CNDCF grant recognition practices