Community Grants

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Community Grants2019-07-22T11:52:12-05:00

Our Community Grants program provides small grants to support valuable and creative initiatives in our community. These are made possible by our endowed Field of Interest and Smart & Caring Community Funds. Areas such as Arts & Culture, Children & Youth in Recreation, Children & Youth at Risk, Environment, and Early Literacy are generously supported each year by our Field of Interest Funds. As well, our Smart & Caring Community Funds distribute grants to a wide range of programs and projects.

The maximum grant allocated through our community grants program is $2,500. However, we ask applicants to identify the total funds needed for the program or project. Approved applications that do not receive full funding will be presented to our Donor-Advised fund-holders for consideration.

NEW in 2019 we are asking applicants to help us track our impact on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, learn more here. 

Applications accepted: CLOSED for 2019! Community Grant applications will open in March 2020!

The following criteria will help you determine the eligibility of your proposed grant request.

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 include amounts for the program/project operating expenses. However, a grant proposal that is generally focused on salaries and the organization’s 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 seeking funds for others

Interests Supported

Through its grant-making opportunities, Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation is committed to seeding, nurturing, supporting and strengthening our community. Grants are disbursed to a wide range of registered charities in Cambridge and North Dumfries in the following categories:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Environment
  • Youth and Recreation
  • Early Literacy
  • Children & Youth at Risk
  • Unrestricted

If you are unsure about the eligibility of your program/project, please contact Adriana Van Oostveen at 519-624-8972 ext. 202 or by email.

Factors Affecting Funding:

While we make it our goal to approve funding for all vital programs and projects in our local community, various factors may affect funding decisions, including:

  • Past grant evaluation reports — including project financial reports that show how previous grants were utilized;
  • Audited/non-audited financial statements;
  • Change to charitable status, or non-profit status without a charitable partner;
  • Project/Program concept in relation to current community needs;
  • Project/Program target population (Cambridge & North Dumfries vs. Regional) – while we support programs that extend their services to the entire region, local needs will be given priority;