Apply for a Grant

Apply for a Grant

Thank you for your interest in the Stratford Perth Community Foundation 2021 Community Grants Program. The application period is now closed. 

We know operating an organization during this past year has been difficult and we know many organizations will continue to experience challenges as our region moves from a pandemic crisis to a recovery phase.

In response, and in an effort to support the organizations serving our community, the Community Foundation will take into consideration funding a portion of operating expenses in their application. To be successful with this request, applicants will need to clearly demonstrate that the funding will provide an essential bridge that will aid the organization in moving towards building a more sustainable plan for the organization. All applicants should exhibit a well-thought-out plan for conducting programs and services in an environment where COVID-19 restrictions may continue to exist.

The three categories of initiatives that will be considered are:

  • Operational: Costs associated with the ongoing day-to-day operations of the charity. Including salaries, rent, existing programming, PPE, etc.
  • Programming: Costs associated with the development, delivery, or evaluation of existing or new programs. Including salaries, program materials, promotion, etc.
  • Capacity Building: Costs associated with strengthening a charity’s ability to deliver on its charitable mission. Including consultants, professional development, organizational assessments, etc.

Prior to submitting your application, please refer to the 2021 Grant Application Checklist to ensure you are aware of all the requirements before submitting your online application. If you are not a registered charity you will be required to partner with a Qualified Donee, and you will be required to complete, sign and submit the Qualified Donee Agreement Form with your application.

Funding decisions will be communicated to applicants by Friday, May 14, 2021 with grant payments being issued by EFT (electronic funds transfer) on Monday, May 31, 2021.

See 2021 Grant Programs for more information and supporting documents. 

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Eligibility Guidelines

To be eligible to apply for a grant from the Community Foundation, the applicant must: 

  • Be registered as a charity with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for at least one (1) year and have filed at least one (1) T3010 with CRA, or be sponsored by same
  • Provide services for or within Perth County, Stratford and/or St. Marys
  • Provide services without discrimination


Projects not eligible for grants from the Community Foundation include:

  • Programs that have direct religious or political activity
  • Programs that are mandated by another funder
  • Expenses incurred prior to awarding the grant
  • Deficit reduction, debt retirement, reserves, mortgage pay-down
  • Endowment and fundraising campaigns
  • Individuals

2021 Grant Programs

Community Grants Program 

Criteria for applying for a Community Grant:

  • Address existing and emerging community needs, opportunities and demonstrate innovation
  • Strengthen the applicant’s and the community’s capacity
  • Have additional funding partners and/or developed strong collaborative relationships
  • Improve organizational effectiveness
  • Demonstrate fiscal responsibility and sustainability
  • Receive volunteer support from the community
  • Build on the community’s strengths, assets, skills and resources
  • Develop leadership and self-reliance, mobilize civic participation and resources
  • Do not duplicate programs offered
  • Multi-year projects may be considered

Regional Smart & Caring Community Grant Program 

Smart & Caring Communities is a landmark effort that brings together community foundations from across Canada in response to the Former Governor General, David Johnston’s challenge to build a ‘smart and caring nation’ in celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial. Smart & Caring Community Grants are available for the six regions of the Stratford Perth Community Foundation’s geographic footprint – Stratford, St. Marys, North Perth, Perth East, Perth South and West Perth. Grants will be awarded to charitable organizations that demonstrate a ‘smart and caring’ approach to addressing key priorities in their community.

Note: Available funding for the Smart & Caring Community Grants is determined by the size of the respective regional fund and the investment results from the previous year. This may result in different funding amounts for each region.

How are grants chosen? The following criteria is used by our Grant Committees to evaluate each application:

Impact on Community Services:

  • Does the project significantly improve the service provided?
  • Will a significant number of people be served by the improvement of services provided by this project?
  • Will it make a significant difference in the lives of people, especially those with particular need in the area addressed by the project?

Inspiring Community Change/Impact Investment:

  • Does the project strengthen the organization’s and the community’s capacity?
  • Does it fill a gap in existing community programs?
  • Does this project address root causes through an innovative and practical approach to a problem?  Does it contribute new understandings to an existing problem?
  • Can other organizations learn from this project?

Financial Need:

  • How much funding does the organization require for the project?
  • Is the Foundation’s support critical for the success of this project?
  • Is the project viable, well-planned and achievable?
  • Are community partnerships and/or other sources of funding identified?

Stratford Perth Community Foundation’s Requirements:

  • Do these projects, in total, meet geographic considerations to ensure distribution of funds over the six (6) regions served by the Foundation?
  • Do these projects fit with the Foundation’s binding objectives as set out in the Letters Patent and reflect equitable distribution over time throughout the seven (7) objectives?

All grant applications are reviewed by the Foundation’s Grant Advisory Committee with final approval by the Board of Directors. All decisions are final. The Community Foundation reserves the right to extend the deadline dates at any time.