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2019 GRANT PROGRAM – Opening January 2nd

Please note: We are transitioning to an online grant application form. The 2018 grant application (below) can be used as a reference only.


2018 Grant Program – CLOSED

Thank you for your interest in our program, the Stratford Perth Community Foundation 2018 Grant Program is now closed. Applications for 2019 will be accepted December 2018 ~ February 2019. Below you will find a downloadable grant application (for reference only) and grant checklist.

2018 Grant Checklist

2018 Grant Application

Qualified Donee Outline

Qualified Donee Agreement

Did you attend one of our Grant Information Sessions? Click HERE to find out more about the types of projects and initiatives that other local funding organizations support.

The Community Foundation funds projects that:

  • 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
  • Note: Multi-year projects may be considered
  • Note: Projects may touch on on/address on one or more of the above 

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), or sponsored by same
  • Be a registered charity 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
  • Core operating costs
  • Individuals

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 or create the service provided?
  • Will a significant number of people be served by the improvement or creation ofservices provided by this project?
  • Will it make a significant difference in the lives of people, especially those withparticular need in the area addressed by the project?

Inspiring Community Change/Impact Investment:

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

Financial Need:

  • 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?

Impact on Community Development:

  • Will this project receive volunteer support from the community?
  • Will this project develop leadership and self-reliance in the participants?
  • Will this project mobilize community participation and resources?

For clarification on any of the above, please call SPCF office at 519-271-1503.
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.