Apply for a Grant

Apply for a Grant

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For more information on our grant program, contact Amanda Willie, Grants and Data Manager at or by calling 519-271-1503.

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
  • Core operating costs
  • Individuals


2019 Funding Streams

1. Community Grants Program 

Criteria for applying to the Community Grants funding stream:

  • 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

2. 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 applicants that show how their program/project responds to their community’s priorities in a smart and caring way.

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. At this time, we anticipate each region will have between $2,000 to $3,000 in available funding, with the exception of Stratford, which will have between $5,000 to $7,000 available.

Criteria for applying to the Smart & Caring Community Grants funding stream:

  • Project/Program addresses a priority need specifically in one of the six geographic areas identified in the application
  • Project/Program helps create smart caring communities where local citizens can succeed, contribute and develop their talents to their fullest potential
  • Project/Program mobilizes civic participation
  • Application to the Smart & Caring Community grant Program must not duplicate any other application submitted to the SPCF Community Grants Program
  • A charitable organization may submit a unique grant application to both Grant Programs

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.