Regional: Smart & Caring Community Grants

Regional: Smart & Caring Community Grants

Applications for the 2023 Regional: Smart & Caring Community Grant Program will be OPEN from March 20, 2023 – April 14, 2023. 

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.

SPCF’s Smart & Caring Community Grants (regional 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.

These regional Smart & Caring Community Funds are designed to meet our region’s most pressing needs. Recently the City of Stratford, Town of St. Marys, Municipality of North Perth, Municipality of West Perth, Township of Perth East, and Township of Perth South collaborated on the Community Safety and Well-Being (CSWB) Plan and identified four priority areas for our region to address to work towards sustainable communities where everyone feels safe and has a sense of belonging.

  • Priority Area #1 Systems Planning and Integration
  • Priority Area #2 Adequate, Affordable and Attainable Housing
  • Priority Area #3 Affordable and Accessible Health, Social and Recreation Services
  • Priority Area #4 Social Inclusion

Of the four priority areas, our 2023 Smart & Caring Community Grants will focus on Priority Area #4: Social Inclusion. This priority aligns strongly with our organization’s goal to help build communities that are diverse, inclusive, and where everyone belongs.

Available Funds (by region): 2023 Regional Grants 

  • Perth East: $6,500.00
  • Perth South: $6,500.00
  • West Perth: $6,500.00
  • North Perth: $7,500.00
  • St. Marys: $8,500.00
  • Stratford: $12,000.00

NOTE: The Smart & Caring Community Grant Program is a separate funding stream from our Community Grant Program. If you have received a Community Grant from the Foundation in the past 12 months, you are still eligible to apply for the Smart & Caring Community Grant Program.

Eligibility Guidelines

To be eligible to apply for a Smart & Caring Community 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 (qualified donee)
  • Provide services for or within Perth County, Stratford and/or St. Marys
  • The program/project seeking funding enhances a sense of community belonging by promoting an understanding of diverse groups by addressing the goals within Priority Area # 4 Social Inclusion (See CSWB Plan, Priority Area #4: Social Inclusion)

Projects not eligible for grants from the Community Foundation include:

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

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.