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Community Grants Program

Grants to Kingston Area, Ontario Nonprofits
for Education, Arts, Health, and Social Services

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation for Kingston and Area (CFKA)

Deadline Date:

09/15/19 4:30 PM


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Grants to the greater Kingston area, Ontario nonprofits for a wide range of programs and projects that serve local communities. Funding may focus on programs in the areas of arts and culture, community development, education and literacy, environment, health and social services, heritage preservation, recreation, youth, and children's mental health.

Preference is given to projects that align with the Foundation's Smart & Caring Community priority areas: Getting Started, Food Security, and Community Engagement.

Projects must have a well-defined and innovative purpose. This granting program is intended for projects, not ongoing operations or programs.

Preference is given to new initiatives, but a promising program may receive more than one grant provided there is evidence that the program is developing successfully. An established program may receive a grant when it faces a new opportunity or an unexpected problem.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173388

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no set minimum or maximum that you may apply for. Historically, the Foundation has given grants as small as $500 and in a few cases, some over $25,000. Please ask for an amount that is appropriate for your project.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place within one year of receiving the grant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An applicant organization must be a charity registered with Canada Revenue Agency or supported by an organization that is either a charity registered with Canada Revenue Agency or a municipality.

The applicant organization must have one or more of the following: a local Board of Directors, a local, well-defined accountable committee, a local office with strong community involvement.

The following geographic locations qualify for a grant:
- City of Kingston, Loyalist Township, Township of Central Frontenac, Township of Frontenac Islands, Township of North Frontenac, and Township of South Frontenac.
- Environmental projects must lie within this area and/or within the Cataraqui River Watershed.
- Children’s Mental Health projects may be in the above or in Lennox & Addington County.

Grants for the following will not be considered:

- To cover deficits or retire debts;
- To provide endowment funds;
- For sectarian, religious, or political purposes;
- To respond to annual fund drives for sustaining support.

Grants will not normally be given:

- To contribute to major renovation or capital construction costs;
- To individuals;
- To provide money for fundraising activities;
- To support the operating expenses of established organizations or programs (including predictable replacement of office equipment).

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Foundation will hold a Community Grants information session for applicants in advance of each round. Please ensure you are on the mailing list if you would like to receive notification of this event and/or other updates on the Community Grants program.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are invited twice a year, and will be accepted until 4:30 pm on February 15th of each year (for the spring grants round) and until 4:30 pm on September 15th of each year (for the fall grants round). In years in which a submission deadline falls on a weekend, the actual deadline will move to the first working day following these dates.

All applications involving activities with primary and secondary schools must be accompanied by a Letter of Permission from the relevant School Board(s).

Grantees are invited to a grants celebration to receive their check in May or December. The entire process, from deadline to check in hand, takes about 3 months.

How to apply:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

If you have questions, please contact:
Penny Scott, Grants Coordinator

Community Foundation for Kingston & Area
165 Ontario Street
Kingston ON K7L 2Y6

Grant Coverage Areas:

City of Kingston, Loyalist Township, Township of Central Frontenac, Township of Frontenac Islands, Township of North Frontenac, Township of South Frontenac, Cataraqui River Watershed, Lennox, and Addington.

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario