Community Grants Program
The call for applications for the
Spring 2022 Community Grants Program is now closed.
Information on our Fall 2022 Community Grants Program will be available on our website in early September.
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Our Community Grants Program is our broadest granting program which provides grants each year to support projects undertaken by charitable organizations within Kingston & Area.
It is funded each year from earnings on our pooled Community Fund, Smart & Caring Community Fund, and over 50 individual endowment funds established by our generous donors.
Twice a year, we invite organizations to submit proposals to our Community Grants Program, which are reviewed by our local volunteer Grants Committee.
Application forms can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
Applications are accepted until 4:30 PM on March 15th (for the Spring Community Grants round) and October 15th of each year (for the Fall Community Grants round). In years in which a submission deadline falls on a weekend, the deadline will move to the first working day following these dates.
Expect to receive a confirmation email from the Grants Coordinator within two business days of submitting your application. If the applicant does not receive a confirmation of receipt email, it is the responsibility of the applicant to follow up with the Grants Coordinator.
Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.
Fields of Interest
The Community Grants program provides grants in all the Foundation’s Fields of Interest: Arts & Culture, Children’s Mental Health, Community Development, Education & Literacy, Environment, Health & Social Services, Heritage Preservation, Recreation, and Youth.
In 2021, the Foundation’s Smart & Caring Community Priorities have been refreshed to more succinctly describe the community impact we are looking to have. CFKA continues to provide grants in all Fields of Interest, however preference may be given to projects that align with the Smart & Caring Community Priority areas.
The current Smart & Caring Community Priority areas are to build resilience in individuals, families, and communities and increase belonging and wellbeing
within our community. Click here for details.
All projects must support communities defined by CFKA’s geographical catchment area:
City of Kingston
Township of Central Frontenac
Township of Frontenac Islands
Township of North Frontenac
Township of South Frontenac
Environmental projects must lie within this area and/or in the Cataraqui Watershed.
Children’s Mental Health projects may be in the above or in Lennox & Addington County.
Specific Eligibility Criteria
All projects must:
- Have a well-defined purpose
- Clearly explain and demonstrate financial need
- Meet the eligibility criteria that applies to all CFKA’s granting programs
All projects must take place within one year of receiving the grant.
In our Spring 2022 Community Grants Program, applicant organizations may once again apply for an Emergency Operational Support grant to support program delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic for an existing project, program, or initiative. This grant is limited to a maximum of 20% of the annual cost, to a maximum of $15,000 per organization. The funds should be used within one year of receiving the grant.
Final reports due for previously completed projects funded by the Foundation must have been received and approved.
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).
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.
The Applicant Guide, Application Forms and Budget Form are available at the bottom of this page. The application deadline is March 15th (for the Spring Community Grants round) and October 15th (for the Fall Community Grants round) of each year until 4:30 PM.
We hold a Community Grants information session for applicants in advance of each round. Please ensure you are on our grants mailing list if you would like to receive notification of this event and/or other updates on our Community Grants program or other funding opportunities.
Submit the application in electronic format ONLY by emailing the completed application package to email@example.com.
Paper submissions are no longer required. The Subject Line of the email must include the granting round you are applying for along with “Community Grants Application” (ex. FALL2022 Community Grants Application).
Expect to receive a confirmation email from the Grants Coordinator within two business days. If the applicant does not receive a confirmation of receipt email, it is the responsibility of the applicant to follow up with the Grants Coordinator no later than March 17th or October 17th (depending on the grants round) at 4:30 PM.
Once you submit your application, it is reviewed for completeness and eligibility by our Grants Coordinator. If all is in order, the application is reviewed by our experienced and knowledgeable Grants Committee who make a recommendation to the Foundation’s Board of Directors. The Board will then make the final approval. Applicants are notified either way of the success of their application. The entire process, from deadline to cheque in hand, takes approximately 3 months.
We strongly encourage you to read and follow the guidelines provided below in the Applicant Guide to ensure that your application has every chance of success and meets all eligibility requirements. More information about the process is available in these guidelines.
New! Oral Submission of Application
The Foundation recognizes the importance of oral culture for some equity-deserving groups and understands a written application may be a barrier to applying. In response, the Community Foundation is offering an optional oral application process for grant applicants in the Spring 2022 Community Grants round.
This round, applicants can request an oral application process, where they are able to meet with the Grants Coordinator virtually or over the phone to submit their application. This meeting will be recorded and transcribed, with the consent of the applicant.
Contact our Grants Coordinator at least 10 business days before the application deadline to request this process. For more information, contact our Grants Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grant Agreements & Final Reporting
If you are awarded a grant, you will be required to sign a Grant Agreement Form outlining the Terms and Conditions of the grant before you receive your cheque.
You are required to complete a Final Report within 30 days after completion of your project. Send the completed final report to email@example.com. The Final Report is intended to help you evaluate the initiative and help us evaluate the effectiveness and impact of our grants on enhancing and strengthening the quality of life in our community. See Next Steps for more information.
Downloads for Spring 2022:
Spring 2022 Community Grant Forms
Please review the Applicant Guide if you are unsure of which form to use.
Community Grants Applicant Guide
Community Grants Project or Emergency Operational Support Application Form
Community Grants Equipment Application Form
Community Grants Budget Form
Confirmation of Partnership Agreement Form