Community Grants Program


Deadline: Wednesday, March 15 at 4:30 PM EST

Our Community Grants Program is our broadest granting program which provides grants to support projects, programs, and initiatives undertaken by qualified donees such as registered charities within Kingston & Area.

It is funded from earnings on our pooled Community FundSmart & Caring Community Fund, and over 50 individual endowment funds established by our thoughtful 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 Guide and Portal

We strongly encourage you to review the Applicant Guide, available here

Applications are now submitted through our application portal, available here.


Applications are accepted until 4:30 PM EST 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 business day following these dates.

Expect to receive a confirmation email within one business day of submitting your application. If the applicant does not receive a confirmation 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 CFKA’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 CFKA’s Smart & Caring Community Priorities were refreshed to better support our community. We continue to provide grants in all Fields of Interest, however preference may be given to projects that align with our Smart & Caring Community Priority areas.

The current Smart & Caring Community Priority areas are to:

  • Build resilience in individuals, families, and communities
  • Increase belonging and wellbeing within our community.

Click here for details on our Smart & Caring Community Priorities.

Geographic Area

All projects must support communities defined by CFKA’s geographical catchment area:

City of Kingston

Loyalist Township

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 funds must be spent within one year of receiving the grant.

While priority continue to be given for new initiatives and projects, as of our Fall 2022 Community Grants Program, organizations may apply for a grant to support operations or ongoing programs. This grant is limited to a maximum of $16,000 per organization. The funds must be used within one year of receiving the grant. Organizations may only receive an operating grant once per calendar year.

Final reports for 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;
  • for any political campaign or attempts to influence legislation by any government body;
  • to individuals;
  • 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 provide money for fundraising activities.

Next Steps

Once you submit your application on our application portal, 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 make the final approval.

Applicants will be notified of the results of their application. The entire process, from deadline to the receipt of funds takes approximately 3 months.

We strongly encourage you to read and follow the guidelines provided 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.

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. 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.


If you have questions, please contact Nicole White, Grants Coordinator in advance of the deadline at or 613.546.9696. 

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275 Ontario Street Suite #100
Kingston, ON K7K 2X5
Phone: 613.546.9696
Fax: 613.531.9238

Community Foundation for Kingston & Area