Regina Rosen Food First Fund


Regina (Gini) Rosen was a community leader who played a huge part in the success of the Community Foundations. Sadly, she passed away in August 2018. Gini was such an integral part of the Foundation since its very beginning that her influence has been embedded into the fabric of who we are and what we do – including our work in the area of food security.

The Regina Rosen Food First Fund was established by the Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2012. It was named in Gini’s honour in recognition of her exceptional involvement with the Foundation for decades and her passion for ensuring access to healthy food for all.


The Regina Rosen Food First Fund supports food providing or food security organizations in the community. In accordance with the wishes of Gini Rosen, the fund should benefit projects that support the notion: “If you teach a person to fish, they can eat for a lifetime.”

Successful applicants receive a $1,000 grant to support their efforts. For more information on the Regina Rosen Food First Fund and its impact click here.


Field of Interest

Food Security. Organizations should be engaged in procurement, production, preservation, and/or preparations, education and skill development, with a goal of alleviating hunger and addressing food security and food equity in our communities. Grants can be applied to project staff, equipment, distribution, promotion, or food.

Geographic Area

The geographic area served: City of Kingston, Loyalist Township, Township of Central Frontenac, Township of Frontenac Islands, Township of North Frontenac, Township of South Frontenac.

Specific Eligibility Criteria 

Applications must meet all our general eligibility criteria. Applicant organizations may receive a grant once per calendar year.

Application Process

  1. Apply online using our new CFKA grants portal. You can upload any supplementary documents as needed right into the application.
  2. All applications will be reviewed by a volunteer community committee. Successful applicants will be notified after the committee meets (Spring and Fall) if they have been selected to receive an upcoming grant.

Grant Agreements & Final Reporting

Your project proposal acts as your formal agreement with Foundation.

Once your project is completed,  recipients of Regina Rosen Food First Fund grants are asked to provide:

  • 1-2 short paragraphs describing how the funds were used
  • 1-2 testimonials of the impact of the grant (from staff or clients)
  • a photo or visual image, if possible. Please ensure photo permissions are received by any individuals whose images are used. Images do not necessarily need to be of people but something that represents your project.


For further assistance, please contact Alyce Soulodre, Grants Officer, at 613.546.9696, Ext 105 or email



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2023 Year End Tax Tips

 Both the federal and provincial governments offer donations tax credits that, in combination, can result in tax savings of up to 55% of the value of your gift in 2023, depending on your province or territory of residence. With total cash donations up to $200 in a year, the federal donation credit is 15% of the donation amount. For total donations exceeding $200 in a year, the federal donation credit jumps to 29% (33% to the extent taxable income exceeds $235,675) of the donation amount. Provincial donation credits are also available and the total credit may be up to 55% once total annual donations exceed the $200 in a calendar year.

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Publicly-Traded Securities 

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Form 1: Direction to Transfer Securities or Mutual Funds Electronically as a Charitable Donation Complete Form 1 to give your financial advisor/broker the instructions to make the gift to CFKA. The form contains all the information your advisor will need to make the transfer. They will then submit this form to our broker at CIBC Wood Gundy to advise that the transfer is pending.

Form 2: Notice of Transfer of Securities
Complete Form 2 and send it to CFKA to advise us of your gift, and instruct as to what you would like your donation to support.

Proposed Changes to Alternative Minimum Tax

Tax Element Current AMT Regime Proposed AMT Changes
Tax Rate and exception level 15% flat tax rate on an adjusted taxable income in excess of a $40,000 exemption 20.5% flat tax rate on an adjusted taxable income in excess of a $173,000 exemption
Calculating the adjusted taxable income for AMT purposes 100% of non-refundable tax credits included. 50% of non-refundable tax credits included.
Treatment of donations of publicly listed securities 0% of capital gains from donations of publicly listed securities included. 30% of capital gains from donations of publicly listed securities included.

Your AMT may be higher in 2024 (compared to 2023) if your taxable income is over about $173,000, and you have income taxed at lower rates than ordinary income, or deductions or credits that reduce taxes payable, including: Capital gains, Stock options,  Canadian dividends, Unused non-capital losses, net capital losses, or limited partnership losses from prior years, and  Non-refundable tax credits, including the donation tax credit. Speak to your tax profession to see how AMT could affect your situation in 2024, and, if appropriate, to consider triggering a gain or exercising employee stock options.

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