Spring 2021 Community Grants

Jan 7, 2021 | Featured, Foundation News/Updates, Front Page 1, Grants – Community Grants

Applications are now being accepted for the Spring 2021 Community Grants Program

An updated Application Guide and Forms are now available on our website to view and download.

Before applying we strongly encourage you to:

  • Review the Applicant Guide
  • Register for the Community Grants Information Session (via Zoom).

CFKA Granting Priorities

For the Spring 2021 Community Grants round, CFKA has identified the following granting priorities:

  1. Partnerships: Look to partner, collaborate, and coordinate with others in the application. Opportunities may exist to share resources, equipment, space costs, etc.
  2. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Consider diversity, equity and inclusion in the project/program design and delivery.
  3. Resilience: Develop initiatives that build on existing strengths and develop resiliency in people, organizations, and community.
  4. Emergency Response & Recovery: Continued efforts to address the effects of COVID-19.


CFKA recognizes the continued challenging environment that charities are facing as a result of COVID-19. In response to positive applicant feedback, CFKA will once again use the shorter and more concise application forms that we introduced in the Fall 2020 round.

By offering three specific streams of granting, it provides an opportunity for a range of activities to address the diverse needs of organizations and to support them where they are at in their recovery and rebuilding.

Applicants should also note that paper copies are no longer required; application packages may be submitted via email.

Further details about the Community Grants Program and the forms are available on our website here:

Spring 2021 Community Grants Information Session

Participants will be provided with an overview of the Community Grants Program, as well as a review of the eligibility guidelines, application form and budget template for the Spring 2021 round.
Session: Tuesday, January 19, 2020 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Click here to view the Spring 2021 Information Session Presentation

For any questions about our Community Grants Program, please contact our Grants Coordinator:
Penny Scott grants@cfka.org / 613.546.9696


 When you give to the Community Foundation you can have confidence that your community will continue to benefit from your gift for many years to come.

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.

December 31 is the last day to make a donation and get a tax receipt for 2023. You can help a wide range of charities with a single gift to our endowed Community Fund, support your favourite charity or cause by giving to one of our over 225 funds, or establish your own fund.

Credit Card or VISA Debit Card

If you’re ready to make your gift now, then use our secure online giving page. You have the option of choosing any one of our funds, giving ‘in memory of/in honour of’ instructions, and more. Or, if you prefer, you can simply call 613-546-9696 to make your donation over the phone using your Visa, MasterCard, or AMEX, or VISA Debit card. You can make a one-time gift, or sign up to make a regular monthly donation.


Please make your cheque payable to Community Foundation for Kingston & Area (or “CFKA”), and write your intended fund in the memo line.  Drop it off or mail to: 275 Ontario Street, Suite #100, Kingston, ON, K7K 2X5.

Publicly-Traded Securities 

Gifting publicly-traded securities, including mutual funds and segregated funds, with accrued capital gains “in-kind” to a registered charity or a foundation not only entitles you to a tax receipt for the fair market value of the security being donated, it eliminates capital gains tax too. You should plan gifts in-kind well before year end, to allow for sufficient time to make arrangements. A gift of publicly-traded securities is the transfer of ownership of stocks or bonds to the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area. If you own shares that have increased in value, 50 per cent of the capital gains are taxable. However, if you donate these shares in-kind to CFKA, the gain is tax-exempt. Learn more.

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.

Contact us at 613.546.9696 or giving@cfka.org if you need any further assistance.


Community Foundation for Kingston & Area