The Stark Family Fund


2021 Stark Family Fund


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In 2002, the Stark Family Fund was created at the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area with a $1.2 million gift from the last two surviving members of the Stark family: Ival and Ruth.

The Stark family included five sisters: Leata, Keitha, Sylvia, Ival and Ruth; who were lifelong residents of Bloomfield in Prince Edward County. Without any heirs, the family decided to establish a permanent endowment fund from the accumulated estates of the five sisters and their spouses, to support the needs of the local community. Through the Stark Family Fund, the family’s strong sense of civic responsibility will continue to sustain worthy projects and causes in their beloved community.

Click here to learn more about the Stark sisters and the legacy they left.


Income from the Stark Family Fund goes toward supporting a broad spectrum of community activities and charitable causes in the fields of education, health, social services, animal welfare and culture in Prince Edward County.

Grant applications are reviewed by a Grant Selection Committee from Prince Edward County.

Application forms can be downloaded at the bottom of this webpage.


Applications for the Stark Family Fund are accepted once per year. The deadline for 2021 is to be determined.

Fields of Interest

Animal Welfare, Arts and Culture, Community Development, Education, and Health and Social Services.

Geographic Area

The geographic area served: the Municipality of Prince Edward County.

Specific Eligibility Criteria

All project proposals must meet our general eligibility criteria.

Successful projects will be characterized by many of the following traits:

  • they build on existing community strengths and assets;
  • they respond to clearly identified local needs and provide demonstrable enrichment to the community;
  • they use resources efficiently and effectively;
  • they involve meaningful partnerships;
  • they strive for a significant and/or lasting impact;
  • they benefit a wide audience;
  • they show innovation, creativity, proactive thinking, and a degree of risk.

Grants for the following will not be considered:

  • to cover deficits or retire debts;
  • to provide endowment funds;
  • to support the operating expenses of established organizations or programs (including predictable replacement of office equipment);
  • 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 (with the exception of scholarships or other extraordinary cases where supported by an intermediary organization that is a charity registered with Canada Revenue Agency);
  • to provide money for fundraising activities;
  • to cover wages of full-time staff.

Preference is given to new initiatives but a promising program may receive more than one grant in its early years 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.

Application Process

  1. Read the Stark Family Fund Application Guidelines.
  2. Download and complete The Stark Family Fund Application Form. Further instructions are available in the form.
  3. Download and complete the required Budget Form.
  4. Submit an electronic copy of your Application and budget to Please send as (preferably) ONE PDF and do NOT zip your files. Faxed, handwritten, late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
  5. You will be notified at the end of April or early May if your proposal has been successful.
  6. You will receive your cheque at the grant celebration which will take place in early June.


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 award before you receive your cheque. You are required to complete a Final Report within 30 days  of the completion of your project. The Final Report is intended to help you evaluate the initiative and to help us evaluate the impact of our grants.  See the Next Steps section on our website for details.  ** Application Information is being updated and will be available in Spring 2021 ** Downloads: Stark Family Fund Guidelines Stark Family Fund Application Form Budget Template Confirmation of Partnership Agreement Form *If you are unable to use any of the PDF forms, please contact the office and we will send you another version.   Contact For further assistance, please contact Penny Scott, Grants Coordinator of the Community Foundation at 613.546.9696 or email

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

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