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Criteria for Community Grants

Applicants must either have a registered charitable number or be sponsored by an organization that is a CRA qualified donee within Grey or Bruce County.

Applicant's project must benefit local communities in one of the following categories:

  1. Applicant's project must benefit local communities in one of the following categories:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Recreation
    • The wellbeing of children and youth
    • Reduction of poverty
    • Education
    • The environment
    • Health and wellness of the people of Grey & Bruce
    • Living Standards and Housing
  2. Community Foundation Grey Bruce produced it's first Vital Signs report in 2016, containing data on health & wellness, arts & culture, education and lifelong learning, living standards, the environment, and community connections in Grey Bruce Counties. The statistics gathered in the Vital Signs report are indicative of needs to be addressed in our region. Applicants will be asked to describe how their project addresses one of the indicators of community vitality as outlined in Vital Signs. View a copy of the report.
  3. Grant applications will be considered for honoraria & speakers at meetings and presentations. Wages and salaries will not be considered.
  4. Applicant organizations may ask for up to 10% of their project budget for project administration costs. *for 2021 & 2022 only, applicants may ask for up to 25% of  the project budget for project administration costs.
  5. Applicant organizations may include capacity building and value-added training to a maximum cost of $1,000.
  6. Small capital grants no more than $1,500 for office equipment etc.
  7. Community projects/programs may be submitted for up to $3,000 of funding. Funding up to $5,000 may be requested for projects and programs that prove support for disadvantaged children and families. 
  8. Grants are not usually made to support the normal annual operating costs of organizations or core services that are otherwise directly or indirectly, publicly funded, such as municipalities, hospitals, and school boards.  Enhanced services that are not core funded or part of regular operating budget are eligible. Applications of this type must explain clearly why the funding requested from the Community Foundation is not available from government sources. All applications involving activities with primary and secondary schools must be accompanied by a Letter of Permission from the relevant School Board.
  9. Charitable organizations applying must have a strong local presence (e.g. a local Board of Directors, a well-defined accountable local committee, a local office with strong community involvement) or must demonstrate that the project/program will specifically benefit residents of Grey and/or Bruce Counties.
  10. Applications will not be considered:
    • To support ongoing operating costs including wages and salaries
    • In response to fundraising campaigns
    • To cover deficits
    • To retire debts
    • To increase endowment funds
    • To fund activities that serve primarily the membership or purposes of religious or political organizations
    • To individuals
    • To fund tours or travel outside Grey or Bruce Counties
    • To the same project for more than 3 times
    • To organizations that have not completed the terms of any previous grant(s) or have not submitted reports due for those previous grants


All applicants should contact the CFGB Grant Coordinator well in advance of the application deadline to help determine whether the project meets the granting criteria.

Application Deadline:

Spring application - April 15, Fall application - September 15

Selection Procedure

All applications for grants from CFGB will be reviewed by a skilled volunteer team to determine their eligibility. Applicants will be notified of their status three weeks after the deadline. Project spending before the funds are transfered will be inelegible. 

When completing the online grant application, it is important to complete the application in full as incomplete applications will not allow the application to be submitted. The primary contact will receive an email when the application has been submitted

All eligible applications will be reviewed by the CFGB Grants Committee and assessed on the basis of:

  • Proven/researched need for the project/program
  • Program objectives/evaluation procedures
  • Organizational strength
  • Mission/track record/ people served
  • Fiscal & management responsibility/stability
  • Community support/partnerships

PLEASE NOTE:  From time to time a maximum grant amount per organization may be established.

Applications approved in the Spring Community Grants need to be completed and reported on by February 1st, and Fall Community Grants need to be completed and reported on by June 30th. Please consider these times and apply in the appropriate season.

Whenever possible, photographs of the project for inclusion in the CFGB Annual Report and/or on the Foundation’s website are requested.

The applicant organization agrees to CFGB's Grant Recognition Guidelines.
The CFGB logo can be accessed on the webpage or by emailing

If the approved project fails to proceed, the grant must be returned to CFGB.

Presentation of Awards

Successful applicants will be notified by Community Foundation Grey Bruce regarding the distribution of the grant. Award presentations are presently suspended due to COVID restrictions.