For Grant Seekers

If you had $5,000 to strengthen community connections, what would you do?

This year, the Community Foundation’s Vital Community Grants will support charities working to strengthen community connections.  This includes initiatives that bring neighbours together, foster inter-generational connections, work towards reconciliation, nurture arts and culture, or serve people at risk of social isolation.

Strengthening community connectedness was the #1 action priority identified through the Vital Conversations intiative in the fall of 2017. Learn more about Vital Conversations and our community's priorities.

Registered charities operating within the City of Peterborough, County of Peterborough, Curve Lake First Nation and Hiawatha First Nation are eligible to apply for Vital Community Grants online until the deadline of 5:00 PM on October 4 2018.  

Applications will only be accepted through the online portal. Details on application questions and process are below.

Eligibility Requirements
Registered charities operating within the City and/or County of Peterborough are eligible to apply for Vital Community Grants. Status as a “qualified donee’’ in good standing will be verified through the CRA website as part of the application process.

Grant recipients must commit to completing funded activities and expenditures between the date that the grant is approved and August 31, 2019. They will be required to submit a report documenting the progress of the project.

The Community Foundation will consider applications for grants of up to $5,000 for projects that strengthen community connections and:

  • Benefit people in Greater Peterborough
  • Demonstrate a well considered plan with clearly defined objectives and success criteria
  • Show the organization’s capacity to implement the project
  • Include a reasonable project budget and timeframe

Vital Community Grants do not support:

  • Capital campaigns; Faith-based programs; Individuals; National or provincial initiatives with no specific benefit to Peterborough; Annual funding drives or events; Deficit funding
Applications close at 5 pm on October 4, 2018.
Grants will be reviewed by mid-October and
Decisions will be announced by the end of October.

Contact Information
For further information, please email or call (705)740-2347.

Application questions

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