Our Granting Priorities
Donor-Advised Funds generate most of the grants distributed by the Foundation each year in support of charities donors care about.
Agency funds provide a sustainable source of revenue to charities by building up resources that can be granted to the organization every year.
The Foundation accepts applications to the Vital Community Grants program each year. Vital Community Grants support the people, ideas and activities that build community vitality in the Peterborough area, ensuring charities have the skills, tools, and resources to respond to our community’s top priorities. In 2019, Vital Community grants supported initiatives working to strengthen community connections in the Peterborough area.
When we celebrated the Community Foundation’s 10th anniversary at the annual Giving Gala in January 2019 we wanted to do something special. We asked ten local charities: If you had one wish and $1000 to make it happen, what would you do? Then we asked guests at the Giving Gala to make a donation to support one of those wishes. In a wonderful example of the power of giving together, we were able to raise $10,000 to grant each of those charity’s wishes, and we surprised them with these Here for Good grants in March. We repeated the process in 2020 and raised close to $5,800 for seven local charities.
Within days of the declaration of the COVID-19 emergency, the Community Foundation, donors and front line charities sprang into action. Knowing that the pandemic would hit some harder than others and that orders to stay home and self-isolate would be more difficult for those who rely on shelters, food banks and meal programs, the Foundation established the Community Response Fund. Learn more about pandemic-related grants and activities.