The Chatham Kent Community Foundation is seeking applications to provide grants to registered charitable organizations which focus on education, health, arts and culture, recreation, social services, heritage and the environment.
The Chatham Kent Community Foundation builds endowments and other funds to provide lasting support for local priorities. The income earned by the Foundation’s invested permanent funds is used to give grants to a wide range of community groups, while the original investment is retained, and grows over time.
Its primary aims are:
- To connect donors who care with causes that matter;
- To act as an independent centre for community philanthropy;
- To provide a vehicle for donors from all walks of life to leave legacy to be invested and used to support community initiatives in perpetuity;
- To be known for responsible stewardship and prudent investment practices;
- To be locally, volunteer driven;
- To create a better community for today, tomorrow, forever.
Kinds of Project
- The Foundation supports charitable organizations concerned with education, health, arts and culture, recreation and social services that operate for the citizens of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.
- Grants are made only to registered charitable organizations. Organizations seeking funds must demonstrate a strong, committed Board, fiscal responsibility and management qualifications.
- Grants are awarded for definite purposes, and for projects covering a specified period of time. Multi-year grants are subject to periodic performance reviews.
- Preference is given to projects which:
- Encourage more efficient use of community resources.
- Expect to test or demonstrate new approaches and techniques in the solution of community problems.
- Are developed in consultation with other agencies and planning groups, and those which promote co-ordination, co-operation and sharing among organizations and the elimination of duplicated services.
- Promote volunteer participation and citizen involvement in the community.
- Expect to strengthen internal management capabilities of agencies.
- Capital projects will be considered if there is a demonstrated need.
- Bursaries and scholarships are usually awarded to educational institutions and not to individuals.
- Grants are not usually made to support normal operating expenses of established organizations or programs.
- Grants are not made to establish or add to endowment funds.
- Grants are not usually made to support or sponsor major fund-raising events, the proceeds of which are directed to the fund-raising goal of another Foundation or charitable organization.
- Projects whose primary goal is to support the delivery of political or religious activities are not eligible.
- An organization must be a registered charity, able to provide a Revenue Canada Agency registration number.
- The organization must also provide programs/services within the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.
For more information, visit https://chathamkentcommunityfoundation.ca/for-grant-seekers/