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Grant Information

Healthy Communities Initiative

 Organizations can apply from February 9, 2021, at 1:00 PM EST until March 9, 2021, at 5:00 PM PST. A second application period for funding will take place starting in May 2021.Visit to find out more about how to apply, explore resources for applicants and sign up for community mobilization sessions.healthy community

Who can apply?

The Healthy Communities Initiative supports communities as they create and adapt public spaces, and programming and services for public spaces to respond to ongoing needs arising from COVID-19 over the next two years.

What type of projects are eligible for funding?   Healthy Communities Initiative projects will:

● respond to identified needs arising from impacts of COVID-19;

● create and adapt public spaces, and programming and services for public spaces in the public interest;

● demonstrate consideration of and connections with the community;

● serve the general public or a community disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 ; and,

● fall within the three Healthy Communities Initiative theme areas.

What projects are ineligible for funding?

Examples of ineligible projects include but are not be limited to:

● Partisan, political or election-related activities

● Research projects where findings are not, or are not intended to be, tangibly applied as an outcome of the project. For example, carrying out a feasibility study without intending to carry out the project.

● Publication of books or reports

● Projects that solely sponsor other organizations’ events or activities

● Research and development for a for-profit endeavour

● Projects that benefit only private interests or are implemented only on private property

● Projects that promote a for-profit entity or its products and service.

SCF Community Impact Grants 

The Community Impact Grants Process for 2021 is now OPEN.  


Community Impact Grants are made by the Sarnia Community Foundation once per calendar year.Please review the granting guidelines carefully prior to completing an application form as applications that do not fall within the guidelines or criteria will not be considered for funding.

Preference is given to innovative ideas and initiatives which:

  • Emphasize prevention rather than remediation
  •  Encourage networking and collaboration among organizations
  •  Demonstrate innovative or interdisciplinary approaches
  •  Develop local leadership capacity and strengthen the community’s capacity to care for itself
  •  Reflect diversity and inclusivity
  •     Work towards meeting one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

2020 grantCommunity Impact Grants are awarded for definite purposes and should be complete or take place within the project period of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. Pilot or demonstration projects must include provision for evaluation and a realistic plan for financial viability beyond the pilot stage to be considered for funding. DEADLINE for applications April 30th, 2021 at 4pm. 


Petrolia Community Fund - CLOSED

The Petrolia Community Fund Grant process is now closed. The grants are given to organizations that are focused on improving the quality of life in the greater Petrolia area. Quality of life includes all aspects of the arts, culture, education, the environment, health, recreation and social services and issues affecting the community. Projects funded in 2020  include:

Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Foundation for the purchase of a blanket warmer-$ 1,500

Parents for Parks  for the building of a fully accessible play structure in Greenwood Park  $2,000  ( This group of parents has raised nearly 50% of the estimated price tag for the redevelopment (350,000) in the past two years and the plan is to begin the build in the spring with site preparation and possibly the initial stage of the structure. I have NO doubt they will achieve the goal)

YMCA- for a bench in the outside play space. -$1,500

Queen Elizabeth School - $1500 for a refrigerator for the milk programme

Hillcrest School - $1500 towards the redevelopment of the play ground

Lambton Young Theatre Players- $1,000 for operational costs related to restarting programmes when the lockdown is lifted.

Wyoming Minor Ball Association - $1,000 for player jerseys.



SCF Micro Grants are generally for specific projects that do not fall within the time frame of the SCF Community Impact Grants or the Petrolia Community Fund Grants and range between 200 and 500 dollars. The grant is to be used for time limited projects or events that will benefit the community at large.

 A limited number of MICRO GRANTS is available in any given year.  Multiyear funding is not available. 


Donor Advised Grants

Some of our donors have established funds that are allow them to direct grantable income associated with their fund to specific charities or projects in the community. We're always interested in hearing about community needs and are happy to provide our fund holders with information about projects and programmes that might interest them  as they make their decision. These grants are made throughout the year and the Foundation Staff would be happy to advise you whether your project might be eligible.

For further information on the grant process for Community Impact, Donor Advised and Petrolia Community Fund Grants please call 519-332-2588