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Grants : General Information

2018 grants

Community Impact Grants

Community Impact Grants are made annually from the income our endowed funds earn and are based on project impact, number of people served, the geographic range of the project and the funds available. The Community Fund and some Donor Advised and Designated Funds are used to make these grants. Each application is carefully reviewed by a volunteer Grant committee that makes recommendations for the grants to the Foundation Board.

In supporting projects, preference will be given to innovative ideas and initiatives which:

  • Improve the quality of life for the residents of Sarnia and Lambton County.  Quality of life includes all aspects of life: health, education, social services, arts, culture, recreation and the environment
  • Address critical community needs
  • Demonstrate innovative or interdisciplinary approaches
  • Strengthen the community’s capacity to care for itself
  • Encourage networking and collaboration among organizations
  • Develop local leadership capacity
  • Reflect diversity and inclusivity
  • Emphasize prevention rather than remediation
  • Provide leveraging possibilities for both the applicant and SCF

Community Impact Grants are awarded for definite purposes identified in the grant application. Pilot or demonstration projects must include provision for evaluation and a realistic plan for financial viability beyond the pilot stage.

The deadline for applications is  4 pm on April 30 of any calendar year unless that is a weekend date. In that instance the deadline will be the weekday before the deadline. Applications must reach the Foundation office by the time specified to be considered.The application process for 2019 will go live February 15th. The 2019 application form will be available after that date. 

The Foundation is pleased to offer a brief seminar regarding the application process and the applications forms. Organizations considering an application are invited to attend one of the following sessions.

  • Thursday February 21st @ 3 pm 
  • Tuesday February 26th @ 11 am

Seating is limited and you must preregister by calling the office at 519 332 2588 or emailing office@sarniacommunityfoundation.ca 

Announcements regarding grants will be made prior to the Grants Presentation set for September 25, 2019. 

Petrolia Community Fund

The Petrolia Community Fund Grant process is will reopen in late 2019 . 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. 

A separate grant application will be  posted.


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. 

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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