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Grants : General Information


Community Impact Grants

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.

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

The SCF Community Impact Grants Process is now closed for 2019

2019 grants

Petrolia Community Fund

The Petrolia Community Fund Grant process is NOW  OPEN . 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 has been posted. DEADLINE - NOVEMBER 29th at 4 pm . 



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