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Community Impact Grants

Community Impact Grants are made by the Sarnia Community Foundation once per calendar year.
Please review these granting guidelines carefully before 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.

Community Impact Grants are awarded for definite purposes and should be complete or occur 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

To be eligible to receive a grant, organizations must:

  • Be a qualified donee as determined by the Canada Revenue Agency. Generally, your organization is a charitable organization, amateur athletic association or municipality registered with the Government of Canada.
  • Be in operation for at least one full year before application.
  • Provide services that directly benefit the citizens of Lambton County
  • Receive volunteer support from the community
  • Submit all the requested information with the application

The following are NOT eligible for grants from the community grants programme:

  • Annual Fund drives
  • Travel costs
  • Building campaigns
  • Debt reduction
  • Institutions’ statutory programs
  • Direct religious activities
  • Projects, programs or expenses that will be completed or incurred before the grant decision takes place
  • Political activities
  • Endowment funds
  • Core operating expenses or equipment

Note for Not-for-Profits: Not-for-profits that are not registered charities can apply for grants if they apply together with a qualified donee acting as an intermediary. SCF must receive a copy of the board resolution defining and accepting the intermediary relationship with the application. The relationship must exist before the application is filed, and there must be a clear and logical working relationship between the two organizations.  If the application is successful, the Foundation issues the grant cheque to the qualified done, which, in turn, agrees to provide funding for the not-for-profit organization for a specific task or program.

Application and Grant Process:

  1. All applicants must complete the SCF grant application form and include all the required documents.
  2. An email acknowledging the receipt of the completed application will be sent.
  3. All applications that include the requested material and meet the guidelines outlined above are sent to the Grant Committee for review. The committee meets in person within one month of the application deadline for the first review of the applications.
  4. The committee may opt to recommend projects at the first meeting or may request further information. A meeting with the SCF Grants Committee or staff may be required should the committee require more details on the application, the project or the organization.
  5. After completing their review of the applications, the Grants Committee recommends grant recipients to the SCF Board of Directors for approval. Any recommendation requires a majority vote of consent by the Grants Committee.
  6. The Board of Directors makes the final funding decisions based on the committee’s recommendations and the available funds.
  7. Contact regarding the status of the application will be made following the SCF Board’s approval of grant recipients. This can be up to 4 months following the closing date for applications.
  8. Successful applicants are notified by email, which will include an agreement setting out the terms and conditions of the grant to be signed and returned to the Foundation before funds are released. A follow-up report is required within six months.
  9. Those applicants that are declined are informed in writing. The decision of the Board is final.
  10. Applicants who choose to receive a grant must:
    • Provide any documentation required by the Foundation to prove the grant funds were allocated to the project applied for (e.g., receipts, minutes, bank statement etc.)
    • Be available for photos, interviews or other promotional activities as arranged by the Foundation (e.g., banquets, award ceremonies, media interviews, etc.)
    • Publicize the grant by including the Foundation logo in all media material related to the project or programme funded and promote the initiative through 2 separate posts on social media tagging SCF (LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
    • Provide the Foundation with a follow-up report in a timely fashion
    • Acknowledge the Foundation as a funder during the fiscal year they receive the grant. This should include using the SCF logo and an invitation for SCF to meet with the organization’s board of directors.

By filling out this the application, the applicant agrees to comply with the expectations of grant recipients detailed in the application and gives SCF permission to publish grant and agency information related to the grant.

Grant applications, which are not approved, will remain on file with SCF for up to five years.

A copy of the Applicant Information (Part A) and a separate PDF attachment, including the required supporting documents, must be received by the deadline at the Foundation email address:

[email protected]

DEADLINE: 4:00 pm Friday, April 30th, 2023
The Grant Committee will not consider any application received after the deadline.

The Sarnia Community Foundation is a public foundation operating under the charitable number 119227452 RR0001 and serving the communities that makeup Lambton County. Our vision is a vibrant, inclusive, livable Lambton County. We work with donors to establish and maintain endowed funds that generate income and interest to provide grants to charities working in the local area.

The Sarnia Community Foundation has a privacy policy that protects personal information. Any personal data requested or received because of this application will only be used to assist with assessing the grant application. One copy of the application form and supporting documents will be kept for audit for up to seven years. All other information submitted will be destroyed.


For further information, please contact the Foundation Grant Administrator, Irene Clarke.

Phone: 519-332-2588 E-mail: [email protected]