We are now accepting applications for grants of up to $2,000, for projects taking place in 2020. Special grants are available for projects that support women or that celebrate the Newfoundland and Labrador fishery.
Annual Grant Program Criteria
The aim of the Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (CFNL) is to create smart and caring communities across the province by supporting organizations that help build community vitality and improve the well-being of the people of the province. Our goal is both to address community problems and to enrich the lives of community members.
CFNL provides funding to programs in 5 key areas:
Health Projects that foster the health and well-being of the people of the province, by encouraging active living and healthy food choices.
Environment Projects that preserve and restore community green spaces and local bodies of water.
Education Projects that advance literacy for all ages or support the use of technology to bridge the gap between rural and urban schools.
Arts and Cultural Heritage Projects that create opportunities for cultural organizations to grow and expand their programs and promote the unique intellectual and cultural heritage of the province.
Civic Action and Engagement Projects that enhance leadership or build capacity, particularly within rural communities.
All successful applicants will be expected to submit a brief year-end report describing the use of the funding and the outcomes of the project. Additional funding will not be considered without completion of the final report.
Preferences are given to projects that:
Show an understanding of the community and its needs.
Identify innovative and practical approaches to solve community issues.
Enhance an organization’s capacity to deliver services.
Leverage volunteers and in-kind support.
Promote collaboration and sharing among agencies to reduce duplication of programs or improve effectiveness of services.
Show a broad level of community support and diversity of funders.
Organizations that are registered as charitable organizations or qualified donees with the Canada Revenue Agency, including municipalities.
Organizations that demonstrate strong governance and fiscal responsibility.
Charitable organizations that provide direct community services.
Grants are awarded for specific purposes and for projects covering a definite period of time, typically one year or less.
We do not fund:
Political or fraternal organizations, service clubs, or third-party organizations that raise funds for charity.
Private (fee-based) elementary or secondary schools.
Religious organizations, unless they are engaged in a significant project benefiting the entire community.
Endowment or memorial campaigns.
Fundraising events or golf tournaments.
Advertising or promotional campaigns.
The publication of books or production of films.
Medical or scientific research.
Scholarships or bursaries.
Smart & Caring Community Fund
The Smart & Caring Community Fund provides grants to support a wide range of community enrichment programs across the province that are having direct and lasting impact.
Grants are awarded annually for amounts of up to $2,000. This fund does not provide multi-year commitments, but successful organizations can apply for a second year of funding for up to 80% of their original grant amount.
Grants from this fund are awarded within 5 specific categories:
Access to healthy food options – examples of programs include:
Establishment or enhancement of community gardens.
Providing healthy food options within food banks or soup kitchens.
Promotion of healthy eating habits.
Encouragement of physical activity and active living – examples of programs include:
Establishment or enhancement of recreation programs for all ages in rural communities.
Programs that encourage active living for people of all ability levels.
Activities focused on encouraging physical literacy amongst children 0 -12 years of age.
Conservation of land or water under threat – examples of programs include:
Eradication of pollutants of local bodies of water.
Promotion of alternate land uses and protection of green space.
Protection of land that has ecological significance.
Restoration of parks, community spaces or waterfront areas – examples of programs include:
Establishment or enhancement of places to play.
Beach clean up and/or restoration.
Community park makeovers.
Provision of resources and tools to promote literacy and reading in rural communities across the province – examples of programs include:
Access to books and educational material.
Use of technology to enhance learning opportunities in rural schools – examples of programs include:
The purchase of equipment to allow for distance learning.
The establishment of innovative uses of technology or web resources to augment in-class education for grades K-12.
Collaborative programs that improve the learning experience in rural schools.
Arts and Cultural Heritage
Support to established cultural organizations for events or projects that stimulate sustainable development of the province's cultural resources.
Civic Action and Engagement
Enhancement of community leadership and development of community capacity – examples of programs include:
Encouragement of volunteerism to create a stronger community.
Programs that engage youth in leadership opportunities.
Programs that bring together multi-sectoral organizations to solve key community issues on a regional level.