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 a direct and lasting impact.

We are now accepting applications for grants of up to $2,000 for projects taking place in 2023.

Applications and all required attachments must be received by e-mail at by midnight NL time on September 30, 2022. Please read the annual grant program criteria outlined below, then download and complete the application form linked here.


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.

We fund:

  • 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.
  • Individual pursuits.
  • 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.
  • Retroactive funding.
  • Deficit reduction.
  • Fundraising events or golf tournaments.
  • Advertising or promotional campaigns.
  • The publication of books or production of films.
  • Private foundations.
  • Medical or scientific research.
  • Scholarships or bursaries.

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.
  • Reading circles.

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