Applications for Community Foundation’s spring grants now open

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Applications are now open for the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area’s Spring Community Grants program. The Community Grants program is CFKA’s “broadest and largest granting program” that helps fund qualified donees such as registered charities across the KFL&A region.

The Community Grants program is funded from earnings on CFKA’s pooled Community FundSmart & Caring Community Fund, and over 50 individual endowment funds established by various community donors, the organization noted. Twice a year, they invite organizations to submit proposals to the Community Grants Program, which are reviewed by our local volunteer Community Grants Committee, CFKA stated.

According to the release, applicants may apply for one of the following streams: Equipment Grant; Program Grant; or Operations Grant. CFKA offers a detailed Applicant Guide with more information about the application process.

In response to Kingstonist inquiries, Alyce Soulodre, a Grants Officer with CFKA, said the Community Fund directly supports charitable organizations across CFKA’s nine fields of interest: Arts & Culture, Children’s Mental Health, Community Development, Education & Literacy, Environment, Health & Social Services, Heritage Preservation, Recreation, and Youth. The Smart & Caring Community Fund supports projects addressing priority needs in the community within those fields of interest.

These Funds are endowed through donations made from community members and organizations and they generate annual earnings of which a small portion is reinvested, and the larger portion is turned into grants, she explained.

CFKA is holding Applicant Info Sessions over Zoom later this month, and all interested parties are welcome to attend:

  • Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024 at 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024 at 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2024 at 10 a.m.

At these sessions, CFKA will present the three available streams of funding, and go over the application process and timelines, according to Alyce Soulodre, Grants Officer at CFKA. Potential applicants are “very welcome” to ask questions throughout the session and during a Q&A period at the end, she noted

The organization asks interested attendees to register for a session here. CFKA offers a detailed Applicant Guide with more information about the application process.

“Funding comes from over 75 endowment funds created by donors and held at CFKA. Our Community Grants enable charities to fund essential needs, pilot new programs, or purchase much-needed equipment. Last year we granted $344,000 to 30 local community service organizations across the two granting rounds,” shared Stacy G Kelly, Executive Director of CFKA.  

“Thanks to very strong investment returns in 2023, we anticipate being able to make a higher level of granting to increase our impact across Kingston & Area.”

Visit https://cfka.org/spring-2024-community-grants-call-for-applications/ for more details or to apply. The application deadline is Friday, Mar. 15, 2024, at 4:30 p.m.

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