Community Fund for Canada’s 150th

Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017 is an historic moment with the power to bring people and places together as we dream big about our communities and our country. It’s a chance to encourage all Canadians to contribute to their communities in a way that will foster a greater sense of belonging, support meaningful reconciliation and leave a lasting legacy now and for future generations.

To mark our own celebration of Canada’s 150th, the Saskatoon Community Foundation has partnered with Community Foundations of Canada, the Government of Canada and PotashCorp to fund local projects and initiatives.

A broad range of projects will be eligible for support from the Fund. Eligible projects must be based in Canada, connected to Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, and work towards one or more of the following principles:

    • ENCOURAGE participation in community activities and events to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation;
    • INSPIRE a deeper understanding about the people, places and events that shape our country and our communities; or
    • BUILD vibrant and healthy communities with the broadest possible engagement of all Canadians, including indigenous peoples; groups that reflect our cultural diversity; youth; and official language minorities.

Eligible projects must commit to performing funded activities and expenditures before January 31, 2018.

Eligible projects are required to match the value of the grant requested, through in-kind or cash contributions equal to the value of the requested grant. Grants from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th will not exceed $15,000.

For example, an applicant that requests a $2,000 grant for a project would be required to come to the table with $2,000 worth of cash or in-kind support for their own project. Cash contributions may come from other funding sources; in-kind contributions may include volunteer hours or other resources that are not covered by the requested grant.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible for funding?

Eligible qualified donees include:

  • registered charities;
  • registered Canadian amateur athletic associations;
  • registered housing corporations resident in Canada constituted exclusively to provide low-cost housing for the aged;
  • registered Canadian municipalities;
  • registered municipal or public bodies performing a function of government in Canada.

Community groups and other actors are welcome to work with a qualified donee to make an application to the Fund. In the case of such a collaboration, the qualified donee would submit the application on behalf of the collaborating partners.

Please note: the following qualified donees, as well as their departments and agencies, are ineligible for support from the Fund:

  • the Government of Canada (federal government);
  • the federal, provincial, and territorial governments;
  • the Crown; and
  • the United Nations.

I'm not a qualified donee, can I still apply?

Community groups and not for profit organizations are welcome to work with a qualified donee to make an application to the Fund. In the case of such a collaboration, the qualified donee would submit the application on behalf of the collaborating partners.

Please note: the following qualified donees, as well as their departments and agencies, are ineligible for support from the Fund:

  • the Government of Canada (federal government);
  • the federal, provincial, and territorial governments;
  • the Crown; and
  • the United Nations.

How can I apply?

After watching the Community Foundations of Canada’s overview of the online application process, you may submit your application online.

 

SCF will be facilitating applications for the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th from March 1 to April 15, 2017. All applications must be submitted online using the Community Foundations of Canada granting platform.

When preparing your application, note that there are three main steps:

  1. Application form
  2. Project budget
  3. Matching form

What projects are ineligible?

  • Major infrastructure projects (ie. building a building)
  • Regular / annual events that are not connected to Canada’s 150th (ie. an annual music fest, an annual town fair).
  • Projects related to political activities or lobbying
  • Projects that are designed for fundraising purposes
  • Any activity taking place outside Canada
  • Projects that are already funded in whole or in part by the Government of Canada

What are the reporting requirements if my application is successful?

The story of the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th will be told as part of the 150Alliance, an open network of groups, individuals and organizations working together to make the most of Canada’s sesquicentennial.

Within 30 days of receiving the grant, Grantees are required to:

  • Join the150Alliance
  • Add the funded project to the directory
  • Share information about the project – related events, milestones, public activities and volunteer opportunities

Within 15 days of project completion, Grantees are required to:

  • Upload at least one photograph of the project
  • Tell a success story about the project

Apply to the Community Fund for Canada's 150th

All applications must be received through the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th granting platform between March 1 and April 15, 2017.