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Durham Community Foundation (DCF) Grants

Grants to Durham Region, Ontario Charitable
Organizations for Programs that Benefit Local Residents

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Durham Community Foundation (DCF)

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Grants to Durham Region, Ontario charitable organizations for programs that enhance the quality of life for local residents, as well as for their family and friends. Eligible programs will align with the Foundation's goals: arts and culture, capacity building, education, environment, financial literacy, health and wellness, social development, and youth development:

- Arts and Culture: Fostering and supporting the growth and further development of arts and cultural activities.
- Capacity Building: Establishing strong base for community service, developing or enhancing organizational strategy, or building capacity in our non-profit sector, charitable sector and community.
- Education: Enhancing the quality and accessibility of lifelong learning and educational opportunities for all ages.
- Environment: Supporting and encouraging appreciation and understanding of the environment, and resolving or preventing environmental issues.
- Financial Literacy: Having the knowledge and skills to make responsible economic and financial decisions with confidence.
- Health and Wellness: Promoting and advancing the physical and mental well-being of individuals and families.
- Social Development: Creating caring, safe and supportive environments for healthy social development of families and a variety of community-based groups.
- Youth Development: To support the healthy growth and development of young people.

There are two separate grantstreams:
- Durham Community Foundation Community Fund(s) Grantstream: For projects and programs benefiting residents of the Durham Region.
- Ajax Community Fund Grantstream: For projects and programs benefiting residents of the Town of Ajax specifically.

Projects and/or programs funded by DCF:
- Seed grants to initiate and encourage promising new projects and programs so that they can provide a direct service that benefits the community.
- Benefit a wide audience within Durham Region and involve a substantial number of participants.
- Build on existing community strengths and assets.
- Present an innovative and creative approach to address community concerns.
- Promote cooperation and collaboration across organizations to eliminate duplication of services.
- Promote and build volunteer participation.
- Provide a direct service that benefits the community.
- Strive to have a lasting impact on the local community.
- Strengthen the community’s capacity to care for itself.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 135541

Estimated Size of Grant:

Historically DCF has granted funds from $500 to $5,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are to support projects and programs of organizations that qualify as charitable organizations under Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) guidelines, whose projects or programs directly benefit the citizens of DCF’s geographic area.

To be eligible, the applicant must:
1. Have a strong commitment to Durham Region.
2. Provide services which must benefit the citizens of Durham Region.
3. Service must be delivered within the Region of Durham.
4. Demonstrate fiscal responsibility and effective management.
5. Have been operational for at least one year.
6. Provide written confirmation of charitable status.
7. Provide programs/services without discrimination because of race, color, creed, gender, age, marital status, or disability.

Priority will be given to charities whose Operating Annual Budget is under $3 Million.

The Foundation does not fund:
- 100% of project costs.
- Campaigns of political or religious organizations that primarily serve their membership and/or their direct religious purposes.
- Endowment and annual fundraising drives, budget deficits, or debt reduction.
- Individuals or businesses.
- National fundraising efforts.
- Retroactive funding, or for any project expenses incurred prior to DCF's decision date.
- Sponsorships of fundraising/for-profit or recurring events.

No grants will be made solely to individuals but can be made to educational institutions and other sponsoring recipient organizations for the benefit of certain individuals for such purposes as scholarships and special programs.

No grants will be made specifically for sectarian religious purposes but can be made to religious organizations for general community programs.

Pre-Application Information:

Important dates:
- July 31, 2019: Application is due by email
- November 15, 2019: Notification of decision by email
- Tuesday, December 3, 2019: Check presentation at the Foundation's Community Breakfast

Multiple grants to the same organization are acceptable, but not to be encouraged. Recurring grants for the same program are acceptable, but not to be encouraged.

The participation in Durham Community Foundation initiatives is a very important consideration for all grant requests.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications via email to

Mailing Address:
2-157 Harwood Avenue North Box 250
Ajax, Ontario, L1Z 0B6

Telephone: 905-430-6507

Grant Coverage Areas:

Durham Region

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario