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Smart and Caring Community Fund - Annual Grant Program

Grants to Newfoundland and Labrador Nonprofits for
Health, Environment, Education, Arts, and Civic Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (CFNL)

Deadline Date:

09/30/19 Midnight NL Time Receipt


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Grants of up to $2,000 to Newfoundland and Labrador nonprofits and municipalities for a wide range of programs that promote the well-being of local residents and contribute to the development of healthy communities. Funding is intended for proposals that address one of the following areas: health, education, civic engagement, environment, and arts and cultural heritage.

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.

Special grants are available for projects that support women or that celebrate the Newfoundland and Labrador fishery.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152880

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are awarded annually for amounts of up to $2,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants are awarded for specific purposes and for projects covering a definite period of time, typically one year or less.

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation funds:
- 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.

The Foundation does 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.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications and all required attachments must be received by e-mail by midnight NL time on September 30, 2019.

Contact Information:

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

Please submit your completed application and required attachments to

If you have any questions, call the Foundation at 709-753-9899 or email the Foundation at the above email address.

Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador
Suite 209, 31 Peet Street
St. John’s, NL A1B 3W8

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