Transportation & Environment Services

Applying for a Community Grant

Community grants are available for (1) Organizational Support (2) Community Projects and (3) Special Events. 

2019 Grant Application Coming Soon

By email:                                       In person:
              Community Grants Committee
                                                     c/o Parks and Recreation       
                                                     171 Adelaide Street                   

Questions?
Barry Freeze
(506)650-1723

* Eligible amounts for each category were based on an original grants budget of over $450,000 when the program was approved in 2014. Grant amounts distributed in 2019 will commensurate with available funds.

Purpose & Objectives Eligibility Application Requirements & Evaluation

Operational funding to assist with the general administrative expenses of an organization

  • Support the City of Saint John in its ongoing pursuit to be a community of choice and promote economic health to residents and visitors.
  • Enhance the ability of organizations that deliver important social, wellness and quality of life support to the residents of the City of Saint John.
  • Encourage innovation, sustainability and cooperation through the various organizations within the City of Saint John.
  • Uphold and advance the terms of Council Priorities, Plan SJ and/or Play SJ.

Eligible funds: up to $60,000*

Eligible funding activities under Organizational Support includes: rent, utilities, human resources, office supplies, essential travel, fundraising activities and information technology upgrades.

The following are ineligible for grant funds:

  • Individuals or corporations seeking funding.
  • Lobbying of federal, provincial and municipal governments.
  • Activities or initiatives outside of the City of Saint John.
  • Expenditures that occurred prior to the application.
  • Funding of deficits or debts.
  • Free or discounted tickets to an event.
  • Fellowships, scholarships or bursaries.

Applications must include:

  • detailed annual budget with line item expenditures and sources of revenue
  • financial statement
  • organization's strategic or business/development plan

The Community Grants Evaluation Committee will assess applications according to a pre-established evaluation matrix, which will score the application on a variety of variables, including, but not limited to:

  • Innovation.
  • Likelihood of accomplishing stated outcomes.
  • Link to Council Priorities.
  • Long-term benefits/impacts.
  • Level of community support.
  • Ability to generate cooperation between citizens and other organizations.
  • Ability to acquire other sources of funding/in-kind support.
  • Sustainability of business plan or development plan.

 

Purpose & Objectives Eligibility Application Requirements & Evaluation

The Community Project Grant is designed to distribute seed funding for the start-up of projects, and/or funds for a short-term undertaking with a clear start and completion date.

  • Support the City of Saint John in its ongoing pursuit to be a community of choice for residents and visitors.
  • Enhance the ability of organizations that deliver important social, wellness and quality of life support to the residents of the City of Saint John.
  • Encourage innovation, sustainability and cooperation in the delivery of Community Projects in the City of Saint John.
  • Uphold and advance the terms of Council Priorities, Plan SJ and/or Play SJ.

Eligible funds: up to $20,000*

The following are ineligible for grant funds:

  • Individuals or corporations seeking funding.
  • Lobbying of federal, provincial and municipal governments.
  • Activities or initiatives outside of the City of Saint John.
  • Expenditures that occurred prior to the application.
  • Funding of deficits or debts.
    Free or discounted tickets to an event.
  • Fundraising events.
    Fellowships, scholarships or bursaries.
  • Conferences or professional development.

Applications must demonstrate:

  • Fundraising and community partnership.
  • The number of residents/visitors impacted by the project.
  • How the Community Project responds to interest from the broader community.
  • Specific outcomes to be achieved.
  • Projected budget including sources and use of funds/in-kind support.
  • Timelines for implementation of the project.

The Community Grants Evaluation Committee will assess applications according to a pre-established evaluation matrix, which will score the application on a variety of variables, including, but not limited to:

  • Innovation.
  • Likelihood of accomplishing stated outcomes.
  • Link to Council Priorities.
  • Long-term benefits/impacts.
  • Level of community support.
  • Ability to generate cooperation between citizens and other organizations.
  • Ability to acquire other sources of funding/in-kind support.
  • Sustainability of business plan or development plan.


Purpose & Objectives Eligibility Application Requirements & Evaluation

The Special Events Grant is designed to support events that are of cultural, sport, social or recreational significance to the Saint John community.

  • Support the City of Saint John in its ongoing pursuit to be a community of choice for residents and visitors.
  • To support events that result in important cultural, environmental, heritage, sport, recreational, educational and financial returns for the City of Saint John.
  • To encourage innovation, sustainability and cooperation in the delivery of Special Events in the City of Saint John.
  • Uphold and advance the terms of Council Priorities, Plan SJ and/or Play SJ.

Eligible funds:up to $20,000*

The following are ineligible for grant funds:

  • Individuals or corporations seeking funding.
  • Lobbying of federal, provincial and municipal governments.
  • Activities or initiatives outside of the City of Saint John.
  • Expenditures that occurred prior to the application.
  • Funding of deficits or debts.
    Free or discounted tickets to an event.
  • Fundraising events.
  • Fellowships, scholarships or bursaries.
  • Conferences or professional development.

Applications must demonstrate:

  • Event identifies a community need or priority
  • The number of residents/visitors impacted by the event.
  • Event supported by community partners, sponsors and stakeholders.
  • Specific outcomes to be achieved.
  • Projected budget including sources and use of funds/in-kind support.

The Community Grants Evaluation Committee will assess applications according to a pre-established evaluation matrix, which will score the application on a variety of variables, including, but not limited to:

  • Innovation.
  • Likelihood of accomplishing stated outcomes.
  • Link to Council Priorities.
  • Long-term benefits/impacts.
  • Level of community support.
  • Ability to generate cooperation between citizens and other organizations.
  • Ability to acquire other sources of funding/in-kind support.
  • Sustainability of business plan or development plan (for repeated/annual event)