Applying for a Community Grant

Community grants are available for (1) Organizational Support (2) Community Projects and (3) Special Events. Application forms will be available upon approval of the 2018 funding envelope. 

By email:  ; In person:
                     Community Grants Committee
                                                      c/o Leisure Services           OR    c/o Common Clerk
                                                      171 Adelaide Street                    8th Floor, City Hall

Questions?
Lori Lambert
Community Liaison
(506) 658-4521

* 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 2018 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)

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