First community foundations participate in Community Fund for Canada’s 150th

(Ottawa, ON) April 4, 2016 – The first community foundations in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick have opened grant applications to the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a new initiative designed to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial across the country.

The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, announced last month by the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, in collaboration with Canada’s community foundation network, will provide thousands of small grants to local projects that build community and encourage engagement in the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

The first community foundations to participate in the Fund have opened their call for grant applications, including:

  • Community Foundation of the North Okanagan (BC)
  • Revelstoke Community Foundation (BC)
  • Edmonton Community Foundation (AB)
  • South Saskatchewan Community Foundation (SK)
  • Beautiful Plains Community Foundation (MB)
  • North Norfolk – MacGregor Foundation (MB)
  • Elkhorn and Area Community Foundation (MB)
  • Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough (ON)
  • Grand Bend Community Foundation (ON)
  • Huronia Community Foundation (ON)
  • Fondation communautaire de la peninsule acadienne (NB)

Many more communities across Canada will participate throughout 2016 and 2017.

Registered Canadian charities, municipalities and other qualified donees are eligible to apply to the Fund through the community foundation that serves their area. Grants will be determined at the local level with contributions coming from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, seeded by the Government of Canada, private philanthropists and matched locally by individual community foundations. To widen the impact of the Fund, successful applicants are required to contribute cash or in-kind contributions equal to or greater than the grant amount requested.

For more information about the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th and which communities are currently accepting grant applications, visit or contact your local community foundation.


About Community Foundations of Canada

Community Foundations of Canada is the national network for Canada’s 191 community foundations. Together we help Canadians invest in building strong and resilient places to live, work and play. The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is a collaborative effort, seeded by the Government of Canada and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast, and delivered locally by Canada’s community foundations.


Community Fund for Canada’s 150th contact:

Laurel Carlton
Director, Leadership Initiatives and Governance
Community Foundations of Canada
P: (613) 915-1637

Media contact:

David Venn
Director of Communications
Community Foundations of Canada
P: (613) 236-2664 ext. 302


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