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Criteria for Capital Grants

The Capital Grant Application form will open in the spring of 2023

Community Foundation Grey Bruce is pleased to offer a Capital Funding stream to nonprofit organizations in Grey and Bruce Counties.  Capital grants are available from $3,000 to a maximum of $35,000. Capital grants are distributed in late October.

A Capital Grant is defined as:

A grant for a project that would contribute to an organization’s success and growth of capacity, broaden access, improve community spaces and promote energy efficiency by

  • Purchase or replacement of major equipment
  • Renovation, installation, retrofit and/or repair to existing structure
  • Making better use of technological resources


Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible to apply for a Capital Grant, an organization must:

  • Be a registered charity with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), or a not-for-profit organization sponsored by a qualified donee as determined by the CRA* ( .
  • Provide services in Grey and/or Bruce Counties
  • Have a defined service focus that includes one or more of the following fields: Children and Youth; Health; Environment; Education; Recreation; Arts and Culture; Poverty Reduction; Living Standards and Housing

*Some organizations operating under the auspices of a municipal government (i.e. libraries, museums, galleries, committees of council) can apply through Municipalities or qualified First Nations Territories.


All applicants must complete a Letter of Intent on the Foundation's granting portal .

Deadline for Letter of Intent is June 1st of the present year

Grant Decision Making Timeline

Organizations that are invited to proceed will each receive an application form to be completed by the deadline date of September 15.

There may be requests for further information or meetings between the applicant and the Grants & Donor Relations Coordinator.  All applicants will be notified on the outcome of their application.

Grants monies will be distributed in late October. The project may not start before the application approval and needs to be completed within one year of the receipt of the grant. Final reports are due one year after application approval. This date will be stipulated in the agreement.

Capital Grant Assessment Criteria

All proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • How the project need was determined and what were the methods used to identify the need
  • How the project fits within the granting priorities by Community Foundation Grey Bruce
  • Consideration of availability of similar services  and agencies in the region
  • The capacity of the applicant to undertake the project
  • How the success of the project will be determined
  • Sustainability of the project beyond the funding request (if applicable)
  • Other funders committed to the project
  • Completion of necessary approvals (i.e. building permits)

What the Community Foundation Grey Bruce does not fund

Grants are NOT available for:

  • The replacement of pre-existing operating funds
  • Operating or capital deficits
  • Activities of religious organizations that serve primarily their membership and/or their direct religious purposes
  • Endowment funds
  • Retroactive funding for any project expenses incurred prior to the application approval
  • In response to fundraising campaigns
  • Individuals
  • Political activity
  • Programs and services outside of Grey and Bruce Counties
  • Concurrent capital grants
  • New builds
  • Land acquisition or purchase
  • Core operating costs or current program costs
  • Support of normal annual operating costs of organizations or core services that are otherwise directly or indirectly, publicly funded, i.e. municipalities, hospitals, and school boards.