Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the total assets of the Community Foundation?

A: As of October 31, 2017, the Community Foundation's total assets are approximately $14 million.

Q: How much money has the Community Foundation given away over the years?

A: Since 1976, we’ve given away approximately $7.8 million.

Q: Why do I need to talk to the Executive Director before applying for grants? 

A: It’s a good idea to contact our Executive Director before applying for grants to get a good understanding of the granting criteria, and if your project has potential in terms of becoming a recipient. Our Executive Director will also help you understand the components of the application, and the grant cycle timeline.

Q. Who makes the granting decisions?

A:  The Community Foundation's Grant Making Committee is comprised of Foundation Board members and community members-at-large.  This Committee reviews the applications for the The Smart and Caring Grants, The Anniversary Grant and the Community Service Awards.  Their recommendations are presented to our full Board of Directors for final approval.

Q: What are the granting priorities of The Community Foundation?

A: Our Grant Making Committee is a committee of the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors and community members-at-large.  The Committee sets granting priorities based on the wishes of our donors and the changing dynamic of our community.  We are also members of LivingSJ.

Q: What charities and organizations do you grant to?

A: We are able to grant to any qualified donee.  These include local charities as well as charities located outside of Greater Saint John.  These could include provincial charities as well as national charities.  To be eligible to receive a grant from The Community Foundation, the project/initiative must take place in Greater Saint John and impact our citizens here.

Q: What kind of projects do you fund?

A: We support projects benefiting arts and culture, health, environment, education, youth, poverty reduction, recreation and sport, heritage, and social development.

Q: If my not-for-profit has an operating surplus, will that disqualify my grant application?

A: All grant applications are evaluated on their own merit. Organizations will not be penalized for maintaining a healthy bottom line.

Q: What is project funding?

A: Community Foundation grants are not intended to be sustaining grants designed to support ongoing operational costs such as rent and salaries.  They are, however, intended to support the project you are applying for, one-time purchases of equipment or supplies, and to support programming costs for the duration of the project.

Q: What don't you fund?

A:  We do not fund large-scale capital projects (new building construction and significant structural renovations), ongoing operational requirements for a charity, such as rent and salaries and multi-year funding.  We do fund innovative projects and initiatives that are led by qualified donees to enhance the quality of life in Greater Saint John.

Q: Can I apply for more than one grant at a time during the Smart and Caring Grant Cycle?

A: Yes you can, as long as each application is for a different project.