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2017 CFC150 Grants

Centre Wellington Community Foundationcfc-logo-eWe are pleased to announce that we are now accepting grant applications for Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a partnership of Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and Centre Wellington Community Foundation (CWCF).

The deadline for grant applications is end of day Tuesday November 1, 2016.

Please note: because the process has a lot of moving parts, we strongly encourage you to contact us early so we can help you navigate the process.


Governor General David JohnstonWe are running a curated process with a review both locally and nationally to ensure that we live up to our Governor General David Johnston’s call for nation building around Canada’s 150th birthday.

“Imagine our country as it could be … a smart and caring nation, where all Canadians can succeed, contribute, and develop their talents to their fullest potential”

This granting program, in aiming to leave a legacy, is not about “cake and fireworks”, nor is it intended for capital projects (“bricks and mortar”). Instead it has the following key objectives.


  • BUILD vibrant & healthy communities with broadest engagement of all Canadians: indigenous peoples, minorities, youth and groups reflecting our plurality
  • INSPIRE a deeper understanding of people, places & events that shape our communities and our nation
  • ENCOURAGE community participation to mark 150th anniversary of Confederation

And, we will prioritize those grants that deal with one or more of the key themes we identified in our 2015 Vital Signs report:

  • Arts and Culture,
  • Belonging and Leadership,
  • Gap Between Rich and Poor


We encourage community partnering versus silos and even, where possible, connection to national initiatives which you can find by registering on 150 Alliance, an open network of groups, individuals and organizations working to make the most of Canada’s sesquicentennial.

Desired outcomes in communities across Canada:



  1. Download the Canada150 Community Fund Summary for Applicants. Note that applicants must be a registered charity or have a partnership with such qualified entity in place.
  2. Attend our public granting information meeting on Wednesday October 12th at 7 pm at Fergus Sportsplex, Boardroom B. Because of the special nature of this granting program, you will have a chance to meet with other applicants and clarify key details.
  3. We require every applicant to contact us, either at the public meeting or separately, before submitting an application. Please use grants@cwcfoundation.ca to contact us.
  4. Take a look at this video to understand the granting process:
  5. All grants much be matched by your organization in cash or “in kind”. Although the maximum grant from us is $15,000, we will be assessing the number of applications we receive to determine actual granting amounts per project. Therefore, it is likely that most (or all) grants will be much smaller than this maximum.
  6. Once you are ready to submit your grant application, click this link for  CFC 150 Grant Submission.
  7. Successful applicants will be notified after both our local granting review process and the national curation process.
  8. In addition to our normal CWCF Grant Recognition, in consideration of the national co-funding of this program, we also direct your attention to CFC150 Acknowledgement Guidelines.