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Community Grant Program

The 2020 Community Grant Program is now closed.  The 2021 Community Grant Program will open in January 2021.  Please subscribe to this page (below) for updates. 

Many services or projects in Clarington are provided by volunteers on behalf of local community organizations.Clarington Council is committed to working with organizations and supporting them with Community Grant funding. It is our hope that these organizations will eventually become financially self-sufficient.

The Community Grant Program provides financial assistance to not-for-profit, volunteer community organizations to provide direct programs or services that benefit the residents of Clarington.

Organizations must meet eligibility criteria, and go through the application process. Eligible organizations can receive funding for one successful grant application per year for a maximum of $5,000. Funding requests $2,000 and above must be received in increments of $500. For example: $2,000; $2,500; $3,000 and so on.

Applicants are further encouraged to pursue other opportunities for financial support and are eligible to apply for funding for events through the Community Event Sponsorship Program. However, they must not receive funding through the annual municipal budget process. Organizations must be in and must remain in good financial standing with the Municipality of Clarington.

Eligibility criteria

The following are eligible to apply to the Community Grant Program:

  • Registered (Federal or Provincial) Not-for-Profit, local Boards of the Municipality or local volunteer community organizations with a duly elected executive that hold an Annual General Meeting and maintain a constitution and by-laws that deliver programs or services to the residents of Clarington.
  • Programs or organizations that other levels of government have legislated responsibility for providing funding are not eligible.  This includes “top up” of shortfalls for government mandated programs or services.  Examples include educational programs, public health programs, provincially mandated child care services or social assistance programs and health care services.
  • Organizations must have less than two years’ equivalent operating budget in unreserved cash.
  • Organizations must be non-profit, non-political and non-religious in nature.  Religious organizations will be eligible if the funding request is for a program or service that benefits the broader community and does not involve religious teachings and/or is not generating revenue for the organization.
  • Organizations that make donations or charitable contributions are ineligible.
  • Community Grant applications must be approved by the organization at a meeting of the executive and those meeting minutes are to be included with the application.  
Intent of Community Grant

Community Grants may be provided to eligible applicants as defined above to fund:

  • General operating and capital expenses (with the exception of Hall Boards who may only apply for general operating) up to a $5,000 maximum;
  • Programs or services generally which occur within municipal boundaries which benefit the residents of Clarington;
  • Programs or services which address a community need or contribute to the positive image of the municipality;
  • These funds are not to be used for debt repayment. 
Funding categories

Recreation/Leisure is defined as those organizations offering athletic or leisure opportunities not offered by the Municipality.

Civic is defined as those organizations providing events or services promoting the Municipality of Clarington which could be expected to bring economic and/or public relations benefit to the Municipality.

Social is defined as those organizations offering a specific service (other than recreation/leisure) to residents of the Municipality, which is not considered to be the responsibility of another level of government.

Boards of Council and Hall Boards are defined as groups of individuals who may be appointed by Council. They can also be community groups who manage and maintain a municipally owned facility. (Please note: grants to Boards of Council and Hall Boards will be considered for operational expenses only. Capital requests must be referred to the Operations Department for consideration during the annual municipal budget process).

Community Grant process

During the application period, applications will be available online, from the Municipal Administrative Centre, and most Clarington recreation facilities.

All requests for funding must be accompanied by a fully completed "Community Grant Application" and forwarded to the Community Services Department. Applications must be legible, completed in full, signed and include all required documentation.

Applicants are encouraged to complete the Community Grant Application online and submit directly to

Deadline for submission

The deadline for applications is Friday, February 28, 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.

Successful applicants are required to acknowledge the financial support of the Municipality of Clarington in all advertising and promotion related to the programs or services for which the Community Grant was approved.


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