Community Grant Program


The 2022 Community Grant Program is now closed.

The Community Grant Program for 2022 will open for applications on December 23, 2021. The application deadline is February 4, 2022.

Beginning with this grant round, a new online application form is available. This one form can be used for any of the following request categories:

  1. Community Grant applications up to $1,000
  2. Food for Thought Grant applications up to $3,000
  3. Community Grant applications over $1,000 ($1,001 and above).

The Community Grants program supports not for profit or charitable organizations to complete a project or provide programming that benefits the residents of Dufferin County, and which serves one or more of the County’s priority areas. The amount of funds available varies each year depending on the budget.

The Food For Thought grant program supports organizations in providing direct food services to Dufferin residents. Dufferin County allocates $10,000 towards the Food For Thought grants each year.

In 2018, the County of Dufferin entered into an agreement with Headwaters Communities in Action (HCIA) to administer the Community Grant program. HCIA puts together a grant team who reviews the applications, evaluates them against the established criteria, ensuring that they meet the strategic priorities. The County has identified the following as its 2022 strategic priorities:

  • Climate Action
  • Cultural Enhancement
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives
  • Economic Development
  • Youth and Seniors Services

Mandatory Requirements:

  1. Applicants must be a registered not for profit or charitable organization, or partnered with one, and not a municipality. If you are partnering, you must attach a letter of support from the partner not for profit/charity and supply their registration number.
  2. The project or organization cannot already be supported by the County of Dufferin.
  3. Funding requests are limited to one application per organization.
  4. Projects must benefit Dufferin County residents. This must be clearly demonstrated in the application.
  5. Only attachments requested in the form will be accepted and reviewed. Please do not attach marketing materials or annual reports as question responses or project descriptions. Requested documents may include:
    • Financial statements
    • Budget template (you can use the template provided or create your own)
    • Letter from partner registered not for profit/charity, if applicable
  6. Applications must be received by 11:59 pm on Friday, February 4, 2022. Notifications will be sent following approval by County Council, no sooner than their meeting of April 14, 2022.

 Other Considerations for Organizations:

  • Project proposals must clearly indicate how the initiative will benefit the participants and/or the community.
  • This is a competitive process. Overall funding allocation may vary depending on the budget passed by Council. Funding requests may be granted in full, granted in part or declined, at the discretion of the assessment committee.
  • These grants have traditionally been intended to support one-time funding opportunities/projects, with priority given to:
    • New projects
    • New features or new beneficiaries of existing programs
    • Events that are not fundraisers (i.e. sponsorship)
  • Beginning with the 2022 grant cycle, in response to community needs, applicant organizations may be recommended for longer term, sustainable funding rather than one-time project funding, at the committee’s discretion and subject to Council approval.

Eligible Expenses:

  • Purchase of goods and services in keeping with the aim of the project
  • Advertising and Marketing

Ineligible Expenses:

  • Overhead or administrative costs
  • Capital funding and infrastructure costs

Questions regarding the application or process can be directed to Headwaters Communities In Action at