Community Grant Program


The Community Grant Program for 2021 is now closed. Check back later for details on the 2022 Program.

There are two forms available: a short form application for those applying for a Community Grant up to $1,000 and a long form application for those applying for a Community Grant over $1,000 ($1,001 and above). Questions regarding the application or process can be directed to Headwaters Communities In Action at

The short form Community Grant application has been combined with the Food For Thought application. 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 has put 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 it’s 2021 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. 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.
  5. No attachments will be accepted other than those requested. Additional attachments will not be reviewed. Requested documents include:
    Financial statements
    Letter from partner registered not for profit/charity, if applicable
    Report for previous DC Community Grant project, if applicable

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 be decreased and funding requested by organizations may be granted in full, in part or declined, at the discretion of the assessment committee.
  • These grants are intended to support one-time funding opportunities/projects, not ongoing sustainability funding. Priority will be given to:
    • New projects (i.e. not to sustain an existing program as is)
    • New features or new beneficiaries of existing programs
    • Events that are not fundraisers (i.e. sponsorship)
  •  The organization must be sustainable and able to operate without this grant funding. Financial Statements must be attached for the application to be accepted.
  • Grant applications are assessed by a committee created and managed by Headwaters Communities In Action. The committee has multi-sectoral representation, a solid knowledge of Dufferin County, an analytic skill set and a collaborative approach.

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

Successful Grant Recipients – Reporting Requirements

After project completion, or by November 30, 2021, you will need to publish or submit a report sharing your story of how the Dufferin County Community Grant benefitted the community, with a photo and a minimum of 250 words outlining the program, impacts of the project and grant, quotes from beneficiaries and coordinators of the program, and contact information.

See a sample here.

Organizations may also be subject to a project review, and required to submit invoices and proof of payment for goods and services. Please keep these records on hand.

Does your organization meet the requirements? Please complete and submit the appropriate application package for consideration.

Community Grant Application Packages

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