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Guidelines – Applying for a Grant

Our grant period opens yearly on September 1st and closes September 30th.

In order to accomplish the Foundation’s mission effectively and efficiently, the Board of Directors of the Rivers and Area Community Foundation Inc.  have developed a thorough review process for grant applications. The “Community” will encompass the Town of Rivers and surrounding area.

The categories for which grants may be applied for are as follows: health, culture and heritage, community service, education, recreation, youth & seniors, environment & conservation and agriculture.

Granting Criteria

  • Organizations must demonstrate a strong and committed board, fiscal responsibility, and effective management.
  • Projects must benefit primarily the people of the “Community” (as defined).
  • Applicants must establish that there is a need for their project.
  • Grants are awarded for definite purposes and for projects covering a specific period of time.
  • Capital requests must include a maintenance and replacement plan.
  • Pilot or demonstration projects must include provision for evaluation and a realistic plan for financial viability beyond the pilot stage.
  • Matching or challenge grants may be made in appropriate circumstances to stimulate response from other sources.
  • Bursaries and scholarships are awarded to educational institutions and not individuals.
  • Encourage more efficient use of community resources.
  • Demonstrate new approaches and techniques in the solution of community problems.
  • Promote cooperation and sharing among organizations, eliminating duplication of services.
  • Promote volunteer participation.
  • Strengthen management capabilities.

Eligibility & Formal Requirements

Charitable organizations as defined as a qualified donee under the CRA.
NEW Incorporated Not for Profits – Grantees as defined under the CRA.
The project must be located in Rivers and area, and must be for the direct benefit of the residents for Rivers and Area.

The Rivers and Area Community Foundation will NOT generally fund:

  • individuals
  • annual fund drives
  • establish or add to endowment funds
  • political activities
  • direct religious activities
  • operating expenses
  • retroactive expenses



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