Grants and Scholarships

Making grants to help strengthen our community is at the heart of what our Community Foundation is all about. At the Elgin St. Thomas Community Foundation we recognize that communities are complex and that many factors go into creating a healthy and vibrant place for all to live. That’s why we take a very broad view of our community and it’s why – with our donors and partners – we fund a wide variety of programs and projects.

Review our Annual Report docs to read about previous years granting.

Grant recipients are selected in two ways…

Donor Directed or Donor Advised

The ESCF currently holds over 30 Funds…..and we are growing. Many donors choose to establish a fund with a particular philanthropic interest or goal in mind. Not all of our Funds post a formal ‘call for applications’ though may review an application that fits within their particular area of interest.These donors have determined or will annually determine what qualified donees will receive the granting from their fund.

Please feel free to call our staff and discuss your particular project or organization. We keep all applications on file and are sometimes able to match donors with applicants/community need outside of a formal application process.

Recommended to the Board of Directors

Some donors choose to give to funds such as the Community or Field of Interest funds and a granting committee established by the Board of Directors determines what qualified donees shall receive grants from these funds.

All Grant Recipients are recommended to the Board of Directors for final approval.

Please click on the links below for funding criteria and the grant application forms in each of these areas.


For Registered Charities looking for Grant criteria and application forms, please visit our Apply for a Grant page.

For individuals looking for Scholarship criteria and application forms, please visit our Apply for a Scholarship page.