Grant Information

The objectives of the Foundation are to provide care for the needy men, women, and children, and in particular for the sick, aged, destitute, and helpless; to promote educational advancement; to promote conservation of human, natural and heritage resources; and to provide for such other charitable, educational, or cultural purposes that, in the opinion of the Board, are desirable and are intended to benefit primarily inhabitants of Virden and the surrounding area as now and hereafter constituted.

Guidelines for Grant Applications

The following guidelines are intended to assist applicants for undesignated grants – those made from the unrestricted income of the Virden Area Foundation.

  1. The deadline for grant applications is March 31.
  2. The Foundation supports charitable, recreational, educational, and cultural activities that are intended to benefit primarily the citizens of Virden and area.
  3. Only registered charities or other qualified donees are eligible for grants from Foundation. Non-profit organizations that do not have a charitable registration number can be sponsored by a qualified donee with which they have a formalized partnership (through a written agreement), a history of collaboration, and a similar mission and vision. The application must be submitted by the qualified donee, and must include confirmation of a written agreement between the sponsoring qualified donee and the non-profit organization. Organizations seeking funds must demonstrate a strong and committed board, fiscal responsibility, and management qualifications.
  4. Grants are awarded for definite purposes and for projects covering a specific period of time
  5. Preference is given to projects that:
    • encourage more efficient use of community resources;
    • expect to test or demonstrate new approaches and techniques in the solution of community problems;
    • address the underlying causes of problems in our society rather than dealing only with symptoms;
    • are developed in consultation with other agencies and planning groups and those which promote coordination co-operation, and sharing among organizations and the elimination of duplicated services.
    • Promote volunteer participation and citizen involvement in the community.
  6. Capital projects will be considered if there is a demonstrated need.
  7. Bursaries and scholarships are payable to educational institutions and not to individuals.
  8. Pilot or demonstration projects must include provision for an evaluation and a realistic plan for financial viability beyond the pilot stage.
  9. The Foundation encourages the participation of others in funding projects and, on occasion, provides matching funds or challenge grants to stimulate increased response from other sources.
  10. Grants are not usually made to support operating expenses of established organizations or programs.
  11. Grants are not made toward operating or capital programs.
  12. The Foundation generally does not award grants retroactively to projects that have already taken place or for project costs incurred prior to the Foundation’s decision date.
  13. The Foundation does not respond to annual fund drives for sustaining support.
  14. Grants are not made to establish or add to endowment funds.
  15. Grants are not ordinarily made to fund specific medical or scientific research projects.
  16. Grants are not made to religious organizations for direct religious activities.
  17. All applicants will be required to complete a grant application form. A meeting with Foundation directors or staff may be required.
  18. Grants will generally be awarded in April of each year or at such other time as the Board may from time to time determine.
  19. Applicants receiving a grant will be required to submit a final report upon completion of the project. The report should include a financial summary of all project revenues and expenses and a brief narrative that describes:
    • Objective of the project
    • Activities carried out to meet the objectives
    • Results accomplished and lessons learned
    • How the project will be continued

Photographs depicting the project are welcomed for use in the Foundation’s publicity programs.
Grant reports for previous projects must be submitted before another grant can be awarded to an organization.