The City of Cornwall provides grants, in-kind services, and partnerships to non-profit organizations through its Municipal Grants Program and Community Partnership Program.

The Municipal Grants Program offers a number of funding opportunities each year for the purpose of starting and/or supporting community-based initiatives; such as, events, projects, festivals, and programs.

The Community Partnership Program offers an opportunity for non-profit organizations to partner with the City of Cornwall for capital project initiatives that would benefit the community.

Below you will find information for the Municipal Grants Programs, as well as the Community Partnership Program offered by the City.

Please be advised that the Application period for the 2021 Municipal Grants Program (Programs 1 and 2) will open on Thursday October 1, 2020 and close on Friday October 30, 2020. 


 Municipal Grants Program

The City of Cornwall recognizes the valuable contributions made by community organizations and volunteer groups to improve the well-being of the community and the quality of life for its residents. In recognition of these contributions, the Municipality is committed to providing modest assistance to such organizations through its Municipal Grants Program. Support is provided each year from the Municipality’s operating budget to qualifying organizations through an annual application process.


The different types of grants available through the Municipal Grants Program Policy are identified as follows:

Program 1 – Financial and In-Kind Assistance: provides eligible financial grants and in-kind contribution grants to support specific initiatives that promote inclusiveness and a broad community benefit through improving the well-being of the community and the quality of life for its residents. The maximum amount available to any one eligible organization in any one year is $10,000 (cash, in-kind, or a combination of both).

Program 2 – Multi-Government Funding Support: provides a required municipal contribution to access funding from the federal and/or provincial government(s). The maximum amount available to any one eligible organization in any one year is $30,000.

Please click on the links below for further information regarding the Municipal Grants Program.


       Municipal Grants Program Policy 

       Municipal Grants Program Guidelines 


Application Process

Applications will be completed and submitted electronically. The electronic version of the application has been designed to ensure all required information is submitted. 

The application period will open annually on September 1, and close the last Friday in September.  No exceptions will be made. The application will no longer be accessible after that time. 


For the budget year 2021 the application period will be open from Thursday October 1, 2020 and close on Friday October 30, 2020. 


Municipal Grants - Program 1 - Financial and In-Kind Assistance Application Form

Municipal Grants - Program 2 - Multi-Government Funding Support Application Form


Letter of Agreement

Prior to the disbursement of any municipal funds, all grantees must sign a Letter of Agreement on the approved form, which specifies the terms and conditions of the grant.


       Sample Letter of Agreements will follow shortly


Final Report

Prior to December 31st in the year the grant was received, a Final Report must be completed and submitted to Financial Services; OR if the funded initiative was not completed by December 31st, the organization must file an Interim Report along with a request for an extension of the Final Report deadline.


Final Report Form


Interim Report Form

 Community Partnership

Community Partnership: provides partnerships between community groups and the City of Cornwall for capital projects. Capital projects are projects of an unusual or extraordinary nature, with a total projected capital cost of at least $100,000, that will build upon, add to, or improve a capital asset.


Please click on the links below for further information regarding the Community Partnership Program.


       Community Partnership Policy


Application Process

Interested parties are to review the Community Partnership Policy. Requests will be evaluated in accordance with this Policy. Each proposal must include an estimate of the total project costs, an estimate of on-going operating costs, and proposed funding sources. The proposal must define the program elements, target users, and timelines for the completion of the project. Administration will bring forward a report to Council. Council will decide whether to enter into the partnership.

Other Funding Opportunities

 Ontario Trillium Foundation

An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strives to build healthy and vibrant communities by strengthening the capacity of the voluntary sector, through investments in community-based initiatives. Grant application deadlines are March 1, July 1 and November 1.

Click here to visit the Ontario Trillium Foundation website.

 Eastern Ontario Development Program 

The Eastern Ontario Development Program is a government initiative to support economic development in southeastern Ontario. The program has three streams - Business Development, Community Innovation and Collaborative Projects. Any municipality, not for profit corporation, first nation or business based within Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry including the City of Cornwall is eligible to apply for funding from any of these streams. The maximum contribution to any specific project is capped at $100,000 per year.

Click here for more information on the Eastern Ontario Development Program.

 Grants Ontario 

Grants Ontario provides one-window access to information about grants that are available from the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. It also provides information on how to apply for grants and how to check the status of an application. Grants Ontario makes applying for a grant easy. Enter your organization's information once and it will remain safe and secure, ready for you to access any time you want to apply for a grant - regardless of whether you're applying for one grant or multiple grants.

Click here to visit the Grants Ontario website.

 For more information on grant programs, email

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