Municipal Grant Programs

The Township of South Frontenac 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 assistance to such organizations through it's Community Grant Program. Support is provided each year from the Municipality’s operating budget to qualifying organizations through an annual application process.

The Municipality also introduced a new program in 2021, the Lake Ecosystem Grant Program, which is designed to support projects focused on encouraging the preservation, restoration, monitoring and analysis of lake ecosystems within South Frontenac.

The different types of grants available are listed below in more detail. 

Grant Programs Administered by the Township

 Community Grant Program - 2022 Second Intake OPEN


With additional funds remaining in the 2022 Community Grants budget, the second intake for the Community Project Grant Program is now open. Letters of Intent (application) will be received until August 12, 2022. Interested groups should first review the Community Project Grant Program Policy to ensure their project and organization meets the guidelines. 

Applications can be submitted on or before August 12, 2022, via mail, email, or in person (or using the drop box), to:

Township of South Frontenac

Box 100, 4432 George St.,

Sydenham, ON, K0H 2T0

C/O Chief Administrative Officer

Application Form (Word doc.)                    Application Form (fillable PDF)


If you anticipate submitting a paper application as opposed to email, please use the word doc format application. 

All Letter of Intent will be reviewed by a committee after the closing date and grant decisions will be announced following Council approval. 

Upon completion of the project or by end of year, at latest, a Final Report needs to be submitted.

Community Grants

 Lake Ecosystem Grant Program

In 2021 the Township introduced a new Lake Ecosystem Grant Program that is designed to support projects focused on encouraging the preservation, restoration, monitoring and analysis of lake ecosystems within South Frontenac.

Targeted at non-profit organizations looking to make positive changes within their local waterbody ecosystem, the Lake Ecosystem Grant program looks for projects that aim to reduce or limit diffuse, point source runoff caused by human disturbance of the land, create or increase shoreline buffer zones, protect or enhance wildlife habitat, or provides for lake environment monitoring and inventory collection. Other projects that can demonstrate benefits to lake ecosystems in other ways will also be considered.

The Lake Ecosystem Grant Program is designed to fund projects up to $10,000, with larger requests considered on an exceptional basis. Priority will be given to projects that have the greatest positive impact on the health and welfare of lake ecosystems in South Frontenac. Project proposals may involve an entire lake, multiple water bodies, or other upstream and downstream components.

For questions relating to the Lake Ecosystem Grant program, please contact Christine Woods, Senior Planner, at 613-376-3027 ext. 2221, or via email at

Past Grant Programs

2021 COVID19 Relief & Recovery Program - Closed

In recognition of the impacts on residents and businesses experienced in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Council took the significant step of allocating $250,000 in the 2021 budget to upcoming targeted recovery and relief programs. With only $79,513.65 of the $170,000 allocation spent on the first round, Council has approved a second intake for elligible applicant. 

In order to target those most in need of support without duplicating funding programs that are already in place, the Township has developed a program that will distribute funds through three overarching program streams. The three following programs will be administered by the Township, Frontenac Community Futures Development Organization (CFDC), and Southern Frontenac Community Services Corporation

Support for Not-For-Profits and Community Groups

The following two streams will be managed and administered by Township staff. Prior to applying for funding, please review the Community Grants - COVID19 Program Policy. 

Social Recovery Stream:

Seed funding for new events aimed at rebuilding community, health & wellness through activities and programs or to offset the increased costs of offering existing programs due to pandemic restriction and related distancing or material requirements.

Operating/Fundraising Deficit Stream:

Support for operating/fundraising losses or deficits in order to maintain important community groups.

The degree to which the organization operates/benefits South Frontenac will be an important criteria, as will proof of financial impact due to COVID-19. Financial statements will be requested and applicants must identify if they have accessed other funding sources.

The deadline to apply for the second intake of either of the above streams closed on July 28, 2021 at 4:30 pm.

Small Business Support – Closed

Administered by Frontenac Business Services located in Harrowsmith, applications can be obtained on their website. 

Modernization and PPE Grants

Provides up to $2,500 to qualifying South Frontenac businesses on a 50/50 cost share basis to purchase and adopt digital tools and technologies and equipment that will enable the company to transform or pivot their business.   The funding program also includes 50% contribution towards training and PPE costs.


To be eligible, your business must be located in South Frontenac as of March 1, 2020.  Only those applications that are fully completed will be considered for funding.  The minimum project size is $2,000 ($1,000 refundable) to a maximum of $5,000 ($2,500 refundable). 

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