Community Service Awards

Philanthropy is often defined as the voluntary giving of time and financial resources to promote the well-being of human kind. If charity begins at home, then philanthropy begins in the community through individuals, families, corporations and youth. The Community Foundation recognizes outstanding philanthropy and service in our community with our Annual Community Service Awards.

Our Community Service Awards are divided into two categories: Individual and Group.

Nominators may nominate either an individual or a group (family, business, ad hoc group) to be recognized for their philanthropic contributions to our community. Registered charities are not eligible for this award. No nominee may self-nominate.

Established in 2004 to celebrate and acknowledge exceptional volunteers who have significantly enhanced the quality of life in Greater Saint John.  Past Recipients include: Mrs. Jean Irving, Mr. Thomas McGloan, The Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception, Captain Harold Mayes, Ms. Connie Erb, Mr. Franklin Leger, Ms. Esther Shanks, Mr. Barry Ogden, Mrs. Ann Barrett, Mr. Harold Wright (Individual Category), The Friars Family (Group Category), The Carleton Community Gardeners (Group Category), Mr. Bill MacMackin (Individual Category), the Food Purchasing Club (Group Category), Mr. David Alston (Individual Category), Moms in Gear (Group Category), Ms. Judith Urquhart (Individual Category) and the KV Oasis Youth Advisory Committee (Group Category).

Each recipient is asked to select a charity of choice to receive a $5000 gift from The Community Foundation.

Eligibility & Nomination Criteria

Any individual, non-profit organization, company or staff/board member of the Community Foundation may submit a nomination for the Community Service Award. Nominees must be residents/located within the Greater Saint John Area.

To Nominate an Individual or Group

Please contact the Foundation Office for a nomination form.

Please note: the nominator will complete the application form for either category – Individual or Group. The nomination should include the following information with specific examples from the nominator’s organization or personal experience:

  1. The impact the nominee(s) has made in Greater Saint John;
  2. Evidence of leadership in philanthropy and community service (Board Member, matching gifts, fundraising, organizing, community initiatives, long standing service etc.);
  3. Demonstrated history of philanthropic giving (time and/or financial);
  4. Involvement in volunteering.

Selection Criteria

The Community Investment Committee will review the nominations based on the eligibility criteria set out above. All areas of criteria have equal weighting. Their recommendation in each category – Individual and Group – will be presented to the Board of The Community Foundation for final approval.

Applicant notification: January Annually
Grants awarded: February Annually at the AGM


Elements for Consideration

Project-based applications are encouraged which reflect an identified need in the community, impact a significant number of people and/or priority populations, build effective community partnerships, improve the quality of life in Greater Saint John and plan for sustainability of the initiative/project beyond initial funding.

Consideration will be given to initiatives/projects that relate to the Community Foundation’s key funding priorities.

Grants are available for capital equipment and small-scale capital projects that have a defined time frame within the granting period.

We do not fund large-scale capital projects, ongoing operational requirements for a charity, such as rent and salaries and multi-year funding (see full list below).

We do fund innovative projects and initiatives that are led by qualified donees to enhance the quality of life in Greater Saint John.

Grants will not be awarded to:

  • Support multi-year funding beyond the annual granting period;
  • Support ongoing operational expenses such as a charity’s rent and salaries;
  • Support large-scale, long-term capital construction projects;
  • Support any ongoing fundraising activities, including annual fund drives and capital campaigns;
  • Cover deficits or retire debts;
  • Provide endowment funds;
  • Support sectarian, religious, or political purposes;
  • Provide retroactive funding for project expenses incurred prior to approval of the proposal by the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors;
  • Fund league or club-based sports programs;
  • Fund projects for which the applicant has sufficient resources;
  • Organizations that are not qualified donees;
  • Fund projects that impact residents outside of Greater Saint John.

Please contact the Community Foundation office with any questions regarding eligibility.

Successful applicants will sign a grant contract that outlines the grantee's commitment to the following:

  • Spending the funds for the intended purposes;
  • Accounting for the grant and any changes;
  • Returning any unused funds to the Foundation;
  • Recognizing the Foundation for this grant.