The Lanark County Community Grants Program aims to improve the well-being and quality of life of the community and its residents through financial assistance to non-profit community-based organizations who serve Lanark County. Municipal Community Grant funding is based on approved funding by County Council during the annual budget deliberations. Find out more information about our community grants below. 

 Community Grants

Lanark County Community Grants support projects, programs, and organizations that are enhancing our communities and benefiting residents. If you are part of non-profit agency or organization that provides human services, agriculture and forestry, or arts, heritage and tourism projects or programs that serve Lanark County you may be eligible for funds to assist with your project or program.


Applications for 2024 Funding are now closed. 

Applications for 2025 Funding will open in July.



Lanark County Community Grants Program distributes County funds to support non-profit agencies and organizations who serve Lanark County.

Grants are awarded to local projects that have a direct impact on the people of our community or an indirect impact by increasing the capacity of organizations to initiate and sustain local projects.

This program will support those requests that address current unmet priorities identified within the community and that fall under one of the following three categories: 

  • Human Services
  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Arts, Heritage and Tourism

Programs and projects must meet the following criteria:

  • Builds on existing community strengths and assets
  • Addresses service gaps and does not duplicate services
  • Responds to clearly identified local needs and provides demonstrated enrichment to the community
  • Uses resources efficiently and effectively
  • Involves meaningful partnerships
  • Strives for a significant and/or lasting impact
  • Benefits a wide audience
  • Shows innovation, creativity, and proactive thinking
  • Shows clear, measurable outcomes

Grants will not be issued:

  • To cover deficits or retire debts
  • To replace current program funding
  • To provide endowment funds
  • For sectarian, religious or political purposes
  • To contribute to buildings (renovation, construction or purchase)
  • To individuals
  • To provide money for fundraising activities

To ensure you meet all of the eligibility criteria review the Lanark County Community Grants Program Policy.

Eligible Applicants

Applicants must provide services or programs to residents of Lanark County. Unincorporated individuals or organizations must work in partnership with an incorporated organization that will share in the project and receive and manage the funds.

Funding Streams

Applications may be submitted for either a Project Grant or a Program Grant as defined below. 

Community Grants Funding Types Available


For 2024 up to $66,000 in combined funding for multi-year program grants and annual project grants may be awarded.

  • Up to a maximum of $10,000 annually for project grants
  • Up to a maximum of $50,000 per Council term for program grants


Applications for 2024 Funding are now closed. 

Applications for 2025 Funding will open in July.

Please note:

  • The application process is competitive
  • There are more grant applications received than there is available funding
  • Past funding commitments should not be interpreted as a guarantee that future requests will be approved


Grant recipients are required to provide a report within two months following completion of the project or program. The following information must be provided:

  • Completed reporting form (available at the link below)
  • Support material (i.e. evaluation report, promotional material, photographs or newspaper coverage) uploaded through the reporting form below

Future proposals will not be considered until the final project report is received.

Submit 2023 Report


Annually, Lanark County Council recognizes Lanark County residents and organizations for the contributions they make to our community. The awards program recognizes recipients for contributions to the county at large or in at least two municipalities. Find out more information about the Awards of Excellence below. 

Awards of Excellence

The Lanark County Awards of Excellence were developed to say 'thank you' to citizens of Lanark County, to provide community recognition and visibility, to support citizens for their contributions and to inspire further community service. 

Applications for the 2023 Awards of Excellence are now closed. 
Applications for the 2024 Awards of Excellence will open in August.


The purpose of the Lanark County Awards of Excellence is to recognize and honour Lanark County citizens, including organizations, businesses and industries who have made a significant and/or extraordinary contribution to Lanark County or in at least two municipalities within the County.
To qualify for an Award of Excellence the Nominee must be a resident of Lanark County or operate a business or industry in the County and has made a significant and/or extraordinary contribution in one or more of the following categories:
• Volunteerism / Community Service / Youth
• Business / Agriculture / Industry / Tourism
• Heritage / Ecology
• Arts / Culture / Recreation / Sports
• Philanthropy
• Other
Award Recipient Selection
The award recipients are selected by the Awards Sub-Committee of Council. The Committee reviews the submissions and selects the recipients from the nominations received.

Awards will be presented annually in the category where strong candidates have been nominated. The Warden will present the awards at the first County Council meeting in November.

Applications for the 2023 Lanark County Awards of Excellence are now closed.

Applications for the 2024 Awards of Excellence will open in August.

2023 Award Recipients

This year, Council recognized four recipients with Awards of Excellence.

  • Wendy O'Keefe of Mississippi Mills in the category of Community Service
  • Christine Row of Mississippi Mills Public Library in the category of Youth
  • Linda McGreevy of Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital Foundation in the category of Volunteerism
  • Cavanagh Construction in the category of Philanthropy


To read more about how each recipient has worked to enhance life in our community see the Media Release.

For any questions regarding the Lanark County Community Grants Program or the Lanark County Awards of Excellence please contact Megan Beson, Deputy Clerk

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