The Fergusson Foundation Grants Program was officially established in 1992. The program provides financial contributions to non-profit organizations which research or address the causes, incidences and forms of family violence, which promote effective intervention, and which support educational programs that increase public awareness about this pervasive problem. The selected recipients will be awarded a grant to a maximum of $5,000 per organization.

Canadian organizations are eligible if they are recognized as registered charities by Revenue Canada and their project supports one of the following areas:

a) The provision of counseling and other services to victims of family violence;
b) The development of counseling and training programs for the education of staff or volunteers working in the area of family violence;
c) The development of public education programs addressing family violence;
d) Research into the causes of family violence and possible remedial strategies or;
e) The education and training of victims of family violence.

The Foundation will begin accepting applications on July 8, 2019. All applications should be in the same format as per the attached form and received by the Fergusson Foundation by August 12, 2019. The submission may be forwarded electronically, or it should be typed or clearly printed and submitted.

*Applications will only be accepted during the official application period.


Applicants should understand that grants are not available to cover normal operating expenses, but rather are designed to provide funding for special projects.

Please download and complete the Fergusson Foundation Grant Application Form

Please provide a detailed budget for the project including in-kind and other financial contributions. Failure to do so may limit consideration of your project.

NEW since 2018:

Please include a letter of support from a community organization.

Please note: support letters should speak to support from the community, demonstrate that the project is addressing a community need. Letter from partners involved in the project  will be accepted. 

Alèx Thomas Carleton Grant

In addition to the Fergusson Foundation’s regular 2019 grants, one organization will be eligible to receive the Fergusson Foundation’s Alèx Thomas Carleton Grant.

This grant will be awarded to an organization whose project aims to assist current or former partners, family members or friends, in supporting survivors of family violence.

Background: To honour the outstanding contributions made by David Parkinson and Alèx Thomas Carleton to the both Fergusson Foundation and the prevention and elimination of family violence, the Foundation will create a special additional grant in their name.

*Please note eligibility requirements, application, obligations and selection process are the same as regular Fergusson Foundation Grants.

The 2019 Grants Program Application Period is from July 8, 2019 until August 12, 2019

Selection Process

The recipients of the grants are selected by a Grant Selection Committee comprised of representatives from the Foundation’s Board of Directors. The Fergusson Foundation reserves the right to verify the accuracy of the information provided in the submission.

2018 Grant Recipients

  • Mount Allison University: Alèx Thomas Carleton Grant
  • Battered Women’s Support Services  
  • Partners for Youth Inc.   
  • St. John’s Women’s Centre Inc.