Truly Local Grant Program

Helping support project based initiatives in our communities.

Applications are now open!

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PenFinancial Truly Local Grant Program

We’re excited to announce our Truly Local Grant Program is back for 2024! Applications are now OPEN and will close on September 30, 2024.

If you’re a registered charity or non-profit operating in the Niagara or Haldimand communities, read through our eligibility criteria and FAQs before applying. We’re excited to hear from you!

See the 2023 recipients →



  • Registered non-profit and charitable organizations operating in the Niagara and/or Haldimand regions *Organizations must have non-profit/charitable status at the time of applying
  • Organizations who have not received financial support (over $5,000) from PenFinancial in the previous 12 months 
  • Grants can support one-time project-based proposals (examples: facilities updates, purchase of equipment/supplies, programming support) or funding existing programs and services
  • Applicants must provide direct benefit and a measurable impact to the Niagara and Haldimand communities
  • Funds must be used for projects completed before April 30th, 2025
  • Proposals must align with one or more of the following UN Sustainable Development Goals of:
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Application Process

How to apply:

Please thoroughly review the eligibility criteria, UN Sustainable Developments goals and the Frequently Asked Questions before you submit your application.

Fill out our online application form in its entirety and attach any supporting documents. You will receive a confirmation email once your application has been successfully submitted.

If you have any questions about application form or process, please contact Dana Brown, Social Purpose Coordinator at


  • Deadline for grant applications: September 30, 2024
  • Judging of applications: October 1-20, 2024
  • Notification to chosen applicants: October 24, 2024
  • Announcement of grant winners: October 31, 2024
  • Funds used/impact report deadline: April 30, 2025

* All applicants will be notified of the grant decisions by late October.

Truly Local Grant Program Application Form

Frequently Asked Questions

2023 Truly Local Grant Program Recipients

We received a remarkable amount of applications for our first ever Truly Local Grant program, and it was so very hard to choose only four recipients.

Community and Non-Profit Accounts

PenFinancial’s Truly Local Commitment to Niagara isn’t just about checking a box. We’ve truly drawn a line in the sand and are putting our money where our mouth is.

One of the ways we’ve decided to do this is by offering non-profits in Niagara a banking relationship that was built specifically for you.

Learn more