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As many programs and events are already being cancelled and postponed, we encourage you to contact us should you anticipate not being able to fulfill any SSCF granting requirements; email and/or to start a discussion about possible options.

Grant Application Deadline: September 1st (11:45pm)

The G. Murray and Edna Forbes Foundation at the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation accepts applications for projects or operations grants. Applications must be received by SSCF on or before September 1st each year for review. Requested grant amounts will have a minimum value of $5,000 and a maximum value of $75,000.

The purpose of the grant is to support general charitable purposes in the South Saskatchewan area per the criteria and guidelines outlined below.

Successful grantees are required to submit a Final Grant Report (using the required Final Grant Report Form). The report will indicate all progress related to the goals and evaluation measures identified in the proposal application.

Project grants: no later than 60 days after the approved project end date.

Operations grants: no later than 120 days after the end of the fiscal year of the approved use of the grant.

Guidelines and Criteria

  1. In order to be eligible to apply for a grant, an organization must be a registered charity, qualified donee as defined in the Income Tax Act (Canada) or have an affiliation agreement with and a letter of endorsement of the program from a qualified donee such as a registered municipality.
  2. Priority shall be given to specific proposals related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Education
    • Environment. For example, proposals that support minimizing carbon footprint, pollution reduction, transition to clean energy, habitat preservation and/or restoration, and related education activities.
    • Health
    • Homelessness
    • Indigenous Programming
    • Poverty
    • Youth
  3. Grant Funds shall not be used for:
    • Operating or capital deficits
    • Establishment of endowment funds
    • Investment
    • Retroactive funding for past expenses
    • Individuals
    • Political Activities
    • Continuing or multi-year commitments
    • To confer private benefit on any individual
  4. Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:
    • How were the grant needs determined?
    • What methods were used to identify the need?
    • Which granting priority area does the application apply to?
    • What capacity does the organization have to complete the work?
    • What factors determine success?
    • Are there other funders or funding committed to the work?
    • Have any necessary approvals been achieved?
    • Has any other work in this area been undertaken?
    • Internal capacity to ensure project success.
  5. Preference is given to work at the local level, work that encourages local partnerships, and work that leverages additional sources of funding.
  6. Grantees with over-due reporting may not be eligible to apply for or receive grants.

How to Apply

  1. Submissions are to be made to SSCF by using our Online Grant Portal:
    • Create a login profile with your contact information and that of your organization
    • In advance of finalizing your application through the Online Grant Portal:
      • Download and complete the required Grant Budget Form so that you are prepared to upload it as part of your complete application
      • Have ready your Financial Statements and Annual Report to upload as part of a complete application; and
      • Have ready any other pertinent materials, in electronic form, that you wish to upload as part of your application.
  2. Before applying please read the application guidelines and contact the SSCF office to confirm eligibility.
  3. You will receive a confirmation email immediately upon submission of your grant application. If you do not, please contact the SSCF office.
  4. The SSCF office may request further details, if required.
  5. The G. Murray and Edna Forbes Foundation Fund is a competitive grant program. The requests for support typically exceed the amount of funds available, and worthy requests may not be supportable. Applications are assessed by the Fund Advisory Committee, and decisions are approved by the SSCF Board of Directors.
  6. SSCF office will advise the applicant in writing of the decision of the Board of Directors.
  7. All SSCF decisions regarding an application and interpretation of guidelines are final. This does not, however, preclude the submission of another application at a later date.
  8. SSCF has the right to update and revise its program information at any time.

The Forbes’ Saskatchewan Legacy:

Gordon Murray and Edna Forbes were long time residents of Regina. Murray was born in 1916 in Regina to Scottish parents – his father being a partner at the law firm Cross, Jonah, Hugg, and Forbes. Murray took his public schooling in Regina prior to enrolling in the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan from which he graduated with a BA LLB in 1940. He was active in the University year book, the Greystone. In January 1941 he was commissioned a lieutenant in the Canadian Army serving in the 17th Field Regiment of the Royal Canadian Artillery until his demobilization in 1946. Following his return to civilian life, he practiced law until his appointment in 1962 as Justice in the Court of Queen’s Bench where he served until retirement in 1991.

Murray had an interest in several mining developments and most notably in the 1950’s was Secretary and first shareholder of Canadian Devonian Petroleums. Edna was born in 1917 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan to Reginald and Daisy Smith who had recently emigrated from England. Following her graduation from collegiate and business school in the depression, she was employed at a number of part time jobs before obtaining permanent employment with the Royal Bank. After the war, she transferred with the bank to Regina where she met Murray. They were married in Prince Albert in 1952 and established a home in Regina where they quickly became involved in community life. Edna took in many cultural and artistic activities including the Regina Symphony Orchestra and the MacKenzie Art Gallery. She was especially fond of opera and for many years traveled to Minneapolis with a group of friends to attend performances of New York’s Metropolitan Opera. She had an excellent appreciation for artwork which became a notable feature of their home. Farming was also part of her life as she owned and operated a small farm north of Kipling which she donated in 2007 to the Sask Wildlife Federation. The church was her abiding interest and she was a committed and active member of St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral for many years being President of the Altar Guild and, as well, one of the Cathedral’s first female wardens.

Murray’s community activities included serving as president of the Wascana Winter Club and the Royal United Services Institute being honoured with a Life Membership in the latter organization. He was also a member of the Assiniboia Club and a long time member and elder at Knox Metropolitan United Church. He played a good game of bridge and enjoyed golf, sailing, and curling. Throughout his life, he maintained a strong interest in veteran’s affairs and was resident in the Veteran’s Wing at the Wascana Rehabilitation Hospital at the time of his death in 2005.

Murray and Edna enjoyed their summer home at Kenosee Lake and traveled much of Canada and the United States in their Airstream travel trailer. Murray’s sister, Atholl, was a frequent visitor at Kenosee and a companion on many of their trailer travels. She was a graduate of the University of Manitoba in Home Economics and for many years served as head dietitian at the Regina General Hospital. Atholl spent a full life involved with family, friends, and community affairs. When she died in 2008, the bulk of her estate was bequeathed to the Forbes Foundation.

Application Checklist

To be considered a complete application, the following documentation must be received by SSCF by the deadline (September 1, 2020 – 11:45pm):

  1. Complete and submitted Online Application Form
  2. Completed Grant Budget Form (revenues and expenses must equal)
  3. Annual financial statements, preferably audited if the organization has been in existence for more than a year
  4. Copy of your most recent annual report, if available
  5. Agreement with partner (re. charitable status), if applicable
  6. All pertinent material that the applicant feels will help in the evaluation of the application.

For any grant related questions please email Lorna Sandberg at or

For more information, contact:

Karen Henders

Director of Community and Grant Stewardship

(306) 751-4756

Updated: July 9, 2020