The Lorne and Evelyn Johnson Foundation

The Lorne and Evelyn Johnson Foundation

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 tiffany.caron@sscf.ca and/or lorna.sandberg@sscf.ca to start a discussion about possible options.

Grant Deadlines: March 1 and September 1 (11:45pm)

Background and Purpose

Grants are made to promote social, cultural, religious, and other activities deemed beneficial to communities in southern Saskatchewan with priority given to the City of Regina. Grants often focus on supporting outreach to those in need, providing educational opportunities, and supporting the arts. For a better understanding the purpose of the grant program, please read the below description of the Johnsons and the Regina Spirit.

Guidelines and Criteria

Types of Grants

For a Capital Grant ensure your application includes:

For a Major Equipment Grant ensure your application narrative includes:

For a Special Grant ensure your application narrative includes:

The typical grant range is from $5,000 to $15,000.

If you are considering a larger request, we urge you to contact Karen Henders to discuss:

How to Apply

The Lorne and Evelyn Johnson Foundation (LEJF) grant process is administered in conjunction with the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation (SSCF).

 

Submissions are to be made to SSCF by using our new Online Grant Portal:

Complete applications must be received on or before March 1st or September 1st (11:45pm).

 

You will receive a confirmation email immediately upon submission of your grant application. If you do not, please call 306-584-0944.

 

Applications will be reviewed and a short list for further consideration will be created. If your application is short-listed you may be contacted and asked to provide additional information.

The Johnsons and the Regina Spirit

The Lorne and Evelyn Johnson Foundation was established in 1962 with the objective of furthering the religious, educational and cultural life of Regina and the Province of Saskatchewan. The Johnsons saw the foundation as a way for them to continue to support those activities in which they had participated, and for so long enjoyed.

 

Lorne Johnson was born in Aylmer, Ontario, and moved west in 1906 to work in Winnipeg for the general land agent of the Canadian Northern Railway. He moved to Regina in 1909 when he acquired an interest in the Eastern Saskatchewan Land Company.

 

In 1911, Mr. Johnson was one of a small group of Regina businessmen who organized Sterling Trust Corporation, which later expanded its activities beyond Saskatchewan and established its head office in Toronto. He was the general manager of its Saskatchewan branch from 1918 until he resigned in 1941. He was also president and director of several other companies including Lorne Johnson Co. Ltd.

 

Mr. Johnson married Evelyn Vrooman in 1916. She was a native of Ontario and a graduate of the Toronto Conservatory School of Expression where she also studied piano. After graduation, she taught public speaking and dramatic art. Mrs. Johnson was a member of the Women’s Art Associate of Canada and the Canadian Literature Club.

 

Mrs. Johnson was very active in promoting the interest and role of women in Canadian Society. She held offices in the Local Council of Women of Regina, the Provincial Council of Women, and was a life-member of the National Council of Women. She was also active in the Women’s Canadian Club and the Red Cross, where she held offices at the local and provincial level.

The couple was active in the social and cultural life of Regina. They were both active supporters of Regina College. He was a member of the Board of Directors from 1918 to 1935 when it was taken over by the University of Saskatchewan. She served on the executive of the Women’s Educational Club. Mr. Johnson was one of the founders of the Regina Symphony Orchestra and the Regina Orchestral Society, serving as president and director. Mrs. Johnson was a governor of the Regina Orchestral Auxiliary from 1935 to her death, and was a member of the Regina Women’s Music Club for many years.

 

They were active and enthusiastic patrons of the arts. He was president and long-time member of the Regina Art Centre Association and she was a member of the Women’s Art Association of Canada.

 

In addition to their cultural activities, the Johnsons were active in many other organizations: he in the Masonic Lodge, the Wa Wa Shrine, the Order of Demolay, and she in the Forget Chapter of the I.O.D.E., the Victorian Order of Nurses, and Big Sisters.

 

Mr. Johnson died in 1971 and his wife died in 1978.

Application Checklist

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

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