The Lorne and Evelyn Johnson Foundation

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Grant Deadlines: March 1st, 2018 and September 1st, 2018

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

  1. Grants are made to Canadian registered charities. A non-charitable receipt is required. If not registered, a formal partner with charitable status is required and a formal agreement with the partner included as part of a complete application.
  2. Priority is given to projects that are innovative or show collaboration across multiple organizations.
  3. Grants requests may include program-based funding, capital or equipment funding or operating funding.
  4. Requests are not normally considered on a continuing or multi-year basis.
  5. Grants are not normally made to charities which operate primarily as grant-making organizations.

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 by downloading and completing the fillable PDF and emailing it to grants@sscf.ca by the application deadline. Complete applications must be received on or before March 1st or September 1st.

You will receive a confirmation email from SSCF within two days of receipt of an 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.

Types of Grants

For a Capital Grant ensure your application includes:

  1. Details of cost of building or facilities to be provided, how estimated, whether land costs, etc. included, and details of any existing indebtedness.

For a Major Equipment Grant ensure your application narrative includes:

  1. A description of equipment for which the grant would be applied.
  2. Cost and a description of how it was determined. Attach quotes, if available.
  3. Will the equipment necessitate the appointment of additional personnel, space or structural changes?  If so, give details and how the increased costs are to be financed.

For a Special Grant ensure your application narrative includes:

  1. A complete description of the activity or service is to be provided.
  2. The project cost for the period to be covered. Please attach a budget.

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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.

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Application Checklist – To be considered a complete application, the following documentation, as attachments, must be received by the deadline:

  • Completed and signed Application form
  • Completed Grant Budget Form for Capital, Equipment or Special Project requests (proposed budget section – revenues & expenses must equal)
  • Available quotes (if a Capital Grant or a Major Equipment Grant application)
  • Most recent financial statements (preferably audited if the organization has been in existence for more than one year)
  • Annual Report, if available
  • Agreement with partner (re. charitable status), if applicable
  • All pertinent material the applicant feels will help in the evaluation of the application

Email complete applications on or before the deadline date to: grants@sscf.ca

For any grant related questions please email Donor & Grant Services Administrator Cindy Hauck at cindy.hauck@sscf.ca

For more information, contact:

Karen Henders

Director, Programs and Operations (South Saskatchewan Community Foundation)

(306) 751-4756

karen.henders@sscf.ca

Updated: September 11th, 2018