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Grants to Ontario Nonprofits for Activities and Initiatives Related to Parks, Recreation, and the Environment

Community Grant

City of Mississauga - Recreation Division


Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #138061

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Ontario nonprofit organizations for activities in the sectors of parks and forestry, the environment, and recreation and sports activities in eligible locations. Certain applicants are required to attend an informational webinar prior to applying. Funding is intended for operating expenses and project activities to improve the quality of life for local residents. Eligible projects must be based in Mississauga.

The Community Grant Program provides annual and multi-year grants to Mississauga-based, not-for-profit community groups to deliver programs and services that keep Mississauga residents active, healthy and engaged in their communities. The program aligns with the strategic priorities of the Recreation Division and Parks, Forestry and Environment Division, including the Recreation Master Plan, Older Adult Plan for Recreation, Youth Plan for Recreation, Urban Agriculture Strategy, Parks and Forestry Master Plan, Climate Change Action Plan, and contributes to advancing the City’s strategic priorities; Move, Belong, Connect, Prosper and Green. 

Two funding streams are available:

  • Annual Community Grants provide funds to support operating or program-related expenses for organizations and initiatives that extend the variety and choice of community programs and services for Mississauga residents and can be delivered successfully within the scope of one calendar year.
  • Multi-Year Community Grants contribute to the sustainability of organizations by providing support for core operating expenses. They are available by invitation only. Organizations invited to apply for a multi-year grant must demonstrate the return on investment (ROI) from previous grants and provide clearly defined and quantifiable organizational targets and Key Performance Indicators (KPI) for their proposed multi-year grant. 

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Not-for-profit community groups can apply for operating or project-based grants.

To apply, an organization must be:
- Registered and in good standing in the Community Group Registry Program at the time of approval
- Operating with a specific mandate to provide and support recreation and sport, parks and forestry, or environmental activities
- Operating year-round
- Based and active in Mississauga
- Providing programs and services in Mississauga that are open to the public and publicized city-wide

For additional eligibility criteria according to funding stream, see: https://www.mississauga.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/24105615/2023-City-of-Mississauga_Community_Grant_Program_Guidelines.pdf#page=4

Please Note: The City does not fund retroactively.

For information regarding ineligible applicants and uses of funds, see: https://www.mississauga.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/24105615/2023-City-of-Mississauga_Community_Grant_Program_Guidelines.pdf#page=5

Pre-proposal Conference:

Please note the webinar is only mandatory for applicants or their representatives who have not been a previous recipient of funding from the City of Mississauga’s Community Grant Program within the past two years.

Webinar Date and Time:
Tuesday, September 6, 2022
6:00pm- 7:00pm
and
Friday, September 16, 2022
12:00pm – 1:00pm

Please email the contact information, below, to register. Once your registration is confirmed, you will receive an email with details on how to attend and access the Webinar.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2023 Community Grant program is now open.
The deadline to submit your application is October 14, 2022, at 4:30 p.m.

Organizations that have not received funding from the City of Mississauga in the past two years are required to attend an informational webinar.

Applicants can only receive one Community Grant per calendar year.

Applicants who receive multi-year funding are not eligible to apply for other City of Mississauga Grants.

Organizations receiving Grants of less than $20,000: A cheque for the total amount awarded is mailed out approximately four weeks following Council’s final approval.

Organizations receiving Grants of $20,000 or more:
- Seventy-five percent (75%) of the total grant awarded will be mailed out approximately four weeks following Council’s final approval.
- Twenty-five percent (25%) will be held back until the organization has provided the most recent year-end audited and/or updated financial statements, depending on the organization’s fiscal year-end.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Annual Community Grants: Up to 65% of the total operating budget or $10,000, whichever is less.
- Multi-Year Funding: The City of Mississauga determines funding value based on information provided within the application and the desired scope of service.

Term of Contract:

Grants for multi-year funding are by invitation only.

Contact Information:

Apply online: https://apply-cityofmississauga.smapply.ca/

For questions or more information about the City’s grant programs, and to register for a webinar, please email grantsinfo@mississauga.ca or call 905-615-3200 ext. 5476.

Recreation Division
City of Mississauga
201 City Centre Drive, Suite 900
Mississauga ON L5B 2T4

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