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City of Kingston Heritage Fund (CKHF) Project Grant

Grants to Kingston, Ontario Cultural Heritage Nonprofits
to Support Organization-Specific and Collaborative Projects

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Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites (KAM) - City of Kingston Heritage Fund (CKHF)

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Deadline Date:

09/18/19 3:00 PM


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Kingston, Ontario nonprofit cultural heritage organizations and community organizations with a heritage/cultural program for project support. Funding is intended for both collaborative and organization-specific projects that address the goals of the Funding Source. An organization may submit an application for a project grant and may be a partner in a concurrent collaborative project grant application; however, that organization cannot be the lead in the collaborative project application.

City of Kingston Objectives:
(i) Culture and creativity are important sources of wealth creation and are being leveraged to develop community vitality;
(ii) Align tourism marketing and attraction strategies, creating greater return-on- investment and refocusing marketing strategies;
(iii) Create awareness and civic pride in local history and heritage;
(iv) Heritage and culture are key to a vibrant community and are economic drivers for the local economy;
(v) Enhance Kingston’s distinctive identity, enrich the cultural life of residents and attract newcomers, audiences and visitors from around the world;
(vi) Build the creative experiences that are the basis of an authentic tourism strategy;
(vii) Embrace Kingston’s powerful historical narrative, built heritage, and natural heritage features, as unique resources that can be used to tell Kingston’s stories;
(viii) Use cultural heritage to enhance the reputation of the City of Kingston as a community where history and innovation thrive; and
(ix) Support initiatives that align with the City’s strategic objectives and promotion of heritage and cultural vitality.

Cultural Heritage Sector Objectives
(i) Leverage municipal investments in museums, heritage projects, cultural groups and historical societies, to increase their profile, capacity, impact, relevance, and sustainability;
(ii) Encourage the development and creation of innovative cultural heritage programming and initiatives that promote cultural vitality;
(iii) Increase access to quality local cultural heritage activities;
(iv) Support and promote the preservation, protection, documentation and conservation of significant Kingston artifacts and archival materials;
(v) Develop the means of organizing, collecting, and interpreting Kingston’s stories, both tangible and intangible, and engaging the community at all levels of the process;
(vi) Encourage collaboration with other orders of government, and the business and community sectors;
(vii) Seek professional development opportunities that benefit the cultural heritage sector, in collaboration with other stakeholders; and
(viii) Nurture the capacity and quality of heritage in Kingston, while fostering excellence.

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146565

Estimated Size of Grant:

Both organization-specific and collaborative projects may each be eligible to a maximum of $20, 000 per successful application

Term of Contract:

Grants are to be spent during the organization’s 12-month fiscal year ending prior to 31 December 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply for a CKHF Project Grant, organizations must meet all the criteria listed below:
(i) Be in the City of Kingston;
(ii) The applicant organization must be either:
a. Incorporated as a nonprofit cultural heritage organization: or
b. Incorporated as a distinct and discrete nonprofit entity organization created solely to support a cultural heritage organization or initiative. Examples of eligible supporting organizations include "Friends of..."; or,
c. Incorporated as a nonprofit, whose fundamental focus may not be cultural heritage exclusively, but whose project application is culturally or heritage based.
(iii) Provide latest year-end financial statements.

Successful applicants will be required to provide proof of $5 million liability insurance coverage prior to awarding of CKHF funds, naming KAM and the City of Kingston as additional insured.

Collaborative projects involving multiple partners and organizations will be considered for CKHF Project Funding. To meet CKHF funding requirements, any incorporated non-profit or charitable organization (except for KAM) may agree to serve as the lead agency for a collaborative project. The following eligibility criteria must be met for all collaborative project applicants:
(i) All collaborants must be in the City of Kingston;
(ii) Applications must identify the lead organization (responsible for signing and submitting the application), list partner agencies, and provide letters of support for the project from the partners;
(iii) Applications must state the terms of the collaborative project, and the way the duties, and responsibilities for the project will be shared;
(iv) Applications must identify the division of project costs and budget responsibilities, in addition to the distribution of any potential project deficit; and
(v) The lead organization assumes ultimate responsibility for providing proof of insurance, financial management, and for meeting the reporting requirements for the collaborative project.

Normally, the following organizations will not be eligible for CKHF Operating Grants:
(i) Academic units of publicly or privately funded educational institutions (Universities, Colleges, training centers, etc....);
(ii) Organizations and activities outside the City of Kingston;
(iii) Individuals
(iv) For-profit organizations; or
(v) Cultural heritage institutions that are wholly owned and operated by senior levels of government.

Please note, each organization may apply for support for one organization-specific project per grant cycle.

Organizations currently receiving grant funding from the City of Kingston through sources other than CKHF are deemed ineligible to receive funding through CKHF for the duration of the grant agreement. In addition, City of Kingston Cultural Services and/or KAM permanent or contract staff may not hold a primary role with an organization applying to CKHF.

CKHF Operating Grant funding may not be used for the following:
- Major capital expenses including, but not restricted to: land purchase, facility renovations, fixed equipment;
- To benefit a for-profit venture;
- Built heritage preservation projects.
- Refreshments
- For fundraising events and/or to recover the cost of a deficit
- To fund bursaries and/or scholarships
- Retroactive funding for projects that have already occurred; or
- To pay staff salary related to the daily operations of a site/venue.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Information sessions about the CKHF will be held on Monday June 24th 2019 at 3pm and on Monday July 29th 2019 at 5pm, at the KAM Office (837 Princess Street, Suite 203A).

Grant Writing workshops will be offered on Monday July 15th 2019 at 4pm and Monday August 12th 2019 at 6pm, at the KAM Office (837 Princess Street, Suite 203A).

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 3 pm on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.

First time applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their intention to apply for CKHF funding with KAM’s Grant Review Officer, prior to submitting an application.

Applications received in advance of the deadline will be reviewed for completeness and the Chair and/or the Grants Officer(s) may contact the applicant to ask for missing information. The applicant can submit additional materials up to the application deadline. KAM will notify all CKHF grant recipients of the results by email.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email applications to:

Jamie McKenzie-Naish, CKHF Grant Review Officer
Office: (613) 507-4014

Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites, Inc.
837 Princess St. Suite 203A
Kingston, ON K7L 1G8

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