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Community Recreation and Culture Grants - Financial Grants and In-Kind Facility Grants

Grants to Ontario Nonprofits, Charities, and Volunteer Groups
for Programs Benefiting the Community in Eligible Regions

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Town of Collingwood - Parks, Recreation and Culture (PRC) Department

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02/03/20 4:00 PM


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Grants to Ontario nonprofit organizations, volunteer groups, and charities for programs benefiting the community in eligible regions. Applicants must contact the Funding Source staff prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended for projects requesting either in-kind services or direct financial assistance, or for one project requesting both types of grants. Eligible organizations will operate cultural or recreational programs supporting the health and wellbeing of community residents in the Town of Collingwood.

The Town of Collingwood Parks, Recreation & Culture (PRC) Master Plan consists of strategies to strengthen and develop recreation and culture programs, services, and facilities which provide the most impact in the community, and reflect a range of arts, cultural, recreation, and sport opportunities. For the purposes of this grant program, “Projects” are special events, programs or activities that demonstrate support for at least one of the following objectives from the Parks, Recreation & Culture Master Plan:

  • Intergenerational Programs - Opportunities for all ages to participate together, such as grandparents and their grandchildren.
  • Active Aging - Foster health and well-being in older adults and, in particular, those facing barriers to healthy living.
  • Youth Involvement - Engage youth in “behind-the-scenes” opportunities and offer skill building roles, such as leaders, coaches, facilitators, trainers and participants.
  • “Learn to” Programs - Embrace the philosophy of participation, rather than just spectating, and encourage learning and doing.
  • Local and Live Music - Promote Collingwood’s local music creators at any skill level or from any background.
  • Cultural Innovation - Innovative cultural projects that satisfy a demand in the community otherwise not met.
  • Collaboration - Link arts, fitness, and recreation, and foster collaborations among groups and events.  

Commencing in 2020, Community Recreation and Culture Grants will involve two types of grants, Financial Grants and In-Kind Facility Grants. Applicants may apply for both a Financial Grant and an In-Kind Facility Grant on one application, if it is for the same project. 

Financial Grants:

  • Provided to eligible applicants that have a clearly defined project with an outcome that furthers their organization and aligns with one or more objectives from the PRC Master Plan Criteria. 

In-Kind Grants:

  • Fees up to a total of $5,000 in value are waived for eligible applicants to help offset the fee(s) that would have been charged by the Town for use of a municipal facility. 

For detailed Project Eligibility, see URL for Full Text.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148641

Estimated Size of Grant:

Financial Grants: Applicants must select between two grant amounts:
$1,500 (16 grants of this amount will be awarded annually)
$5,000 (5 grants of this amount will be awarded annually)
Unsuccessful applicants for $5,000 will not then be considered for $1,500.

In-Kind Grants: Up to $5,000.
A total of $35,000 in In-Kind Grants will be distributed annually.
Applicants are responsible for calculating the value of their in-kind requests using the posted Fees & Services Schedule.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be open to the public and take place between March 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Non-profit, charitable, or volunteer-based organizations or groups that operate in the Town of Collingwood
- Aligned with at least one objective of the Parks, Recreation & Culture Master Plan (see Criteria)
- Demonstrate responsible financial management and be in good standing with the Town
- Have the capacity to initiate and manage the proposed project
- Demonstrate regard for the inclusion and accommodation of all persons

Ineligible Applicants:
- Town of Collingwood Boards and Committees of Council are not eligible

Ineligible Projects and Services:
- Capital projects, bricks and mortar
- Salaries for staff
- Day-to-day operational expenses
- If the Project is an event, it must not be strictly for fundraising purposes
- If the Applicant is a faith-based organization, projects must be non-denominational in nature
- In-kind grant recipients will have access to tables and chairs in the facility in which their Project is taking place; the Town will not provide additional tables or chairs

Pre-proposal Conference:

Community Information Sessions:
January 9, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
FreeSchools World Literacy Room, Collingwood Public Library

January 14, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
FreeSchools World Literacy Room, Collingwood Public Library

Pre-Application Information:

Mandatory: All applicants must speak to a PRC (Funding Source) staff person prior to submitting an application.

Application Deadline: February 3, 2020 at 4:00 PM
Grant Decisions: by the end of February 2020

Application Process:
New in 2020: Individual interviews have been replaced by voluntary information sessions and the mandatory pre-application telephone check-in with designated Parks, Recreation and Culture (PRC) Funding Source Staff.

Step 1: Contact the designated PRC staff person to discuss the project application. Note: this is a condition for eligibility.

Step 2: Determine if the project for which support is sought is best suited for a Financial Grant or an In-Kind Facility Grant. One application per organization/group per type of grant will be considered. If the In-Kind Grant request and Financial Grant request are for the same project, one application may be used.

Step 3: Determine the Project Budget. If applying for an In-Kind Grant, determine the value of the request by referring to the current Fees and Services Schedule. It is the responsibility of the applicant to determine the value of their In-Kind Grant request using the current Fees and Services Schedule in Supporting Documents.

Step 4: Submit an application online between January 1, 2020 to February 3, 2020, and by the deadline noted above. It is recommended that the questions and required attachments be reviewed prior to starting the application.

Note: The application must be complete and best reflect the request being made.

Contact Information:

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

Application Portal:

PRC Funding Source Staff:
T: (705) 444-2500, Ext. 3287

Town of Collingwood
P.O. Box 157, 97 Hurontario Street
Collingwood, Ontario L9Y 3Z5
T: (705) 445-1030
F: (705) 445-2448

Grant Coverage Areas:

Town of Collingwood, Ontario

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