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City of Kitchener

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12/16/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to Ontario nonprofit organizations and groups in eligible locations to benefit residents. Funding may be requested to support events, projects, equipment, or for operating support. Eligible applicants are local organizations and groups that provide services in the areas of arts and culture/special events, community support and development, and minor sports and recreation. Services provided by the organization/group for which funding is requested must be provided directly to the citizens of Kitchener.

Community grants Tier 2 are intended to provide assistance to organizations/groups that provide services within the City of Kitchener for the common good of residents.

 The purpose of Tier 2 grants is to provide funding for:

  • Operating support to enable the provision of the basic service of the organization
  • Project support
  • Special event support
  • Equipment support (‘equipment’ is defined as materials required for the basic service to operate, i.e. consumable items having a lifespan of less than three years) 

Services provided by the organization/group for which funding is requested must demonstrably meet Council’s strategic objectives as documented in the City of Kitchener Strategic Plan and other policy documents. See">

For Funding Priorities, see the Grant Assessment tab on the URL for Full Text below. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 148667

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only organizations/groups providing not-for-profit municipal services in the areas of arts and culture/special events, sports and recreation, and community support and development will be considered for funding.

Organizations/groups wishing to be considered for community grants Tier 2 do not need to be incorporated as not for profit corporations; however, budgets and subsequent accounting must not show an excess of revenue over expenses; applicants must demonstrate the capability to manage and govern the program or project, usually evidenced by the existence of an executive committee or coordinating board.

Grant requests of a ‘capital’ nature are ineligible for funding; ‘capital’ is defined as the acquisition of an infrastructure or asset having a lifespan of three years or greater.

Services provided by the organization/group for which funding is requested must be considered a municipal responsibility and not be the responsibility of other levels of government; services such as health care, social services, training and education are not eligible.

Services provided by the organization/group for which funding is requested must not be precluded under the Municipal Act, e.g. religious services.

Services provided by the organization/group for which funding is requested must not already be provided by the City or by other groups funded by the City of Kitchener; requests from organizations/groups that provide similar services as provided by the municipality must be assessed as to whether there is a duplication of services; the municipality will not issue grants for services that conflict with or are in direct competition with programs operated internally.

Grant applications from organizations that themselves distribute grants to other organizations will not be considered, i.e. fundraising events are not eligible. Service clubs are eligible to apply for funding if the purpose of the event they are sponsoring is deemed to be a municipal responsibility and the event is city-wide, targeted toward a broad cross-section of the community.

Grant applications submitted by individuals or ‘part groups’ of an organization/group will not be considered.

Volunteer organizations/groups planning an event to raise funds to support an organization/group that is receiving a City of Kitchener grant will be not considered for Tier 2 funding.

Any organization/group applying for funds will give regard to the inclusion and accommodation of persons with a disability.

Any organization/group applying for funds that is in arrears and/or in litigation with the City of Kitchener is ineligible.

Pre-Application Information:

The application window for the 2021 community grant program will open in the late fall of 2020.

Application deadline: Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Contact Information:

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

For questions, contact Carrie Kozlowski at 519-741-2200, ext. 7395.

City of Kitchener
City of Kitchener, 200 King Street West, Kitchener, ON N2G 4G7
T.: 519-741-2345
TTY: 1-866-969-9994
F.: 519-741-2872

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