Grants to Ontario nonprofit organizations for programs that benefit residents in eligible regions. Funding is available to assist organizations with activities in the areas of community support and development, arts and culture, sports and recreation (under age 18), and special events. Funds may be used for equipment, operating support, special event assistance, and projects. Grants help organizations that work for the common good of Kitchener residents.
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.
Community grant services must meet the following criteria:
1. 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.
2.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.
3. Services provided by the organization/group for which funding is requested must not be precluded under the Municipal Act, e.g. religious services.
4. 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.
5. Services provided by the organization/group for which funding is requested must be provided directly to the citizens of Kitchener, i.e. grants are for direct programs only. 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.
6. Grant applications submitted by individuals or ‘part groups’ of an organization/group will not be considered.
7. 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 community grant funding.
8. Organizations/groups applying for funding who offer services to residents outside of the City of Kitchener are strongly encouraged to also approach all other relevant municipalities for funding.
9. 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.
10. Organizations/groups are encouraged to ensure as much inclusive public participation and access as possible, e.g. minimum charge or no admission charge whenever possible.
11. Any organization/group applying for funds will give regard to the inclusion and accommodation of persons with a disability.
12. Any organization/group applying for funds that is in arrears and/or in litigation with the City of Kitchener is ineligible.
The funding source will not provide grant funding, financial support or any other financial or in-kind contribution to any person, including any individual, body, business, or entity, that hosts, arranges, contributes to or promotes Conversion Practices.
Applications will not be prioritized if they fit these conditions:
- Other funding opportunities exist for the proposed project, initiative or service
- The request is for the city to fund 100% of the project, initiative or service
- The request is for a significant amount of funding that cannot be accommodated within the existing community grant budget allocation
- Partial funding may be considered if little or no impact on the project, initiative or service is likely
Services provided by the organization/group for which funding is requested must be considered a municipal responsibility and not the responsibility of other levels of government. Services such as health care, social services, training and education are not eligible.
Application deadline: Monday, December 11, 2023, 5:00 p.m.
For questions about the grant process or completing the application form, please contact the grant program administrator:
519-741-2200, ext. 7395 firstname.lastname@example.org
For assistance, please contact staff:
- Arts and culture: Eric Rumble, 519-741-2200, ext. 7424
- Community support and development: Teagan McKenna, 519-741-2200, ext. 7077
- Special events and festivals: Steve Roth, 519-741-2200, ext. 7388
- Sports and recreation: Lisa Collins, 519-741-2200, ext. 7688
City of Kitchener
200 King Street West,
Kitchener, ON N2G 4G7