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Grants and In-Kind Support to Ontario Nonprofits
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City of Thorold

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01/15/21 4:00 PM


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Grants and in-kind support to Ontario nonprofit community organizations for arts, cultural, and recreational services in eligible locations. In-kind contributions consist of human resources and equipment donations. Funding is intended for projects that benefit the City of Thorold.

The City of Thorold is aware that various groups within the community promote and improve upon the recreational, arts, and cultural well-being of the community. In the course of annual budget deliberation and subject to budget constraints, Council may approve discretionary grants to support and assist community based groups that will be of a direct or indirect benefit to the citizenry of the City of Thorold, based on consideration of the terms and considerations of this Policy.

This policy provides for two types of grants: a direct grant of funding and an “in-kind” contribution grant. “In-kind” grants include the contribution of municipal equipment and/or human resources. The financial value of in-kind service requested by applicants will be identified by the relevant municipal departments and submitted to the Recreation Coordinator prior to the applications evaluation process. The Municipality will consider the financial value of the in-kind services during the application evaluation process.

The goal of the grant program is to improve the quality of life and well-being of the residents of Thorold in Council’s estimation by:

  • Addressing identified recreational, arts, and cultural needs in the community.
  • Supporting the provision of new or innovative recreational, arts, and cultural services to residents, and thereby increasing the diversity of services.
  • Providing financial assistance to service providers where adequate funding for the proposed service is not available from other sources.
  • Assisting with one-time special requests for assistance associated with other not easily classified needs and services, including those related to disasters or other unforeseen circumstances (to be considered by Council on the merit of each request). 

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GrantWatch ID#: 149059

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All groups seeking grants/sponsorship must:

(i) Location: Be physically located with The Regional Municipality of Niagara and provide projects/special events of benefit specifically to the City of Thorold.

(ii) Legal Entity: Be a not-for-profit organization. Be incorporated and/or registered under the Canada Income Tax Act for the purpose of receiving charitable donations. (This criterion may be waived at Council’s discretion only, depending on the groups and on the nature of the projects/special events offered being complementary to the philosophy and priorities of Council.)

(iii) Organization: Should have a formal administrative structure adequate in its numbers, be responsible for the overall management of the group’s resources, be responsible for the administration of its funds and should preferably have a Board of Directors that would be representative of the community it serves.

For additional eligiblity requirements, see:

The following are not eligible for funding:

- For-profit organizations.
- Funding shortfalls resulting from programs or services of any kind that were commenced without prior consultation with the City.
- The City will not consider funding cumulative deficits for any groups (i.e. discretionary grants and hence financial assistance should be based on budgeted revenues and expenditures in the year for which assistance is being requested).
- Groups that have failed to comply with the reporting requirement from any previous municipal grant/sponsorship.
- Group’s outstanding operating deficits.
- Applications for retroactive funding.
- Sports, cultural and recreational travel grants.
- Capital expenditures

Pre-Application Information:

The Application Deadline for Community Grants has been extended. 2021 Community Grant applications will be available starting November 2nd, 2020 at 8:00AM and must be submitted by January 15th at 4:00 PM.

All groups seeking grants must demonstrate that they have and/or will be actively seeking other sources of financial support.

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


City of Thorold
3540 Schmon Parkway,
PO Box 1044
Thorold, ON L2V 4A7Phone: 905-227-6613
Fax: 905-227-5590
TTY: 905-227-6206

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