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Grants and In-Kind Support to Ontario Nonprofits for Arts, Cultural, and Recreational Projects

Community Grants - Recreation, Arts and Culture Grants to Volunteer Organizations


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City of Thorold
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Canada: Ontario: City of Thorold;

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/24/23 4:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants and in-kind support to Ontario nonprofit community organizations in eligible regions to enhance the local quality of life. Funding is intended to address community needs in the areas of arts, culture, and recreation. Funding is intended for projects that benefit residents of 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). 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The City of Thorold offers grants to groups and organizations to help support community programs and events.

All groups seeking grants must:
(i) Location
- Be physically located within The Regional Municipality of Niagara and provide services relating to residents of the City of Thorold.
- The majority of the group’s members, registrants, and/or participants reside in 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 services 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.
(iv) Financial Feasibility
- Provide audited financial statements, if available, for the previous fiscal year, and current year budget statements. Other pertinent financial information may be required by Council.
- It is important to present budgets and financial statements with revenues and expenditures grouped by each individual activity, service or program rendered by the applicant organization. This may be requested by Council, at its discretion.
(v) Inclusiveness
- The applicant’s proposed services should be extended to all members of the general public in the City of Thorold and should not exclude anyone by reason of race, religion or ethnic background.
- The community service programs proposed by volunteer organizations should be separate and distinct from any other activities of the group.

(vi) Groups or Types of Support That Are Not Eligible for a Grant
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.
- Group’s outstanding operating deficits.
- Applications for retroactive funding.
- Sports, cultural and recreational travel grants. Groups may apply for this type of assistance through the “Sports, Culture and Recreational Travel Grants Policy” (Policy # 100-27).
- Capital expenditures.

Pre-Application Information
Eligible applications are due each year on the last Friday of November by 4:00 PM, for the following year. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted after this time.

The City will not ordinarily fund in excess of 35% of the operating budget of any service, unless Council determines a higher percentage is warranted based on a review of individual circumstances. Council may reduce its level of funding over time to encourage groups to seek alternative sources of funding.

Contact Information
If you need help completing the application, or have questions, please contact

City of Thorold
3540 Schmon Parkway,
PO Box 1044
Thorold, ON L2V 4A7
Phone: 905-227-6613
Fax: 905-227-5590
TTY: 905-227-6206

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