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Community, Youth and Cultural Funding Program - 2018 Project Grant

Grants to Thunder Bay, Ontario Nonprofits and Artists for One-Time
Projects, Training, Development, and Special Activities

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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City of Thunder Bay - Recreation and Culture Division

Deadline Date:

10/05/18 4:00 PM Receipt

Description:

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Thunder Bay, Ontario artists and youth, cultural, and community organizations for one-time projects that benefit the local community, such as training, development, and special activities. Funding may also be used as seed money to establish a new organization.

This program is designed to provide periodic support to special projects of value to the community that are carried out by a variety of non-profit Community, Youth & Cultural organizations in Thunder Bay.

Community, Youth and Cultural Organizations - Projects may include, but are not limited to:

- Special one-time activities carried out as part of an organization’s program for the year (events, exhibits, performances, specific aspects of festival participation)
- Training and development to assist with the upgrading of skills and knowledge of members of an organization in order to improve the performance of that organization for the benefit of the community;
- The acquisition of non-capital program equipment necessary for the on-going development of the organization – does not include equipment which must be replenished each year, equipment for personal use by of individual members of the organization (i.e. uniform/costume), or equipment which becomes part of the physical plant/structure (i.e. workstations, storage units, lighting, etc.)
- The establishment of a new organization.

Individual Artists - Projects may include, but are not limited to:

- An individual artist or artists working together on the development and creation of a community-based arts or heritage project.
- Artists in the community – assistance to help strengthen or revitalize a neighborhood, community or special interest organization, through the application of and participation in the artistic process.

Priority will be given to those applications that best align with the City’s Strategic Plan, Youth Services Plan (youth applications) and Culture Plan (culture applications). See Project Grant Guidelines in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 157587

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$30,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum request: $10,000

Term of Contract:

The maximum term for this grant is one year. The same activity will not necessarily be supported from year to year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Project Applicant Eligibility:

- Community, Youth & Cultural Organizations
- Individual Artists

Community, Youth and Cultural Organizations - To be eligible for a Project Grant, the applicant must:

- Have a community, youth or culture sector focus/mandate.
- Be an incorporated non-profit organization or non-incorporated collective which operates on a non-profit basis.
- Have a clearly stated purpose and function and be fully responsible for the planning and provision of its services
- Be operating from a location in the City of Thunder Bay and carry out programs in this community for the benefit of its people
- Extend its services to the general public in Thunder Bay, and accommodate for needs related to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status and disability, unless to do so would cause undue hardship.
- If an organization is operating under the auspices of a religious body, it must maintain a clear distinction in programs and budgets between religious activities and its community service programs.
- Have an independent, active governing board composed of volunteers and a considerable volunteer component.
- Demonstrate need for the requested funding and provide evidence that funds are confirmed/projected from a variety of other sources (i.e. donations/ sponsorships, user fees, other government sources).

An application may NOT be considered if:

- The organization receives 80% or more of its funding from other government sources.1
- The organization possesses an operating surplus in excess of three (3) months of operating expenses.2
- The organization acts in the capacity of a funding body for, or makes grants to, any other group or organization that is eligible for funding through this program.
- The request includes capital, deficit, or continuing operating expense funding.
- The applicant is in default to the City due to failure to account satisfactorily for previous Grants, or to refund Grant overpayments.
- The organization’s programs/services primarily benefit organization members as opposed to the general public, e.g. sports clubs, professional associations.
- The organization is already funded by the Community, Youth & Cultural Funding Program in the Sustaining or Operating category

Individual Artist(s )- To be eligible for a Project Grant, an individual artist must:

- Be conducting a project on a non-profit basis within Thunder Bay and for the benefit of the community.
- Demonstrate need for the requested funding and provide evidence that funds are confirmed/projected from a variety of other sources (i.e. donations/ sponsorships, user fees, other government sources).
An application may NOT be considered if:
- The project is funded 80% or more by other government sources.
- The artist(s) intends to act in the capacity of a funding body for, or makes grants to, any other group, organization or individual as part of the project.
- The request includes capital or deficit funding.
- The applicant is in default to the City due to failure to account satisfactorily for previous Grants, or to refund Grant overpayments.

1. An application may not be considered if the project falls within the mandate for which the organization receives core funding from other government sources and/or duplicates services already provided in the City.

2. Organizational surpluses and reserves will be examined. When a surplus in excess of three (3) months of operating expenses exists, the organization will be given the opportunity to justify.

No funds will be provided for activities started or items purchased prior to notification of a grant approval. The City will not contribute to funding shortfalls resulting from projects of any kind which were undertaken without prior approval from the City.

Some project costs may not be eligible for assistance such as research and travel.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received no later than 4:00 pm on Friday March 16, 2018 (first intake) or Friday, October 5, 2018 (second intake).

Allocated funds will be provided following municipal budget ratification and Council approvals (March/April).

Contact Information:

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

Submit your application via email to grants@thunderbay.ca or mail or drop-off a hard copy to:

Community Services
Victoriaville Civic Centre
111 Syndicate Ave. S.
Thunder Bay, ON.
P7E 6S4

Phone: For Community and Youth application questions, call 807-625-3791. For Cultural application questions, call 807-625-2416.

Grant Coverage Areas:

Thunder Bay

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario