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Community Grants Program

Grants to Niagara, Ontario Charities to Build
and Strengthen Local Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Niagara Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

02/25/19 Noon


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Grants to Niagara, Ontario charities for projects that will address identified community challenges and help to improve the quality of life in the Niagara region. Prior to applying, applicants must have a grant consultation with the Foundation.

The Community Grants Program focuses on finding ways to help individuals, families, organizations, and communities prosper. While Niagara is facing many challenges, the Foundation also has an opportunity to seek new and sustainable ways of addressing community issues, creating a more collaborative approach to meeting the challenges facing organizations and the community.

Grant-making priorities for applicants:

- Addressing the issues/indicators in the Living in Niagara Report 2017

- Assisting with the development and implementation of tools and resources that would contribute to an organization’s success; including professional and organizational development and training

Focus areas addressed in the Living in Niagara Report include:

- Arts, Culture and Heritage
- Community Belonging
- Crime, Safety, and Security
- Economic Prosperity
- Environment
- Health and Wellness
- Housing and Shelter
- People Getting Started
- Recreation and Sports
- Transportation and Mobility
- Work and Employment
- Learning and Education

All proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:

- How was the project need determined and what were the methods used to identify the need?
- How does the project fit with the priorities of the Niagara Community Foundation?
- If similar programs are offered within their delivery area, why should the applicant’s program be considered?
- What is the capability of the applicant to undertake the project?
- How will the success of the project be determined?
- How sustainable is the project (if applicable)?

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158825

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Minimum governance practices for discretionary grants:

Charities applying for grants will need to have 8 out of 13 of the following governance practices in place to be eligible to apply. If not in place, applicants are allowed to apply once, and would then be directed to appropriate resources and support to address gaps. Applicants are not permitted subsequent application until minimums have been met or a plan is in place to achieve them.

The items marked with an asterisk * are compulsory items.

1. *Does the board approve an annual budget?
2. Does the board review actual to budget at least twice a year?
3. *Does the board meet a minimum of 3 times annually?
4. Are board policies reviewed at least every 4 years?
5. *Is there a policy that clearly outlines the roles and responsibilities of board and officers?
6. Are there fixed terms for board members?
7. Has a strategic plan been developed in the last 4 years?
8. Does the board annually review progress on achieving strategic plan goals and adjust plan to reflect progress and new opportunities?
9. *Is ED/CEO performance reviewed annually?
10. Is a board evaluation undertaken annually?
11. Is there an interim succession plan in place or being developed in the unexpected changeover in organization leadership?
12. Is there a conflict of interest policy?
13. Is there a reserve policy?

Grants are not available for:

- Core operating costs or current program costs
- Operating or capital deficits
- Activities of religious organizations that serve primarily their membership and/or their direct religious purposes
- Endowment funds
- Retroactive funding for any project expenses incurred prior to the Foundation’s decision date
- Individuals
- Political activity as defined by Canada Customs and Revenue Agency’s publication on registering a charity
- Programs and services outside of Niagara
- Applicants cannot apply for a concurrent grant unless they are part of a collaborative and are in good standing with their open grants to the Foundation

Pre-Application Information:

All applicants must have a grant consultation with the Foundation prior to applying. This must be done at least 7 days before the deadline.

- Monday, February 25, 2019, at Noon

Living in Niagara Report 2017:

Contact Information:

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

Before applying, contact JoAnne Krick to discuss your proposal:
905-684-8688 x 23

Then, apply online:

Niagara Community Foundation
8 Church St, Suite 301
St. Catharines ON L2R 3B3

Grant Coverage Areas:

Niagara Region

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario