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Community Grants Program

Grants to Ontario Charities to Strengthen
Communities in Eligible Locations

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Niagara Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

03/29/21 Noon

Description:

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Grants to Ontario charities in eligible areas for projects that address identified community challenges and help to improve the quality of life for local residents. Applicants must have a consultation meeting with grant staff at least seven days prior to the deadline. Funding is intended to help with developing and implementing tools and resources to contribute to an organization's success or to address critical issues. Eligible programs benefit the Niagara region.

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

Grant Making Priorities

  • Addressing the issues/indicators in the Living in Niagara Report 2017, or,
  • 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

Strategic Focus Areas:

  • Build community capacity to use Niagara-focused evidence (data, information, knowledge) to inform planning and decision-making
  • Facilitate coordinated community action to create the conditions for a more vibrant Niagara
  • Strengthen Niagara Connects as a value-add and sustainable enterprise in the Niagara-wide community

All proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • How was the project need determined and what were 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:

Eligible applicants are charities providing programs and services in Niagara.

Charities applying for grants will need to have 8 out of 13 governance practices in place to be eligible to apply for a grant from the Foundation. The checklist is included in the grant application and can be found on the URL for Full Text, below. If a minimum of 8 practices is not in place, a charity is allowed to apply once and the charity is directed to appropriate resources and support to address gaps.

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:

The 2021 grant deadline is Monday, March 29, 2021, at noon

All applicants must have a grant consultation with the Foundation prior to applying. This must be done at least 7 days before the deadline. Further information is available by calling or emailing JoAnne Krick.

To view the Living in Niagra report, click here: http://www.livinginniagarareport.com/

Contact Information:

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

Application: https://niagaracf.blitzen.com/form/community-2021

JoAnne Krick
905-684-8688 x 23
grants@niagaracommunityfoundation.org.

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario: Niagara Region;

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