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Capital Grants

Grants to Ontario Nonprofits, Local Municipalities, and
Aboriginal Communities for Infrastructure Development

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Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF)

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Deadline Date:

06/12/19 5:00 PM ET


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Grants starting at $5,000 to Ontario nonprofit organizations, registered charities, First Nations, Aboriginal communities, local municipalities, and cultural and recreational agencies for capital funding to improve community infrastructure. Applicants must register before submitting an application.

The purpose of OTF capital funding is to:
- Enhance access to community spaces, programs, activities and services, and facilitate community members’ full participation in the life of the community
- Enhance and build community spaces
- Enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of programs
- Make better use of technological resources

The Capital Investment Stream is for capital-specific projects that align with one of the OTF Priority Outcomes and its related Grant Result. There are nine Grant Results for capital focused projects:
- Active People: Infrastructure for unstructured and structured physical activities
- Active People: Infrastructure is accessible and available for physical activity
- Connected People: Diverse groups work together to improve community life
- Connected People: People who are isolated have connections in their community
- Green People: Conservation and restoration efforts are better planned and more sustainable
- Inspired People: Arts, culture and heritage have appropriate spaces
- Promising Young People: Children and youth who are facing barriers develop strong emotional and social skills
- Promising Young People: Youth are involved in creating solutions for challenges facing their communities
- Prosperous People: People who are economically vulnerable are able to meet their
basic needs

Types of projects funded:
- Equipment
- New Construction
- Renovations or repairs to community spaces
- Purchase of land or building

For more details about funded expenses, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168096

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding amount is from $5,000 to $150,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant term is up to 1 year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

OTF considers any one of the following organizations eligible for funding:
- A charitable organization or foundation registered as a charity with the Canada Revenue Agency
- An organization incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation without share capital in a Canadian jurisdiction
- A First Nation
- A Metis, Inuit or other Aboriginal community
- A municipality with a population of 20,000 or less, or their cultural and recreational agencies for initiatives in the Inspired or Active People action areas
- A collaboration of two or more organizations, where the lead organization is an eligible organization

In addition, an applying organization must:
- Provide services in Ontario
- Comply with all applicable legislation
- Show evidence of its ability to generate additional resources from the community and other sectors

OTF will not support the following entities:
1. Individuals
2. For-profit organizations
3. Organizations whose purpose is related to political activity as defined by the Canada Revenue Agency
4. Private Foundations*
5. Organizations that discriminate, or that seek to limit the legal rights and activities of people, as per OTF's Anti-Discrimination Policy
6. (a) Agencies of provincial or federal governments*
​(b) Municipalities with populations over 20,000, and their agencies*
(c) Universities, colleges, schools and hospitals, and their agencies*

*Unless they are part of a collaboration of two or more organizations, where the lead organization is an eligible organization

OTF will not support the following initiatives:
1. Financing of deficits
2. Purchase of alcohol or cannabis
3. Political and/or advocacy activities, such as furthering the aims of a political party; promoting a political doctrine; or persuading the public to adopt a particular political view
4. Religious activities, including capital renovations or repairs for facilities used for the specific purpose of religious observance
5. Contributions to annual fund drives or capital campaigns
6. Dollar-for-dollar replacement of government funding
7. Programs or services outside Ontario
8. Activities completed or costs incurred before the approval of the request to OTF
9. Flow-through funding (i.e., funds that will be reallocated to a third party organization)
10. Discriminatory Activities, as defined by the OTF Anti-Discrimination Policy and the Ontario Human Rights Code

Additional costs/projects not funded:
- Staff salaries, benefits, and wage costs
- Taxes, such as GST and HST, for which the recipient is eligible for a tax rebate, and all other costs eligible for rebates
- Contingency costs

Pre-Application Information:

Organization registration deadline: May 22, 2019, 5 p.m. ET.
Application deadline: June 12, 2019, 5 p.m. ET.

Applying for OTF funding happens in two stages: registering the organization and then submitting a grant application.

Once the organization submits the registration or updates the profile information, OTF will confirm within 10 business days whether the registration has been accepted and if the organization is eligible to apply.


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

Organization Registration:

For more information, contact the Support Center at 1.800.263.2887 or

Ontario Trillium Foundation
800 Bay Street, 5th Floor
Toronto, ON M5S 3A9

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Canada: Ontario