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Mini Grants Program

Grants to Niagara, Ontario Charities for Organizational
Capacity Building and Community Benefit Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Niagara Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

08/13/18 Noon

Description:

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Grants of $500 to Niagara, Ontario charitable organizations for small, time-sensitive projects that address identified community needs. Applicants must contact the Foundation for consultation at least seven days prior to the deadline in order to apply. Additionally, funded projects may include assistance with the development and implementation of resources and tools that would contribute to an organization’s success, such as professional and organizational development and training.

This program provides a time-sensitive, streamlined and responsive process for smaller projects. This grant is not suitable for projects that have a budget exceeding $2,000.

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

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#: 172536

Estimated Size of Grant:

$500

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Charities applying for grants will need to have 8 out of 13 of the following governance practices in place to be eligible to apply for a grant from the Foundation. The check list is included in the grant application. If a minimum of 8 practices are not in place, a charity is allowed to apply once and the charity is directed to appropriate resources and support to address gaps. The items marked with an asterisk * are compulsory items. Charities are not permitted subsequent applications until minimums have been met or a plan is in place to achieve them.

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

Grants are not available for:

- Core operating costs or current program costs
- Dollar for dollar replacement of pre-existing operating funds
- 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
- Annual fundraising drives for operating support
- 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 2018 Mini Grant Application Deadline is Monday, August 13, 2018, at noon. Proposals can be submitted as early as 2 months before the appropriate deadline.

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

Applicants must visit "Living in Niagara" to determine how their granting request reflects identified priorities.

For Living in Niagara 2017 Downloads: http://www.livinginniagarareport.com/downloads/

Contact Information:

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

For the online 2018 Mini Grant Application form: https://niagaracf.blitzen.com/form/2018-Mini-Grant-August

For further information, phone:
JoAnne Krick
Niagara Community Foundation
905-684-8688 x 23

or email:
grants@niagaracommunityfoundation.org.

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