Community Grants Program (CGP) - Multi-Year Grants
Grants to Ontario Nonprofits to Improve Quality of Life in Ottawa
Foundation / Corporation
Community Foundation of Ottawa
02/01/17 5:00 PM
Grants ranging from $3,000 to $25,000 per year to eligible Ottawa, Ontario nonprofits and other organizations that improve the quality of life in the local area. Possible areas of funding include: social services, arts and culture, education, environment, health, and animal welfare. The Foundation prioritizes projects that incorporate diversity and inclusion.
Projects must do one or more of the following:
- Benefit the Ottawa community, improve the quality of life for its residents, and help to foster a strong, positive and caring community;
- Use a community development approach to build on the assets and strengths of the community in order to respond to evolving issues and emerging priorities;
- Address the root causes of identified local issues and work on long-term solutions in an effort to achieve systemic change;
- Cultivate collective action within the community (i.e. through a shared vision for change, coordinated activities, joint data collection and results measurement, the coordination of participating organizations, etc.);
- Take a creative or unique approach to tackling community issues (e.g. through the method of service delivery, engagement of community partners, role of community members, etc.);
- Help to build the capacity of individuals, organizations and communities.
The upper limit on multi-year grants is $25,000 per year. To date, funding has ranged from $3,000/year to $24,000/year.
Multi-year grants are made available to support the evolution of an initiative over a period of two or three years.
Typically, registration with Canada Revenue Agency as a charitable organization is required to be eligible to apply for a Community Grant. Incorporation as a not-for-profit is not sufficient to qualify. However, an organization that does not have charitable status can apply for a Community Grant as long as it works with a charitable partner that has agreed to sponsor the application. There are also a limited number of other categories of organizations that are eligible to apply directly. If you are unsure about your eligibility, please contact the Foundation.
- Applicants must demonstrate fiscal responsibility and have a committed volunteer board.
- The initiative for which the grant is being requested must benefit residents of Ottawa.
- Previous Community Grant recipients must file an Evaluation Report before applying for a new grant.
The Community Grants program does not provide funding for the following. If you are unsure whether your application falls into one of these categories, please contact the Foundation.
- Core operations (see note below)
- Fundraising events or campaigns
- Partisan political or religious activities
- Deficit reduction
- Equipment purchases for administrative purposes
Organizations are required to submit a Letter of Intent, with attachments, by December 1. Following this, successful organizations will be invited to submit a multi-year grant application by February 1, for consideration by the CFO Grants Committee.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
301-75 Albert St.
Ottawa, ON, K1P 5E7
To discuss a multi-year project prior to submitting a Letter of Intent, call:
Tais McNeill (CGP coordinator) at 613-236-1616 ext. 223
Or Rebecca Aird (Director) at ext. 222
City of Ottawa
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