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Grow Grant

Grants to Ontario Nonprofits, Agencies, and Aboriginal Communities for
Cultural, Environmental, Youth, and Economic Growth

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Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF)

Deadline Date:

05/16/18 5:00 PM ET


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Grants starting at $50,000 to Ontario nonprofits, agencies, and aboriginal organizations to pilot or replicate activities that improve the quality of life and promote vibrant communities. Applicant organizations must register with the funding source no later than April 25, 2018. Priority areas include active lifestyles, sustainable environment, arts and culture, children and youth, economic well-being, and inclusive communities.

OTF recognizes that building healthy and vibrant communities takes time and resources. The Grow Investment Stream supports projects that are based on evidence and deliver on specific Grant Results in order to contribute to the longer-term goal of the related Priority Outcome. Projects funded in the Grow Investment Stream are based on robust planning, and deliver positive change which is achieved by replicating, adapting, or scaling existing proven programs.

Activities funded include:

-Replicating, adapting or scaling a proven model
-Piloting or demonstrating a tested model

Types of Costs Funded - All costs funded by OTF must be eligible and necessary to carry out the described project.

Direct Project Costs:

- Direct personnel costs: Salaries, mandatory employment-related costs and employee benefits of new or maintained staff positions funded specifically to carry out the project.

Direct non-personnel costs:

- Purchased services (from contractors or subject experts) specifically relating to the delivery of the program/service
- Workshop, meetings, convening costs incurred relating to the delivery of the program/service
- Supplies and materials purchased to use in the delivery of the program/service
- Travel costs incurred by employees, volunteers and participants, that are directly related to the project
- Evaluation costs: Evaluation is a requirement for Grow applications. Up to a maximum of 10% of the total grant request budget can be used for planning and executing an evaluation of your grant project. This amount is only for the evaluation of your grant project.
- Capital costs for repairs, renovations or construction costs, as well as equipment costs. Total capital costs may not exceed $150,000 for the project. Capital costs must be associated with, and necessary for, the success of the Grow project.
- Other costs: Other costs directly related to the delivery of the program/service but not captured in the categories provided.

Overhead and Administration Costs:

- OTF will support overhead and administrative costs directly associated with the funded project, to a maximum of 15% of the total grant request budget. These do not include the direct costs to run or deliver a project, including the staff or equipment associated with the program. These are eligible expenses that are part of separate budget categories.
- Other costs: Other costs directly related to the delivery of the program/service but not captured in the categories provided.

Priority Outcomes: To lead change that matters in communities, the Foundation has identified six Action Areas
And for each area, a set of Priority Outcomes are backed by leading research and practice in the nonprofit sector.

Active People: Fostering More Active Lifestyles. Priority Outcomes include:
- Higher quality programming and infrastructure to support physical activity
- More people become active

Connected People: Building Inclusive and Engaged Communities Together. Priority Outcomes include:
- Diverse groups work better together to shape community
- Reduced social isolation

Green People: Encouraging People to Support a Healthy and Sustainable Environment. Priority Outcomes include:
- More ecosystems are protected and restored
- People reduce their impact on the environment

Inspired People: Enriching People’s Lives through Arts, Culture and Heritage. Priority Outcomes include:
- Better quality programming and infrastructure to experience culture, heritage, and the arts
- More people connect with culture, heritage, and the arts

Promising Young People: Supporting the Positive Development of Children and Youth. Priority Outcomes include:
- More children and youth have emotional and social strengths
- More youth are meaningfully engaged in the community

Prosperous People: Enhancing People’s Economic Wellbeing. Priority Outcome: Increased economic stability

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175840

Estimated Size of Grant:

$50,000 - $250,000 per year

Term of Contract:

Grant terms are two to three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
-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:
-For-profit organizations
-Organizations whose purpose is related to political activity as defined by the Canada Revenue Agency
-Agencies of provincial or federal governments*
-Municipalities with populations over 20,000, and their agencies*
-Universities, colleges, schools and hospitals, and their agencies*
-Private Foundations*
-Organizations that discriminate, or that seek to limit the legal rights and activities of people, as per OTF's Anti-Discrimination Policy

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

Types of costs/projects not funded:
-Core operating funding
-Replication, adaptation, scaling-up of programs that lack an evidence base
-Maintaining currently existing programs without growing or improving on the impact of the program, as measured through an OTF Grant Result
-Simple changes to program purposes without growing or improving on the impact of the change, as measured through an OTF Grant Result
- Taxes, such as GST and HST, for which the recipient is eligible for a tax rebate, and all other costs eligible for rebates are not eligible OTF request items
- Contingency costs are not eligible expenses

OTF will not support the following initiatives:
- Financing of deficits
- Purchase of Alcohol
- 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
- Religious activities, including capital renovations or repairs for facilities used for the specific purpose of religious observance
- Contributions to annual fund drives or capital campaigns
- Dollar-for-dollar replacement of government funding
- Programs or services outside Ontario
- Activities completed or costs incurred before the approval of the request to OTF
- Flow-through funding (i.e., funds that will be reallocated to a third party organization)
- Discriminatory Activities, as defined by the OTF Anti-Discrimination Policy and the Ontario Human Rights Code

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- Organization registration deadline: June 7, 2017, 5 p.m. ET. CLOSED
- Application deadline: June 28, 2017, 5 p.m. ET. CLOSED

- Organization registration deadline: April 25, 2018, 5 p.m. ET
- Application deadline: May 16, 2018, 5 p.m. ET

The first step is to complete a quick online self-assessment to find out which Investment Stream makes sense for you.

Self-Assessment Tool:

Applying for OTF funding happens in two stages: registering your organization and then submitting a grant application. To allow time for your registration to be verified in time, applicants are advised to register with OTF least four weeks prior to the intended deadline. Staff will confirm within 10 business days whether your registration has been accepted and you are eligible to apply.

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Contact Information:

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

OTF Support Center:

Organization Registration Portal:

Ontario Trillium Foundation
800 Bay Street, 5th Floor
Toronto, ON M5S 3A9
Telephone: 416.963.4927
TTY: 416.963.7905
Fax: 416.963.8781

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Canada: Ontario