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Electoral Area 'A' Recreation and Culture Grants-in-Aid

Grants to British Columbia Nonprofits to
Promote Cultural and Recreational Opportunities

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Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN)

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09/28/18 12:00 PM (Noon)


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Grants to British Columbia nonprofit community services to support cultural and recreational services within Electoral Area "A", which includes the communities of Cassidy, South Wellington, Cedar, and parts of Yellowpoint. Consideration will be given to requests in the categories of parks and recreation, arts and culture, and sports.

The Committee will ensure, depending on the receipt of applications, that each community (Cassidy, South Wellington, Cedar and Yellowpoint) is equitably represented throughout the year and that a wide range of grant recipients including recreation/parks, sports, arts and culture are represented in the selection process.

The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) plays an effective role of facilitation by providing grant programs to assist community organizations in the provision of services to residents throughout the region. These grant programs help to support a wide variety of services including programs, events, and special projects and initiatives offered throughout the communities, and enhances the overall service delivery provided by the RDN.

Program Objective:

To provide funds to assist local, nonprofit organizations offering recreation and culture programs, special events or projects, which benefit specific communities (Cassidy, Yellowpoint, South Wellington, Cedar) or Electoral Area "A" as a whole; targeting either specific age/gender categories including preschool, children, youth adult and seniors or combined age/gender categories.

Funding Criteria:

Funding will be considered for organizations providing recreation and culture services in any of the following:
-New programs
-Expansion of current programs
-Leadership development
-New or expanded special events
-Special projects

When selecting grants higher priority may be given to the following applications:
-Representative of Electoral Area "A" wide opportunities
-Representative of specific Electoral Area communities
-Offering services to a wide range and number of participants
-New programs, events, projects may have preference over on-going annual programs, events, projects

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177708

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Estimated Size of Grant:

When making your application, please remember that the objective is to assist as many local organizations as possible. Larger funding requests may be considered at the Commission’s discretion and must also be approved through the Regional Board before disbursement.

Term of Contract:

Successful grant recipients must begin using the funds for the approved purposes within six months of receiving the funds.

Services, events, and projects may occur between: July 1 and December 31 (February deadline); or January 1 and June 30 (September deadline).

Groups may apply for funding each term and each year; however, the intent of Grant-in-Aid funding is not to subsidize on-going, annual programs and projects. When making applications, applicants must understand that funding is not guaranteed year to year and to plan accordingly. Organizations must consider long term sustainability and ensure each of the programs or projects can become self-supporting.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any local, nonprofit organization is eligible for funding; charitable status is not required. Private or commercial organizations are not eligible.

Only nonprofit groups qualify for funding.

Pre-Application Information:

The Committee may disburse approximately 1/2 ($5,000.00) of the program funding available during each of the application terms; although, if deemed appropriate by the Committee and based on the nature of the proposal, larger expenditures, per term, may be recommended if funds are available.

Any unallocated grant funding may be carried over to the next budget year at the Board’s discretion.

Applications can be submitted at any time during the year, however there are two deadlines to allow for the timely review of applications:

-The last Friday in February for services/events/projects occurring July 1- December 31
-The last Friday in September for services/events/projects occurring January 1- June 30

*Please note the overall process takes approximately 31⁄2 months from the first advertisement to recipients receiving the funding.

The next Grant Application Deadline is Friday, September 28th, 2018 at 12:00 noon.

All applicants will be notified regarding approval status; if approved; successful applicants should receive funding within 3 weeks of Regional Board approval.

Contact Information:

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

Ann-Marie Harvey, Senior Secretary

Regional District of Nanaimo
830 W. Island Hwy.
Parksville, B.C.
V9P 2X4

Grant Coverage Areas:

The Electoral Area ‘A’ Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Commission representing the communities of Cedar, Cassidy, South Wellington and parts of Yellowpoint has established a Grant-in-Aid Program that targets local community organizations providing recreation and culture services within Electoral Area ‘A’. The Program includes criteria to assist the Commission and RDN staff in reviewing and considering applications from a broad spectrum of opportunities.

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia