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Community Projects and Events

Grants to Toronto, Ontario Community Nonprofits for
Projects and Events to Strengthen Local Communities

GrantWatch ID#: 181652
Agency Type:

Local

City of Toronto

05/31/17

06/19/17

07/21/17

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Grants to Toronto, Ontario nonprofit community organizations for projects and events to strengthen local communities. LOIs are due June 19. Information sessions are scheduled for May 25, 26, 31, and June 6. Walk-in appointments for applicants representing small organizations are available on June 1 and June 7.

There are two types of grants available: Community Events and Community Projects:

Community Events:

Community Event Grant Goals:
1. Advance at least one of the City’s strategic directions.
2. Build resident engagement and leadership by supporting residents to connect, learn and act to improve their wellbeing, neighborhoods, and community.

Community Events grants will fund grant applications that align with at least one of the following City’s strategic directions:
-Poverty Reduction Strategy
-Toronto Strong Neighborhoods Strategy

These strategies support City's divisional service plans such as the Recreation Service Plan and Parks Plan.

Community Events grants fund neighborhood activities or events that:
1. Is neighborhood-based (not city-wide) benefitting local residents
2. Are one-off activities completed within one year
3. Is a neighborhood improvement or training activity that is new or is an add-on to a currently running program
4. Is an existing or new event
5. Includes residents in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the project
6. Is free
7. Have a clear beginning and an end.

Examples of Fundable Community Events Activities:
-Neighborhood Improvement activities like community gardens, safety audits, community clean-ups, movie nights, etc.
-Recreational activities like sports demos, intergenerational community challenges, neighborhood Olympics or relays, etc.
-Training of volunteers or residents to get coaching/referee certifications, first aid certification, food handling certifications, etc.
-Events like festivals, parades, block parties, etc.

Community Events Eligible Costs:
-Permit costs and liability insurance
-Staff salaries and benefits for funded project
-Honoraria for volunteers
-Volunteer training and recognition
-Dedicated project space
-TTC tokens, bus transportation
-Equipment rentals, and supplies or materials required
-Interpretation and translation
-Project evaluation
-Child-minding
-Overhead and administration (up to 20%)

Community Projects Grants:

Community Projects Grants will fund projects that align with at least two of the following City’s strategic directions:

Select from one issue-based strategy:
-Poverty Reduction Strategy
-Toronto Strong Neighborhoods Strategy

AND one (or more) population-based strategy:
-Toronto Youth Equity Strategy
-Toronto Seniors Strategy
-Toronto Newcomers Strategy Human Trafficking

Community Projects Grant Goals:
1. Advance at least two of the City’s strategic directions.
2. Fund products and tools that are grounded in the experience of residents, and the creation of community knowledge and assets.

Community Projects Grants will fund:
-Tools and products that support your organization's new or existing projects, programs and/or services
- Products that have a use for your organization beyond the end of the one-year grant
- Creates transferable and/or 'shareable' results so that your project can impact the work of other organizations in Toronto

Examples of Fundable Community Projects Activities:
-Development of an online tool or website development
-Feasibility studies
-Toolkits or guides
-Community research
-Sharing and capturing evidence-based best practice models
-Needs assessments
-Outreach and advocacy campaigns

Community Projects Eligible Costs:
-Staff salaries and benefits, consultant fees, honoraria for volunteers
-Volunteer training
-Transportation
-Equipment rentals, and supplies or materials
-Permit fees, space rental, liability insurance
-Interpretation and translation
-Project evaluation
-Planning and development
-Developing and supporting partnerships
-Overhead and administration (up to 20%)
-Administrative partner (trustee) fees
-Food and child-minding

$1,000,000

Community Events: An applicant may request $5,000 to $10,000 for one year.

Community Projects: Applicant will indicate how much the project will cost.

Community Events: Grants support Community Activities held between November, 2017 and October, 2018. Funding is for one year only. The activity must have a clear beginning and an end. Funding is one-time only. Funding is not for ongoing programs and services.

Community Projects: Project activities can begin in November, 2017. Applicant will indicate how long it will take to complete your Project (preferable within 12 months).

Community Events:
-Community groups of any size and based in Toronto can apply
-Funding is not for ongoing programs and services

Community Events - Eligible Applicants:
-Not-for-profit groups or organizations (incorporated or unincorporated)
-Community (human) service organizations/groups
-Based in the City of Toronto
-Accountable to the community and representative of the community served
-Be in good standing with the City of Toronto
-IF funded: Find and work with a trustee organization (if yours is an unincorporated group)
-IF funded: Comply with City’s Grants Policy

Community Events - Ineligible Applicants:
-Individuals
-Businesses (for profit entities)
-An organization that has a mandate from another level of government such as universities, schools, hospitals
-Industry or trade associations
-Not Toronto-based (less than 50% of participants & board members are residents of Toronto)
-Political parties
-Grant-making organizations

Community Events - Not Funded:
-Ongoing program costs: costs to run your current programs/ services)
-Costs to maintain activities beyond the funded term
-Additional funding for same event/activity
-Awards ceremonies, banquets, receptions, annual general meetings, sport tournaments
-Activities that extend beyond Toronto's borders
-Religious activities/services
-Political activities
-Individuals or individual subsidies
-Fundraising events, donations to charitable causes
-Reserve funds, debt repayment, deficit funding
-Capital costs (i.e. building repairs or renovations)

Community Projects:
-Community groups of any size can apply (whether you are an incorporated or unincorporated not-for-profit organization)
-Your project will take place in Toronto, benefitting Toronto residents or organizations
-Your group's office and mailing address is in Toronto
-More than half of your board members or group leaders live in Toronto

Community Projects - Eligible Applicants:
-Not-for-profit groups or organizations (incorporated or unincorporated)
-Community (human) service organizations/groups
-Based in the City of Toronto
-Accountable to the community and representative of the community served
-Be in good standing with the City of Toronto
-IF funded: Find and work with a trustee organization (if yours is an unincorporated group)
-IF funded: Comply with City’s Grants Policy

Community Projects - Ineligible Applicants:
-Individuals
-Businesses (for profit entities)
-An organization that has a mandate from another level of government such as universities, schools, hospitals
-Industry or trade associations
-Not Toronto-based (less than 50% of participants & board members are residents of Toronto)
-Political parties
-Grant-making organizations

Community Projects - Not Funded:
-Ongoing program costs: costs to run your existing programs & services
-Costs to maintain activities beyond the funded term
-Additional funding for same product
-Unproven technologies
-Advertising campaigns
-Religious activities/services
-Political activities
-Individuals or individual subsidies
-Fundraising events, or donations to charitable causes
-Reserve funds, debt repayment, deficit funding
-Capital costs (i.e. building repairs or renovations)
-Activities that extend beyond Toronto's borders

Priority for funding will be given to groups with less than $500,000 in annual operating budgets.

The following information sessions are available for all applicants:

-Scarborough Civic Centre, May 25, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
-North York Civic Centre, May 26, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
-Etobicoke Civic Centre, May 31, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
-Downtown (Metro Hall), Room 302, June 6, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Two Drop-In Clinics (limited attendance) will also be held:

-ONLY for Applicant Groups with Less than $500,000 in operating budgets.
-Come for a one-on-one half-hour session with grants staff and discuss your project idea.
-First come, first served.

The Drop In Clinics will be held in City Hall, 14th Floor, East Tower:

-June 1, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
-June 7, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

The deadline for submitting a completed online Letter of Intent is Monday, June 19 at midnight (11:59 PM).

Only applications that meet all criteria will be invited to submit additional information (a more detailed budget, work plan and up to three additional questions).

The deadline for the full proposals is July 21.

Timeline:
-June 19: LOI due
-July 10: Invitation for full application
-July 13: Clinics for shortlisted grassroots groups
-July 21: Full proposals due
-October 23: Grant recommendations
-November 7: City Council approval of grants
-Week of November 13: Appeals

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

Click here for the online Letter of Intent (LOI) Application Form:
http://cityoftoronto.fluidsurveys.com/s/ProjectEvents/

For Community Projects:

Oleg Segin, Agency Review Officer
416-392-0102
oleg.segin@toronto.ca

Suzanne Paes, Agency Review Officer
416-392-927
suzanne.paes@toronto.ca

For Community Events:

Laurie O'Dell, Agency Review Officer
416-392-8527
laurie.odell@toronto.ca

Kin Wah Siu, Agency Review Officer
416-392-9207
kinwah.siu@toronto.ca

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