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Grants to Ontario Registered Charities to Benefit
Local Residents in Eligible Locations

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Oakville Community Foundation (OCF)

Deadline Date:

09/10/21 12:00 PM (noon)


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Grants of up to $25,000 to Ontario registered charities for operational support or projects that benefit eligible communities. Funding is intended for programs and activities within the focus areas of health and well-being, arts and culture, environment, heritage, and social services. Eligible applicants are Halton-based and specifically serve and support Oakville and its residents. Charities can choose to make a project-specific application or apply for operational support toward their mission. The focus of this granting program is to assist with the recovery of the local charitable sector.

The Foundation has prioritized SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities and made it a Business Plan priority to reduce inequities in its operations and its community. To that end, The Foundation’s granting guidelines state that projects with Indigenous and equity-deserving communities must be done “with them and not for them”. Equity-deserving communities is a term used by The Foundation to describe groups which are marginalized by societal structures. These communities often experience social and financial disadvantages as a result of systems of oppression, including but not limited to racism, sexism, and ableism. Examples of equity-deserving communities include: Indigenous people; ethnic or linguistic minorities; sexual and gender minorities; and people with mental illness or physical or intellectual disabilities. This list is not exhaustive and is always evolving. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183778

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Foundation will accept eligible grant requests up to a maximum of $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must begin no earlier than January 2022 and be completed by December 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only applications from Halton-based registered charities that directly support and serve Oakville and its residents will be accepted.

Eligible applicants:
- Applicants must be qualified donees as defined under the Income Tax Act and registered and in good standing with Canada Revenue Agency
- Applicants must be Halton-based charitable organizations that directly support and serve Oakville or its residents.
- Applicants must confirm adherence to the Human Rights Code (accessible through the application portal).
- Applications must adhere to any diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives identified by The Foundation.
- Applications with Indigenous or Equity-Deserving Community content, focus or impact must adhere to the granting policy directions (see:

Ineligible funding:
- Grantmaking organizations and private foundations.
- Charitable organizations outside of Halton even if the activities provided direct support and serve Oakville or its residents.
- Annual fundraising campaigns.
- Research papers or grant applications to other organizations.
- Endowment fund building.
- For sectarian, religious* or political purposes (*faith-based organizations seeking to extend the use of their premises for community-based outreach projects may apply for funds on their behalf – funds will not be granted for programs or equipment for purposes deemed to be the responsibility of the congregation)

Pre-Application Information:

Timing of Process:
- Applications Open: August 17, 2021 @ 5:00 p.m.
- Deadline for Applications: September 10, 2021 @ 12:00 p.m.
- Crowd Funding Period: November - December 2021
- Grant Distribution to Successful Applicants: By year-end 2021

Only one application per organization will be permitted. If a charity participates in a collaborative grant it will be considered their one and only eligible application.

Collaborative grant applications are welcomed. Non-profit organizations may participate in a collaborative grant, but the lead organization submitting the application must be a CRA-approved Halton charity.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

For technical questions, contact:
Michelle Collins, Fundholder and Community Engagement Administrator

For other questions, contact:

Oakville Community Foundation
410 North Service Road East Ste. 200
Oakville, ON L6H 5R2
905 844.3562

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario: Oakville;

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