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KidStart Grant Program

Grants to Windsor-Essex, Ontario Elementary Level
Classes for Projects that Benefit Local Residents

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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WindsorEssex Community Foundation (WECF)

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Grants of up to $500 to Windsor-Essex, Ontario elementary level classes for student-driven projects that benefit local residents. Funding is intended for creative and innovative projects that are led by students. Eligible projects will address one of the Foundation's vital signs and will positively impact the community outside the school and classroom.

KidStart Projects:
- Provide students with a unique community-building experience of their own design
- Encourage hands-on community outreach
- Increase students’ pride in their school and community
- Encourage creative thinking
- Provide constructive ways to address Vital Signs 2018 issue areas

KidStart Grants will fund projects that:
- Are driven by students
- Are creative and innovative
- Will make a positive impact on the community
- Partner with a Community Organization (a letter of support from Community Partner is recommended)
- Are inclusive to everyone in the classroom
- Are for JK - Grade 8 classes
- Have approval from the school’s administration
- Align with 1 of the 11 WECF Vital Signs issue areas.

Projects must Address One of the Following Vital Signs Issue Areas:
- Health, Wellness & Activity
- Belonging & Leadership
- Safety
- Housing
- Arts & Culture
- Getting Started
- Environment
- Learning
- Getting Around
- Food Security

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185136

Term of Contract:

The grant money must be spent by the end of the school year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This program is strictly for elementary-level classes.

KidStart Grants will NOT fund projects that:
- Are part of the standard curriculum
- Would normally be covered by core funding
- Request funds for guest speaker expenses
- Have no community connection (projects that only involve one school)
- Are written solely by teachers or administration
- Are multi-year
- Contribute to fundraising efforts
- Fund other charities
- Fund existing operations

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted to the WECF office no later than Monday, February 11, 2019. Review of the applications will take place in February and applicants will be notified of their project’s status by March 1st, 2019.

The application can be submitted via e-mail or regular mail. After submitting the application, follow up with the WECF to ensure that the application was received.

E-mail completed applications to Anna Maruska or mail them to the Funding Source's office.

Eligible projects must have a community component, where the students make a connection to the broader community. It is suggested that applicants name their Community Partner within the application. A letter of support will go a long way to help the project in the selection process.

- Only one submission per project is allowed.
- All students in the classroom must take part.
- Only one submission per classroom.

Contact Information:

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

E-mail completed applications to Anna Maruska at:

Mail completed applications to:

WindsorEssex Community Foundation
3200 Deziel Drive, Suite 511
Windsor, ON N8W 5K8

Contact the WECF office between 8:30am and 4:30 pm with questions.
Phone: 519-255-6572

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario