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Grants to Ontario Nonprofits and Community
Groups to Benefit Kitchener Residents

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City of Kitchener

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11/25/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to Ontario nonprofit community organizations and groups to benefit residents of the City of Kitchener. Funding is intended for organizations that provide services in the areas of special events, arts and culture, community development and support, and minor sports and recreation.

The purpose of Tier 2 grants is to provide funding for:

  • Operating support to enable the provision of the basic service of the organization
  • Project support
  • Special event support
  • Equipment support

"Equipment" is defined as materials required for the basic service to operate, i.e. consumable items having a lifespan of less than three years; grant requests of a ‘capital’ nature are ineligible for funding; "capital" is defined as the acquisition of an infrastructure or asset having a lifespan of three years or greater.

Services provided by the organization/group for which funding is requested must demonstrably meet Council’s strategic objectives as documented in the City of Kitchener Strategic Plan and other policy documents. Organizations and groups are encouraged to ensure as much inclusive public participation and access as possible, e.g. minimum charge or no admission charge whenever possible.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148667

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only organizations/groups providing not for profit municipal services in the areas of arts and culture/special events, sports and recreation, and community support and development will be considered for funding.

Services provided by the organization/group for which funding is requested must be considered a municipal responsibility and not be the responsibility of other levels of government; services such as health care, social services, training and education are not eligible.

Services provided by the organization/group for which funding is requested must not be precluded under the Municipal Act, e.g. religious services.

Services provided by the organization/group for which funding is requested must not already be provided by the City or by other groups funded by the City of Kitchener; requests from organizations/groups that provide similar services as provided by the municipality must be assessed as to whether there is a duplication of services; the municipality will not issue grants for services that conflict with or are in direct competition with programs operated internally.

Grant applications from organizations that themselves distribute grants to other organizations will not be considered, i.e. fundraising events are not eligible. Service clubs are eligible to apply for funding if the purpose of the event they are sponsoring is deemed to be a municipal responsibility and the event is city-wide, targeted toward a broad cross-section of the community.

Grant applications submitted by individuals or ‘part groups’ of an organization/group will not be considered. Volunteer organizations/groups planning an event to raise funds to support an organization/group that is receiving a City of Kitchener grant will be not considered for Tier 2 funding.

Organizations/groups wishing to be considered for community grants Tier 2 do not need to be incorporated as not for profit corporations; however, budgets and subsequent accounting must not show an excess of revenue over expenses; applicants must demonstrate the capability to manage and govern the program or project, usually evidenced by the existence of an executive committee or coordinating board.

Any organization/group applying for funds that is in arrears and/or in litigation with the City of Kitchener is ineligible.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Those interested in submitting a grant application are encouraged to attend a public information session on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, from 5:00 to 6:00 PM in the Conestoga Room at Kitchener City Hall, Ground Floor, 200 King St. W.

Find out if your request qualifies for a community grant, learn more about the process and have your questions answered. For additional information, contact Kathleen Woodcock (see details below).

Pre-Application Information:

The application window for the 2020 community grant program will open in the Fall of 2019. The application deadline is Monday, November 25, 2019, at 5:00 PM.

A committee of City Council (the Community and Infrastructure Services Committee, known as CISC) considers the Peer and Staff Review committee’s recommendations regarding the grant allocations, typically in March.

Organizations/groups applying for funding who offer services to residents outside of the City of Kitchener are strongly encouraged to also approach all other relevant municipalities for funding.

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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.

Kathleen Woodcock, Manager
Community Services Department, City of Kitchener
200 King Street West, 7th Floor
P.O. Box 1118, Kitchener ON N2G 4G7
Tel: 519-741-2200, ext. 7597
Fax: 519-741-2723
TTY: 1-866-969-9994

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City of Kitchener

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario