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Community Grants Program

Grants to Ontario Charities to Build and Strengthen
Communities in the Niagara Region

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Niagara Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

02/24/20 Noon

Description:

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Grants to Ontario charities for projects that will address identified community challenges and help to improve the quality of life in the Niagara region. Applicants must have a consultation meeting with grant staff at least seven days prior to the deadline. Grant making priorities assist with developing and implementing tools and resources to contribute to an organization's success, or address issues and indicators in the Living in Niagara Report 2017.

The Community Grants Program focuses on finding ways to help individuals, families, organizations and communities prosper.  While Niagara is facing many challenges, there is also an opportunity to seek new and sustainable ways of addressing community issues and creating a more collaborative approach to meeting the challenges facing organizations and the community.

The Living in Niagara Report includes indicators in the following areas: 

  • Arts, Culture and Heritage 
  • Community Belonging 
  • Crime, Safety and Security 
  • Economic Prosperity 
  • Environment 
  • Health and Wellness 
  • Housing and Shelter 
  • Learning and Education 
  • People Getting Started 
  • Recreation and Sports 
  • Transportation and Mobility 
  • Work and Employment

All proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • How was the project need determined and what were were the methods used to identify the need?
  • How does the project fit with the priorities of the Niagara Community Foundation?
  • If similar programs are offered within their delivery area, why should the applicant’s program be considered?
  • What is the capability of the applicant to undertake the project?
  • How will the success of the project be determined?
  • How sustainable is the project (if applicable)?

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158825

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Charities applying for grants will need to have 8 out of 13 of the following governance practices in place to be eligible to apply for a grant from the Foundation. The checklist is included in the grant application. If a minimum of 8 practices are not in place, a charity is allowed to apply once and the charity is directed to appropriate resources and support to address gaps. The items marked with an asterisk * are compulsory items.

Charities are not permitted subsequent applications until minimums have been met or a plan is in place to achieve them.
*Does the board approve an annual budget?
Does the board review actual to budget at least twice a year?
*Does the board meet a minimum of 3 times annually?
Are board policies reviewed at least every 4 years?
*Is there a policy that clearly outlines the roles and responsibilities of board and officers?
Are there fixed terms for board members?
Has a strategic plan been developed in the last 4 years?
Does the board annually review progress on achieving strategic plan goals and adjust plan to reflect progress and new opportunities?
*Is ED/CEO performance reviewed annually?
Is a board evaluation undertaken annually?
Is there an interim succession plan in place or being developed in the unexpected changeover in organization leadership?
Is there a conflict of interest policy?
Is there a reserve policy?

For tips, tools and resources for each of the 13 governance practices, see Attached Files below.

Grants are not available for:
- Core operating costs or current program costs
- Operating or capital deficits
- Activities of religious organizations that serve primarily their membership and/or their direct religious purposes
- Endowment funds
- Retroactive funding for any project expenses incurred prior to the Foundation’s decision date
- Individuals
- Political activity as defined by Canada Customs and Revenue Agency’s publication on registering a charity
- Programs and services outside of Niagara
- Applicants cannot apply for a concurrent grant unless they are part of a collaborative and are in good standing with their open grants to the Foundation

Pre-Application Information:

2020 Grant Deadline: Monday, February 24, 2020 at noon

All applicants must have a grant consultation with the Foundation prior to applying. This must be done at least 7 days before deadline.

Living in Niagara Report 2017: http://www.livinginniagarareport.com/downloads/

Contact Information:

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

Application: https://niagaracf.blitzen.com/form/community-2020

Further information is available by calling JoAnne Krick at the Foundation at 905-684-8688 ext 23 or emailing to grants@niagaracommunityfoundation.org.

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Canada: Ontario

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