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Community and Cultural Grant Program

Grants to Richmond Hill, Ontario Community and Cultural
Organizations and Individual Artists for Community Benefit Programs

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City of Richmond Hill

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11/01/19 4:00 PM Postmarked, Delivered in Person, or Submitted Online


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Richmond Hill, Ontario community and cultural organizations and individual artists to enrich the quality of life for local residents. Funding is intended to support one-time cultural and community projects of significant benefit to Richmond Hill residents.

The grant program has two streams: the Community Project stream and the Cultural Project stream.

Community Project Stream:

One-time project funding related to a specific program, service or activity that is of significant benefit to Richmond Hill in terms of economic impact, community responsiveness, and enhancement of the City's image and quality of life for Richmond Hill residents, in areas such as social services and health, recreation, or the environment.

Cultural Project Stream:

One-time project funding related to a specific program, service or activity that is of significant benefit to Richmond Hill in terms of economic impact, community responsiveness, and enhancement of the City's image and quality of life for Richmond Hill residents, in areas that promote performing arts (theatre, dance, music), visual, literary and new media arts as well as heritage program, presenting and touring opportunities and arts education for children and youth. 

The following items are eligible for funding:

  • Project Fees eg. includes contracted and permanent staff, artists, consultants, honorariums. Please note: staff salaries included in the budget must directly relate to the project. For example, if organizational staff spend 15 percent of their time on the project only 15 percent of their salary is eligible
  • Venue/space rental
  • Materials
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Some administration costs are eligible eg. rent, insurance, office supplies, telephone, internet but must directly support the project and can make up no more than 10 percent of the total request
  • Commissioning fees (cultural projects only) 
  • Touring costs (cultural projects only) including freight, per diem, accommodation, travel, and entry fees.

All proposed expenses must be directly related to the project. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175011

Estimated Size of Grant:

A maximum of 50 per cent of the project budget is eligible to be funded, up to a maximum of $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must begin between February 2020 - January 2021 and be completed within a 12-month time frame.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, community and cultural organizations must:
- Be an incorporated not-for-profit or nonincorporated collective which operates on a not-for-profit basis
- Be Richmond Hill based or be undertaking a project in Richmond Hill
- Have a volunteer Board of Directors (incorporated organizations only)
- Have an active volunteer base
- Demonstrated operational effectiveness, financial stability, and appropriate level of self-sufficiency
- Maintain financial records, i.e. Board-approved financial statements, audited financial statements

To be eligible, individual artists must:
- Be an emerging, mid-career or established professional artist
- Be a Richmond Hill resident
- Be conducting a project on a not-for-profit basis

Eligible organizations/individuals may not be considered if:
- The applicant has not submitted required reports or has outstanding grant overpayments for previous grants awarded by the City of Richmond Hill
- The applicant is intending to act as a funding body for other organizations or individuals
- The applicant is in a budget deficit situation
- Application is incomplete or is submitted after the posted deadline

For additional criteria, see:

The following organizations are ineligible to apply:
- Ratepayers associations
- School boards
- Parent/teacher organizations
- For-profit groups/organizations
- Organizations with political affiliations/political organizations
-Civic departments, commissions or committees
- Religious groups/faith organizations where services/activities include the promotion and/ or require adherence to a faith
- Hospitals, clinic-based services or medical treatment programs
- Fundraising associations/events
- Provincial/national organizations, except where the application is made by a local chapter.

For inegible project expenses, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Community and Cultural Grant Information Session will be held on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM at Elgin West Community Centre, Palisade Room, 11099 Bathurst St, Richmond Hill.

The information session will provide details on the grant guidelines and application process. Attendance is encouraged for all interested applicants.

To register:

Pre-Application Information:

- Information Session:September 24, 2019
- Application Deadline: November 1, 2019, at 4:00 PM
- Recommendations to Council: January 2020
- Final Notification: February 2020

You may only submit a project under one stream. You may apply for multiple projects, however, funding is not guaranteed for multiple projects. Applicants are not able to prioritize their project applications.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Or mail, courier or deliver applications to:
Community and Cultural Grant Program
City of Richmond Hill
Attn: Community Services Department 8th Floor
225 East Beaver Creek Road
Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3P4

Inquiries regarding the program should be directed to:

Stephanie Graham, Stephanie Graham, Cultural Services Coordinator
905-508-7012, ext. 228

Kathy Sampson, Community Development Coordinator
905-884-0855, ext. 224

11099 Bathurst Street, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 0N2

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Town of Richmond Hill

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