The Chatham Kent Community Foundation is now accepting applications for its grant program.
South Kent Wind is an example of a donor advised fund. They have identified 5 areas of giving:
- Local Communities: Grants will be granted to geographic communities that are within close proximity to the South Kent Wind project. These grants can be used for facilities, programs and organizations that support building strong and vibrant communities in Chatham-Kent.
- Environmental: Grants will be granted to initiatives and programs that support community action on ecological preservation, restoration, land stewardship and education.
- Youth and Education: Grants will be granted to programs and organizations that are working in the community to meet the needs of children and youth development through education, recreation or safety. Special attention will be given to programs that build individual and community based leaders.
- Health and Wellness: Grants will be granted to organizations that are working proactively on building and supporting individual and community health and wellness. Special attention will be given to programs that are working collaboratively on finding ways to support families by acknowledging the importance of the social determinants of health.
- First Nations and Metis: Grants will be granted to causes that benefit First Nations and Metis whose traditional territory is within Chatham-Kent. Special attention will be given to programs that have been identified by area First Nation and Metis communities.
- The Foundation supports charitable organizations concerned with education, health, arts and culture, recreation and social services that operate for the citizens of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.
- Grants are made only to registered charitable organizations. Organizations seeking funds must demonstrate a strong, committed Board, fiscal responsibility and management qualifications.
- Grants are awarded for definite purposes, and for projects covering a specified period of time. Multi-year grants are subject to periodic performance reviews.
Preference is given to projects which:
- Encourage more efficient use of community resources.
- Expect to test or demonstrate new approaches and techniques in the solution of community problems
- Are developed in consultation with other agencies and planning groups, and those which promote co-ordination, co-operation and sharing among organizations and the elimination of duplicated services.
- Promote volunteer participation and citizen involvement in the community.
- Expect to strengthen internal management capabilities of agencies.
- Capital projects will be considered if there is a demonstrated need.
- Bursaries and scholarships are usually awarded to educational institutions and not to individuals.
- Grants are not usually made to support normal operating expenses of established organizations or programs.
- Grants are not made to establish or add to endowment funds.
- Grants are not usually made to support or sponsor major fund raising events, the proceeds of which are directed to the fund raising goal of another Foundation or charitable organization.
- Projects whose primary goal is to support the delivery of political or religious activities are not eligible.
- An organization must be a registered charity, able to provide a Revenue Canada Agency registration number.
- The organization must also provide programs/services within the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.
For more information, visit Chatham Kent Community Foundation.