The Ottawa Community Foundation (OCF) is pleased to launch the One-Year Community Grants Program (CGP) for initiatives in the following broad areas: social services, arts and culture, education, environment, health, and animal welfare.
To support the delivery of programs and projects, the OCF encourages applications to advance more systemic and collaborative approaches to issues of concern, such as: strategic planning and organizational development; research, planning and agreeing to broker partnerships between organizations and sectors; “seed funding” to further develop emerging initiatives/proposals and boost the likelihood of obtaining significant support from other funders.
- Initiatives must do one or more of the following:
- Benefit the Ottawa community, improve the quality of life for its residents, and help to foster a strong, positive and caring community;
- Use a community development approach to build on the assets and strengths of the community in order to respond to evolving issues and emerging priorities;
- Address the root causes of identified local issues and work on long-term solutions in an effort to achieve systemic change;
- Cultivate collective action within the community (i.e. through a shared vision for change, coordinated activities, joint data collection and results measurement, the coordination of participating organizations, etc.);
- Take a creative or unique approach to tackling community issues (e.g. through the method of service delivery, engagement of community partners, role of community members, etc.);
- Help to build the capacity of individuals, organizations and communities.
- Typically, registration with Canada Revenue Agency as a charitable organization is required to be eligible to apply for a Community Grant. Incorporation as a not-for-profit is not sufficient to qualify. However, an organization that does not have charitable status can apply in a formal partnership with a charitable organization if, through the initiative in question, the non-charitable organization is helping the charity fulfill its mission and mandate. Charitable organizations can apply for an initiative they intend to directly deliver themselves, as well as serving as a charitable partner, in the same grant round.
- In addition:
- Applicants must demonstrate fiscal responsibility and have a committed volunteer board.
- The initiative for which the grant is being requested must benefit residents of Ottawa.
- Previous Community Grant recipients must file an Evaluation Report before applying for a new grant.
For more information, visit Ottawa Community Foundation.