Grant Name: Community Building Fund – Operating Stream

Status:

Active

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Deadline:

No upcoming deadline

Description

The Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund is investing $105 million to support community arts and culture, heritage, tourism, sport, and recreation organizations, that are experiencing significant financial pressures due to the pandemic. These organizations support community engagement, tourism, and recreation through a variety of attractions, experiences, programs, events and activities. The Community Building Fund is offering two streams – Operating and Capital. Learn more about the Community Building Fund.

The Community Building Fund – Operating stream provides support for non-profits and Indigenous communities in the community arts and culture, heritage, tourism, sport and recreation sectors to help sustain their operations and create new attractions, experiences and events.

Applications will be accepted starting March 31, 2021.

If your organization and grant request are not eligible for funding through the Community Building Fund – Operating stream, we encourage you to explore additional funding opportunities offered by the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries and Grants Ontario.

Eligibility

Organization eligibility

Organizations applying to the Community Building Fund – Operating stream need to have a significant presence in the arts and culture, heritage, tourism, sport and recreation sectors, and operate facilities and/or deliver experiences or programs in Ontario that are open to the public,

and must meet one of the following:

  • A charitable organization or public foundation registered as a charity by the Canada Revenue Agency
  • An organization incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation without share capital in a Canadian jurisdiction
  • A First Nation / Métis / Inuit or other Indigenous community

Ineligible organizations include:

  • Any Municipality or municipal agencies
  • A conservation authority
  • An unincorporated branch or chapter of a registered charity or incorporated not-for-profit organization
  • A for-profit organization
  • A university/college, hospital, school and or an agency of one of these organizations
  • An agency of the provincial or federal government
  • Organizations outside Ontario

Organization requirements

All organizations, with the exception of First Nations, must meet OTF’s financial statement and Board of Director’s requirements.

Please ensure your organization meets all of the following criteria:

  • Provides appropriate financial statements based on your organization’s total revenues and fiscal year end date, according to the financial statement requirements.
  • Board of Directors meets OTF requirements.
  • OTF has no concerns with your organization’s OTF granting history, for all past applications, either approved or declined.

Financial statement requirements

While all organizations must meet OTF’s Financial Statement requirements, Municipalities, First Nation, Métis, Inuit or other Indigenous communities are not required to submit financial statements with their grant application.

  • Organizations must upload their most recent completed financial statements based on their fiscal year-end date and total revenues.
  • Additional information pertaining to a surplus or deficit will need to be uploaded along with the financial statements, if applicable.
  • Organizations must have at least one year of financial history from their incorporation or charitable registration date based on their organization’s fiscal year-end date.
  • Financial statements must be Board approved (draft statements are not accepted).
  • Financial statements must be completed within 12 months of the organization’s most recent fiscal year-end. For the April 6, 2022 deadline:
    • 2020 financial statements are required (including 2019 comparative details) if your organization’s fiscal year-end date falls between April 1 and December 31
    • 2021 financial statements are required (including 2020 comparative details) if your organization’s fiscal year-end date falls between January 1 and March 31

Review additional financial statements requirements

Organization and grant requirements

While all organizations must meet OTF’s financial statement and Board of Director’s requirements, Municipalities, First Nation, Métis, Inuit or other Indigenous communities are not required to submit financial statements or Board of Director information with their grant application.

Please ensure your grant application meets all the following criteria:

  • All questions, acknowledgments and attachments are complete.
  • Complies with the Eligibility Policy, except where otherwise noted in the Community Building Fund – Capital stream requirements.
  • Complies with OTF policies.
  • Strongly aligns with your chosen Community Building Fund – Capital stream outcome(s).
  • Provides appropriate financial statements based on your organization’s total revenues and fiscal year end date, according to the financial statement requirements.
  • Board of Directors is current and meets OTF requirements.
  • OTF has no concerns with your organization’s OTF granting history, for all past applications, either approved or declined.

Board of directors’ requirements

All organizations must meet OTF’s Board of Directors requirements. However, Municipalities, First Nations, Métis, Inuit, or other Indigenous communities are not required to submit Board of Director information with their grant application.

Please ensure your organization meets all of the following criteria:

  • Your organization has a minimum of three board members with active terms. Their terms need to be active as of the application deadline date.
  • At least 50% of the board must maintain an arm’s length relationship to each other. This means that board members and executives are not married or related to each other and do not work as business partners or are in another relationship where interests may be compromised.

Policy requirements

Organizations need to meet the following OTF Policies:

Transfer of Active Grants Policy

How to Apply?

1.       Application submission

2.       Review and assessment

  • OTF staff will first review your application as well as information available on your organization’s website and social media accounts, to make sure you are eligible to apply, that your application is complete, and is a fit with the grant requirements. Our experienced staff and local volunteers score your application against the grant assessment criteria.

3.       Recommendation and selection

  • Local Grant Review Team volunteers make funding recommendations. OTF’s Board of Directors approve these recommendations.

4.       Notification

  • The final list of approved grants is sent to Ontario Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) to give them the opportunity to congratulate successful recipients directly, when possible. OTF then notifies all applicants of the final decision.

5.       Orientation

  • Successful applicants take part in a mandatory orientation session with their OTF Program Manager.

6.       Confirmation

  • Successful applicants are sent an email with their OTF Contract.

7.       Activation

  • Grants are activated once OTF contracts are signed and returned electronically.
  • Next, in order for OTF to release the first grant payment through electronic funds transfer (EFT), the organization’s banking information needs to be confirmed in OTF’s online portal.

8.       What happens during your grant?

  • Reporting and Monitoring: In addition to grantee engagements as required, grantees submit a final report when the grant is completed. This covers the achievement of the grant.
  • Completion: After OTF staff approves the final report and the grant recognition requirements are met, the grant hold-back funds are released, and the grant is closed.
  • Grantee compliance: A random sample of grants are subject to a Grantee Compliance Audit. Grants can be audited for compliance at any point within the grant’s life, or after the grant has been closed.

Funding Amount

  • Minimum $10,000
  • Maximum $250,000

Contact Information

1 800 263-2887
416 963-4927
TTY: 416 963-7905
Fax: 416 963-8781
otf@otf.ca

Processing Fee

NA

Location/Classification

Ontario
Community Services

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