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Community Foundation Grey Bruce

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Other Grant Sources

External Grant Sources

A brief list of funding sources for local charities, eligible not-for-profits as well as culturally oriented funding sources for local arts and culture.




Community Foundation Grey Bruce

Max of $35,000 per applicant. Primarily children's interests and arts and culture but other areas will be considered in recreation, environment, health, etc.  Strongest applications will have an aspect of assistance to disadvantaged children and families.  Letters of intent accepted by July 1, 2015.  Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application due approximately mid-September.  Please check back with the foundation to see if the program is continuing in 2016. 

Email:  cfgreybruce@brucetelecom.com


Blackburn Foundation

Owners of 94.5 Classic Rock, 101.7 The One, and CKNX am 920. Supporting capital projects through the Walter J. Blackburn Foundation. A letter of inquiry gets sent first to the Administrator, Elizabeth Abbott. 

Email:  emabbot@blackburnradio.com 

Link:  https://chimp.net/charities/the-walter-j-blackburn-foundation 


The Society of Energy Professionals and The Society of Professional Engineers
Both associated with Bruce Power, both provide funding for capital projects.

Federal and Provincial Supports:

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund
Cultural capital builds and equipment purchases, a federal program under Department of Canadian Heritage.
For professional presenting activities only, i.e. professional theatre, music, etc. http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1267728945673

Community Forward Fund
A fund dedicated to lending to charities and non-profits, loans tailored to individual clients based on their financial needs. Their loans can help you:
                - Expand programs or grow earned income
                - Purchase, build or renovate a building
                - Purchase or upgrade needed equipment
                - Manage timing of foundation or government grants or from donations, capital campaigns or other revenue such as ticket sales from arts exhibitions.

Criteria: non-profits or charities; in operation for at least 3 years; revenues of over $250,000 per year; cash flow that will allow repayment of the loan (this can include as an alternative to rent in the case of buying a building, contracts or other revenue streams or a planned revenue generating operation); can report on impact. *CFF will consider loans to organizations that do not fit all of these criteria on a case by case basis. http://www.communityforwardfund.ca/

Enabling Accessibility Fund
The Enabling Accessibility Fund is a federal Grants and Contributions program that supports capital costs of construction and renovations related to improving physical accessibility and safety for people with disabilities in Canadian communities and workplaces. From installing automated door openers, constructing a universally designed office or retrofitting a washroom with an accessible toilet, grab bars and taps, the Enabling Accessibility Fund works to enable Canadians with disabilities to participate in their community and the economy. There are two streams: workplace accessibility and community accessibility. Eligibility: Not-for-profit organizations; For-profit organizations; Municipalities; Aboriginal organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities); and, Territorial governments. http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/disability/eaf/index.shtml

Legacy Fund
The Legacy Fund provides funding for community festivals and occasionally, capital projects. Successful applicants may receive up to 50 per cent of eligible expenses to a maximum of $500,000 in funding for community capital projects that: commemorate a significant local historical event or pay tribute to a significant local historical personality; mark a 100th anniversary or greater, in increments of 25 years (e.g., 125th, 150th); involve the restoration, renovation, or transformation of existing buildings and/or exterior spaces with local community significance; encourage arts and heritage activities in your community; and are intended for and accessible to the general public. info@pch.gc.ca or call 1-866-811-0055

Local Poverty Reduction Fund
The Local Poverty Reduction Fund gives money to community organizations and municipalities to evaluate their poverty reduction initiatives, create partnerships and build a body of evidence of programs that work for Ontarians living in poverty. http://www.ontario.ca/government/local-poverty-reduction-fund

New Building Canada Fund: Small Communities Fund
The Small Communities Fund (PTIC–SCF) will provide $1 billion for projects in municipalities with fewer than 100,000 residents, providing support for projects of national, local or regional significance. Projects funded through the PTIC–SCF must meet the following program objectives: Economic growth; A clean environment; and Stronger communities. Eligible recipients are restricted to those whose projects are situated within or are for the benefit of, communities with a population of fewer than one hundred thousand people (100,000). Not-for-profit organizations are eligible if their application is supported by a municipal or regional government. Eligible Categories with possible arts/culture tie-ins: Green energy, Innovation, Connectivity and broadband. http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/sc-cp-eng.html

Ontario Trillium Foundation (regional office)
Priorities changing in 2015 but historically supports some capital initiatives, community building initiatives, health, recreation, arts and culture, etc. Emphasis on broad impact. http://www.otf.ca/en/

SWODF (South Western Ontario Development Fund)
SWODF funds businesses, municipalities and not-for-profits for economic development in south western Ontario. They fund projects that create jobs, attract private sector investment, encourage innovations, collaboration or cluster development.  Checklist needs to be undertaken to determine eligibility for funding. Applicant must invest between $200,000 - $500,000 depending on size of community, and double current employment for their organization as a result of the project. http://www.ontario.ca/business-and-economy/southwestern-ontariodevelopment-fund

Other sources of general or project funding (not necessarily capital):

Audrey S. Hellyer Charitable Foundation
A range of areas of support including health, arts and culture, capital expenses, building funds, Christian causes, equipment, etc. Easy online application. http://audreyhellyer.com/

Benjamin Moore Community Restoration Program
Provides paint to heritage and community program. http://www.cfc-fcc.ca/programs/benjamin-moore.html

Bruce Power
Bruce Power has a social responsibility to engage, assist and champion the needs and causes close to home. Applying one year to 1.5 years in advance of funding target is recommended. http://www.brucepower.com/community/community-investment/

Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation
Arts and culture, children/youth, education, environment, social services, sports and recreation, capital funding, program funding, special project funding, etc.  

Email: foundation@mmainvestments.com

Charles H. Ivey Foundation
Assist arts and culture, environment, health, social services for groups in South Western Ontario or remote northern communities in Ontario. www.charleshiveyfoundation.com

CMOG - Canadian Museums Operating Grant
Many criteria must be met for this "staple" in museum funding. Difficult for new museums to get in but worth the effort to try. http://www.grants.gov.on.ca/GrantsPortal/en/OntarioGrants/GrantOpportunities/OSAPQA005138

Flesherton Foundation
Funding available to Flesherton and immediate area for improvement projects with local appeal. Ads appear in the local paper asking for submissions once per year.

Green Shield Canada Community Giving Program
The Green Shield Canada (GSC) Community Giving Program supports the health and wellness of Canadian communities. It contributes funds to support work in the areas of Health and Wellness, Health Education/Promotion and Social Services. They give priority to programs that enable access to health and social services for the most vulnerable members of our community.

HODG - Heritage Organization Development Grant for heritage societies etc. Approx. $500-1500 per year for operational costs. www.grants.gov.on.ca/GrantsPortal/en/OntarioGrants/GrantOpportunities/OSAPQA005136

Hydro One – Power Play
Grants of up to $25,000 are available for capital projects for community centres, indoor or outdoor ice rinks, playgrounds, splash pads, sports fields — facilities where the primary purpose is to support children’s community sports and active play. Applications for new facilities and the renovation of existing facilities will be considered. http://www.hydroone.com/OurCommitment/Community/Pages/powerplay.aspx

Hydro One - other streams
Hydro One is proud to support a variety of community-based events throughout Ontario. It's their way of connecting with our customers and communities. If you're organizing an event, they'd like to hear from you. http://www.hydroone.com/OurCommitment/Community/Pages/sponsorships.aspx

Koerner Foundation
Arts and culture, education, environment, special project funding, social sciences, etc.
Initial contact preferred by email to mkoerner@canadaoverseas.com

The Leflar Foundation
The Leflar Foundation's mission is to help children and youth in the Owen Sound and Grey/ Bruce county area.  They offer financial support to non-profit, charitable organizations that provide opportunities or services to children in the area in recreational, educational, cultural and medical endeavors. Their intent is to assist disadvantaged children and youth, in order that they may participate in activities or obtain services that they might not otherwise have access to in their community.  http://www.leflarfoundation.com/

Museum Assistance Program (MAP)
MAP  supports heritage institutions and workers in the preservation and presentation of heritage collections. MAP provides financial assistance to Canadian museums and related institutions for activities that: facilitate Canadians’ access to our heritage; foster the preservation of Canada’s cultural heritage, including the preservation of representative collections of Aboriginal cultural heritage; and foster professional knowledge, skills and practices related to key museum functions. http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1268597502197

New Horizons for Seniors Program
Organizations helping seniors make a difference in the lives of others, and in their communities. Projects must be led or inspired by seniors and address one or more of the following objectives: promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations; engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others; expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse; supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors

Ontario Arts Council:
A huge range of funding programs available including funding for public galleries, culturally diverse curatorial projects, inter-arts projects, etc. Extremely competitive, known for difficult grant application processes. http://www.arts.on.ca/Page3499.aspx

Ontario Power Generation
 OPG's Corporate Citizenship Program demonstrates their commitment to the well-being of the host communities where they operate. OPG supports more than 1,100 small grassroots charitable not-for-profit CCP community investment initiatives each year, including about 250 student awards across our site communities.

Pricewaterhouse Coopers Canada Foundation
Volunteer and leadership grants. http://www.pwc.com/ca/en/foundation/index.jhtml

Retired Teachers Organization (RTO) Service to Others Program
Both provincial and local funding exist for projects that bring focus to the value of active and retired teachers in Ontario, and special projects.  https://www.rto-ero.org/project-service-others

The Rexall Foundation
Children's health, mental health, kids at risk. http://www.rexall.ca/foundation

RTO7 - Partnership Funding
This funding can be helpful for partnered projects in the community that could arguably attract tourism. There is a current push or slant towards local food projects combined with local culture initiatives. http://rto7.ca/Public/Resources/Partnership-Funding-2014-15

Scotiabank Bright Futures Program
Arts, education, health care, social services, sports and environment. http://www.scotiabank.com/ca/en/0,,383,00.html

Scott Griffin Foundation
Arts and Culture assists, some education, environment and social services, primarily Toronto focussed but sometimes grants are made outside the city. They have granted to Collingwood area before. Send letter of inquiry first. scottgriffinfoundation@cogeco.ca

Socan Foundation
Grants are provided to organizations or individuals for activities benefiting Canadian music creators. Programs are divided by genre:
Popular Music: activities involving Canadian songwriters, lyricists and music publishers, focusing on popular music (eg. jazz, folk, world, hip-hop, blues or roots music) and;
Concert Music: activities involving Canadian composers and music publishers, focusing on concert music.

Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund
The Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund will help social entrepreneurs/enterprises who are tackling Ontario's most pressing social and environmental issues, and creating jobs. The Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund will:  Foster partnerships with nfp intermediary organizations to achieve value-for-money in program delivery. Provide funds to eligible social enterprises (either directly or through intermediaries) in the form of grants, loans, equity investments, royalties or through other financial tools. Leverage government contributions through private sector expertise and investments. Serve as a learning platform for demonstrating innovative social finance arrangements https://www.ontario.ca/business-and-economy/social-enterprise-demonstration-fund

Summer Experience Program
Summer student funding. http://www.grants.gov.on.ca/GrantsPortal/en/OntarioGrants/GrantOpportunities/OSAPQA005131

Young Canada Works
For cultural and heritage organizations to fund summer student positions. https://www.youngcanadaworks.ca 


Meridian Credit Union – Good Neighbour Program
The Good Neighbour Program, which has sponsored more than 1,500 worthwhile organizations and events in Meridian communities since 2006, is one of Meridian's best-known community initiatives. The Good Neighbour Program is our corporate social responsibility program. From now on everything we do economically, socially and environmentally to make our communities strong, vibrant and inclusive will fall under the umbrella of our Good Neighbour Program.  http://www.meridiancu.ca/

Support Sources

  • Product – Techsoup Canada: Donated software for a fraction of the price available to registered charities, plus help and support eg. How to write a social media campaign. www.techsoupcanada.ca        
  • Community Futures – Free webinars for not-for-profit organizations
  • Resources and Tools - -http://nonprofitorgs.wordpress.com
           - 100 low-cost or free web-based tools for non-profits.


A general note about seeking money from foundations:

A very flawed list is available on Wikipedia of Canadian Foundations worth more than 10 million in assets. If your organization can afford it, there are numerous companies selling customized software to aid charities with foundation funding such as Foundation Search and numerous others. An affordable option is Ajah Fundtracker which is an online service for a fairly nominal fee per month.

In almost all cases with Foundations, a letter of intent or inquiry is required before you get invited to make a full application. Foundations must write cheques to registered charities. If you are not a registered charity and seek Foundation funding, you need to partner with a charitable organization who will seek funding for the shared project.



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