We fund new initiatives and established programs. The foundation does not place a cap on administration or overhead, and items such as evaluation, professional development and consulting support can be included in your application. In certain situations, we will cover the administration costs of a chartitable partner working with a non-qualified donee.
Crisis or deficit funding
Special events, conferences, or sponsorships
National or provincial organizations without strong local roots
In addition to your online application form, we require supporting documentation, which varies depending on the particular grant program. The required documents are outlined on the online application but could include:
Proposal Budget – a detailed budget for the proposal
Financial Statements – If your group's gross annual revenue is in excess of $250,000, provide audited financial statements for the most recent completed fiscal year. If your annual revenue is below $250,000, no statements are required.
Current Operating Budget for your organization
Official Leadership – a list of names of the current governing body (e.g. Board of Directors, Steering Committee, etc.)
Letter of Approval to Submit
Work Plan – a detailed work plan (format provided) outlining the schedule of activities, inputs required, and expected outcomes and measurement.
Please note that we cannot begin a review of your application until all of the documents have been received.
All proposals are reviewed through multiple screens relating to the project, the organization, the community, and the Foundation’s criteria. Our process involves asking questions such as the following:
Is this a healthy, growing organization?
Does the organization have a strong leadership base?
Does the proposal duplicate or enhance other efforts?
Will this project strengthen our community as a whole?
How will the lessons learned be shared?
What is the lasting impact of the initiative?
There are no right or wrong answers to these questions; they are merely examples of the kinds of issues we explore in making a decision.
When necessary, we will arrange for site visits as well as financial and external reviews (external reviews are strictly confidential and conducted by local leaders and/or experts in the field, and where appropriate by local youth).
Use plain language and explain complex concepts – would a high school student understand it?
Support your rationale – make use of statistics, surveys, and research
Support your budget – include details, provide sources, and mention other funders if applicable
Demonstrate that you’ve thought about sustainability
Tell us what will be different
Tell us what you hope to learn
Tell us what we can learn
We will arrange to meet with you shortly after the grant has been approved, to discuss timing, the flow of funds, outcomes, etc. and answer any questions you may have.
Regular reporting will occur in your online account. We typically require annual progress reports for each year of the grant, and a final report at the end of our involvement period. Every reporting form has one page of questions and one page of required attachments. Some of the requirements must be uploaded before you will be able to submit your report. Each report will need to answer the questions:
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