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Recreation and parks funding

The City is committed to support not-for-profit organizations that invest in delivering recreation programs and services to its communities. Local not-for-profit organizations such as community or recreation associations are also invited to apply for funding to provide one- or two-day civic events with free admission that foster civic pride and develop community cohesion. Funding initiatives for major and minor capital improvements to facilities related to parks and recreation and community resource centres is available on a cost-sharing basis with community groups. The City's Renewable Recreation Funding envelope provides funding contributions to non-profit community organizations to support the delivery of programs and services that increase access to the basics in recreation services. And finally, the City offers assistance to residents that wish to take part in recreation and culture activities regardless of their ability to pay.

Civic Events Funding Program

Application information

The application process for the 2018 Civic Events Funding Program is now open.

Can’t wait to celebrate!

We invite local not-for-profit organizations, such as community groups and recreation associations to apply for up to $3,000 in funding to deliver community events that take place in local, geographic communities and neighbourhoods in the City of Ottawa. These family-friendly events must include family entertainment and activities that appeal to members of the geographic community where the event is being held.

Please review the information package for additional eligibility criteria.

Information Package [ PDF - 285.01 KB ]

Application Form 

Civic Events Funding Program Deadline

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by 4 pm

If you are unsure of your eligibility or have questions, please contact the Funding & Partnership Agreements Unit to discuss eligibility criteria and the application process at:

rec-info@ottawa.ca

613-580-2424 ext. 14133

Community Partnership Minor Capital Program

The Community Partnership Minor Capital Program is an initiative available for minor capital improvements to city-owned parks, recreation and cultural facilities on a cost-sharing basis with community groups. Examples include: play equipment, basketball courts, park furniture, tree planting, landscape improvements, minor community facility improvements, etc. Projects on school board land and other public lands that are accessible to the general public may also be eligible.

Deadline

The next deadlines for application submissions will be May 1 and September 1, pending budget approval.

Grant Application [ PDF - 584.78 KB ]

Grant Guidelines [ PDF - 122.64 KB ]

 Contact

Donna Williams
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 23169

Renée Proteau
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 26967

 

The Community Partnership Minor Capital Program is an initiative to implement minor capital improvements to parks and recreation facilities on a cost-sharing basis. The City’s budget for the program is set annually and funding is apportioned by district based on population. Applications are reviewed and funds are allocated twice annually as per the application deadline dates: May 1 and September 1.

The program can be applied to a variety of capital projects which result in the development of fixed assets. This grant is not intended for the purchase of expendable recreation equipment, i.e. art supplies, tables, chairs etc. or to finance park or facility maintenance costs.

Who can apply for a grant?

  • community groups
  • sports organizations
  • cultural groups
  • school councils/parent teacher associations

What projects are eligible?

  • minor capital recreational and cultural projects on City property which result in the development of fixed assets, i.e. play equipment, basketball courts, park furniture, tree planting, landscape improvements, minor community facility improvements, etc. 
     
  • projects on school land and other public lands are eligible provided the landowner provides financial and operational support as identified in the guidelines.

How does the program work?

  • City matches the community contribution for projects on City property to a maximum of $7,500 or 50% of the total cost of the project. 
     
  • City’s total contribution to a project on school board land or other public land will be up to one-third of the total cost of the project, to a maximum of $7,500. The balance of the capital cost will come from the community group alone, or together with the landowner.

Community Partnership Major Capital Program

The Community Partnership Major Capital Program is an initiative to implement major capital improvements and additions to facilities related to parks and recreation on a cost-sharing basis between the City and community groups. The project may relate to an asset that is owned by the City, or operated by a community partner who delivers service on behalf of the City or assists the City in the delivery of programs and services. The funding program applies to major capital programs for new facilities, renovations and expansions. It will only apply to fixed assets. It will not fund other components such as furniture, equipment, feasibility or fundraising studies.

Deadline

March 1

Contact

Donna Williams
Recreation Planning and Facility Development
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 23169

Renée Proteau
Recreation Planning and Facility Development
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 26967

About the program 

Who can apply for a grant?

Partners must be a legally constituted, incorporated, non-profit organization

  • community associations/organizations
  • sports organizations
  • clubs

What projects are eligible?

  • major capital projects for new facilities, renovations and expansions that result in the development of fixed assets relating to parks and recreation located within the City of Ottawa
  • the project may relate to an asset that is owned by the City, or operated by a community partner who delivers service on behalf of the City or assists the City in the delivery of programs and services

City Funding Contribution

  • Recreation and sports projects in City-owned facilities will be up to 50% of the eligible capital project cost and non City-owned facilities will be up to 25% of the eligible capital project cost
  • City contribution may be provided in one or more of the following forms:
    1. grant paid in cash
    2. land or other services in kind
    3. waiver of applicable municipal fees

Proposal Submission Deadline Date: March 1

For more information please review the Community Partnership Major Capital Program Guidelines and Principles and the Preliminary Partnership Proposal form [ PDF - 33 KB ] or contact:

Guidelines and principles

The Community Partnership Major Capital Program is an initiative to implement major capital improvements and additions to facilities related to parks and recreation on a cost-sharing basis between the City and community groups. The project may relate to an asset that is owned by the City, or operated by a community partner who delivers service on behalf of the City or assists the City in the delivery of programs and services. The funding program applies to major capital projects for new facilities, renovations and expansions. It will only apply to fixed assets. It will not fund other components such as furniture, equipment, feasibility or fundraising studies.

Program Objectives

  • to develop capital projects that respond to priority needs as identified through Departmental and City planning documents
  • to support community initiatives in developing and improving facilities which serve the community
  • to develop cost effective capital projects which minimize City contributions and leverage funding from other sources
Program Principles
  • all facilities developed with City funding within this program must be open and accessible to all residents of Ottawa
  • capital partnerships will only be considered where they can be supported by a business plan that indicates the completed project is sustainable over the long term
  • all partnership funding agreements are subject to the availability of funding within the capital budget program of the City
  • the City will be proactive in assisting organizations to develop partnerships that provide services within the core mandate of the City
Eligible Projects

If these basic mandatory conditions are met, the proposal will be assessed by a staff team using the criteria described below:

  • proposals in the areas of parks and recreation
  • proposals may relate to an asset that is owned by the City, or operated by a community partner who delivers service on behalf of the City or assists the City in the delivery of programs and services
  • major capital projects for new facilities, renovations and expansions
Initial Evaluation for Eligibility - Criteria for Consideration of Proposals
  1. Alignment with the strategic directions of the Department. Proposal must reflect the principles of relevant reports such as: Ottawa 20/20; Human Services Plan; the Community Infrastructure Strategy, the Sports Field Strategy etc.
  2. Proposals must not duplicate existing facilities.
  3. Potential partners must be a legally constituted, incorporated, non-profit organization.
  4. Proposals must be for facility development or enhancement.
  5. The proposed facility must be located within the City of Ottawa.
  6. Debt servicing and operating expenditures are specifically excluded from this program.
  7. The extent to which a proposal assists or supports other strategies of Council i.e.: tourism, livable communities and fits the requirement of departmental plans.
  8. The structure and program provided in these facilities must be consistent with the City's service delivery model.
  9. The extent to which the proposal serves priority targeted communities of interest or geography, or targeted activities.
  10. The adequacy of the existing facilities within the community and city.
  11. The extent to which the proposal optimizes capacity (i.e. the opportunity for increased community participation).
  12. The extent to which the proposal optimizes financing (i.e. the amount of money contributed through other sources).
  13. Details of other potential partners, their involvement and contributions to the project.
  14. An assessment of the status of planning and funding for the project and the prospect and timing of additional funding support from other agencies.
  15. The appropriateness of the scale of the proposed project and the financial input sought from the City. The total projected cost of the project is to be determined by a professional contractor and provided in writing to the City.
  16. Those organizations that generate significant revenues that have a large business operation and/or easier ability to generate sponsorship and obtain loan monies elsewhere may receive lower priority for City funding.
  17. The relative "equity and fairness" of proceeding with the project in regards to distribution of city funding across the community.
  18. A track record by the applicant that demonstrates an ability to undertake and complete such a proposal and operate the facility as proposed.
  19. The extent of community support for and involvement in the project.
  20. The degree to which positive spin-offs will accrue to the community and negative impacts will be minimized.
City Contribution

The maximum City contribution is based upon the type and ownership of the asset as described below:

    1. Recreation and Sports
      For recreation and sports projects the maximum City contribution for projects in City-owned facilities will be a maximum of 50% of the eligible capital project cost. For projects in community (Non-City) owned facilities, the City will contribute up to a maximum of 25% of the eligible capital project costs.
Eligible Capital Costs

The following are costs that are eligible for cost sharing within this program:

  • concept and detailed design costs
  • construction costs including contingencies
  • site development costs
  • development and building permits
  • fixed equipment

The following costs are NOT eligible:

  • financing costs (i.e. loan charges)
  • fund raising costs
  • non fixed furniture and equipment costs
  • moving costs
  • computers and non-fixed IT costs
Forms of Contribution

The contribution from the City may be provided in one or more of the following forms:

  • a grant paid in cash
  • land or other services in kind
  • waiver of applicable municipal fees

Any contribution of City land or waiving of development charges fees is considered to form part of the City's contribution. Including land contribution and waiving of development fees within the City's contribution will allow the City to maximize the number of partnership projects that may be supported within a limited funding envelope.

It should be noted that the total City contribution from any of these funding methods will not exceed the contribution limits noted above.

Criteria for Prioritization of Eligible Proposals

A second set of criteria has been established to prioritize eligible projects. For example projects submitted for sports field development would be assessed against such criteria:

  • City-owned land that remains in City ownership versus having to sell a portion of non-City owned lands
  • location of proposal: access to public transportation, growth area, proximity to arterial roads, proximity to or impact on local residential development, under-serviced area in the core
  • size and type of facility: address current priority shortage, multi-sport capabilities, tournament potential, economies of sale, potential addition to existing facilities or future growth potential for additional new sports fields
  • construction standard: artificial turf, natural turf at the community or district level standard, neighbourhood or basic level fields, maintenance standard
  • impact on current core area delivery; demonstrate improvements to core area access for sports turf, improvements for multi-sport opportunities, same sport consortium
  • potential for programming intensity; efficient/effective use of fields, carrying capacity of turf, responsible use
  • City contribution requirements: external grants/funding, sports field development capital budget envelope, length of term for financing, past performance of proponent
Proposal Deadlines and Submission Process

The deadline date for submitting proposals is March 1st.. The initial proposal process will qualify the projects submissions against the program objectives, eligibility and criteria.

Proposal Timelines

March 1 - proposal deadline
April - evaluation for eligibility
May-August - prioritize projects
September-October - report to Committee and Council for final approval
November-December - initiate project detailing, partnership agreement

Proposed Agreement and Project Monitoring Process
  • partnership agreement will be developed to detail the capital project and will include clauses stating the intentions of each party, shared objectives and outcomes etc.
  • City will provide funding payments on receipt of invoices in a manner as agreed to between the City and community organization
  • funding cheques will be issued to a group with two or more signing officers
  • City will monitor the terms of the partnership agreement
  • any residual funds are to be returned to the City, unless the City approves a phase two of the project to which these residual funds may be applied
  • governance structure and appropriate level of City involvement is to be agreed upon between the parties
  • agreement will include conditions that allow the City to appoint a project manager if it so desires or to appoint a project development adviser to the governing body for the period of construction and warranty
  • agreement will include City sign-off for the various stages of the project development; final design and cost estimate, construction tender, tender acceptance, variations to contract that are greater than 10% variation, are greater than the contingency or result in additional funds being required
  • in the case of community owned facilities, the City assumes no liability for ongoing operational or maintenance funding
  • applicant must demonstrate that the landlord has public liability insurance for the construction of the project and the landowner must provide written concurrence for the proposed capital project
  • City must have input into the sale/lease of naming rights of the facility
  • charges (if applicable) to the community must be agreed to by the City
  • in the case of community owned facilities, the City will recover some of the financial contribution if there is a significant change to use of the facility within the terms of the agreement or agreed timeframe (related to City's amortization of the intangible asset)
  • capital project must be developed within an agreed upon time frame
  • should the organization cease to exist or be re-constituted during the life of the capital project, conditions for safeguarding the public's investment in the capital project will be secured

Renewable Recreation Funding

The Recreation Funding Unit invests in non-profit based organizations that support equal access to basics through recreation programming in the City of Ottawa.

Only organizations that are currently receiving Recreation Renewable Funding should complete the 2017 Funding Submission reporting form. For 2017, the funding submission has to be completed and delivered to the Recreation Funding Unit by Tuesday, January 31, 2017. The address can be found on the form.

Please note that the 2017 Funding Submission form has been crafted in pdf format. The form allows users to enter and save information. There are some fields that will auto-calculate and self-populate. If extra space is needed beyond the allotted number of characters in any entry-field, please attach extra pages (with question number referenced) to your printed and signed hardcopy.

If you have any questions or concerns about the 2017 Funding Submission, please contact rec-info@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424 ext. 14133

2017 Funding Submission form [ PDF - 515.47 KB ]