Deadline for application
- Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 4 pm
Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
The application must be filled and submitted through our NEW Application Portal.
The application for this program will go live on Wednesday, August 18, 2021.
Cultural Funding Officer
- To assist Ottawa’s local arts, heritage, festival and fair organizations build organizational capacity and sustainability at key milestones in their development.
- To support all cultural communities in Ottawa build organizational capacity.
The City of Ottawa will provide funding to successful organizations to a maximum of $15,000.
Grant writing assistance
Cultural Funding Officers are available to help you prepare your grant application in the following ways:
- Discuss eligibility of your activities, requirements of the program and answer any questions about the application and evaluation process.
- Review a draft version of your application prior to the deadline. Applications in progress can be reviewed at any time up until Friday, September 3, 2021.
- Provide peer assessment committee feedback on a previous application.
Who is eligible
Local not-for-profit organizations, including professional collectives, with an arts, heritage, festival, or fair mandate, including organizations representing and/or celebrating First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and equity-seeking communities that:
- Serve their local community
- Have a Board of Directors consisting of a minimum of 3 members, at least 50% of members must reside in the Ottawa Region
- Have their office/mailing address and the majority of their programming and event(s) within the limits of the city of Ottawa, Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation or Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation
- Have the ability to receive payment in the organization’s name
Who is not eligible
- For-profit organizations
- Government agencies
- Organizations whose activities come under the jurisdiction of other levels or departments of government, including school boards, hospitals, universities, social services, military programs, business improvement associations.
- Political parties
- Organizations with accumulated surpluses greater than 100% of total revenue (excluding capital assets)
What is eligible
Eligible capacity building projects must be new initiatives focused on one of the following objectives:
- Building community engagement and outreach capacity
- Building fundraising capacity
- Building leadership and governance capacity
- Building marketing and promotional capacity
- Building overall strategic and/or organizational capacity
Examples of eligible capacity building projects include (but are not limited to)
- Creating a networking platform that increases access to cultural opportunities for all
- Establishing a donor database
- Professional development (workshops, seminars, conferences, training, board retreat, etc.)
- Developing a professional strategic plan for your organization
- Planning a community-wide conference on accessibility needs
- Seeking professional expertise from a member of the Host Nation
- Promoting access to Algonquin language retention programs
What is not eligible
- Projects for which the organization has already received municipal funding
- Minor and major capital projects, purchase of equipment, and/or feasibility studies related to capital projects. (Please consult the Cultural Facilities Funding Program Guidelines for funding related to these types of projects.)
- Projects that are completed before the application deadline date
- Funding for direct deficit reduction
- The City will provide funding to successful projects to a maximum of $15,000
- The City will not fund more than 90% of the total cost of the project; the project budget must include sources of revenue other than the City’s contribution
- Applicants with accumulated surpluses greater than 100% of total revenue, excluding capital assets, are ineligible to apply
- Applicants that receive operating funding from the City of Ottawa cannot apply for activities that are included in their ongoing programming or operations
- Applicants may only submit one project application at a time within this program
- Applicants cannot receive more than one funding allocation for the same activity
- You must submit a final report before reapplying. If your final report for previous funding has not been submitted by the deadline date, subsequent applications to this program will not be considered.
- City of Ottawa's Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services Department staff may not hold a key position within an organization requesting cultural funding from the City. Exception: where staff participation has been approved as one of the duties of their position.
- City of Ottawa staff are required to act in compliance with the City of Ottawa Employee Code of Conduct and all applicable laws and regulations. For further inquiries, please contact your Cultural funding officer.
Meeting all eligibility requirements does not guarantee funding.
Peer assessors will use the following assessment criteria to evaluate your request for funding. Applicants are assessed based upon their respective mandates, size and scope, and according to the criteria outlined below:
- Clear alignment of project with program objectives
- Strength of leadership; suitability of human resources (i.e. staff, consultants, specialists) engaged in the project
- Project’s impact on applicant’s operations
- Potential for the project to meet applicant’s current needs and increase applicant’s effectiveness
- Contribution of the project towards applicant’s long-term sustainability
- Impact on the broader local cultural community the applicant represents
- Applicant’s ability to implement the project
- Applicant’s ability to monitor project outcomes and results
- Effective work plan
- Appropriate fiscal management and realistic budgeting
- Need for financial support