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One-time non-renewable community project funding

One-time non-renewable community project funding

As part of the 2018 Budget, Council approved the creation of a $100,000 one-time, non-renewable, one-year project fund in Community Funding, Community and Social Services. Only agencies not currently receiving funding from the City of Ottawa’s Renewable Community Funding envelope will be eligible to apply for this project funding.

Deadline to apply: February 22, 2018 at 4pm
Maximum amount of funding: $20,000

How to apply for funding:

All applicants must complete the One-Time Non-Renewable Community Project Funding application form and attach all required documentation. Please review the One-Time Non-Renewable Community Project Funding Guidelines and Checklist to ensure your project is eligible.

One-Time Non-Renewable Community Project Funding Application
One-Time Non-Renewable Community Project Funding Guidelines and Checklist

Note: Please first download the form onto your computer and open it with Adobe Acrobat Reader to complete. Any information added to the form through the web browser will be lost when the form is downloaded to your computer.

Program description:

City of Ottawa One-time Non-Renewable Community Project Funding supports time-limited or pilot projects that address new or emerging needs in the community. Priority is placed on programs/projects that: increase Access to Basics for people from diverse equity groups, reduce poverty, and increase self-efficacy.

The focus of this funding is aligned to priorities included in the City of Ottawa Strategic Plan and the City’s Equity and Inclusion Lens. Equity groups include: racialized people; Aboriginal people; women; people with disabilities; older adults; the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans, two-spirit and queer (LGBTQ+) community; people living in poverty; youth; immigrants; francophones; and people living in rural communities. 

2018 Community project funding priorities:

  • Promote conditions of equity and inclusion (on the basis of race, ethnicity, income, gender identity, sexual orientation, official language and ability, etc.)
  • Promote improved quality of life of people who are low income, at risk, isolated or otherwise marginalized
  • Address a unique or emerging service need, for which defined and demonstrated service gaps exist

Eligibility of applicants:

Community Project Funding is limited to community based, non-profit organizations that:

  • Are not currently receiving funding from the City of Ottawa’s Renewable Community Funding program
  • Are at least one of the following:
    • An incorporated non-profit organization
    • A registered charity
    • Sponsored by an incorporated non-profit organization or a registered charity
  • Address at least one of the Community Project Funding priorities, as listed below.
  • Operate in a non-discriminatory manner, as set out by the Ontario Human Rights Code
  • Are governed by a democratically elected Board of Directors or Steering Committee (Demonstrated through Annual General Meeting minutes)
  • Are in good financial standing with the City of Ottawa
  • Are located in and serve residents of Ottawa
  • Have been in existence for more than two years OR are sponsored by an incorporated non-profit organization that has been in existence for more than five years

Ineligible projects and expenses:

Please see the Guidelines and Checklists for a full listing of ineligible projects and expenses.

How funding decisions are made:

One-Time Non-Renewable Community Project Funding applications will be assessed through a community based allocation committee process. 
Eligible projects will be evaluated based on their capacity to:

  • Respond to the needs of a diverse community
  • Address gaps in services
  • Respond to an emerging community need
  • Foster and leverage partnerships
  • Be viable and present a realistic project budget
  • Identify clear anticipated outcomes and a plan to monitor and evaluate progress to achieve outcomes

For more information, please email the Community Funding Unit:

Community Funding Unit 
Community and Social Service Department
City of Ottawa