Community Projects and Events
The Community Projects and Events Grant Program provides two streams of one-time funding to support the following goals:
Community Events Grant Stream
To build resident engagement and leadership by supporting residents to connect, learn and act to improve their wellbeing, neighbourhoods, and community.
- One-time funding is available from $5,000 – $10,000 for activities beginning in November, 2017 and ending in October, 2018.
- Groups with less than $500,000 in annual operating budgets will be prioritized for funding
View the Community Events Grants 2017 Guidelines.
Community Projects Grant Stream
To fund products and tools that are grounded in the lived experience of residents, and the creation of community knowledge and assets.
- One-time funding is available for projects beginning in November, 2017.
- Applicants are to request the amount and time needed to complete the project.
To increase access to City grants to as many organizations as possible, an organization can only apply for ONE of the two grant streams. For example, if you apply for the Community Events grant stream, then you cannot apply for the Community Projects grant stream.
Please review the grant guidelines for details. In 2017, there was a combined total of $1,000,000 available.
Changes to the Grant Process
As of March 2017, this funding program replaces a series of previous funding programs. The following changes have been made to the grant process from previous programs:
- Two Stage Application: To reduce the administrative burden and staff resources of applying groups, we are instituting a short eligibility self-assessment and a two-stage application process. The Letter of Intent (LOI) stage is a shorter application, and only those applications that best fit the funding criteria will be requested to put forward a full proposal.
- Community Input in Decision Making: To increase transparency and accountability, we are including community representatives to the decision-making process. This year, we are beginning with the inclusion of residents from the Lived Experience Advisory Panel in the shortlisting of LOIs, and staff from other divisions in the reviews of full applications. Next year, we will include external community representatives on the review panel.
- Leveling the Playing Field: applying groups will be reviewed and assessed with other similar sized organizations. In addition, applicants groups with operating budgets under $500,000 will be offered additional support in the LOI and full application stage. Our aim to ensure increased supports for new and grassroots groups.