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Charities / Grant Programs

Grant Programs

Grant Programs -
The Niagara Community Foundation granting programs strive to nurture and build on our community’s strengths and assets.  Communities are strengthened by initiatives which increase the capacity of organizations and individuals to respond to challenges and opportunities, develop local leadership, promote self-reliance, emphasize prevention and mobilize civic participation and resources.  We will strive to continually improve our skills as grant makers, making a visible and lasting difference in our communities through a granting program that is balanced, flexible, creative and responsive.
                                                 
 For a list of grants awarded from the various foundation grants programs click here.
 

NEW: Instituting Minimum Governance Practices for Grant Applicants


Charities applying for grants will need to have 8 out of 13 of the following governance practices in place to be eligible to apply for a grant from the Foundation.  The check list is included in the grant application. If a minimum of 8 practices are not in place, a charity is allowed to apply once and the charity is directed to appropriate resources and support to address gaps.  The items marked with an asterisk * are compulsory items.
 
Charities are not permitted subsequent applications until minimums have been met or a plan is in place to achieve them.  
  1. *Does the board approve an annual budget?
  2. Does the board review actual to budget at least twice a year?
  3. *Does the board meet a minimum of 3 times annually?
  4. Are board policies reviewed at least every 4 years?
  5. *Is there a policy that clearly outlines the roles and responsibilities of board and officers?
  6. Are there fixed terms for board members?
  7. Has a strategic plan been developed in the last 4 years?
  8. Does the board annually review progress on achieving strategic plan goals and adjust plan to reflect progress and new opportunities?
  9. *Is ED/CEO performance reviewed annually?
  10. Is a board evaluation undertaken annually?
  11. Is there an interim succession plan in place or being developed in the unexpected changeover in organization leadership?
  12. Is there a conflict of interest policy?
  13. Is there a reserve policy?

Here is a link to some tips, tools and resources for each of the 13 governance practices: Resources for Governance Practices


Mini Grants Program

The Mini-Grants Program provides $500 grants to eligible organizations for projects that address the Foundation’s granting priorities.  This program provides a time-sensitive, streamlined and responsive process for smaller projects. This grant is not suitable for projects that have a budget exceeding $2000.

Grant Making Priorities
  • Addressing the issues/indicators in the Living in Niagara Report 2014, or,
  • Assisting with the development and implementation of tools and resources that would contribute to an organization’s success; including professional and organizational development and training

Deadline is noon on the following dates:
Monday, August 14, 2017

Online 2017 Mini Grant Application
Final Report - Generic Template - all must complete
Also submit . . . .
Final Report - Agency Testimonial  or   Final Report - Community Member Testimonial
 
**All applicants must have a grant consultation with the Foundation prior to applying. This must be done at least 7 days before deadline. Further information is available by calling JoAnne Krick at the Foundation at 905-684-8688 x 23 or emailing to grants@niagaracommunityfoundation.org.

**Applicants cannot apply for a concurrent grant unless they are part of a collaborative and are in good standing with their open grants to the Foundation.

 

Summer Camp Grants Program

2017 grant deadline:  April 24, 2017 @ noon
Our Summer Camp program will help Niagara children in financial need participate in a variety of camping and recreation experiences.  An opportunity to go to summer camp or be involved in a neighbourhood activity not only helps our children develop new skills, make new friends and raise their self esteem, it also gives them the chance to get their hands dirty and have lots of fun.

Online 2017 Summer Camp Grant Application
Final Report - Community Member Testimonial
**All applicants must have a grant consultation with the Foundation prior to applying. This must be done at least 7 days before deadline. Further information is available by calling JoAnne Krick at the Foundation at 905-684-8688 x 23 or emailing to grants@niagaracommunityfoundation.org.

 

Community Grants Program

2017 Grant deadlines:
Monday, February 27, 2017 @ noon
Monday, September 11, 2017 @ noon

Our Community Grants Program focuses on finding ways to help individuals, families, organizations and communities prosper.  While Niagara is facing many challenges, we also have an opportunity to seek new and sustainable ways of addressing community issues and creating a more collaborative approach to meeting the challenges facing organizations and our community.
 
Grant Making Priorities
  • Addressing the issues/indicators in the Living in Niagara Report 2014, or,
  • Assisting with the development and implementation of tools and resources that would contribute to an organization’s success; including professional and organizational development and training

Online 2017 Community Grant Application
Final Report - Generic Template - all must complete
Also submit . . . 
Final Report - Agency Testimonial or  Final Report - Community Member Testimonial

**All applicants must have a grant consultation with the Foundation prior to applying. This must be done at least 7 days before deadline. Further information is available by calling JoAnne Krick at the Foundation at 905-684-8688 x 23 or emailing to grants@niagaracommunityfoundation.org.

**Applicants cannot apply for a concurrent grant unless they are part of a collaborative and are in good standing with their open grants to the Foundation.


Environmental Grants Program
2017 grant application deadline: Monday, December 5, 2016 @ noon
Our Environmental Grants Program focuses on bringing more partners together in our community to create a collaborative approach to meeting the environmental challenges we are facing.
 
Our Grants Program supports Rural and Urban environment projects.  Additionally, we welcome applications from Volunteer Groups and Youth Led Initiatives that meet the eligibility requirements (see below). 
 
Grant Making Priorities
  • Protect and/or restore environmental integrity of the shorelines
  • Protect and/or improve the water of Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and related tributaries
  • Protect, improve or restore aquatic habitats for fish and wildlife
  • Establish and/or improve rural and urban space, tree planting/urban canopies which are linked to water quality
  • Provide education and awareness of the above listed priorities

Projects must also reflect one or more of the following:
  • Foster cooperative approaches to environmental issues
  • Address an identifiable environmental need
  • Involve members of the community to be served in the design and implementation of the program
  • Show evidence of sustainability and/or on-going monitoring (if appropriate for the project)

Strategic Initiatives Grants Program

no deadline for 2017
The Niagara Community Foundation is interested in receiving Letters of Intent requesting support from the Foundation towards projects having a broad community impact which address the Foundation’s grant making priorities.  The Foundation may consider a multi-year commitment for these projects.

Grant Making Priorities
  • Build community leadership
  • Foster cooperative, collaborative and innovative approaches to community issues
  • Address an identifiable community need
  • Have an impact across the region
  • Leverage other funds
  • Show evidence of sustainability (if appropriate to the project)

Download Strategic Initiatives Grant Application 2017.
 
Please call or email JoAnne Krick, Community Initiatives Manager if you have a project that you believe would fit the criteria of the Strategic Initiatives Program.  Her contact information is available by clicking here.