Council Approves New Community Grant Policy

Council has confirmed its dedication to collaborating with groups that offer programs, services, and projects that benefit the community through a formalized process under a new Community Grants Policy.

Adopted at their March 4th meeting, Council approved the Policy which establishes criteria and guidelines for providing Council Community grants or in-kind support of municipal resources through an allocation from the Town’s annual operating budget.  The objective of the grants and in-kind support is to assist organizations or individuals that demonstrate a social, economic, or environmental benefit to the Town of Collingwood, its citizens, or taxpayers and/or support the Town’s strategic initiatives.  

“Until now, Council hasn’t had a formal process to consider applications for Community Grants. Since we receive requests throughout the year, it is difficult for us to make decisions to award funds when applications are not all considered at one time. We now have an equitable process to fairly weigh the needs of community organizations; with the limited tax dollars we have available to distribute.” 

Deputy Mayor Tim Fryer

Council Community grants or in-kind support of municipal resources through an allocation from the Town’s annual operating budget.  

The key features of the policy: 

  •  The annual budgeting process will identify a maximum amount that Council will award; 
  • An application form will be used to capture details of individual/organization and of their initiative in a standardized format (attached as Appendix B to the Policy) – only one application per individual/organization will be considered per year;
  •  Annual intake process will be from December 1st to February 1st; (*Note for 2024 the deadline is April 15, 2024)
  • Applicants must be one of the following: 

             o    Non-profit or not-for-profit organization; 
             o    Registered charitable organization; 
             o    Elementary and/or secondary school;
             o    Other organization that provides financial support to any organization as noted in
                   1. through 3. of the policy; or 
             o    Individual supported by an organization as described in the purpose of this policy with
                   a letter outlining the support given.

Applicants who are eligible for the Community Recreation & Culture Grant Program will not be considered under this policy.

Applications will be evaluated on a points-based system, with a maximum total score of 30 points weighted equally over three categories: 
1.     Merit of funding. 
2.     Applicant profile that supports community service.
3.     Financial plan and need o and Council will also make final recommendations on the total amount of a grant or in-kind support being provided.

The deadline to apply for a 2024 Council Community Grant is April 15, 2024.

For more information and to apply, visit www.collingwood.ca/council-community-grant.

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