Capacity building Grant Program (Canada)

Capacity building Grant Program (Canada)

Deadline: 15-Sep-21

The City of Ottawa has launched its Capacity building Grant Program to assist Ottawa’s local arts, heritage, festival and fair organizations build organizational capacity and sustainability at key milestones in their development and to support all cultural communities in Ottawa build organizational capacity.


Following the peer-assessed evaluation of submitted proposals, the CFSU will look at prioritizing applications from the following Indigenous and equity seeking communities:
Algonquin Anishinabe Host Nation
First Nations
IBPOC (Indigenous, Black, People of Color)
People with visible and invisible disabilities
Non-ambulatory persons
Deaf people
Refugees / Immigrants / Newcomers
People living in poverty
Rural residents
Seniors / Older adults
The City of Ottawa recognizes that people identify themselves in many ways. Terms used to self-identify are continually evolving. People can change their identities or the ways they want to identify over time. With this understanding, the CFSU uses terms recommended by community members through various consultations.
Funding Information

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.
Eligible Projects

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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
Eligibility Criteria

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.
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