Grants & Bursaries
1. 2008 Ontario Paralympic Winter Championship Legacy Grant
2. Community Recreation and Culture Grants
Town of Collingwood Community Recreation & Culture Grants (In-Kind Facility and Financial), are intended to assist non-profit, charitable or volunteer-based organizations or groups that operate in the Town of Collingwood. There is one application intake per year for both In-Kind Facility support and Financial Grants. The application intake for 2020 was January 1-February 3 at 4:00 pm and is now closed.
It is expected that all applicants seeking a Community Recreation & Culture Grant align with the Parks, Recreation and Culture (PRC) mandate and Inclusion Statement below:
The Town of Collingwood Parks, Recreation & Culture mandate is to support the health and well-being of the community by providing opportunities for all persons to participate in arts, culture, recreation, sport.
The Town of Collingwood is committed to building an inclusive and accessible environment where all members of the community feel valued, respected and supported. To this end the Parks, Recreation and Culture Grant is committed to using public funds to support initiatives that treat all members of our community with dignity and fairness and in no way limit individual rights and activities.
Commencing in 2020, Community Recreation and Culture Grants will involve two types of grants, Financial Grants and In-Kind Facility Grants. Only one application per organization or group for each type of grant will be considered. You may apply for both a Financial Grant and an In-Kind Facility Grant on one application, if it is for the same project.
Financial grants are provided to eligible applicants that have a clearly defined project with an outcome that furthers their organization and aligns with one or more objectives from the PRC Master Plan (listed under Criteria). Applicants must select between two grant amounts. Note that unsuccessful applications for $5,000 will not then be considered for $1,500.
- $1,500: 16 grants of this amount will be awarded annually
- $5,000: 5 grants of this amount will be awarded annually
The Town of Collingwood waives fees up to a total of $5,000 in value, to eligible applicants to help offset the fee(s) that would have been charged by the Town for use of a municipal facility.
A total of $35,000 in In-Kind Grants will be distributed annually. It is the responsibility of the applicant to determine the value of their In-Kind Grant request using the current Fees and Services Schedule available at this link >>.
Note: The Town will no longer provide chairs or tables for organizations or events unless they are in the facility in which the In-Kind Facility Grant recipient's Project is taking place. The Town will not be responsible for providing additional tables or chairs.
In 2019 The Town of Collingwood implemented a Parks, Recreation & Culture (PRC) Master Plan that consists of strategies to strengthen and develop recreation and culture programs, services and facilities within the Town. Contained within the Plan is the recommendation that Community Recreation & Culture Grants be allocated to applicants and projects that demonstrate support for one or more objectives from the Plan. It was also recommended that the grant application process be reviewed for its effectiveness and efficiency in meeting the needs of the community.
Here are the changes for 2020:
- Eligibility requirements clearly defined to help allocate grants where they are most needed.
- Applicants must be Collingwood-based organizations or groups that are not-for-profit, charitable, or volunteer-based only.
- Intake will open in January and close in February. By the end of February, results are communicated and cheques mailed.
- One-on-one interviews will be replaced by an information session and a mandatory pre-application telephone check-in with designated Parks, Recreation & Culture staff.
- Final reports from successful applicants are due 60 days following their project rather than at the end of the calendar year.
- Applications for in-kind support and financial grants will be combined so applicants may best select the type of grant that meets their needs.
- Application will be completed online.
- Applicants must show support for at least one of eight objectives outlined in the "Criteria" section below. The criteria were selected to provide the most impact in the community and reflect a range of arts, cultural, recreation and sport opportunities.
- Applicants for financial grants must select between two set grant amounts, $1500 or $5000. This is to encourage the applicant to focus on how the grant supports the PRC master plan objectives rather than how it fills a budgetary need.
- A report will be provided to Council outlining the impact of the grants.
Community Information Sessions:
January 9, 6:00pm - 7:00 pm, FreeSchools World Literacy Room, Collingwood Public Library
January 14, 12:00 - 1:00 pm, FreeSchools World Literacy Room, Collingwood Public Library
Step 1: Contact the designated PRC staff person to discuss your project application. Note: this is a condition for eligibility. Telephone 705-444-2500 ext. 3287 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 2: Determine if the project for which you are seeking support is best suited for a Financial Grant or an In-Kind Facility Grant. Note: One application per organization/group per type of grant will be considered. If your In-Kind Grant request and Financial Grant request are for the same project, you may use one application.
Step 3: Determine your Project Budget using available here>>. If you are applying for an In-Kind Grant, determine the value of your request by referring to the current Fees and Services Schedule, available at this link >>.
Step 4: Submit an appliation between January 1, 2020 to February 3, 2020. The deadline is Monday, February 3 at 4:00 pm. The application is submitted online. We recommend that you review the questions and required attachments prior to starting the application.
Note: There will no longer be interviews with applicants, therefore the application must be complete and best reflect the request being made.
*All applicants must speak to a PRC staff person prior to submitting an application. See "Application Process" for details.
Applications are accepted from organizations or groups that meet the following eligibility criteria. The degree to which the applicant meets this criteria will also be weighed to form part of the evaluation.
- Collingwood-based not-for-profit, charitable, or volunteer-based.
- Aligned with at least one objective of the Parks, Recreation & Culture Master Plan (see Criteria).
- Responsible financial management and be in good standing with the Town.
- Capacity to initiate and manage the proposed project.
- Regard for the inclusion and accommodation of all persons.
Note: Town of Collingwood Boards and Committees of Council are not eligible.
For the purposes of this grant program, “Projects” are special events, programs or activities. Projects must meet all the following eligibility criteria:
- Clearly defined and understood.
- Open to the public and take place between March 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021.
- Aligned with at least one objective of the Parks, Recreation & Culture Master Plan (see Criteria).
- (If the Project is an event), not be strictly for fundraising purposes. Rather it must meet at minimum, one objective from the Parks, Recreation & Culture Master Plan.
- Non-denominational in nature (if the applicant if a faith-based organization).
- Supports the growth of the Applicant organization.
Examples of items within your Project that are eligible for a Financial Grant include:
- supplies and small equipment of a non-permanent nature
- volunteer development and training
- rental of venues and equipment
- food and refreshments (non-alcoholic)
- professional service fees
Examples of items within your Project that are not eligible for a Financial Grant include:
- capital projects, bricks and mortar
- salaries for staff
- day to day operational expenses
Examples of Town fees that can be waived under the In-Kind Grant include:
- Park rental fees
- PRC facility fees
Note: In-kind grant recipients will have access to tables and chairs in the facility in which their Project is taking place. The Town will not be responsible for providing additional tables or chairs.
The Project must demonstrate support for at least one of the following objectives from the Parks, Recreation & Culture Master Plan:
Intergenerational Programs: Opportunities for all ages to participate together such as grandparents and their grandchildren.
Active Aging: Foster health & well-being in older adults and in particular those facing barriers to healthy living.
Youth Involvement: Engage youth in “behind-the-scenes” opportunities and offer skill building roles such as leaders, coaches, facilitators, trainers and participants.
“Learn to” Programs: Embrace the philosophy of participation rather than just spectating and encourage learning and doing.
Local and Live Music: Promote Collingwood’s local music creators at any skill level or from any background.
Cultural Innovation: Innovative cultural Projects that satisfy a demand in the community otherwise not found.
Collaboration: Link arts, fitness, and recreation and foster collaborations among groups and events.
Applications are assessed by two PRC staff members and in the case of Financial Grants, the addition of three volunteer community representatives assembled for this express purpose. The total requests regularly exceed available funds therefore the committee must make decisions within budget availability.
Applicants will be notified of the outcomes by mid-February pending budget approval. Grants are awarded by cheque and will be mailed by the beginning of March. Note: Cheques are issued in the name of the applying group/organization.
Projects and Applicants that satisfy the following factors are considered higher priority for funding:
- Has demonstrated support from other funders and partners and utilizes partnerships to strengthen the project, reach new audiences, add value and expand capacity.
- Meets a recognized need in the community and aligns with one or more of the Parks, Recreation & Culture Master Plan objectives.
- Shows strong financial and organizational stability.
- Supports inclusive public participation, promotes access for all regardless of age, income level, culture, gender, ability and treats all members of our community with dignity and fairness and in no way limit individual rights and activities.
- Is capable of initiating and managing the proposed Project.
- The degree to which the Project support the growth and sustainability of the organization.
The goal of the Community Recreation & Culture Grant Program is to provide grants where they are most needed, therefore you may be asked to provide additional information, including your organization’s financial overview.
- Grant recipients are required to submit an online follow-up report 60 days following the conclusion of the event or project for which you received a grant. Final reports must be received and approved in order for the organization to be considered for future grants. Link to online report>>.
- Groups receiving grants are asked to recognize the Town’s contribution in an appropriate manner.
- Special events to take place on municipal property require a Special Event Permit. The application is available at this link>>.