Grants & Bursaries
Community Recreation and Culture Grants (CRCG)
There are two types of Community Recreation & Culture Grants - Financial Grants and In-Kind Facility Grants. Both 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 grant types. For 2021, the application is available from Tuesday, February 16 to Monday, March 22, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.
All applicants seeking a Community Recreation & Culture Grant must align with the Parks, Recreation and Culture (PRC) mandate and Inclusion Statement.
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. PRC fulfils this mandate through two umbrella programs: Active Living across the Lifespan and Community Inclusion through Art, Culture and Social Connection.
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.
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 available to eligible applicants that have a clearly defined project with an outcome that furthers their organization and that aligns with one or more objectives from the PRC Master Plan (see Criteria). Applicants must select between two grant amounts. Unsuccessful applications for $5,000 will not then be considered for $1,500.
- $1,500: Up to16 grants of this amount will be awarded annually
- $5,000: Up to 5 grants of this amount will be awarded annually
A maximum of $35,000 is available for In-Kind Facility Grants annually. Appliants are those wishing to have the fees waived for use of a Town facility. The maximum grant per eligible applicant is $5000 and the minimum request is $200.
Prior to applying, applicants must contact a Recreation Service Advisor to preliminarily book the facility and to determine the value of their In-Kind Facility Grant request. Contact 705-444-2500 ext 3382 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about the Town's facilities here.
The Town will not provide chairs or tables for organizations or events unless they are already 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.
The deadline to apply is Monday, March 22, 2021, 4:00 p.m.
For those wanted to learn more about the program two Information Sessions will be held online:
Thursday, February 25, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 2, 12 noon -1:00 p.m.
Email email@example.com to register. The sesssions will be held online using Zoom.
Step 1: Contact the designated PRC staff person to discuss your application. Note: this is a condition for eligibility. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 705-444-2500 ext. 3287. Staff are working remotely and will respond within 24 hours.
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 Facility Grant request and Financial Grant request are for the same project, you may use one application.
Step 3: Complete your project budget using thetemplate provided. If you are applying for an In-Kind Facility Grant, contact a Recreation Service Advisor to preliminarily book the facility and determine the value of your request. (705-444-2500 ext. 3382 or email@example.com)
Step 4: Submit an application prior to the deadline. Late applications will not be accepted. The application is submitted online. We recommend that you review the questions and required attachments prior to starting the application.
Applicants must speak to the designated 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. Individuals are not eligible to apply. The degree to which the applicant meets this criteria will be weighed to form part of the evaluation. This is found under Grant Allocation and Assessment.
• Collingwood-based organization that is not-for-profit, charitable, or volunteer-based.
• Aligned with at least one objective of the Parks, Recreation & Culture Master Plan (see Criteria).
• Financially responsible and in good standing with the Town.
• Capable of initiating and managing the proposed project.
• Includes and accommodates all persons.
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 takes place between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022.
- Aligned with at least one objective of the Parks, Recreation & Culture Master Plan (see Criteria).
- Includes and accommodates all persons.
- (If the Project is an event), it is not 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 is 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 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 Facility 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.
In-Kind Facility Grant requests are assessed by staff. Financial Grant requests are evaluated by a team of staff and community volunteers assembled for this purpose.
Applicants will be notified of the outcomes by April 2, 2021. Grants are awarded by cheque and will be mailed.
Cheques are only issued to the organization or group that is applying and will not be issued to another organization or an individual.
Projects and applicants that satisfy the following factors are considered higher priority for funding. Each factor below is scored and then weighted to reflect the CRCG priorities. The weighting is in brackets.
1. The Project has support from other funders and partners and utilizes partnerships to strengthen the project, reach new audiences, add value and expand capacity. (x4)
2. The Applicant and the Project meet a recognized need in the community and align with one or more of the Parks, Recreation & Culture Master Plan objectives.(As an organization x2, as a Project x3)
3. The Applicant shows strong financial and organizational stability. (x2)
4. The Applicant and the Project support inclusive public participation, promote access for all regardless of age, income level, culture, gender, ability and treat all members of the community with dignity and fairness and in no way limit individual rights and activities. (x3)
5. The Applicant is capable of initiating and managing the proposed Project. (x4)
6. The Project supports the growth and sustainability of the organization. (x3)
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.
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.
COVID-19 and 2021 Grants:
Applicants are asked to determine what they can reasonably accomplish in 2021 taking into consideration the restrictions and limitations resulting from the pandemic. 2021 grant recipients will not be permitted to defer use of their grant beyond the timelines of this year's program (April 1, 2021-March 31, 2022). It is the responsibility of Financial Grant applicants to apply for a Project or components of a Project that can take place regardless of the restrictions placed on social gatherings or, plan for contingencies that still meet the requirements of application. You will be asked to briefly outline contingency plans (if applicable) in your application.
In alignment with ParaSport Ontario, this program shall follow and foster the goals of the 2008 Ontario Paralympic Winter Championships which were held in Collingwood and area February 15 – 18, 2008. In particular, this grant shall strive to:
increase opportunities for the development of athletes with a disability to pursue competitive goals and achieve their personal potential
develop, promote and enhance amateur sport at the community level
Surplus funds are not to be used for the general purposes or operating costs of any municipality.