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Canada 150 Community Fund

About the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th
Canada’s sesquicentennial is an historic moment with the power to bring people and places together as we dream big about our communities and our country. In the spirit of this moment, the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th will activate a breathtaking array of ideas and activities that will bring out the best that Canada has to offer, now and for future generations.
The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is a small grants program that will support community initiatives in all parts of Canada. The Fund is a collaboration between Canada’s community foundations, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.
The Fund is based on grassroots leadership, and will take on a local focus and timeline in each community. For more information on the involvement of Durham Community Foundation in the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, contact Vivian Curl by email.
Why is Durham Community Foundation participating in the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th?
Partnering with the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th provides Durham Community Foundation with access to matching funding to make more grants to organizations within the Region of Durham and Northumberland County. These grants will be responsive to local priorities, connected to Canada’s sesquicentennial and will foster a greater sense of belonging, inclusion and reconciliation in our community.
Who can apply?
Registered charities operating within the Region of Durham and Northumberland County are eligible to apply through Durham Community Foundation to the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th.
Community groups and individuals are welcome to work with a qualified donee to make an application to the Fund. In the case of such a collaboration, the qualified donee would submit the application and act as a fiscal agent on behalf of the collaborating parties.
Check the Canada Revenue Agency Charities Listing and List of Other Qualified Donees to find partners in our community that may be interested in collaborating on a project.
Please note that the following are not eligible to apply:

  • the Government of Canada (federal government);
  • the federal, provincial, and territorial governments;
  • the Crown; and
  • the United Nations.

How much are the grants worth?
There are two grant opportunities.
In Round One, Durham Community Foundation will consider applications for grants of up to $8,000 ($4,000 matched by Community Foundations of Canada) for projects that meet the eligibility criteria.
The maximum amount available to match in Round One is $60,000.
In Round Two, Durham Community will consider applications for grants of up to $10,000 ($5,000 matched by Community Foundations of Canada or Durham Community Foundation).
The maximum amount available to match in Round Two is $65,000.
$40,000 is being funded by Community Foundations of Canada, and $25,000 is being funded by Durham Community Foundation
What are the selection criteria for projects?
A wide range of projects are eligible for funding as long as they meet the following selection criteria:

  1. Eligible projects must be based in Canada and must work towards the Fund’s objectives to:
    • ENCOURAGE participation in community activities and events to mark Canada’s 150th.
    • INSPIRE a deeper understanding about the people, places and events that shape our communities and our country.
    • BUILD vibrant and healthy communities with the broadest possible engagement of all Canadians, including Indigenous peoples, groups that reflect our cultural diversity, youth, and official language minorities.
  2. Eligible projects must commit to performing funded activities and expenditures between the date that the grant is approved and before January 31, 2018.
  3. All successful applicants must match the amount of the grant made through in-kind or cash contributions. For example, an applicant that requests a $2,000 grant for a project would be required to contribute $2,000 worth of funding from other sources and/or in-kind support such as volunteer hours, donated services, equipment or space.

When can I apply?
Durham Community Foundation will be accepting applications for the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th during the following two application periods:
Canada 150 Round One
Launch Date: Monday October 31, 2016
Application Deadline: Friday November 25, 2016
Decision: Friday January 27, 2017
In Round One of the opportunity, Durham Community Foundation will give priority to projects that are led by the municipalities within the Region of Durham and Northumberland County including the following:
Region of Durham

  • Ajax
  • Brock
  • Clarington
  • Oshawa
  • Pickering
  • Scugog
  • Uxbridge
  • Whitby

Northumberland County:

  • Municipality of Brighton
  • Municipality of Port Hope
  • Municipality of Trent Hills
  • Town of Cobourg
  • Township of Alnwick/Haldimand
  • Township of Cramahe
  • Township of Hamilton

Examples of the municipal matching grant opportunity, can include the following:

  • Staff salaries not covered by the value of the grant
  • The use of municipal facilities
  • Donations: venue, professional services, resources and materials, etc.
  • Volunteer time, calculated at a reasonable hourly rate

Canada 150 Round Two
Launch Date: Monday January 9, 2017
Application Deadline: Tuesday February 28, 2017
Decision: Friday April 28, 2017
In Round Two of the opportunity, priorities will be in support of newcomers within the Region of Durham and Northumberland County. $50,000 is available for matching grants. An additional $15,000 is available to all charities within the regions that meet the criteria.
How can I apply?
All applications will be received through the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th granting platform. You will be directed to register an account before you can start your application.
The information gathered through the application process will not be made public, and will be available only to Durham Community Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada and the Government of Canada exclusively for purposes related to the Fund.
What information do I need for the application?
All applications will be made online through the Community Fund for Canada website.
This video provides an overview of the online application process.
When preparing your application, note that there are three main steps:
1. Application form. A preview of the form’s questions is available HERE.
2. Project budget. The budget template is available HERE, please read our FAQ to learn more about eligibility criteria and matching requirements.
3. ‘Other Contributions (Matching)’ form. This form will confirm the sources of your project’s matching contributions, whether in cash and/or in-kind. A preview of this confirmation is available HERE.
What are the reporting requirements if our application is successful?
The story of the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th will be told as part of the 150Alliance, an open network of groups, individuals and organizations working together to make the most of Canada’s sesquicentennial.
Within 30 days of receiving the grant, Grantees are required to:

  • Join the 150Alliance
  • Add the funded project to the directory
  • Share information about the project – related events, milestones, public activities and volunteer opportunities

Within 15 days of project completion, Grantees are required to:

  • Upload at least one photograph of the project
  • Tell a success story about the project

This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Durham Community Foundation the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.
Cette initiative est rendue possible grâce au Fonds communautaire pour le 150e anniversaire du Canada, qui est une collaboration entre Durham Community Foundation, le gouvernement du Canada et des leaders extraordinaires de l’Atlantique au Pacifique à l’Arctique.