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Joint Initiatives Grant

The Joint Initiatives Grant program is used to develop partnerships that promote, encourage and assist community groups and non-profit organizations to enhance the quality of life for residents in the Municipality through artistic growth, excellence in sport and stimulate economic development.

The Joint Initiatives Grant is designed to support new community programs, projects or events that will become self-sustaining.

Program Objectives

The Joint Initiatives Grant program is designed to build a vibrant culture through the support of and partnership with community groups and non-profit organizations.

Objectives are as follows:

  • Deliver a project that enhances leisure, cultural or recreational opportunities, and/or improves quality of life in the region.
  • Promote and support community capacity and economic growth.
  • Facilitate and promote investment in local projects by residents.
  • Enrich the cultural landscape of the Municipality.
  • Maintain a program for recruiting, training and using volunteers.

Application Process

The Joint Initiatives Grant is advertised on the Municipal website in April, with an application deadline of April 29, 2017.

Applicants may apply for grant funding up to a maximum of $20,000. Applications should include a detailed outline of budgeted costs, such as supplies and contracted services.

Recommendations are forwarded to Community Services Committee for approval. Once applications are approved, recipients are notified about the agreement process.

Eligibility Guidelines

The organization applying for grant funding must:

  • Be registered as a non-profit organization or be a community group in partnership with a registered non-profit organization.
  • Have operated in the Municipality for at least one year prior to applying.
  • Have other sources of funding for the project, program or event (e.g. Project/Program/Event revenue, other grants, partner contributions, etc).
  • Have the project and the majority of its participants residing in Wood Buffalo.

Ineligible Expenses

The following are not eligible:

  • Organizations that receive a Community Operating Grant from the Municipality. Organizations that have outstanding reports for any previous grants received from the Municipality’s Community Investment Program.
  • Applications that have more than one year’s worth of unrestricted operating reserve cash.
  • Expenditures or financial commitments made before the organization's grant application was submitted.
  • Operating expenses that are not directly related to the project for which the grant was awarded.
  • Organizations and activities that primarily serve their membership, unless the community-at-large will benefit significantly.
  • Travel to attend events outside of the Municipality.
  • Sabbatical leaves or student exchanges.
  • Medical facilities or equipment.
  • Publication of books.
  • Capital and operating expenses.
  • Duplicate services that are ordinarily provided by a government or government agency.

Anything deemed not to be in the best interest of the Municipality will be considered ineligible.

Approved Uses of Grants

Grants shall be used solely for the purpose or program as defined in the application and agreement.

Evaluation Criteria for Assessment and Approval of Application for Funds

Category Weight
Applicant qualifications / Past contract requirements 15%
Outcomes 15%
Budget 20%
Collaboration 15%
Program description 35%
Total 100%

(Scores are compared with all other submissions. The maximum possible weight is 100.)

Reporting Requirements

A reporting template will be provided upon grant approval and includes:

  • Performance measurements
  • Examples of how the organization publicly recognized the Community Investment Program
  • Record of volunteer involvement
  • Receipts for expenses over $1,000

Recipients are expected to provide an accountability report within 60 days of the end of the term.

Key Dates and Timelines

Application deadlines:

  • Call for applications – April 3, 2017
  • Application deadline – April 29, 2017
  • Grant distribution – by July 31, 2017

Recipients are required to complete their project within one year of receiving grant funding.

General Conditions

A condition of accepting funding is that the Municipality has the authority to examine successful recipients’ records at any time to ensure grant funds are being used in the manner originally agreed upon. Any funds not used for the project as described in the agreement may have to be returned.

The Municipality, in conjunction with the Community Services Committee, reserves the right to allocate Community Investment Program funding in such a manner as deemed to be in the best interest of the Municipality.

Contact

Community and Protective Services Department
9909 Franklin Ave.
Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2K4
780-743-7940
CIP@rmwb.ca

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