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Community Grants

Grants to Community Organizations

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Policy On Grants To Community Groups

The Municipal Recreation, Leisure & Community Relations Department makes grants available to community groups to stimulate, encourage, assist, support and facilitate the development of recreational opportunities for the residents of Richmond County. These grants are designed to be developmental in nature; to help initiate a new program, to improve and expand an existing one, to increase participation. The grants are also designed to promote self-help on the part of community groups; in no way are they intended to create a dependence on municipal funds for the continuance of a program.

The Recreation, Leisure & Community Relations Department, of course, has limits to the amount of funds It can provide for grants. Meanwhile, requests for funding from groups is increasing. It is because of the need to establish a fair and equitable means of dealing with these requests within the restraints of our monetary resources, while at the same time adhering to our philosophy on the purpose of these grants, that the Department has devised this policy.

The policy provides for five (5) types of grants, with an explanation and criteria attached to each. There is also general criteria applicable to all grants, and procedures for applying.

The types of grants are as follows:

A. Start-up Grants

This grant is available to any new group that is just starting up and has not received assistance from the Department previously.

It is designed to provide initial stimulus to a new group and can be used for any program purpose.

To be eligible, the group must have been in operation the previous year.

It is a one-time only grant. Groups receiving start-up grants are not eligible for annual grants until the following year. However, they are eligible for other types of grants at any time.

Maximum amount available is $300.

B. Program Development Grants

This grant is available to existing groups to initiate a new program or service, or further develop, expand, or improve an existing program or service.

The Grant will not be given to recover funds already expended or to pay off debts incurred by a group.

There is no restrictions to the number of grants that can be received by any one group under this category. However, the group must re-apply each time.

Maximum amount available is $500.

C. Leadership Development Grants

This grant is available to existing groups to help upgrade or increase its leadership. Emphasis will be place on improving the quality of existing leadership and establishing new leadership.

The grant will not be given to recover funds already expended or to pay off debts incurred by a group.

There is no restriction to the number of grants that can be received by any one group under this category. However, the group must re-apply each time.

Maximum amount available is $500.

D. Special Event Grants

This grant is available to existing groups to assist with the expenses of a particular event.

One grant per event only.

Priority will be given to events that are County-wide in nature.

Maximum amount available is $500.

E. Annual Program Assistance Grants

This grant is available to existing groups to provide assistance for general program activities on a yearly basis.

Once received, grants are not automatically continuous.

Groups must re-apply each year.

Maximum amount available is $200

General Criteria

The group must be incorporated, or have a constitution, or show other evidence of permanence.

The group must demonstrate active, competent, and adequate leadership, commitment to its program or purpose, and continuity (not dependant on one person).

In the case of a new group or program, that group or program must be in existence before any funds will be granted.

The group must show that it is self-supporting and does not rely on the grant for their continuance or the continuance of the program. Grants will not exceed 50 per cent of the costs of the needs of the group.

Maximum amount available is $500. Amounts actually granted will depend on the needs of the group, the costs of the program, the number of people served, and the considered value of the program. Amounts will also depend on the availability of funds from the budget. The Department reserves the right to alter the amount at any time.

Priority will be given to County-wide organizations.

Procedures

The group must send a letter to the Recreation, Leisure & Community Relations Department providing its name, the names and addresses of its executive, the names and addresses of participants (if possible), the age group served and geographical area served.

The group must provide a financial statement indicating the resources of the group, outstanding bills, other requests made for funding, and other funding received or anticipated.

The group must clearly outline the nature of the program, how the funds will be used, and how the program is beneficial to the participants and/or the community.

Groups may be asked to present reports any time during or after the program and any other details requested by the Department.

Groups are encouraged to arrange meetings with the Director on a yearly basis to discuss program ideas and the recreational needs of the group and the community at large.

Ineligible Requests

Grants will not be given under this policy for the following purpose:

The construction, maintenance, or operation of recreational facilities. Facility-related requests should go directly to Municipal Council, c/o Chief Administrative Officer.

School activities such as trips, tournaments, sporting events, and programs unless they provide a demonstrable service to the community at large.

Trophies, crests, jackets, uniforms and similar items.

Activities of individual sporting teams except when representing their league, association, or the County in outside competition.