The Community, Youth & Cultural Funding Program provides municipal funding every year to non-profit organizations in the social service, youth and cultural sectors, as well as to individual artists undertaking projects in the community. These grants benefit the community and help to leverage other provincial and national funding sources.

Grant categories

The Funding Program has three categories. Select a category below to view grant guidelines/criteria and application forms. Organizations can only receive funding in one category per funding term.

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Project grants

Project grants are one time, short term funding for special activities, training and development, or seed funding for new organizations.

Maximum request: $10,000
Deadline for funding: March 16 and October 5, 2018 (two intakes occur each year in March and October)

To apply, review the Guidelines and fill out the submission form and budget statement below:

Email: grants@thunderbay.ca

Operating grants

Operating grants are for organizations that have an ongoing presence in Thunder Bay and a track record of providing quality programs or services. Organizations must show diverse funding sources.

Deadline for funding: June 29, 2018 for 2019 funding

Funding term: Up to 3 years

To apply, review the Guidelines and fill out the submission form and budget statement below:

Email: grants@thunderbay.ca

Sustaining grants

Sustaining grants are provided to organizations that the City has deemed as being integral to its identity. These grants are operational and are often renewed from year to year, provided that the organization meets the criteria. These organizations fill a void for services or programming in the city and positively affect quality of life. Organizations must show diverse funding sources.

Deadline for funding: June 29, 2018 for 2019 funding

Funding term: Up to 5 years

To apply, review the Guidelines and fill out the submission form and budget statement below:

Email: grants@thunderbay.ca

Grant review team

The funding program has a Grant Review Team comprised of City staff and citizen members. If you are interested in learning more about how to become a member, please email grants@thunderbay.ca.

Evaluation

Applications are evaluated on based on the following:

  • Ability to meet grant criteria
  • Completeness of application (application is complete and properly filled out)
  • Community impact and support
  • Program/service enhances the quality of life for residents
  • Quality of activities and services
  • Organizational competence and level of self-sustainability
  • Financial stability
  • Evidence of a variety of funding sources*
  • Evidence of partnerships
  • Consistency with priorities in the City's Strategic Plan or other relevant plans (eg. Inspire Thunder Bay Culture Plan, Youth Services Plan)

*Evidence of other funding sources is often missing in applications that are not successful. When applying for funding, organizations should outline their own fundraising activities as well as confirmed or potential grants from other funders.

Submitting applications

Submit your application via email to grants@thunderbay.ca or mail or drop-off a hard copy to:

Community Services
Victoriaville Civic Centre
111 Syndicate Ave. S. 
Thunder Bay, ON.
P7E 6S4

Questions?

Email: grants@thunderbay.ca 

Phone: For Community and Youth application questions, call 807-625-3791. For Cultural application questions, call 807-625-2416.  

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