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 the grant guidelines/criteria and application forms. Organizations can only receive funding in one category per funding term.

Note: If you open application forms in Google Chrome, please save a copy before editing.

Project grants

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

 

Deadline for funding: 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020 ^

Maximum request: $10,000 

^ There are two project grant intakes per calendar year, referred to as Intake I and Intake II. The anticipated Intake II deadline is Friday, October 9, 2020.

 

To apply, review the Guidelines & Criteria document and fill out the application form and budget statement below:

  • Guidelines & Criteria *
  • Grant Application Form *
  • Budget Statement - Form must be submitted with application.

Email: grants@thunderbay.ca

* The Project Grant Application Form and Guidelines & Criteria document are currently under review. Revised documents will be posted on this webpage in early February 2020.

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: 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2020 for 2021 funding

Funding term: Up to 3 years

 

To apply, review the Guidelines & Criteria document and fill out the application form and budget statement below:

Email: grants@thunderbay.ca

The Operating Grant Application Form and Guidelines & Criteria document are currently under review. Revised documents will be posted on this webpage in early April 2020.

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: 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2020 for 2021 funding

Funding term: Up to 5 years

 

To apply, review the Guidelines & Criteria document and fill out the application form and budget statement below:

Email: grants@thunderbay.ca

* The Sustaining Grant Application Form and Guidelines & Criteria document are currently under review. Revised documents will be posted on this webpage in early April 2020.

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

Please submit your grant application and supporting documentation via email to grants@thunderbay.ca. You may also mail or deliver a hard copy* to:

Community, Youth & Cultural Funding Program
c/o Community Services Department
Victoriaville Civic Centre - Main Floor
111 Syndicate Ave. S. Thunder Bay, ON P7E 6S4

* An electronic copy of your complete applicaton and supporting documentation must be included with your hard copy submission. For example, a USB may be included with the hard copy package.

Funding acknowledgment 

Please use the City of Thunder Bay corporate logo when acknowledging the City of Thunder Bay's funding support.

Note: The corporate logo e-files will be provided to successful applicants via email beginning spring 2019. Previously successful applicants are welcome to email grants@thunderbay.ca to obtain these e-files.

Questions?

Email: grants@thunderbay.ca 

Phone: 807-625-2693

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