The Community, Youth, and 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.

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 October 4, 2019 (Note: The first of two annual intakes closed March 15, 2019.)

Maximum request: $10,000 

 

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

Email: grants@thunderbay.ca

*Please note that the City of Thunder Bay will soon release its new strategic plan. Applicants should continue to monitor this webpage for the revised Guidelines, which will be labelled "Guidelines & Criteria - Revised."

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 June 28, 2019 for 2020 funding

Funding term: Up to 3 years

 

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

Email: grants@thunderbay.ca

*Please note that the City of Thunder Bay will soon release its new strategic plan. Applicants should continue to monitor this webpage for the revised Guidelines, which will be labelled "Guidelines & Criteria - Revised."

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 June 28, 2019 for 2020 funding

Funding term: Up to 5 years

 

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

Email: grants@thunderbay.ca

*Please note that the City of Thunder Bay will soon release its new strategic plan. Applicants should continue to monitor this webpage for the revised Guidelines, which will be labelled "Guidelines & Criteria - Revised."

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 Department
Victoriaville Civic Centre - Main Floor
111 Syndicate Ave. S. Thunder Bay, ON P7E 6S4

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 in spring 2019. Previously successful applicants are welcome to email grants@thunderbay.ca to obtain these e-files.

Questions?

Email: grants@thunderbay.ca 

Phone: 807-625-2416 

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