Successful Community Grants:
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Note: A fillable PDF version of the application will be available here soon. If you would like a Word version please email us.
Community Grant Program Guidelines
Community Grant Program Guidelines
Please review before completing the application.
What is the purpose of the Community Grants?
The purpose of the Community Grants is to support groups and organizations in the central zone (health authority boundaries) that are working to promote wellness in their communities and to foster partnerships.
What amount of funding is available?
- Grants are available for a maximum of $1000.00.
- Funding must be used within one year of receiving the funding unless otherwise specified and agreed upon.
Who is eligible to apply?
To be eligible to apply for funding from the Community Grants Program, a group must be:
- A community group, not-for-profit organization, municipality or school,
- Operating within the Central Zone and
- A Central Wellness Coalition (CWC) networking member (can join for free on the website - https://www.centralwellnesscoalition.com/index.php/become-a-networking-member
Things to consider:
- Priority will be given to groups that have not received funding from the Community Grants Program in the past 12 months.
- Providing a well-written, legible application is important. Incomplete applications, those that cannot be read or those that have vague project descriptions may not be considered. Plan to ensure you have a way to send the application that is presented in an electronic format that is not blurry, hard to see, upside down, in more than one file. We will not accept pictures of each page pasted in an email. Contact the co-chairs if you have questions or need help with this. We will accept scanned files or faxed copies.
- Identifying partners and their role in the project is important.
- Acknowledge the contribution of the Central Wellness Coalition as appropriate in their project. (e.g. in advertising, media interviews, displays, social media posts, publications, etc.).
- Focus on areas of wellness and chronic disease prevention such as, but not limited to:
- Healthy eating
- Active living/physical activity
- Tobacco and vaping
- Injury prevention
- Mental health promotion
- Healthy environments and spaces
- Child and youth development
- Sexual health and well-being
- Complete the grant project within 12 months (or other as agreed upon with the Central Wellness Coalition).
- Submit a final report within one month of the completion of the project.
- Keep all receipts/financial information related to the community grant for 24 months (do not submit unless we request copies).
- Allow the Central Wellness Coalition to share project information with its members and interested groups (e.g. present the grant project at a coalition gathering or via email, newsletter or social media, etc.).
- Follow the Central Wellness Coalition Healthy Eating Guidelines (or School Food Guidelines if this is a school event) for any foods purchased and/or served for this grant
- Follow Central Wellness Coalition Healthy Eating Guidelines for Meetings and Events (or School Food Guidelines if this is a school event) for any foods purchased and/or served.
What are some examples of eligible expenses?
- Community wellness events or activities.
- Materials, supplies or rental if space to enhance an activity or event (e.g. art or other supplies (paper, resources, etc).
- Minor equipment to enhance a project/program (e.g. play/sporting/exercise equipment, kitchen supplies for a cooking program, snowshoes, etc.).
- Small honoraria up to a maximum of $100; guest speaker/professional fees approved up to $300. Speakers or instructors cannot be a member of your group and must provide an invoice to your group as documentation for fee payment.
- Food or beverages, if linked to food skill development or if enhances an event or program (CWC Healthy Eating Guidelines for Meetings and Events must be followed).
What are some ineligible expenses? (some exceptions may apply)
- Core operating are expenses usually covered by your organization (e.g. long-term office rental, power or phone bills, salaries, etc.).
- Monetary contributions to fundraising drives or scholarships/bursaries for individual gains (e.g. sponsorship for walk-a-thons, money for a student of the year award).
- The cost associated with food charity drives or food programs where no skill component if involved (e.g. money for school breakfast or lunch programs, holiday food hampers).
- Registration fees for individual membership, program participation, and conferences (e.g. gym memberships for individuals).
- Most major capital equipment costs over $1000 such as commercial playground equipment; commercial kitchen equipment dishwashers; and large gym or exercise equipment. (Note: things like the purchase of a small freezer for a community food-sharing program may be considered as that would not be considered capital equipment).
- Partial funding of major purchases or projects such as major construction/ building or renovation projects; partially funding capital equipment, construction of nature trails (Note: smaller projects like community garden beds, small greenhouses, items to enhance programs or spaces like signage for walking trails or wood to build benches may be considered).
If unsure if your project qualifies for a grant, please contact us to discuss before applying.
When is the application deadline?
- Applications will be accepted until the end of the day on February 7th, 2024. Applications must be emailed or faxed by midnight of the deadline day. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
How to apply?
Each applicant must complete the application form and attach supporting documentation (e.g. agenda for an event, recipes for a cooking program, etc.) if necessary. Please keep applications as accurate and concise as possible. Please forward completed applications via email or fax. If you are unable to email or fax the application, please contact Kendra Pardy at (709) 489- 0118 before the deadline to discuss.
Fax number: (709) 651-1024
The Central Wellness Coalition Grants Committee will review all eligible applications. All applicants will be informed by email or phone call within 6 weeks of the application deadline.
Successful applicants will receive an email outlining the conditions of the grant approval and a project reporting form that must be completed within 12 months (unless otherwise stated) after receiving the funding. A cheque for the approved amount will be issued by the health authority, which can take up to 3-4 weeks.
Project completion and final report
- Grant funding must be used within one year of the project start date.
- A summary report form will be provided to all successful applicants. This form must be completed within one month of grant funds being used/end of the program.
- If any monies are not spent as outlined in the project budget, you must connect with one of the co-chairs to discuss as it may have to be returned or redirected.
Failure to comply with these requirements will result in the organization becoming ineligible for future funding from the Central Wellness Coalition. The Central Wellness Coalition reserves the right to determine suitable uses of grant funds.