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Tap into community grants

If you’re looking to fund a community project, there are many options. You can:

  • start a fundraising drive
  • approach local businesses for sponsorship money
  • apply for a grant to start your project

There are many organizations that offer grants. In some cases, you need to be a registered charity to apply. If you have an idea that you think would greatly benefit your community, it might be worthwhile to approach a local community agency whose work or focus fits your idea. Find out if they would be willing to apply for funding and work with you on the project. They may be open to sponsoring the project and hosting it. Consider these programs:

  • City of Ottawa grants: These grants target projects that improve the lives of Ottawa residents, and support the conservation of the environment and heritage buildings. There are many types and categories of funding available. The best way to learn about them is to search the website and find out where your project fits.
  • Parks and Recreation: The City of Ottawa community partnership major and minor capital program grants fund projects to enhance the city’s recreation services. For example, if you want to put a playground in the park on your street, this is where to go to apply for funding.
  • United Way Centraide Ottawa: The United Way offers Youth Action grants for young people to turn their ideas into action. Grants of up to $2,500 are awarded to groups of 13-19 year olds for hands-on projects they feel will make their community a better place to live.
  • The Community Foundation of Ottawa: Grants are available to not-for-profit organizations in all sectors. You must be recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency as a registered charity.
  • Trillium Foundation: Grants are available to not-for-profit organizations across Ontario. The Foundation’s mandate is to build healthy and vibrant communities by strengthening the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. Funding is provided to the arts and culture, environment, human and social services, and sports and recreation sectors.