2020 Muskoka Community Grants

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The District supports the enhancement of community well-being with a focus on improving a positive quality of life for our most vulnerable population. One way of helping to achieve this goal is through community-funded programs.

In June of this year the District launched the 2020 Muskoka Community Grant Program and available grant opportunities included the Pay it Forward Grant Program, The Community Enhancement Fund and The Social Services Relief Fund. Grant recipients were announced August 12 and are posted below.

The District would like to thank all 2020 Muskoka Community Grant Applicants. We are encouraged to see leaders in our community working together to broaden community engagement in the face of the unique and evolving challenges posed by COVID-19!


Pay it Forward 2020 Grant Extension – There is Still Time!

The District is pleased to announce the extension of the Pay it Forward Grant Program. The program will be open to applications on an ongoing basis and projects will be reviewed as they are received, with applicants being notified of results upon review completion.

The Pay it Forward (PIF) Grant Program has been available to Grassroots Muskoka Community Groups since 2012 and offers grants of up to $2,500. Grants are awarded to projects that fill a strategic need in the community, enhance community support and leadership, and create positive change.

You can review past PIF grant recipients at the following page: 2017-2019 Pay it Forward Recipients

You can read the complete PIF Application Guidelines here: 2020 Pay it Forward Application Guidelines

Reminders:

  1. Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate community support by engaging volunteers, partners, funders and donors.
  2. Grants are not intended to be used toward staffing costs, honorariums, consultant fees, etc.
  3. Grant funds cannot be used for the construction of permanent structures.
  4. Grants are not intended to provide direct financial assistance to individuals or families, or generate financial gain for grant recipients.
  5. Grants are not intended to duplicate services that fall within the mandate of an upper or lower tier municipality or a local agency.
  6. The program/project will operate as per Provincial and Municipal COVID-19 regulations in place at time of application submission and throughout the delivery of the project/program.
  7. The applicant must have the capacity to utilize the funding in the 2020 calendar year

Before you complete an application:

It is recommended that you complete the application in a word document prior to completing the online application. You can then copy and paste your answers into the application form.

You will be asked for the following information:

  1. Primary & Secondary Contact Information
  2. Do you currently partner with the District to deliver programs/services? If so what capacity?
  3. Name of project/program, if it is new or existing and if it is one-time or reoccurring.
  4. The municipality your project/program will be running in (view the Muskoka map here if unsure)
  5. Provide a concise description of the project/program including how the funding will strengthen and enhance the well-being of our community members (500 words or less)
  6. Describe the need or gap addressed by your project/program (500 words or less)
  7. Describe how the project/program will provide services and supports to vulnerable citizens (500 words or less)
  8. The number of people your project/program plans to serve and in what capacity
  9. The number of volunteers your project/program will engage and in what capacity
  10. How many paid staff are involved in your project/program (keep in mind grant funds may not be used to pay staff)
  11. How will you promote your project/program?
  12. A list of community partners and how you plan to work together (if applicable)
  13. How much money you are requesting to fund your project/program
  14. A list of any other funding you have applied for, the amounts for you applied and the status of the application
  15. Confirmation that the applicant has the capacity to utilize the funding requested before Dec 31, 2020 and deliver the program/project as per Provincial and Municipal COVID-19 regulations in place at time of submission of application and throughout the project delivery
  16. Successful applicants will be required to adhere to project/program reporting guidelines as set by the District.

We will ask for the following documents to be uploaded during the application process:

  1. Completed Budget Worksheet (Instructions are located on the first tab in the worksheet - you only need to complete the pink tab for Pay it Forward Grants).
  2. Any quotes/estimates for costs you may have to support your budget (You can submit as one file or up to 10 separate files)
  3. Up to 5 letters of support towards your project/program (You can submit as one file or up to 5 separate files)

Apply Now!


Stay Informed!

To receive updates and stay informed of the outcomes of the 2020 Muskoka Community Grant Application please click the subscribe button under the "Follow Project" section on this page (on the top right hand of your desktop screen, or scroll down on your mobile device).


The District supports the enhancement of community well-being with a focus on improving a positive quality of life for our most vulnerable population. One way of helping to achieve this goal is through community-funded programs.

In June of this year the District launched the 2020 Muskoka Community Grant Program and available grant opportunities included the Pay it Forward Grant Program, The Community Enhancement Fund and The Social Services Relief Fund. Grant recipients were announced August 12 and are posted below.

The District would like to thank all 2020 Muskoka Community Grant Applicants. We are encouraged to see leaders in our community working together to broaden community engagement in the face of the unique and evolving challenges posed by COVID-19!


Pay it Forward 2020 Grant Extension – There is Still Time!

The District is pleased to announce the extension of the Pay it Forward Grant Program. The program will be open to applications on an ongoing basis and projects will be reviewed as they are received, with applicants being notified of results upon review completion.

The Pay it Forward (PIF) Grant Program has been available to Grassroots Muskoka Community Groups since 2012 and offers grants of up to $2,500. Grants are awarded to projects that fill a strategic need in the community, enhance community support and leadership, and create positive change.

You can review past PIF grant recipients at the following page: 2017-2019 Pay it Forward Recipients

You can read the complete PIF Application Guidelines here: 2020 Pay it Forward Application Guidelines

Reminders:

  1. Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate community support by engaging volunteers, partners, funders and donors.
  2. Grants are not intended to be used toward staffing costs, honorariums, consultant fees, etc.
  3. Grant funds cannot be used for the construction of permanent structures.
  4. Grants are not intended to provide direct financial assistance to individuals or families, or generate financial gain for grant recipients.
  5. Grants are not intended to duplicate services that fall within the mandate of an upper or lower tier municipality or a local agency.
  6. The program/project will operate as per Provincial and Municipal COVID-19 regulations in place at time of application submission and throughout the delivery of the project/program.
  7. The applicant must have the capacity to utilize the funding in the 2020 calendar year

Before you complete an application:

It is recommended that you complete the application in a word document prior to completing the online application. You can then copy and paste your answers into the application form.

You will be asked for the following information:

  1. Primary & Secondary Contact Information
  2. Do you currently partner with the District to deliver programs/services? If so what capacity?
  3. Name of project/program, if it is new or existing and if it is one-time or reoccurring.
  4. The municipality your project/program will be running in (view the Muskoka map here if unsure)
  5. Provide a concise description of the project/program including how the funding will strengthen and enhance the well-being of our community members (500 words or less)
  6. Describe the need or gap addressed by your project/program (500 words or less)
  7. Describe how the project/program will provide services and supports to vulnerable citizens (500 words or less)
  8. The number of people your project/program plans to serve and in what capacity
  9. The number of volunteers your project/program will engage and in what capacity
  10. How many paid staff are involved in your project/program (keep in mind grant funds may not be used to pay staff)
  11. How will you promote your project/program?
  12. A list of community partners and how you plan to work together (if applicable)
  13. How much money you are requesting to fund your project/program
  14. A list of any other funding you have applied for, the amounts for you applied and the status of the application
  15. Confirmation that the applicant has the capacity to utilize the funding requested before Dec 31, 2020 and deliver the program/project as per Provincial and Municipal COVID-19 regulations in place at time of submission of application and throughout the project delivery
  16. Successful applicants will be required to adhere to project/program reporting guidelines as set by the District.

We will ask for the following documents to be uploaded during the application process:

  1. Completed Budget Worksheet (Instructions are located on the first tab in the worksheet - you only need to complete the pink tab for Pay it Forward Grants).
  2. Any quotes/estimates for costs you may have to support your budget (You can submit as one file or up to 10 separate files)
  3. Up to 5 letters of support towards your project/program (You can submit as one file or up to 5 separate files)

Apply Now!


Stay Informed!

To receive updates and stay informed of the outcomes of the 2020 Muskoka Community Grant Application please click the subscribe button under the "Follow Project" section on this page (on the top right hand of your desktop screen, or scroll down on your mobile device).


  • 2020 Community Grant Recipients Announced!

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    12 August, 2020

    August 12, 2020 - 2020 Muskoka Community Grant Recipients Announced!

    Thank you to all 2020 Muskoka Community Grant Applicants. We are encouraged to see leaders in our community working together to broaden community engagement in the face of the unique and evolving challenges posed by COVID-19.

    We are excited to share our list of successful applicants and projects under the Pay it Forward Grant Program and Social Services Relief Fund (SSRF). Successful applicants in the Community Enhancement (CE) fund are expected to be announced next month.

    We are also pleased to share that the Pay it Forward 2020 Grant Program has been extended and we are continuing to accept applications! If you are a Grassroots Community Group looking to fill a strategic need in the community, enhance volunteerism, community support and leadership, and create positive change, complete an application today!

    Don’t forget to subscribe to this page to stay informed of project updates and future CE fund recipients! Look for the big megaphone on this page, enter your email address and hit subscribe!

    Successful Applicants and Projects - Social Services Relief Fund (SSRF):

    Applicant

    Program Description

    Grant Amount

    Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs

    Sourcing free/low cost essential daily living items from across the District and beyond and distributing them to vulnerable Muskoka residents via delivery and pickup from their Gravenhurst location.

    $5,000

    Bracebridge Out of the Cold

    Preparing and sharing nutritious meals and opportunities for empowerment, engagement and capacity building with families and individuals in need.

    $5,000

    Bracebridge United Church

    Offering timely financial assistance and essential care items for families in need during C-19.

    $5,000

    Dorset Community Partnership Fund

    Increasing ability to respond to COVID needs by purchasing more PPE, medical supplies, pharmacy/emergency drug supplies for those in need along with food support.

    $5,000

    Elder Abuse Prevention Muskoka

    Providing digital access for seniors in the form of tablets, technology training and increased free community internet opportunities in Muskoka, with strong partner and volunteer support.

    $5,000

    Muskoka North Good Food Co-operative Inc.

    Co-op members and volunteers preparing fresh, local food boxes and launching community meals to support and engage families in need during C-19.

    $5,000

    Muskoka Seniors Home Assistance

    Offering a mobile, outdoor gathering opportunity for Muskoka Seniors clients/volunteers to stay connected and engaged while sharing a meal/snacks in the midst of C-19.

    $2,950

    The Salvation Army Bracebridge Community Church

    Serving Bracebridge

    Serving Gravenhurst

    Filling the gap generated by C-19 as they provide families in need with a Christmas hamper containing staple food items, a Christmas meal, and children's toys.




    $5,000

    $5,000

    The Salvation Army Huntsville Food Bank & Family Services

    Purchasing groceries to support individuals and families with essential food items during C-19.

    $5,000


    Successful Applicants and Projects - Pay it Forward:

    Applicant

    Program Description

    Grant Amount

    Archers In Muskoka

    Volunteers bringing affordable/free alternate recreation opportunities to Muskoka students with indoor and outdoor archery training and skill development.

    $1,125

    Serenity’s Haven

    A chance for mothers whose children have been sexually abused to care for one another and share resources and encouragement in a regular, peer support gathering.

    $890


  • 2020 Muskoka Community Grant Updates

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    27 July, 2020
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    July 27, 2020 - 2020 Muskoka Community Grant Applications Under Review!

    Just a quick update to let you know that grant applications are still under review by our grant committee.

    Successful applicants in the Pay it Forward Program and the Social Service Relief Fund are expected to be announced within the next two weeks! Applicants successful in the Community Enhancement Fund are expected to follow late September.

    Once we’ve contacted all successful applicants we will post the list of 2020 successful applicants and projects to this page.

    Would you like to be notified when successful applicants are posted?
    Subscribe to this page to receive future grant announcements and updates via email!

    To subscribe, enter your email address in the subscribe tool (which can be found under the megaphone on the top right hand corner of the screen on your desktop computer, or scroll down on your mobile device):

    Thanks and stay tuned!