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).