Frequently Asked Questions
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- The LPRF is available to a wide range of groups, including not-for-profit corporations, registered charities, broader public sector organizations such as municipal governments, district social service administration boards, as well as Indigenous communities and Indigenous-led organizations can apply for the fund.
- Social enterprises are welcome to apply as long as they are either a registered charity or not-for-profit organization. Broader public sector organizations such as universities, colleges and school boards are also welcome to apply.
The 2017 LPRF application deadline is on June 28, 2017, 5pm E.T. Before you can begin a grant application, you must first register your organization or update your organizational profile with specific information about your organization. Read the Organization Registration Checklist for OTF and LPRF. Once your registration is verified, OTF will email you a new user ID and password that you can use to begin a grant application for LPRF and/or OTF. Read more about how to apply.
- Yes, an organization may submit more than one proposal. However, final decisions will take into account a number of factors, including geography, so that projects that receive funding are representative across the Province.
- Organizations should consider how they would manage multiple projects and provide evidence that they have sufficient capacity to implement parallel evaluations, including clear roles within the organization for leading each project. Applications should describe clearly how the proposals are distinct from each other as well as the links between them, where possible, for example in their partnership relationships.
- If you cannot find the information you need on the website and have questions about the Fund, please contact email@example.com or call us 1-800-263-2887.
- Grant sizes will depend on the type of project and evaluation methods proposed. Applicants will be required to provide a business case that estimates necessary funding based on the type of project and evaluation they are proposing.
- We would consider grant proposals lasting up to three years to provide enough time for program leaders to demonstrate results. Some projects may require less time, so we are also looking to support one or two year projects.
- The list of projects funded in 2015 and 2016 provides an indication of the range of resources required to evaluate different programs.
Eligible applicants include not-for-profit corporations, registered charities, municipal governments, District Social Services Administration Boards and other public bodies (e.g., universities, colleges, and school boards), First Nations, Métis, Inuit communities/organizations, as well as organizations serving urban Indigenous People).
Indigenous-led communities and organizations are welcome to apply for funding through the General Stream. However, they may also apply through the Indigenous Stream. There is a separate application form and guide for applicants wishing to apply to the Indigenous Stream.
Social enterprises that are either a registered charity or not-for-profit organization are eligible to apply.
Individuals, for-profit, and non-legal entities are not eligible to apply. Applicants may, however, collaborate with such entities in connection with a proposed project (See “Partnerships” section of the Application Guide).
In the spirit of providing organizations across Ontario the opportunity to measure their initiative, and for the purpose of building a broad body of evidence, submissions from applicants that have already received LPRF funding, may have their application set aside in favor of another strong proposal.
In Round 3 we will continue to focus on the community level, but desire to capture a more focused range of projects that add to and complement, rather than duplicate, those projects already underway.
Yes. Applicants to the Indigenous-led project funding can also apply to the general stream of funding – keeping in mind that the criteria and application form are different. Although applicants are permitted to apply to both streams with the same project, projects (if funded at all) may only receive funding under one of the streams (i.e., either the general stream or the funding stream for Indigenous-led projects, but not both).
- Supports range from webinars to one-on-one support, both in person and over the phone/email to provide catered help as you develop your project idea and application form.
- Please contact OTF at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-263-2887 to learn more and set up a discussion about your proposal.
- Evaluation is about program evaluation: collecting and using evidence to assess the impact, effectiveness and efficiency of a program. The type of evaluation would depend on the application. Some organizations may benefit from doing a program evaluation to measure effectiveness; others might propose a process evaluation to assess the program delivery or impact on a target population.
- We are asking for proposals to clearly outline how they will evaluate the project, how it could demonstrate outcomes, and how it relates to the Poverty Reduction Strategy indicators.
Yes. In their project proposals, organizations will need to demonstrate as part of their business case that there is at least emerging evidence of a program or intervention’s effectiveness or that it has been shown to work in another jurisdiction. The evaluation supported by the Fund would then use different measures to assess whether the program was operating successfully at its new site in Ontario.
- The letter should state that your local service system manager (Consolidated Municipal Service Manager/ District Social Services Administration Board) is aware of and supportive of your proposed project.
- We encourage organizations to connect with their local service system managers early in the process.
- A total of up to $10 million is available for homelessness related projects through the 2016 and 2017 rounds of funding.
- All proposals, including projects focusing on evaluating solutions to prevent and end homelessness will be assessed using the criteria described in the Assessment of Proposals section of the LPRF 2017 Application Guide.
- Funds can only be used toward program costs if they are to support a new activity or program in order to evaluate that new activity or program.
- For example, an evaluation could look at outcomes for a different set of clients who have not historically received services. In this case, program expenses could be covered by the fund in order to provide this new set of clients with services.
- A second example might be where a service provider intends to add a new approach to case management, or a new form of counseling, as a way of increasing the effectiveness of an existing benefit or service. The incremental cost of the new case management or counseling would be an eligible expense under the project grant, while the existing benefit or service would continue to be funded from its pre-existing funding source.
- Funds cannot be used to ‘backfill’ expenses currently funded through existing government grants or other sources.
- The Fund emphasizes partnership and collaboration as a way to encourage smaller agencies to apply. Organizations with less capacity to evaluate can partner with larger ones that have greater resources and relevant expertise.
- The government has partnered with the Ontario Trillium Foundation to administer the LPRF. OTF’s primary role includes providing outreach and proposal support to applicants.
- OTF is providing a range of supports to interested organizations, including webinars, workshops and one-on-one support. These enhanced supports are designed to promote local partnerships, encourage knowledge-sharing and assist applicants in preparing strong project proposals.
- Applicants are strongly encouraged to develop their submissions using the enhanced supports available through OTF.
- Private-sector (i.e. for-profit) organizations could partner in funded projects in many ways, for example through in-kind supports, financial contributions, providing evaluation expertise, or by providing jobs and apprenticeship opportunities. Private sector organizations cannot be the Applicant for funding.
- Applicants should look to new and enriched partnership opportunities as a way of addressing administrative, capital or operational needs through in-kind and other contributions to the project. Partnerships are an important part of the fund criteria and these efforts would strengthen the overall application.