FAQs

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Our organization is not incorporated, can we still apply?
Answer

OTF does not accept applications from unincorporated organizations. Read the OTF Eligibility Policy.  

What type of evidence is OTF looking for in Grow grant applications?
Answer

The best Grow grant applications use good quality evidence that supports the design of the project and aligns with the Grant Result selected.
  

Evidence may include:

  • Documented research from grey or academic literature
  • Evaluation (your own or those of others)
  • Successful examples of existing programs, pilots, models, etc. 
  • Survey data demonstrating specific positive change
  • Interview or focus group data showing positive effects
  • Observed changes from staff using the Observational Method
      

Don’t confuse evidence of effectiveness with evidence of need. Both have their own value, but are distinct in an application.

  • Make sure to show evidence that the design you wish to use is proven to be effective in achieving its objective (I.e. program efficacy and evidence-based approach).
  • You may wish to also include why the program is needed in the community you wish to work in (I.e. evidence of need and evidence of demand for program or approach).
SHOULD I HIRE A CONSULTANT/ GRANT WRITER TO PREPARE MY OTF GRANT PROPOSAL?
Answer

OTF does not refer applicants to grant writers or consultants. Our application process has been built in a way that most applicants do not need to hire extra support. Our application forms are simple and short. The length of the answers you must provide is limited. You can view the applications: Seed and Grow (pdfs) and assessment considerations: Seed and Grow (pdfs). Our Support Centre is also open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 1.800.263.2887 or otf@otf.ca for questions or clarifications.

Can my organization apply for more than one grant?
Answer

Your organization(s) can hold multiple grants. However, only one grant application is permitted per organization per deadline. Eligible applicants may also be eligible to apply for OTF’s other programs - the Youth Opportunities Fund, or the Local Poverty Reduction Fund

Which faith-based organizations are eligible to apply?
Answer

Faith-based organizations that are registered charities or incorporated nonprofits are eligible to receive OTF grants for the delivery of programs or services that serve the broader community in which they are located and that are not religious activities.

I am a current grantee, am I eligible to apply to one of your new investment streams?
Answer

Yes. Grantees may have more than one active grant at a time.

Can I apply for a grant for a project that has already begun?
Answer

Applications to fund an initiative that is already underway will be declined. OTF does not fund project retroactively. However, OTF may fund an initiative that has not yet been started but which forms part of a larger initiative that is already underway. 

What if I am not available to attend the scheduled Grantee Orientation webinars for grantees?
Answer

As a condition of the Grant Contract, all grantees must register and participate in a grantee orientation webinar before the Grant Contract is signed back. Grantees will be advised of scheduled webinars in due course.

We applied for a GROW grant. The Grant Result we selected has a metric that involves conducting a pre- /post survey. What is a pre-/ post-survey?
Answer

OTF asks all Grow grantees that have selected one of 13 Grant Results to measure progress toward achieving the Grant Result, using a preselected survey instrument. The surveys are standardized and peer-reviewed. They were selected by OTF to measure the aggregate impact of all OTF-funded projects for a given Grant Result. For this reason, all grantees that select the same Grant Result will be required to administer the same OTF survey to program participants.

 

The surveys are designed to measure change over time. In order to see change within a project, surveys may need to be administered more than once over the course of the grant. A survey taken at the beginning of the project will create a “baseline”; it will help you to know what knowledge, skills, attitudes or behaviours the people in your project have when they arrive. At the end of the program, or every few months in the case of ongoing initiatives, you will again survey the people impacted by your grant. When compared to the “baseline” data, you will be able to see if anything has changed over the course of the program. Over time, and aggregated across grants, these surveys will help OTF understand the impact we’re having in communities across Ontario.

 

As a grantee, you will be asked to set up for the survey upon your project start date. Once your grant contract is signed, you will receive an email from a third party research firm conducting these surveys. This email will give you an overview of surveys, the user manuals for an online portal for managing the surveys, username and temporary password for the portal, and details for an orientation webinar to get you started.

Can I meet or talk with someone to receive advice on my proposal?
Answer

To be fair to all applicants, OTF does not provide one-on-one application-specific counselling, nor review full or partial applications in draft form. However, OTF provides general information on its strategy, granting streams, priority outcomes, assessment criteria and grant application process through its Support Centre and outreach sessions. To attend the information sessions in your area or a webinar, please visit our Events Calendar on our website.  

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