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What type of Financial Statements does OTF accept?
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The type of financial statements OTF requires is based on the amount of your organization’s annual revenues. OTF prefers audited statements for all revenue levels, however minimum requirements are as follows:

  1. Annual revenues under $50,000: Financial statements prepared by your organization.
  2. Annual revenues between $50,000 and $249,999: Statements prepared by a Licenced Public Accountant outside your organization.  (Include a ‘Notice to Reader’ or ‘Review’ or ‘Audit’.) This means, for example, one document that contains financial statements for 2 separate fiscal years (for comparison) ie the most recent fiscal year (2015) and the previous year (2014). View or find a licenced public accountant in Ontario.
  3. Revenues of $250,000 or more: A complete set of financial statements for the two most recent fiscal years (e.g. 2015 and 2014 (for comparison), audited by a licensed public accountant.

Organizations less than two years old are expected to provide at least one fiscal years’ worth of financial history that shows revenues and expenses, and assets and liabilities. If you are a new organization with less than a year’s worth of financial history, we will not be able to accept your Organization Registration. 

What does OTF fund?
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Because certain types of investments yield greater impact, OTF developed an Investment Strategy which explains what and how we fund. We have chosen to focus our investments in six Action Areas. They are Active People (fostering more active lifestyles), Connected People (building inclusive and engaged communities), Green People (encouraging people to support a healthy and sustainable environment), Inspired People (enriching lives through arts, culture and heritage), Promising Young People (supporting positive development of children and youth) and Prosperous People (enhancing people’s economic wellbeing). Read more about What we Fund.

Does OTF conduct site visits as part of the application assessment?
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To ensure fairness and the perception of fairness of the assessment process, site visits are not part of the assessment process.  

I am unable to submit my application. Can you help?
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There are separate ‘Submit’ buttons for entering both your project description and your measures. Under the Project Description section, be sure you click the ‘Submit Description’ button. Under the Strategic Alignment section, be sure to click the ‘Submit Measures’ button. If you are still unable to submit, please contact the Support Centre at otf@otf.ca or 1.800.263.2887. 

What are OTF application deadline dates in 2016-2017?
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Please refer to our Registration and Applications Deadlines page.

Where can I get help with technical difficulties?
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Please email the Support Centre at otf@otf.ca or call 1.800.263.2887. The Support Centre is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday and is there to provide knowledgeable, consistent and efficient support regardless of where you are located. Your inquiry will be acknowledged within 24 hours. 

Who is eligible to apply for an OTF grant?
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Eligible groups include charitable and not-for-profit organizations; First Nations, and municipalities with a population less than 20,000 or their cultural and recreational agencies for initiatives in the Inspired or Active People action areas. Also eligible are collaborations of two or more organizations, where the lead organization is an eligible organization. Read the OTF Eligibility Policy for details.

Eligible municipalities must apply on behalf of their cultural (e.g. libraries or museums) or recreational agencies. County Library Boards and Local Services Boards are eligible and should register as a municipality serving populations under 20,000.

Eligible municipalities or their cultural or recreational agencies, County Library Boards and Local Services Boards may only apply under the Inspired or Active People Action Areas

How can I determine which OTF catchment my organization is located in?
Answer

View our Catchment map (pdf) of Ontario.

Why does OTF have a new Investment Strategy?
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In undertaking the redesign, OTF considered the findings from the 2011 Auditor General’s report and also perception and satisfaction feedback from applicant, grantee, staff and volunteer surveys, in order to better define the long-term impact it hopes to achieve as well as to improve customer service.

Read more about what we fund.

I have a current grant and I can’t find my report template. Where do I find it?
Answer

Log in to your portal. Click the tab ‘Applications (2014)’ at the top of the page. Then click ‘Your Reports’. If you still cannot find it, contact the Support centre at otf@otf.ca or 1.800.263.2887.

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