Ontario150: FAQs

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1 - What types of organizations are eligible to apply for the Ontario150 Community Capital Program?

Eligible applicants include:
  • Registered charities and not-for-profit organizations including those with mandates that serve and support newcomers, seniors, women, sport, recreation, arts and culture, persons with disabilities as well as multicultural, Francophone and LGBTTQIA communities

  • Municipalities, their cultural and recreation agencies and Local Service Boards operating community facilities

  • First Nations, Indigenous communities, including Métis and Inuit, and organizations serving urban Indigenous people


Ineligible applicants, such as for-profit organizations and provincial agencies, boards and commissions, may collaborate with eligible applicants in connection with a proposed project. Collaborative initiatives require formal agreements in place between the organizations involved.

The applicant organization must have been in existence and have legal status in Ontario for at least one fiscal year, as well as financial statements for at least one year prior to the application deadline (e.g. applicant organizations must be established by or under legislation, federally or provincially incorporated, band councils established under the Indian Act, Canada or other Indigenous organizations that are incorporated).

Applicants must not be in default of the terms and conditions of any grant or loan agreement with any ministry or agency of the Government of Ontario.


2 - What types of projects and costs are eligible for funding?
The Ontario150 Community Capital Program will provide funding for renovations, repairs or retrofits to existing facilities for community-use. Funding will be provided for direct, specific expenditures deemed reasonable and incurred solely for the successful development and delivery of the proposed project.


Eligible expenses include:
  • Development costs associated with construction such as the development of plans, legal fees or permits that are a part of a capital project; these costs are limited to 20% of the total grant

  • Project-related costs for general contractors, consultants and technical personnel

  • Project materials

  • Fixed equipment and technology costs, such as furnaces and boilers


Expenses NOT eligible for funding include:
  • Contributions to funding drives or campaigns

  • Activities completed or costs incurred prior to application approval

  • Temporary installations and moveable equipment, such as motorized vehicles, furniture and computers

  • Capital renovations or repairs for facilities used for the specific purpose of religious observance

  • Applicant’s administrative or overhead costs, including services or work that is normally provided by the applicant, their staff or a related party

  • Salaries and other employment benefits of any employees of the applicant

  • Taxes, such as GST and HST, for which the applicant is eligible for a tax rebate and all other costs eligible for rebates


3 - What is the expected size of the grants?

Grant sizes will depend on the scale of the overall project budget and operating budget of the applicant organization.

Applicant organizations with a total operating budget of less than $1 million are eligible for funding amounts up to 75% of project costs to a maximum of $250,000.

Applicant organizations with a total operating budget of equal to or greater than $1 million are eligible for funding amounts up to 50% of project costs to a maximum of $500,000.


4 - How long can a project last?

All projects must be ‘shovel-ready’ and can begin no earlier than January 1, 2017. Supported projects should occur within 1 year of grant approval and be completed by March 31st, 2018.


5 - What kind of support can I get to help me?

Please contact OTF by email at otf@otf.ca or 1-800-263-2887 to learn more.


6 - I submitted an application for the Ontario150 Community Capital Program? When can I expect to hear back from OTF?

OTF will communicate with all Ontario150 Community Capital Program applicants - whether their application is approved or declined - beginning December 9, 2016.

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