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Who is not eligible to apply for an OTF grant?
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OTF will not support individuals; for-profit organizations; organizations whose purpose is related to political activity (as defined by the Canada Revenue Agency); agencies of provincial or federal governments*; municipalities with populations over 20,000 and their agencies*, universities, colleges, hospitals, schools, and their agencies*; private foundations* or organizations that discriminate, or seek to limit the legal rights and activities of people, as per OTF’s Anti-Discrimination Policy. Try the Self-Assessment Tool to see if your organization is eligible.

Unincorporated branches/chapters of a parent organization may apply, with the parent organization or other organization eligible for OTF funding, acting as the lead for the collaborative. Please see OTF’s Eligibility Policy for more details.

*Unless they are part of a collaborative application where the lead is an eligible organization.  

What if our organization is not eligible?
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If, following the self-assessment, you find your organization is not eligible, you may consider partnering with another organization that is eligible. Read the OTF policy on Collaborative Applicants. You may also wish to check out our Other Funders page.

What does OTF mean by evidence-based?
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OTF considers evidence as strong indication that something works. The evidence you provide OTF can come from your organization or from an external source. Examples of evidence must:

  • Provide reasoning that speaks to the potential positive change being proposed in a project
  • Include documented research and/or evaluations (the applicant’s own or those of others) where measured results demonstrate that the approach being proposed will produce the Grant Result selected in the Grow grant application.
I get an ‘error’ message when I try to submit our application that says ‘the amount requested does not match the total amount on the budget.’ What does that mean?
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The dollar amounts you enter must be consistent with each other. Under the General Information Tab, the amount entered for the question 'How much money are you requesting from OTF?' must match the amount entered for the "Total Project Cost" under the Project Budget section of the Application Form.

How and when can I access the application form?
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Organizations must first register with OTF before being given access to a grant application (see Organization Registration FAQs). If your registration is accepted, OTF provides you with a password to access the on-line application. OTF confirms within 10 business days whether your registration has been accepted and you are eligible to apply.

Are faith-based organizations eligible to apply?
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A Faith-based or religious organizations are eligible to apply for OTF grants so long as they comply with the Foundation’s Eligibility Policy — for example they must be registered charities or incorporated nonprofits without share capital.

The Foundation recognizes the incredible contribution faith-based organizations make to the health and vibrancy of communities — from charitable food programs, to providing meeting venues, to offering care and compassion to vulnerable members of the community. A federal report shows that donations to faith-based groups far outstrip those to health services and the rest of the voluntary sector.

As a public agency, OTF has an obligation to ensure public funds are used to build healthy and vibrant communities in an accessible and fair way. We make sure public funds;

  • Support the broader community
  • Are not used for religious activities
  • Are not used to carry out activities that are discriminatory, or support organizations engaged in discriminatory practices
  • Do not support organizations that seek to limit the legal rights and activities of people

As a result, some faith-based organizations may not qualify for OTF funding. Please review our Anti-Discrimination and Eligibility Policies before registering to apply.

What is the OTF Anti-Discrimination Policy and what does it mean?
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OTF will not fund organizations that discriminate, or that seek to limit the legal rights and activities of people. It requires that all grant applicants confirm that they will follow this policy, not discriminate in any of their practices, and operate in an inclusive way.

Read our Anti-Discrimination Policy

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

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