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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 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?
Answer

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.

Where can I get help with technical difficulties?
Answer

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

To find your catchment, please enter the postal code where your program’s greatest impact will occur or where your program will be delivered.

Why does OTF have a new Investment Strategy?
Answer

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.

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.

I heard that OTF funding comes from gaming revenues. Is it true?
Answer

Our funding comes directly from the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. There is a common misconception due to the history of OTF that our funding flows directly to us from gaming. The government has always associated its revenue from many sources with specific programs such as hospitals and education, but this is a paperwork designation only. OTF funding comes from the government’s general revenue through the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries.

What do you mean by collaborative?
Answer

A collaborative is a group of two or more organizations - each with specific roles and responsibilities - that submit an application to achieve a common goal where there is mutual benefit, shared decision-making and accountability to each collaborative member. The lead organization of a collaborative must be an eligible organization.  

Is my organization eligible to apply for a grant?
Answer

Begin by completing the online Self-Assessment Tool. All the information you need can be found on the Apply for a grant page. Please note out of fairness to all applicants, our Support Centre does not provide one-on-one counselling. 

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