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Under what circumstances would OTF fund an organization with a deficit?

OTF generally considers an organization financially healthy if it has no more than a 15% deficit.

Your deficit (calculated as your internally restricted/unrestricted net assets) should not exceed 15% of annual expenses.

  • If your organization has a deficit greater than 5%, you must submit a plan explaining why and how you intend to reduce it.
    • The plan must include details such as monetary targets to reduce the accumulated deficit, and
    • Must be reasonable and achievable – and give a clear picture of your deficit situation and plans to remedy.
I am having trouble uploading documents. Can you help?

Yes. Contact our Support Centre at otf@otf.ca or 1.800.263.2887 and one of our friendly staff will get back to you in 24 hours or less. 

What is the grant holdback and how does it work?

OTF holds back a proportion of all grant funds until the grantee has submitted the final report and until OTF has reviewed and verified the satisfactory completion of the grant.

For Seed and Capital grants, 10% of the approved grant budget will be held back.

For Grow grants, 10% of the grant budget for the final year of the grant will be held back.

Can my organization apply for more than one grant?

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 the Youth Opportunities Fund.

Does the Anti-Discrimination Policy unfairly limit faith-based organizations and restrict their right to believe as they do?

No. We recognize and celebrate that everyone is entitled to their faith, opinions and thoughts. Religious freedom is an important human right in Ontario. However, as a public agency, OTF cannot use public funds to support organizations whose practices do not treat everyone with the dignity and fairness they are entitled to; nor can OTF fund organizations who seek to limit the legitimate legal rights and activities of people.

Under what circumstances would OTF fund an organization with a surplus?

OTF provides grants to eligible organizations with a significant need for funding. Any organization that has access to net assets worth more than 12 months in operating expenses is not considered by OTF to be in financial need. OTF will decline an application where the applicant fails to identify a financial need.

OTF may consider proposals from applicants with net assets that are equivalent to more than 12 months of operating expenses when:

  • The organization demonstrates that unrestricted net assets have been earmarked for an imminent project or purpose; or
  • Where the circumstances can otherwise demonstrate significant financial need.

In either of these cases, the applicants should submit an explanation statement when they register.

I am unable to submit my application. Can you help?

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. 

After receiving a grant, are organizations required to recognize OTF?

Yes. OTF requires that grant recipients acknowledge both the Ontario Trillium Foundation and its funder (the Government of Ontario). OTF Public Relations Associates are happy to work with grantees and develop appropriate recognition activities. For details please see the OTF Recognition Policy

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

OTF offers applicant one-on-one coaching calls with a Program Manager to discuss project proposal ideas and their potential fit with one of the OTF Investment Streams and with one of OTF’s Action Areas, Priority Outcomes, and Grant Results.  However, in fairness to all applicants, OTF staff will not review full or partial applications in draft form. Contact the OTF Support Centre to book a coaching call. OTF also provides general information on its strategy, granting streams, priority outcomes, assessment criteria and grant application process through its Support Centre, webinars and in-person outreach sessions. To register for an in-person information session in your area or participate in an online webinar, please visit our Events Calendar to see a list of events. 

My submission was declined and I disagree with your decision. What is the appeal process?

There is no appeal process for application decisions. All OTF decisions are final.


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