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.
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.
Every grant OTF makes contributes to the achievement of its Investment Strategy. OTF has identified specific grant results and metrics that it believes will drive towards achieving its Priority Outcomes. To be able to measure, quantify and aggregate the total impact of all OTF investments, each grantee makes a commitment to achieve specific grant results. For the Seed stream, funded projects must broadly align with a grant result but metrics are not required.
Learn about the Priority Outcomes, Grant Results and Metrics associated with all the OTF Action Areas.
OTF asks all Grow grantees that have selected one of 13 Grant Results to measure progress toward achieving the Grant Result, using a preselected survey instrument. The surveys are standardized and peer-reviewed. They were selected by OTF to measure the aggregate impact of all OTF-funded projects for a given Grant Result. For this reason, all grantees that select the same Grant Result will be required to administer the same OTF survey to program participants.
The surveys are designed to measure change over time. In order to see change within a project, surveys may need to be administered more than once over the course of the grant. A survey taken at the beginning of the project will create a “baseline”; it will help you to know what knowledge, skills, attitudes or behaviours the people in your project have when they arrive. At the end of the program, or every few months in the case of ongoing initiatives, you will again survey the people impacted by your grant. When compared to the “baseline” data, you will be able to see if anything has changed over the course of the program. Over time, and aggregated across grants, these surveys will help OTF understand the impact we’re having in communities across Ontario.
As a grantee, you will be asked to set up for the survey upon your project start date. Once your grant contract is signed, you will receive an email from a third party research firm conducting these surveys. This email will give you an overview of surveys, the user manuals for an online portal for managing the surveys, username and temporary password for the portal, and details for an orientation webinar to get you started.
Municipal libraries in a small municipality (defined as having a population of 20,000 or less) are eligible to apply for OTF grants under the Inspired or Active People Action Areas only. The municipality must apply on behalf of the library.
County Library Boards and Local Services Boards should register as a municipality serving populations under 20,000.
Municipal libraries where the population exceeds 20,000 people are not eligible to apply for OTF grants.
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.
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.
If your organization has a username and password, login to our granting portal to complete an application. For every grant application that your organization submits (only one grant per Investment Stream), you are required to ensure your organization information is up-to-date and complete. This includes financial statements, Board of Directors information and organization contact details.