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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?
Answer

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?
Answer

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?
Answer

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).
What are OTF application deadline dates?
Answer

Please refer to our Applications Deadlines page.

Which faith-based organizations are eligible to apply?
Answer

Faith-based organizations that are registered charities or incorporated nonprofits are eligible to receive OTF grants for the delivery of programs or services that serve the broader community in which they are located and that are not religious activities.

I am a current grantee, am I eligible to apply to one of your new investment streams?
Answer

Yes. Grantees may have more than one active grant at a time.

Can I apply for a grant for a project that has already begun?
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Applications to fund an initiative that is already underway will be declined. OTF does not fund project retroactively. However, OTF may fund an initiative that has not yet been started but which forms part of a larger initiative that is already underway. 

What if I am not available to attend the scheduled Grantee Orientation webinars for grantees?
Answer

As a condition of the Grant Contract, all grantees must register and participate in a grantee orientation webinar before the Grant Contract is signed back. Grantees will be advised of scheduled webinars in due course.

Does OTF accept late applications?
Answer

Late applications are not accepted. Submit your application by 5 p.m. EST on the deadline date or you will have to submit a new application for the next deadline date.

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