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What if, for reasons beyond our control, our organization does not achieve the grant metrics that have been selected?
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Grant result metrics are necessary for grantees to achieve. They are part of the Grant Contract obligations. To help support our grantees, OTF staff stay in frequent touch with our grantees. Grantees who are not successful at achieving grant results may have their grant, or a portion of the grant, rescinded.

Where can I find application questions on the OTF website?
Answer

Please visit our "Apply for a Grant" page for the application templates.

How would we know if our organization passes OTF’s Anti-Discrimination Policy?
Answer

OTF will not fund organizations that discriminate, or that seek to limit the legal rights and activities of people.

Your organization is not aligned with this policy if:

  • Your organization treats people differently based on age, gender, sexual orientation, family status or religious belief. For example, if women are treated differently from men, if your group won’t rent its community hall to a gay organization, or if only members of your religion can participate in activities and events.
  • Your organizational publications and website promote or communicate discriminatory practices.
  • You seek to limit the legal rights and activities of people — for example, campaigning against same-sex marriage or organizing interventions to prevent women from seeking abortion information.
  • You restrict staffing, program content, or who can participate in programs based on any of the protected grounds cited in the OTF Anti-Discrimination Policy.
Under what circumstances would OTF fund an organization with a deficit?
Answer

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 registering or uploading documents. Can you help?
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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?
Answer

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?
Answer

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?
Answer

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?
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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?
Answer

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. 

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