Organizations must first register with OTF before being given access to a grant application (see Organization Registration FAQs). If your registration is accepted, OTF provides you with a password to access the on-line application. OTF confirms within 10 business days whether your registration has been accepted and you are eligible to apply.
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.
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
OTF does not accept applications from unincorporated organizations. Read the OTF Eligibility Policy.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or clarifications.
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.
Yes. Grantees may have more than one active grant at a time.
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.