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2017 COMMUNITY GRANTS

In 2017, we once again have three funding streams, designed to accommodate a wide range of projects. We encourage you to read the application guidelines for each type of grant, to find out which is the best fit for your organization. Oh, and to answer a question you might already be asking: there may indeed be multiple fits, so you’re more than welcome to apply for multiple grants. Just remember that all projects should strive to meet our general eligibility criteria, in addition to the specific grant guidelines.

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If you have any questions about Richmond Community Foundation grants, please call 604-279-7020 or e-mail info@rcrg.org.

We look forward to even more amazing community projects!

JUMP START GRANTS

Sometimes – oftentimes – good ideas don’t catch on immediately, if at all. Innovation can be disruptive. Change, even for the better, can be frightening. For good ideas to survive those early days of doubt and skepticism, they need support, which is why the Richmond Community Foundation developed Jump Start Grants.

In the non-profit sector, the reality of limited resources gives rise to abundant creativity. In order to carry out their mission, organizations must find increasingly innovative ways to deliver services and design programs. We want to be a partner in that process.

Jump Start Grants, available for up to $5,000, are for creative projects that don’t yet have funding sources. If your organization has an idea that needs a little help getting off the ground, then we want to hear from you. We might be able to give your project a jump start!

Eligible Organizations: Richmond-based community organizations that are registered with the Canada Revenue Agency

Letter of Intent Deadline: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Apply as the Lead Organization in a Collaborative Project: Collaborative Jump Start Grant Letter of Intent

Apply as an Individual Organization: Jump Start Grant Letter of Intent

After you submit your Letter of Intent, we’ll contact you within five business days to confirm we received it. If you haven’t heard from us by then, please call 604-279-7020 or e-mail info@rcrg.org.

Important: Do not attempt to complete the Letter of Intent in your browser (Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox), as any information you enter will NOT be saved. Instead, save the blank Letter of Intent to your computer, and open it in either Adobe Reader or Acrobat. This way, you’ll be able to save your information at any time and submit the completed form via e-mail. 

IMPACT GRANTS

These grants, issued in amounts ranging from $5,000 to $10,000, are to support projects that will have a broad community impact. We’re looking for initiatives that will benefit all of Richmond, and a lot of people.

But while a project’s impact should be broad, its focus can be very specific. Programs for at-risk youth or seniors? They could work. Services for new immigrants or low-income families? There’s definitely potential there. Arts and culture, healthcare, the environment – projects in any of these fields could be eligible. Even if your initiative will directly benefit only a segment of the community, tell us about the ripple effect. The waves might well reach all corners of Richmond.

Eligible Organizations: Richmond-based community organizations that are registered with the Canada Revenue Agency

Letter of Intent Deadline: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Apply as the Lead Organization in a Collaborative Project: Collaborative Impact Grant Letter of Intent

Apply as an Individual Organization: Impact Grant Letter of Intent

After you submit your Letter of Intent, we’ll contact you within five business days to confirm we received it. If you haven’t heard from us by then, please call 604-279-7020 or e-mail info@rcrg.org.

Important: Do not attempt to complete the Letter of Intent in your browser (Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox), as any information you enter will NOT be saved. Instead, save the blank Letter of Intent to your computer, and open it in either Adobe Reader or Acrobat. This way, you’ll be able to save your information at any time and submit the completed form via e-mail. 

COLLABORATION GRANTS

Collaboration – Two or more organizations doing something together that they may otherwise not do themselves

In 2015, the Richmond Community Foundation and Volunteer Richmond Information Services officially launched Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives, a collaborative initiative that will transform the giving landscape in our community.

The process, though challenging, gave us a greater appreciation of the many ways collaboration can strengthen non-profit organizations. We’ve seen firsthand that, by working together, non-profits can become more efficient in their operations, and more effective in their missions.

As a result of our own positive experience, we now offer two collaboration grants, for $2,500 and $1,000, to support other organizations as they explore collaborative opportunities. The funds can be used for workshops, meeting space, facilitators, equipment, and other tools or resources that would assist in developing a collaborative initiative.

Eligible Organizations: Richmond-based community organizations that are registered with the Canada Revenue Agency

Letter of Intent Deadline: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Apply: Collaboration Grant Letter of Intent

After you submit your Letter of Intent, we’ll contact you within five business days to confirm we received it. If you haven’t heard from us by then, please call 604-279-7020 or e-mail info@rcrg.org.

Important: Do not attempt to complete the Letter of Intent in your browser (Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox), as any information you enter will NOT be saved. Instead, save the blank Letter of Intent to your computer, and open it in either Adobe Reader or Acrobat. This way, you’ll be able to save your information at any time and submit the completed form via e-mail. 

PROCEDURES

The Richmond Community Foundation Grants Committee reviews and evaluates each proposal and invites organizations with appropriate initiatives, impacting the community of Richmond, to apply for funding.

  1. Agencies submit Letters of Intent (LOI). The deadline is April 19, 2017.
  2. The Grants Committee reviews and evaluates each proposal submitted via an LOI and ascertains that the proposal and organization meet RCF criteria. Potential projects are chosen to advance based upon community impact and fit with available fund objectives.
  3. Grant Application forms are forwarded to organizations for a specific project or portions of a project by the end of April. Grant Applications are due May 17, 2017.
  4. The Grants Committee reviews each Application for completeness, adherence to the outlined expressed in the LOI, and proof of agency support. Recommendations are drafted for grant amounts and designation of funds. In some cases, fund holders are consulted.
  5. The RCF Board of Directors approves the recommended grants. This year, we hope to approve all grants by May 24, 2017.
  6. Commitment Letters for each grant are forwarded to organizations. These must be returned with appropriate signatures. Once received by RCF, grant cheques will be produced, as quickly as the first week of June.
  7. If there are changes to the project and/or budget before or during the project, the organization contacts RCF for approval.
  8. At completion of the project, the organization submits a Disposition Report with project details, photos, participant statements, receipts, and copies of all promotional materials (which will include acknowledgement of RCF). Any excess grant funds are returned to RCF.
  9. Agencies may be asked to present a summary of their project for fund holders, other agencies, or at the RCF Annual General Meeting. Telling the stories of grant projects builds community awareness and sustains the value of work carried out by all involved.

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ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  1. Initiatives that will directly benefit the residents of Richmond that have broad based community impact, address a significant community challenge and respond to a significant existing or emerging need
  2. Initiatives that are available without discrimination because of race, colour, creed, sex, age, marital status or ability
  3. Initiatives that build community capacity and build or develop partnerships among community organizations and community resources
  4. Initiatives that are undertaken by organization(s) that have charitable tax status under the Income Tax Act
  5. Initiatives that are undertaken by organization(s) that can fulfil the Grant Application Requirements
  6. New for 2017: Up to 10% of the grant amount may be used for administration costs of an agency undertaking a project

NOT ELIGIBLE

  1. Operating expenses of established organizations, program, or services, other than #6 above
  2. Wages or salaries, other than #6 above (Note: Grant funds can be used to fund an instructor or other position specific to the grant project)
  3. Operating or capital deficits
  4. Annual fundraising campaigns, form letter request, or telephone campaigns
  5. Capital campaigns
  6. Adding to endowment funds
  7. Direct religious activities
  8. Team sponsorships
  9. Conference or travel expenses

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GRANT APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Should you be invited to submit an application form, two (2) copies of the following will be required:

  1. A brief description of the organization’s history, objectives, activities, target population, and geographical area of operation
  2. A summary of the project and the purpose of the request, with an explanation of the need, anticipated benefits, method of measuring results, evidence of co-operation/partnership with other organizations, timetables, project key personnel, specific components of initiative to be funded by grant, total project cost and specific amount requested from the Richmond Community Foundation, other sources of funding received/pending for the project/program, plans for future funding (if it is to be ongoing)
  3. A copy of the Board resolution approving the request with two (2) signatures of authorized directors of the organization, and one copy of the following:
    1. A list of current Directors and Senior Operating Officer, with contact information (addresses and telephone numbers)
    2. A copy of the up-to-date filed financial records signed by two (2) officers of the organization
    3. A copy of the organization’s Canada Revenue Agency documents confirming status as a registered charity, plus a copy of the incorporation documents

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WHERE GRANT FUNDING COMES FROM

Grants are made possible from the annual income generated from the Richmond Community Foundation’s Community Endowment Fund. Specific fundraising efforts are undertaken to grow the fund. We invite interested individuals, groups, and organizations to support the permanent Community Endowment Fund with donations, or to consider establishing their own endowment fund in the care and stewardship of the Richmond Community Foundation.  Charitable societies may also establish permanent endowment funds specifically for the benefit of their organization.

For more information, call 604-279-7020 or e-mail info@rcrg.org.