Mini-Grant Funding Program – Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the Centre Wellington Community Foundation?
The Centre Wellington Community Foundation (CWCF) is a public, charitable foundation created for and by the people of Centre Wellington. Our mission is to strengthen the Centre Wellington community by helping donors to achieve their giving goals, and by helping local non-profit organizations find resources to support their important work.
2. What is the ‘mini-grant’ funding program?
The mini-grant funding program is aimed at providing small grants (maximum of $1,000) to charitable organizations in Centre Wellington to support their programs and to help them achieve their goals.
3. Who can apply for a mini-grant?
Organizations within the Township of Centre Wellington who are doing work to support the health, well-being, and sustainability of citizens and/or the environment can apply for a mini-grant. All mini-grant applicants must either be a registered charity or partner with another organization that does have registered charitable status. Another option for organizations that are not registered charities is to apply for a mini-grant in collaboration with the Township of Centre Wellington. If you think your project might be a good fit to apply in collaboration with the Township, please contact us first and we will discuss your idea and put you in touch with the contact person at the Township. Click here for the CWCF 2016 Mini Grant Application Package.
4. What kind of projects will you be willing to fund?
Mini-Grants for 2016 should support projects that better our community with priority given to the following areas covered in the 2015 Centre Wellington Vital Signs Report:
- The Gap Between Rich and Poor
- Belonging and Leadership
- Arts and Culture
Additional criteria regarding the types of projects that we fund and what we do not fund are included in the mini-grant application form.
5. What is the Deadline?
The deadline for this first round of mini-grants is April 1, 2016.
6. When will we find out if our application was successful?
Decisions about the grants will be made in April 2016. Public announcements about the grants will be made at our Annual Public Meeting in May.
7. Will we have to report on how we used the grant?
Yes, as part of being accountable to our donors, we will require a short report on how your organization used the grant and how the grant supported your activities. Details on reporting will be discussed with successful applicants.
8. If our application is successful, do we have to acknowledge the funding source on our project and project-related materials?
Yes, we will provide you with an electronic version of our logo to use on your project and related materials. By raising awareness about the Foundation through the creative and meaningful projects supported by the mini-grants, we can build a stronger foundation that can in turn, help to build a stronger community. The guidelines are covered under Grant Recognition.
9. Our organization received a mini-grant before – can we apply for another in this year?
Yes, we would be happy to hear from you again, however, preference may be given to new applicants to the program. Each mini-grant application will be reviewed in terms of how well the project meets the overall objectives of the Centre Wellington Community Foundation granting program.
10. Can I talk to someone about my idea and my application?
Absolutely! In fact, we encourage you to contact us about your idea prior to submitting your final grant application.
You are invited to attend an open information session co-hosted by the Township of Centre Wellington and CWCF. The session will occur on Thursday March 10, 2016 at 7:00-8:00 PM in the mezzanine at the Fergus Sportsplex.
Otherwise, to discuss any issues, you can either send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call our number at 1-888-713-4083 (please leave a message and a board member will return your call as soon as possible).