On March 28, 2012 Regional Council approved the revised framework for the Halton Region Community Investment Fund which provides funding to non-profit programs that address community health and social needs in Halton. This is great news for the non-profit sector. Our revised framework will provide $702,691 in annual funding in multi-year and one-time grants to community agencies that qualify. The introduction of one-time grants (of up to $20,000) will make funding accessible to a wider range of agencies and support new and innovative projects and small capital requests. The revised framework is the result of an extensive consultation process which engaged more than 150 non-profit stakeholders through community workshops and one-to-one interviews across Halton.
Providing funding to support the important work being done by the non-profit sector is a key action item in the Citizen’s Priorities – Halton Region’s 2011-2014 Action Plan. The non-profit sector plays a critical role in our community. The work they do contributes to our quality of life and we want to support their efforts to build a healthy community for individuals who want to live, work, raise a family and retire in Halton.
Information about the application process and online forms for the Halton Region Community Investment Fund are now available at www.halton.ca/investmentfund. Here are some dates of note for anyone who wants to apply for funding through the investment fund:
Multi-year funding is available for up to three years and will continue to support charitable organizations to deliver established programs.
- Letters of intent for multi-year funding are due by 2 p.m. April 23.
- Those who are determined eligible at the letter of intent stage will be will be invited to submit a full application for funding which will be due May 18, 2012 by 2 p.m.
One-time grants are available to charitable and non-charitable non-profit organizations to support new and innovative projects and small capital requests.
- Applications for one-time grants are being accepted until May 1 at 2 p.m.
Funding recommendations will be made to Regional Council in July, 2012.
We will also be hosting information sessions this year for all potential applicants. If you are thinking about applying to the investment fund for funding I encourage you to register to attend one of four information sessions being offered throughout Halton:
- Session 1—Halton Hills: Tuesday, April 10, 9:30 -11 a.m., Gellert Community Centre, 10241 Eighth Line
- Session 2—Oakville: Tuesday, April 10, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Halton Regional Centre,1151 Bronte Road, Auditorium
- Session 3—Milton: Wednesday, April 11, 9:30 -11 a.m., Hugh Foster Hall,141 King Street
- Session 4—Burlington: Wednesday, April 11, 2:30 – 4 p.m., Tansley Woods Community Centre,1996 Itabashi Way—Community Room #1
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