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Rossland: Intake now open for Community Grant Funding

Applicants for Community Grant Funding – sharpen your pencils (or polish your pens)!  But before you start writing, be aware of the changes that are designed to make the process easier for organizations needing grants, as well as for the decision-makers. And then, get your applications in by October 31, 2020.

What was formerly called “Grant-in-aid funding” is  now called “Community Grant Funding.”

Instead of being categorized by the amount of the grant sought by applicants, grants are divided into the following categories:

·       Multi-year Operating grants may be provided for up to four years to  assist with a group’s general operating expenses such as facility development, administrative costs or program‐related expenses.  Operating Grants provide on‐going funding for continuing organizations that Council determines provide benefit to the community. 

·       Grants‐in‐aid are funding for a program, short‐term undertaking with a completion date or an event with a start and finish date (may be an annual event). Programs or events must be within City boundaries, be open to the public or specified group and have free or nominal admission. 

·       Capital Project grants are available to community groups to assist with capital improvements and maintenance.  Grants are distributed based on applications received and determined need.

·       Letters of support for other funding applications: Community Groups and Registered Organizations may request letters of support from the City of Rossland Council to aid in external grant or sponsorship applications.  Letters of support are approved by Council resolution.

Why does the City give out these funds?

The City’s announcement explains that Rossland City Council “recognizes the value to the community of local service clubs, groups, non‐profit societies and charitable organizations, especially in their efforts to promote or meet the goals and objectives of the City.  It is anticipated that financial assistance to community groups will be part of the annually budgeting process and subject to the financial limitations of the City in a fiscal period.” 

The announcement also explains what the City hopes to accomplish with the revised process and with the funds granted:

           1. Establish a transparent and consistent process for inviting, receiving and evaluating requests for grants.

           2. Provide criteria to be applied in evaluating requests for grants.

           3. Compliment or extend the reach of the City of Rossland’s programs and services.

           4. Encourage and support civic engagement and volunteerism.

             5. Enhance the quality of life for the residents of the City of Rossland.

Eligibility and How to Apply:  

For the information and guidance applicants need, please follow the two links below:

Community Grant Funding (AD-5) Policy

2021 Community Grant Funding Application Form

And, we repeat, the deadline for submission is October 31, 2020.

Anyone unable to access the above Grant Funding Application Form should contact the Corporate Services Department at executive.assistant@rossland.ca.  Staff will assist you with an alternative means of applying.