Apply for a Grant

The Calgary Lesbian and Gay Chinook Endowment Fund provides grants to charitable organizations that offer programs, services, education and support for and about the LGBT community. Groups must be aimed at promoting inclusiveness within Calgary.

Eligible Organizations

Funding is available to registered charitable organizations that create networking and community building among all people by providing information, education, resources, and / or counselling to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Calgarians; their parents, family, friends, and allies.

Scope of Funding

The fund’s primary scope of funding includes, but is not limited to administration, program expenses, materials and supplies, and occupancy costs to support education and community services.

Grant Application

To submit an application to the Calgary Lesbian and Gay Chinook fund, please provide a description of your project. The project description should not exceed 2 pages in length, printed on your organizational letterhead, and signed by and Authorized Representative (Executive Director, President, Treasurer).

Your description of the request should include:

  • A short Project summary,
  • Goals of the Project, Key activities,
  • Output and results projected with timeframes,
  • Total amount requested and budget breakdown,
  • Partners (when appropriate) and their contributions,
  • Project evaluation, and
  • How you will publicly recognize the support of the Chinook Gay and Lesbian Fund.

The grant should fit the mandate of the organization, plus meet the following guidelines:

  • The grant must fit Charitable Object and CRA rules, including:
  • The donee must be a charitable organization/business;
  • The grant cannot be for deficit amounts, retroactive payment, loans, personal benefit / selfinterest, fund transfers to persons, advocacy work, lobbying, or political activities;
  • Grant cannot be for subordinate “related businesses” or social enterprises; and
  • Grant cannot be for generation of profit.
  • The grant fits the terms of reference of the fund or foundation focus area.
  • The grant can be for general operational, programs, project spending (with project terms defined), or fund development capacity.
  • The grant can be for equipment or assets to operate charitable business.
  • The grant can be used in full or part for a contract for services between the charity and contractor, provided the contracted work fits charitable objects.

Scale of Grant

Grants are normally over $2000 and under $10,000. The fund will consider all applications and determine the number (the committee may elect to one or grant multiple recipients) and amount of grants that will be awarded. The amount awarded will not necessarily be for the amount requested. For more information, please go to our website at www.calgarychinookfund.ca

Deadlines

The deadline for applications is September 30th.

Application Address

All applications will be accepted as Word documents, at: grants@calgarychinookfund.ca

Decision-Making Criteria for Grants

The advisory committee will make a decision by October 15th. We will review the following areas:

Your Idea

  • The ability to describe the project in a way that helps us to understand the impact you seek to
    achieve;
  • Proposed results, impact and community benefit,
  • Potential reach,
  • Sustainability,
  • Level of innovation, and
  • The quality of the request.

Your Organizational Capacity

As part of the grant application review, the fund advisory committee will review your website, public documents, or other public references for the following information:

  • Charitable status and number,
  • Most up to date charitable report from CRA, including objects and expenditures,
  • Evidence of board and staff stability,
  • Evidence of sound reputation, community knowledge, and strategic planning,
  • History of good community service and no legal concerns, and
  • Risks described and mitigation steps in place.

Previous Reporting

If your fund has received a previous grant, you may apply again. Please give a 1 page letter, nor more, at some point prior to your new application describing the degree of achievement obtained by the project which received the grant. It could include:

  • A report of the description of output and results from previous grants, along with
  • The amount expended, and
  • Communication of project/program and funders.

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