Grants: Frequently Asked Questions

To better assist you in getting the information you need, we've compiled a selection of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). For more information, please feel free to contact us.

Q: What doesn’t the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation fund?

A: Typically, the Foundation does not consider requests for:

  • Buildings and infrastructure (i.e. bricks, mortar)
  • Deficit financing  
  • Land claim disputes
  • Establishment of new farmers’ markets
  • Projects occurring outside the Greenbelt region
  • Projects that are solely sponsorships, festivals, and events                                             
  • General management costs for the recipient or grantees, including board and committee meetings that are not specific to the Project issues
  • Legal costs not necessary for the Project
  • Costs of alcohol
  • Costs of travel outside Ontario
  • Costs associated with preparing and submitting grant proposals and letters of intent unless funding is given for a planning grant or feasibility study
  • Refundable expenses

Q: Who is eligible to apply?

A: Charities and incorporated not for profit organizations are eligible to apply. However, the Foundation does not fund individuals.

Q: Do you fund municipalities or other government (tax supported) bodies?

A: In certain circumstances, the Foundation does fund municipal governments to undertake innovative and leading-edge projects that benefit the Greenbelt.

Q: Does the Foundation consider multi-year grants? What are the criteria?

A: Yes, we do consider multi-year grants for compelling and appropriate proposals. Multi-year grants are dependent on the availability of funds. 

Q: What is the maximum grant my organization can apply for?

A: It is more useful to think in terms of applying for what your organization needs rather than applying for the maximum. If you have specific questions about the amount of your particular request, feel free to contact us.

Q: Does the Foundation fund salary and administration costs?

A: Yes, the Foundation funds salary and administration costs for hiring new staff or extending the existing hours of current staff required to carry out the project. A reasonable proportion of management staff time for supervision will also be considered. 

Q: Does the Foundation fund projects that occur outside of the Greenbelt?

A: It is essential that each project has an obvious relation to, and direct impact on the Greenbelt.

Q: Do you require matching funds?

A: Matching funds are encouraged, not required. However, the Foundation tracks the amount of funds leveraged through grant-making.

Q: Does the Foundation consider staff and consultants as overhead?  

A: No, staff and consultants are not considered overhead. There are separate budget lines for those two expenditures in the budget template. Overhead is a portion of rent, utilities etc. 

Q: Does the Foundation require the project budget along with Letter of Interest (LOI)?

A: Yes, at the LOI stage we require an indication of how funds will be spent under each budget line. A detailed budget would be requested later if the applicant is requested to submit a full proposal.

 

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