November 27, 2023
Nonprofit Technology & Fundraising Blog
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Good news for nonprofits in Canada! The Canadian government is investing $400 million toward pandemic recovery with the newly established Community Service Recovery Fund. Eligible organizations have until February 21, 2023 at 5:00 PM PT to apply, and awards range from $10,000 to $500,000.
Here are the requirements, essential details, and tips for strengthening your nonprofit’s application.
The Community Service Recovery Fund (CSRF) was announced in November 2022 with the intent of strengthening community service organizations as they navigate both short and long-term recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund has three primary investment priorities:
Funding will support one-time projects that focus on how organizations recruit, retain, engage, and support their personnel. Examples include:
Funding will support one-time projects that invest in the systems and processes involved in creating the internal workings of an organization’s overall structure. Examples include:
Funding will support one-time projects primarily focused on program and service innovation and redesign using information gained during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Examples include:
The national funders include the Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada, and United Way Centraide Canada, who will work together to distribute the fund using their combined expertise and knowledge of community services organizations nationwide.
The CSRF offers an eligibility quiz to remove the guesswork before you apply. Here are the basic criteria:
Learn more about grant metrics from Robin Cabral, MA, CFRE, MFIA with Measuring the Success of Your Fundraising Grants Program.
The CSRF is divided into two streams to recognize the local and broader-scale impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Community service organizations that serve a portion of a province or territory must apply through the Local Stream, and those that serve the entire country, an entire province/territory, or multiple provinces/territories must apply to the National/Provincial/Territorial Stream.
Each stream has two tiers of funding opportunities, depending on the status of the project and additional eligibility requirements. Local Stream grants range from $10,000 – $200,000 (with most projects falling between $10,000 – $100,000), and National/Provincial/Territorial Stream grants range from $20,000 – $500,000 (with most projects falling between $20,000 – $200,000).
Here is a directory of all applicant resources. Additionally, here are some resources we’d like to call special attention to, and ways DonorPerfect can help strengthen this and other grant applications:
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