May 19, 2015
spark Community Action Grants are offered in partnership with members of the spark Women’s Giving Initiative at United Way Ottawa. The grant is intended to give residents an opportunity to have direct input and influence into the improvement of Ottawa’s priority Neighbourhoods by increasing social interaction, reducing isolation, increasing community safety and building local skills.
Collectively, members of spark have invested in the sparkFund and will allocate Community Action Grants to fund projects and initiatives in priority neighbourhoods within Ottawa. Spark recognizes the power of women to drive change in our community. As such, priority will be given, but not restricted, to applications for initiatives, projects or programs that specifically seek to support, empower or engage women and young women residing in Ottawa’s priority neighbourhoods.
If you are a Neighbourhood Organization or a group of residents with a great idea, the first step in the application process is completing and submitting the application. Applications must be submitted through the Community Health Centre/Community Health and Resource Centre in their catchment area. Prior to submission of the application, neighbourhood representatives are encouraged to contact the community development staff at United Way to ensure that they are working on a project that is eligible. United Way staff will make an appointment with the Neighbourhood representative to provide support in completing the application for funds.
Who can apply for a Neighbourhood Improvement Grant?
Applications are accepted from Neighbourhood-based organizations or resident groups in priority neighbourhoods. A Neighbourhood-based organization or resident group is one:
- With a majority of its members/participants residing or doing business in a recognized neighborhood;
- Whose purpose, at least in part, is to improve residents’ quality of life in that area;
- That may include residents and representatives from churches, schools, businesses, and other institutions operating in that neighborhood.
Project(s) selected will be required to provide reporting on a financial, narrative and photographic level as well as milestones updates, and an opening event.