April 7, 2016
This week spark will launch its third Call for Proposals for spark Community Action Grants. The grants give residents an opportunity to have direct input and influence into the improvement of their neighbourhood 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 serving Ottawa’s priority neighbourhoods*. 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 seek to support, empower or engage women and young women.
If you are a neighbourhood organization or a group of residents with a great idea, the first step getting in touch with your local Community Health and Resource Centre or sponsoring charitable organization and discussion your initiative. Applications must be submitted through the Community Health Centre/Community Health and Resource Centre or registered charitable organization in your catchment area. Prior to submission, representatives are encouraged to contact the community development staff at United Way to ensure that they are working on a project that is eligible.
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.
*Priority neighbourhoods are identified by Community Health and Resource Centres in consultation with community members, stakeholders and service providers in light of their experience as well as available data, the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study and other related sources of fact-based information. Neighbourhoods currently identified as priority neighbourhoods are currently being supported by the Community Development Framework partners and United Way under the Strong Neighbourhoods Priority Goal.