The CCP Community-Engaged Initiatives Grants support the development of innovative community service, community-engaged learning and/or civic engagement projects in partnership with organizations in the City of Toronto up to a maximum of $1,000 per recipient.

The grants give students the opportunity to:                                                      

  • Strengthen interpersonal and professional relationships
  • Build project management and grant writing skills
  • Engage with communities that they identify with
  • Collaborate with a Toronto-based community partner

Applications are now open. Apply before January 31, 2020.

Grants Information Session

Learn more at our Grants Information Session!

Register on the CLNx.

  • September 27, 2019 from 5 – 6 p.m. (KP 207, 569 Spadina Ave.)
  • January 10, 2020 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. (KP 207, 569 Spadina Ave.)

At these sessions, you will also learn more about Hart House's Good Ideas Fund, the Multi-Faith Centre's Heartworks Fund and the Student Initiative Fund.

Contents

About the grants What are CCP Community-Engaged Initiatives Grants?
Eligibility Who can apply?
Project funding What types of projects are funded?
Previous grant recipients Learn about previous grant recipients
Resources Some tips to help you succeed
Contact us Questions? Contact Amina Farah at amina.farah@utoronto.ca

About the grants

The CCP Community-Engaged Initiatives Grants are financial awards ranging up to $1,000. They are designed to ignite and strengthen student and community partnerships in the City of Toronto. The Grants encourage the development of innovative community service, community-engaged learning, or civic engagement projects in partnership with community organizations. This is an excellent opportunity for students to develop interpersonal and professional relationships, build project and volunteer management skills, and engage with communities that they identify with.

We’re looking for projects that:

  • Are done in collaboration with a Toronto-based community partner (non-profit or public sector organization)
  • Support community-identified goals, needs and initiatives
  • Encourage short-term or long-term involvement in the community and/or civic engagement
  • Engage students and community members beyond the planning committee
  • Fit the definition of community-engaged learning
  • Prepare participants to engage respectfully with the community (e.g. training, orientation)
  • Include meaningful opportunities for students to reflect on, discuss, and learn from their experience
  • Include opportunities for participants to create or strengthen reciprocal partnerships with community partners

Applications are peer-reviewed by the Community-Engaged Initiatives Grant Committee (consisting of six students, one student staff, and two staff members).

Members of the CEI Grant committee may contact applicants with supplemental questions after reviewing the initial application.

If you are a non-applicant but are interested in getting involved with the CEI grant, you may apply to be a member of the grant review committee. Please email amina.farah@utoronto.ca for more information.

 

Community Partner Letter of Support

All grant applications must be accompanied by a Community Partner Letter of Support. A template is provided below in the Resources section. 

 

The Community Partner Letter of Support:

  • Shows your community partner’s commitment to the project
  • Demonstrates genuine collaboration (e.g. lets the centre know why and how the community partner will be getting involved)
  • Demonstrates that your community partner recognizes the need/goal that the project identifies
  • Should relate to the activities in the application
  • Should be from your community partner (e.g. the partner identified on the application)
  • Should be clear and concise (see template)

Eligibility

Students (full-time or part-time, undergraduate or graduate) and campus groups from the St. George campus are welcome to apply.

Successful applications will have access to grant funds, educational programming surrounding program development, and one-on-one support that could include logistical support, project implementation, project management and event planning. 

 

What if my application is not approved?

There are limited funds available and not all proposals are approved. It’s also possible that your proposal did not align with the goals of the program. Please contact Amina Farah at the CCP with any questions about your application and we do encourage you to apply again next year!

Mandatory requirements and important dates

Fall 2019
  1. October 18: Fall application deadline
  2. October 25: Applicants notified of result
  3. November 13, 5 – 6:30 p.m. OR November 20, 5 – 6:30 p.m.: "What's Next?" Workshop for Fall recipients. This is mandatory, at least one member of your team must attend one session. If you cannot attend due to a scheduling conflict, we can make alternative arrangements.
  4. Mid-January: Midpoint check-in with a CCP staff member 
  5. March 18: All funding must be used (note: the project does not have to finish by this date, but all funding must be used) 
  6. March 25: The following materials MUST be submitted to amina.farah@utoronto.ca by the March 25 deadline.
    • Final Expense Report
    • Documentation of expenses being reimbursed by the Grant (itemized receipts, invoices, etc.)
    • Blog Post (about 500 words)
  7. May 1: Grant Recipients Reflection
Winter 2020
  1. January 31: Winter application deadline 
  2. February 7: Applicants notified of result
  3. February 12, 5 – 6:30 p.m.: "What's Next?" Workshop for Winter recipients. This is mandatory, at least one member of your team must attend. 
  4. May 1: Grant Recipients Reflection
  5. Mid-June: Midpoint check-in with a CCP staff member 
  6. June 30: All funding must be used (note: the project does not have to finish by this date, but all funding must be used)
  7. July 6: The following materials must be submitted to amina.farah@utoronto.ca by the July 6 deadline.
    • Final Expense Report
    • Documentation of expenses being reimbursed by the Grant (itemized receipts, invoices, etc.)
    • Blog Post (about 500 words)

Project funding

The maximum amount of funding for a project is $1,000. 

Expenses and costs the grant will not fund: 

  • Fundraising or charity events
  • Alcohol or cannabis
  • Capital expenses, e.g. computers or furniture
  • Projects that have already happened (no retroactive reimbursements)

 

Funding period

Fall

  • Projects must start on or after October 18
  • All funding must be used by March 18

Winter

  • Projects must start on or after January 31 
  • All funding must be used by June 30

 

Pre-project funds

60 per cent of your approved funding (based on the budget provided in your application) is available at the start of your project. Approximately one week after the grant deadline(s), you will receive an email notifying you of the outcome of your application. Should your application be approved, a cheque will be produced (this takes approximately 35 days) and you will be emailed once the cheque is ready for pick up.

 

Post-project funds

To receive the remaining 40 per cent, all grant requirements must be completed by the specified deadline. This report will outline the actual funds used and must include all documentation of expenses being reimbursed by grant (receipts, invoices, etc.). After all requirements have been satisfied, the balance of funds will be released. A cheque will be produced and you will be emailed once the cheque is ready for pick up.

Please see the Mandatory requirements and important dates section for deadlines.

 

Financial documentation

It is very important that you keep complete records of where and how funds are spent. This demonstrates that the allocated funds are being properly used towards the community project. Any changes to your budget should be approved prior to spending funds on non-approved items. Please see the Resources section for a budget template.

Previous grant recipients

Do you want to learn more about the projects and initiatives successfully approved for the Community-Engaged Initiatives Grant?

Check out the CCP Blog to learn more about our grant recipients. Last year, we also started a Student Podcast Series, where several grant recipients shared their stories.

Finally, check out the grants recipients from last year.

Contact us

If you have questions or want further information, please contact Catie Thompson at catie.thompson@utoronto.ca.