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Grants In Aid

Have a great idea for an event? Are you part of an organization that delivers a positive contribution to the community?

Each year in January, Council carefully considers providing funding assistance to non-profit groups that operate in the City of Merritt and provide valuable social and community services in the municipality.

Throughout 2017 Council may allocate grant in aid funds in response to requests received during the calendar year with dispersal of funds from the either the grant in aid or community initiative fund. These funds may be reserved for unplanned events or support for organizations throughout the operating year.

Click here to start your application for grant requests during 2017. 

The City of Merritt has 5 different grants available to non-profit community organizations for 2017. The grant options include:  In-Kind, Financial Aid, Sponsorship, Community Initiatives and Extraordinary Grants. 

Click here for Appendix A

 

In-kind, Financial Aid and Sponsorship Grants

These grants will be available to a non-profit community group on the basis that it provides a valuable program to the community and it is unable to raise all of its required funding without City assistance. 

Community Initiatives

The purpose of funding under this category is to encourage innovation that has the potential to support or contribute towards the community and the goals of Council.  This includes one-time start up for initiatives or programs which will support or contribute to the community. As well the initiative funding is to assist groups who are hosting a special event or organizing the inaugural of what is intended to be a regular event in Merritt.
 
Submission

 

Forward the completed application form and supporting documentation to the City of Merritt City Hall in person or by mail to 2185 Voght Street, Merritt.

All applications will be considered by Council in conjunction with the establishment of the current year's budget.

Extraordinary Grants-in-Aid

Council may allocate grant in aid funds in response to requests received during the calendar year with dispersal of funds from either the grant in aid or community initiative fund. These funds may be reserved for unplanned events or support for organizations throughout the operating year.  Once the Extraordinary Grant in Aid account has been depleted, no further requests for grants in aid or in-kind service will be considered.  Click here to start your extraordinary grant application.

Eligibility

Grants in aid made to a non-profit community group on the basis that it provides a valuable program to the community and is unable to raise all of its required funding without City assistance. 
All approvals shall be considered on a year-to-year basis and continuing support should not be anticipated.

Application

The application for in-kind, financial aid, city initiatives and sponsorships should be completed in full and all community organizations are encouraged to submit the form.  In addition, the following information is mandatory:
• Annual Financial Statements that are certified (signed) by a Director (or alternate) of the organization.  If the Annual Financial Statements are for a period that ended more than six months before the application deadline, then current interim financial statements are to be included in addition to the Annual Financial Statements.
• The current Annual Operating Budget for the organization.
• A business plan showing how the organization intends to become more self-sufficient and less reliant on the City’s grants in aid in the future.
• A detailed budget for the event/program that the grant in aid will be used towards.
• For Sponsorships you must include a report detailing sponsorship benefits and options.
• For In-kind applications you must complete Appendix “A” total and total your in-kind request.
• Public acknowledgement of the City of Merritt for their contribution towards the event or organization. Example: city banner, press release or clear display of the City’s logo.

  • Additional information is required for those applying to the Sponsorship or In-kind Grants to show funding streams. Sponsorship grants will be required to submit a detailed sponsorship package outlining all benefits of Sponsorship. In-kind Grants will be required to complete Appendix A which is a detail list of In-kind items available to grant recipients.

The Process

The Manager, from which the in Grant is being requested, shall review each request and provide direction to Council as to the resolution endorsed.

All requests for grants-in-aid must be approved by Council.

All organizations requesting grant-in-aid items shall receive a letter acknowledging the request and advising of the resolution passed.

For more information contact:
 

Finance Department