Note about the 2021 Multi-Year Community Grants round – adapting to CoVID-era realities
During the first wave of the pandemic, through our Rapid Response Fund and the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF), OCF supported hundreds of front-line agencies delivering critical services to those disproportionately affected. A second round of ESCF granting is now in progress, and we recognize that many organizations in the sector are still under enormous pressure trying to meet urgent needs. We also know that many organizations are wrestling with recovery in relation to their own futures and to the issues they seek to address.
In response to this complex context, we are aiming to balance the following in the 2021 Multi-Year round of the Community Grants Program (CGP).
First, precisely because so much else is up in the air, we have opted not to modify the requirements and processes of the CGP including the Multi-Year stream; and funding will continue to be available for a broad range of programs and services – whether or not related to COVID.
Second, the necessity and the opportunity to re-imagine ways to work towards a healthy, inclusive, vibrant, and sustainable City are now more evident than ever. While our interest in CGP applications for strategic initiatives is not new, we are especially receptive at this time to supporting the exploration and evolution of new organizational arrangements, strengthened partnerships and coalitions, and alternative financing. This is particularly true of the Multi-Year stream, which places additional emphasis on collaborative, strategic, and innovative proposals.
If you have questions before submitting an application, and particularly if you would like input on a strategic initiative, you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.