Preface 

The Culture & Recreation Grant Policy has identified two major goals.  These are:

  1. To provide temporary financial assistance (maximum three years within a five-year period) to community culture and recreation-based programs.  These grants are to be used to assist these groups in becoming stable community organizations and strong partners with the Town.
  2. To provide programs that have no other Municipal funding assistance, but are recognized as a culture and recreational community program meritorious of Council's support.

DEFINITION

Town Grants are comprised of the following:

i)       Cash Grants 

  1. Granted by Council to specific organizations in the budget process.
  2. Allowed by Council during the year from an unallocated lump-sum that is included in the budget.

ii)      Passes/Facility Use   -   Public Times

Such requests will be entertained for group use of public swim times, recreational skating times or other such publicly accessible uses only.

​iii)     Passes/Facility Use   -   Exclusive Use

Any requests for separate, non-integrated facility rentals shall be considered a request for a cash grant.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

a)      Groups must:

  1. Be non-profit and/or charitable organizations.
  2. Serve the residents of Aurora.
  3. Represent Aurora provincially, nationally or internationally.

b)      Individuals must:

  1. Be an Aurora resident.
  2. Represent Aurora provincially, nationally or internationally.

APPLICATIONS

**Grants are processed twice annually in March and September**

a)      All groups applying for a Grant must:

  1. ​Provide a completed Grant Application and an acceptable financial statement covering the fiscal year prior to the period for which the grant is being applied, and a proposed budget for the current year.
  2. Indicate the purpose for which the grant is required and justify that purpose.
  3. Demonstrate that the organization meets the eligibility criteria.
  4. Submit their application to the Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services.

b)      All individuals applying for a Grant must:

  1. Provide a completed Grant Application.
  2. Indicate the purpose for which the grant is required and justify that purpose.
  3. Demonstrate that the individual meets the eligibility criteria.
  4. Submit their application to the Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services.

ADMINISTRATION

  1. All Grant Applications shall be submitted to the Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services.
  2. Cash grants and grants for facility passes shall be compared with the grant criteria.
  3. Cash grants requested will be considered by the Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, provided the application and eligibility criteria are met.  Funds for grant requests shall be allocated on a first come, first service basis from an unallocated lump-sum which shall be determined annually in the budget process.
  4. The maximum value of individual grants will be $1,000.00.
  5. A written response shall be provided by the Town of Aurora to all requests.

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