I. GRANTING GUIDELINES FOR YOUTH AT RISK PROGRAM
- Legal Eligibility
Grant recipients are required by law to be qualified donees as described by the Income Tax Act. The Foundation therefore cannot make grants to individuals, for-profit organizations, or not-for-profit organizations that are not registered Canadian charities or qualified donees. Ontario law further restricts grants to registered Canadian charities only.
- Application Procedure
The Foundation will consider proposals from qualified applicants whose needs fall within the Foundation’s granting criteria as outlined in the mission statement. (Please note youth are considered to be in the age group 13-20 years.)
The W.C. Kitchen Family Foundation has a two-step procedure, beginning with a Letter of Inquiry, which should contain the following:
- A brief description of the project or purpose for which the funding is sought;
- A brief description of the organization’s history, objectives and activities;
- A brief budget, timeline for the project and the amount requested;
- Most recent financial statements.
Applicants are encouraged to submit the letters of inquiry to
If the project is within the Foundation’s guidelines and the Foundation has the capacity to consider the proposal, the grant seeker will be asked to provide a full written proposal. The grant seeker may also be asked to meet with the Foundation’s directors to discuss the project in person.
- Letter of Inquiry deadline:
A response to the letter of intent will be made within 30 days of the above noted deadline. If a full proposal is requested, deadlines for submissions will be included in the response.
- Geographic Restrictions
Grants under the Youth at Risk program are generally restricted to the Greater Toronto Area.
- Types of Grant Applications that Qualify for Consideration
The Foundation will support specific programs and projects rather than general operating expenses and capital costs, except capital expenses that are an integral part of a program that is being funded.
The Foundation will NOT give consideration to the following:
- Religious or religiously affiliated organizations
- Feasibility studies
- Conferences, travel and accommodations
- Celebrations/special events
- Production of films, videos, CDs, DVDs
- Annual appeals, endowments
Whenever possible, the foundation would prefer to leverage its grant by either supporting a matching grant by another organization or by itself issuing a matching grant.
The Foundation prefers to make fewer, larger grants to provide sustained support to an organization rather than spread its support to many. Generally, grants will be at least $5000 and not more than $50,000 a year. Most grants will be made for a one-year period; however, the Foundation will consider grants of two or three year duration, with payments in the second or third year being conditional on favourable progress reports in the previous years.
The Foundation will be monitoring and evaluating projects that it funds; consequently, a proposal for funds should include an evaluation plan.
II. GRANTING GUIDELINES FOR CONSERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Given the great breadth of conservation efforts in Canada, the WCKFF has elected to partner with Tides Canada to identify programs for funding. As a result the Foundation will not consider any direct proposals.