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Multicultural Community Capacity Grants 2018-19 – Stream 2


The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (the Ministry) promotes the social and economic benefits of immigration in Ontario and helps build stronger communities through activities focused on greater citizen participation. The Ministry wants to help build diverse and inclusive communities where everyone can participate and prosper. To complement our existing programs and services for newcomers, the Ministry is offering a new grant program that will help improve civic and community engagement. The Ministry has committed $3M in 2018-19 for the Multicultural Community Capacity Program.

Program Objectives

Funded projects will promote one or more of the following objectives:

• Increased awareness of the benefits of diversity for the social, economic and civic life of the province.

• Strengthened connections between Ontario’s ethno-cultural communities and organizations which provide services to immigrants and refugees.

• Improved social and economic integration for Ontario’s newcomers and ethno-cultural communities, including vulnerable groups such as youth and refugees.

• Increased participation of women and newcomers in society and the economy.

• Increased ability for Ontario’s immigrant and multicultural organizations to support and promote community engagement and participation.

• Decreased barriers for Ontario’s newcomers and ethno-cultural communities to participate in and contribute to all aspects of provincial life.

Ontario’s immigrant and multicultural organizations already play an important role by promoting the participation of all Ontarians in the civic, cultural, social and economic life of the province; and by working with mainstream organizations to promote inclusion and diversity. They also serve and speak for some of Ontario’s most vulnerable residents.

The Multicultural Community Capacity Grant Program will promote diverse communities and help vulnerable and otherwise hard-to-reach populations by addressing gaps in programming and services to Ontario’s newcomers and ethno-cultural groups.

The Ministry grants will be administered through two streams, each with distinct eligibility requirements and application forms:

Stream 1: Unincorporated Not-for-Profit Organizations (Grants between $1,000 and $3,000). You cannot apply for this Stream 1 through the Grants Ontario portal. Please click here to apply: https://www.ontario.ca/page/multicultural-community-capacity-grant-program

Stream 2: Incorporated Not-for-Profit Organizations (Grants between $3,000 and $8,000). You can apply for this Stream 2 through the Grants Ontario portal.

Stream 2: Incorporated Not-for-Profit Organizations (Grants between $3,000 and $8,000)

Total eligible project costs, including funding from the Ministry grants as applied and other sources cannot exceed $30,000.

• Applications can be made only by incorporated not-for-profit organizations based in Ontario that focus on Ontario newcomers and/or an ethno-cultural community or communities and have been in operation for at least two years at the time of the application.

• Grants will flow directly to the incorporated not-for-profit organization.

• Grants will support at most 80% of the total eligible project costs and up to a maximum of $8,000.

• The project application must outline where the additional funds will come from and list the additional funds on the proposed project budget. The rest of the total project costs can be funded through a combination of the following:

o Cash contributions from the project applicant or other listed sources, and/or

o In-kind contributions from the project applicant or other listed sources.


Thank you for your interest in the Multicultural Community Capacity Grant Program. The application period is now closed.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants

Stream 2: Incorporated not-for-profit organizations:

All funding will flow through an incorporated not-for-profit organization. The organization representing the incorporated not-for-profit organization will be responsible to the Ministry for the implementation of the project and the administration of the funding in accordance with the Ministry’s Terms and Conditions.

Incorporated not-for-profit organizations applying for funds must:

• Be a not-for-profit organization based in Ontario;

• Have a vision/mission and/or activities and/or are submitting a project proposal focused on Ontario newcomers and/or one or more ethno-cultural communities;

• Have been incorporated in Ontario for at least one (1) continuous year and submit Articles of Incorporation or Letters Patent;

• Have an elected governing body;

• Have bylaws that outline procedures for reporting and accounting;

• Provide a Letter of Support that is signed by the organization or individual(s) that will be providing cash or in-kind contributions to your project to meet the 20% contribution of project costs. Please ensure the letter details the cash or in-kind contribution and its value;

• Satisfy the Ministry that it has relevant, accurate, and timely financial reporting and audited financial statements; and

• Not be in default for any other funding received from the provincial government.

Ineligible Applicants

• Agencies, Boards or Commissions of the federal or provincial governments;

• Municipalities and municipal entities;

• Public or private schools and school boards;

• Private or charitable foundations whose purpose is to make grants;

• For-profit organizations;

• Post-secondary institutions, including colleges and universities and their related organizations that are not separately incorporated; and

• Organizations or individuals that are currently in default of a previous provincial government grant or other provincial funding.

Program Guidelines


Questions about the Multicultural Community Capacity Grant Program 2018-19 - Stream 2 applications can be sent to MulticulturalGrants.inquiries@ontario.ca.

Last updated: November 16, 2017