Fundraising Support For Community Groups Program

The Municipality of Shelburne recognizes that the coronavirus has had a direct negative impact on the operation of local community groups and facilities. Following the advice of provincial officials, over the past two years, fundraising events and activities such as suppers, concerts and bingos may have been cancelled or restricted in an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus. It is also recognized by Council that residents and businesses, who once contributed, may no longer be able to financially support their beloved community organizations and events due to economic shortfalls caused by COVID-19 restrictions.

The emergency fund was originally established in 2020, to assist community groups to address financial challenges due to COVID-19. As the COVID-19 restrictions are beginning to ease and fundraising efforts can once again be hosted, it is now the Municipality’s intent to support Community Groups who are revitalizing their fundraising efforts, with funding that will match money raised, up to $500. This is currently a one-year funding opportunity and continued availability will be discussed by Council annually.

Guidelines

- Community groups that provide a benefit to residents in the District of Shelburne
- The applicant must demonstrate an active fundraising effort.
- Churches that have halls or multi-purpose space and who can clearly demonstrate an attempt to revitalize their fundraising efforts, are eligible to apply (places of worship are not eligible).
- Legions, Fire Departments, clubs are eligible.
- Groups approved for regular Grants to Organizations funds in the 2022-23 fiscal year, for those who qualify, are still eligible to apply for the Fundraising Support for Community Groups Funding.
- The application deadline is December 31st, 2022.
- Applications will be reviewed by the Community Development Coordinator and supported recommendations will be presented and approved by Council.
- Council reserves the right to approve funding amounts lower than the maximum allowable amount. Council reserves the right to reject any grant application, regardless of whether the criteria have been met.

Funding

- Maximum eligible funding is $500 per community group.
- It is not known if or when public health restrictions could return, limiting the ability of Community Groups to execute planned fundraising activities, in this event, the Municipality will consider approving applications that can demonstrate a financial loss due to imposed public health measures to limit COVID-19 spread.
- Groups must provide their most recent financial statement, including information relating to fundraising amounts, with each application.

Grant Application