Community Investment Program
Community Investment Program
What is the C.I.P.?
The CIP was established in 2011 to replace the former Grants in Aid Program and provides assistance to not-for-profit organizations to enhance their ability to provide programs, services or activities that benefit the citizens of Port Alberni. The not-for-profit organization registered mandate must fall under one of the following sectors:
“Community Services” – social programs and activities that provide social enrichment and help the citizens of Port Alberni to strengthen personal or community life.
“Multicultural” – promotion of human or group relations, in which ethnic, racial, religious, and linguistic similarities and differences are valued, respected and exchanged.
“Recreation/Amateur Sport” – those activities and experiences in which an individual chooses to participate in his/her leisure time and includes but is not limited to, athletic, artistic, physical, historical, natural science, cultural, social and intellectual activities.
How do I Apply for the 2017 Grant year?
Orientation Workshops are scheduled for May 16 for the upcoming year 2017.
The Application Deadline is October 3, 2016.
Orientation Workshops for potential applicants will be held in May of each year with applications invited by October 1st (approximate deadline). Application forms are available at the Orientation workshops. Decisions for grants to be distributed will be made in December of each year.
How is the C.I.P. Funded?
Council’s Five Year Financial Plan establishes the amount to be funded annually through this Program by way of In-Kind Services and Community Development Grants. In-Kind Services includes: staff time; waiving of fees (Sewer, water, garbage, sweeper, etc.); rental fees; use of equipment (tents, barricades, etc.); land use (road closures); bus and recreation passes. Community Development Grants are cash grants.
Who determines how the funding is awarded?
The Community Development Grant Committee appointed by Council annually will review applications and make recommendations to Council.
The Applicant must:
- Be eligible to become a registered not-for-profit organization.
- Provide direct on-going programs and services that improve quality of life for residents of the City of Port Alberni.
- Merit public funding by addressing the Community Investment Program Priorities and Guidelines.
- Not duplicate the activities of other Applicants or other government supported organizations.
- Have open memberships except for valid program factors (e.g. age)
- Use the grant to meet the Applicant’s mandate as outlined in its constitutional documents.
- Partnerships and the ability to leverage additional funds will be taken into account.
- Not use the grant for capital purposes, including but not restricted to, the purchase of land, equipment, fixtures or physical facilities.
- Not use the grant, directly or indirectly, to further a profit venture.
- Submit application and required documents by the deadline.
- Applications of a valley wide/regional nature will be referred to the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District for its consideration.
- Only applications from local organizations demonstrating to the satisfaction, that the benefits to be derived from the grant will accrue primarily to the local community and its citizens will be considered, i.e. the funds will not be sent outside the municipality of part of a provincial, national or international effort.
- A member from the organization has attended the “Community Investment Program” Application Workshop.
- Successful applicants must indicate on all promotional materials associated with the program/project “Funding support provided by the City of Port Alberni”
Awards will be based in part, on how well the organization meets the following Program Priorities and Guidelines.
What factors does the Community Development Grant Committee consider?
Organizations contributing to making Port Alberni a vibrant, connected, engaged and welcoming community by providing residents with opportunities to connect, interact and become integrated through social, recreational and cultural programs and activities by:
- Actively seeking to connect residents and build community by providing opportunities for interaction and integration, including promoting volunteer participation and citizen involvement;
- Meeting the needs of residents by making their programs and activities more accessible and affordable and by providing and/or adapting programs and services to address barriers to participation. Barriers to participation may include: gender, ethnicity, culture, faith, age, literacy, language, abilities, and income;
- Using new approaches and techniques to address community needs;
- Contributing to the celebration of life in Port Alberni;
- Promoting healthy living through sport, recreation, leisure and social opportunities;
- Celebrating community pride and the multi-faceted heritage and culture of Port Alberni’s diverse community through city wide festivals;
- Contributing to making Port Alberni a caring, safe, healthy, sustainable, inclusive and affordable community where all people, including vulnerable populations, have opportunities to achieve their aspirations and feel a sense of belonging;
- Benefiting the community through enriching the diversity of opportunities for residents and addressing identified community needs, trends and issues;
- Benefiting individuals through providing participants and volunteers with opportunities to develop themselves, and by providing them with opportunities to acquire or enhance their skills and abilities;
- Contributing to social sustainability by practicing fiscal responsibility and good management, including strategic planning, innovative capacity building strategies, and developing community leaders.