Direct Assistance

Help for People in Need

Throughout the year, the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa uses its donations to help people and organizations in the community. Both individuals and organizations can make requests for support. Requests under $5,000 are reviewed monthly, and requests over $5,000 are reviewed every six months. The funding criteria and the application process are detailed below.

Applications should be emailed to the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa c/o: Direct Assistance Committee: direct.assistance@ottawakiwanis.org, or mailed to: Kiwanis Club of Ottawa, c/o Direct Assistance Committee, Suite 201, 1283 Algoma Road, Ottawa, ON K1B 3W7.

Requests from Individuals/Organizations (Value under $5,000.00)

The Direct Assistance committee reviews requests under $5,000 on a monthly basis. Requests can be for a wide range of needs, such as helping a child attend summer camp, building a ramp for a senior, or helping individuals with disabilities purchase a medical device. Requests can come directly from the individual that needs help or from a group trying to help the individual. Community organizations can also make requests for funding. Requests should be in letter format and explain why the funds are needed and how the funds will help. Please include your name, address, phone number and email address in the request. 

Requests from Organizations (Value over  $5,000.00) 

There are six steps to request funding for projects over $5,000.00.

1. Funding cycle dates.

There are two funding cycles: fall/winter and spring/summer.  The first runs from October 1st to March 31st, the second cycle runs from April 1st to September 30th.  Applications are accepted during the first four months of a funding cycle, followed by a two-month period of review. Funding application deadlines:  January 31st and July 31st.  To be considered in each grant cycle, complete applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on the deadline date. 

2. Review the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Community Support Strategy.

This outlines the policy and processes for determining the distribution of the available KCO funds. There are several classifications on the eligible use of proceeds as regulated by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).  You must fall within the AGCO charity classifications in order to qualify.  The AGCO precludes distribution of those funds to charitable activities outside Ontario.

  • Relief of Poverty
  • Advancement of Education
  • Advancement of Religion
  • Other charitable purposes beneficial to the community

3. Ensure your charity fits within the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa mandate.

Refer to the KCO Strategic Direction and Policy Direction sections found within the Community Support Strategy document.

4. Review the mandatory and rated criteria.

Your charity must meet ALL of the mandatory criteria to be considered for funding: fits within the legal definition of a charity; benefits a segment of the public supported by the Club; fits with our mission/vision; addresses a communities need; has credibility; and has the ability to track and report on funds and project success. 

5. Plan and write your proposal.

Ensure that all of the mandatory and rated requirements are addressed.  We will accept only one application at a time from an organization.  Please submit your application electronically to: direct.assistance@ottawakiwanis.org.  If you are unable to apply electronically, we will accept your application by mail.  We do not accept applications by fax.

6. Proposal evaluation and decision.

The members of the Direct Assistance Committee will review and evaluate each proposal during the two (2) month period allocated for this purpose in each funding cycle.  Upon approval of the recommendation(s), made to the Board of Directors, the decision(s) will be made public.  Although there are many eligible charities, we are not capable of funding all that apply.  Applicants are encouraged to reapply in the next funding cycle.