The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Funding Application Process

All funding applications should be forwarded directly to The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa office at the following address:

 #201 – 1283 Algoma Road
Ottawa, ON  K1B 3W7
Attention: Direct Assistance Committee

All questions should be emailed to the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa at:

1. The 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, with the process being described on pages 10 to 14.

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.  Review and edit your application before submitting it electronically to the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa .  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.