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Appropriate Action

The project must offer a measurable net benefit for individuals and the community. Applicants must demonstrate that action is necessary to fulfill a need and that they will adhere to the objectives and principles of the Grace Dart Foundation. The strategic approach must be proven and appropriate for elderlies.

Quality Design

A well thought-out and effective project generally includes the following aspects:

A specific problem
  • Clear objectives
  • A brief description of the environment you will be working in
Concrete solutions appropriate to the context
  • Qualified workers
  • A plan for integration with environmental and social components
A detailed, realistic work plan and budget

Broad Consensus

A winning approach must develop a sense of community and bring together partners able to support the project over the long term. The following are considered to be assets when it comes to consensus:

  • Ability to spread the project’s results and impact to the entire host community
  • Participation from volunteers
  • Strategic relationships with similar organizations or organizations providing services to similar clients
  • A lack of conflict with other existing or planned projects or activities

Strong Team

The organizations most likely to build successful projects have clear and concise missions and objectives. They are deeply rooted in the community. Their managers and staff are skilled and energetic, and their volunteers are dedicated. They have the ability to learn and draw lessons from their past achievements, which are often worth mentioning in the application.

Significant Impact

A project must generate measurable positive impact on both the living environment and the community. Ideally, it will offer structure for the wellbeing of the elderly. There must therefore be a well-defined way to evaluate the project’s implementation and its expected results. Proper communication must be in place to report results and make them accessible.

Long-term Vision

A good project generally has lasting effects and must therefore guarantee sustainability by providing equipment and physical infrastructure, and reusing and upgrading educational and awareness-raising tools. If the project involves permanent changes to a living environment, efforts should be made to predict the long-term impacts of the desired changes. In order to assess wether the intended means have achieved the objectives, indicators of success or measurable or social indicators need to be defined.

Project Duration

The project timeline must be realistic and appropriate for its scope and objectives. Because the Foundation operates on an annual cycle, it usually takes about twelve months to establish the projects it funds.

However, the project may be part of a broader schedule, since many organizations operate on a long-term timeline. If this is the case, it should be mentioned in the funding application in the project description section.

To help give the Foundation a complete picture, please clearly specify which phases of the project it will be funding, and provide a timeline by briefly describing previous phases already completed and future phases anticipated.

When ?

By July 31st before midnight.

The application period is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated.


Forms to complete and filing the application

It is essential to read the Applicant’s Guide (click here to download the guide) before completing the form and submitting your application, to ensure it is done correctly and to help you understand the Foundation’s expectations.

Download the funding application form for your organization type and desired amount. You will find these documents in the section on WHO CAN APPLY just below this section (or by clicking here). This document is an interactive PDF. You should complete all sections of the form and save an electronic version on your computer.

You must then submit your application and all required documents in electronic format by going to “Apply” under the ACHIEVEMENTS tab (or by clicking here).

Complete file

The application package, consisting of the required documents and optional additional documents, provides the Foundation with detailed information that enables it to better assess the relevance, acceptability and feasibility of your project.

Mandatory documents

  • List of all documents included in the current application package
  • Detailed project budget
  • Description of the project implementation team and subcontractors, if applicable
  • Timeline and description of each phase of the project
  • NPO’s detailed budget for the current and the previous year
  • Detailed service budget for a residential and long-term care centre (CHSLD) for the current and the previous year
  • Budget for volunteer associations raising funds in residential and long-term care centres (CHSLDs) for the current and the previous year
  • CHSLD schedule of activities of the service or services that will be supported by the application
  • NPO financial statements of the last two years
  • Most recent NPO letters patent
  • List of other NPO and CHSLD funding parties and specify funding parties for the presented project
  • A proof of your registration confirmation as a registered charity issued by the Canada Revenue Agency (e.g. web page or letter issued by the Canada Revenue Agency)

Additional documents (optional)

  • Prior agreements and general letters of support
  • Planned means to ensure sustainability of the project
  • Inventory of activities, tools and volunteer actions that already serve the targeted clientele
  • Photos, studies, reports, press clippings, etc.
  • Annual report
  • Submissions and specifications for work and planned development
  • Any other document deemed relevant to accurately present your entire project

Who can apply for funding ?


The Grace Dart Foundation gives priority to programs that take concrete action and have an impact on the living environment in CHSLDs.

Non-profit Organizations

The Grace Dart Foundation gives priority to programs that take concrete action and that will have an impact on the quality of life of elderlies in their environment and in their daily lives.



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