Community Development Grants

The Community Development grant program aims to achieve the following:

  • To build the capacity of Member and Supporting Organizations with regard to leadership and board development, fundraising, strategic planning and volunteer recruitment;
  • To support participants in promoting their project/initiative;
  • To provide financial assistance in the form of grants to eligible Program participants.

Community Development grants are available to provide Member and Supporting Organizations with COVID-19 stabilization support. Organizations anticipating a loss of fundraising revenues because of a continued need to comply with COVID-19 health restrictions may apply for a Community Development grant. Organizations may also apply for a Community Development grant for a program or initiative that focuses on the development of the organization, that benefits the members of the organization and the advances the aims of the NAJC.

The total amount of Community Development grants available for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021 is $ 30,000. The maximun grant award is $3,000 for a Member Organization and $1,500 for a Supporting Organization. Partial grants may be awarded in the event that the full amount requested is not approved. The deadline for applications is April 30, 2021.

The deadline has passed and applications for 2021 are no longer being received.


Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible for a Community Development grant award, the applicant must be a NAJC “Member Organization” or “Supporting Organization” in good standing.

If the Organization has previously been awarded a Community Development grant, all outstanding reports must be submitted to the NAJC, before any further funding will be approved.


Application Forms

Applications must be completed and submitted online at the following link: https://forms.gle/NfkueC5MTvCRnyN28

Applicants should have the following information available to enter on the application form and to upload with the form:

Application for a project:

  • Description of the project, program or initiative
  • Anticipated start and completion dates
  • Purpose
  • Implementation plan
  • Target audience
  • Detailed project budget
  • Contingency in the event that funding is not granted

Application for COVID-19 stabilization support:

  • Fundraising revenues lost due to events cancelled between January 1, 2021 and March 31, 2021
  • Operating costs incurred between January 1, 2021 and March 31, 2021
  • Financial statements detailing the above
  • Most recent annual financial statements

and/or

  • Anticipated loss of fundraising revenues due to events expected to be cancelled between April 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021
  • Anticipated operating costs during April 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021
  • Operating budget detailing the above
  • Most recent annual financial statements

Evaluation Process

The Community Development Committee (CDC) will review all applications.

A member of the CDC may contact the applicant to review or clarify the details of its application.  All applications must be complete and self-contained.


Program Participant Obligations

In general, successful applicants will receive two thirds of the approved grant award when the Community Development grant is approved. Upon completion of the program / initiative, the organization must submit a Summary Report and accompanying receipts to the NAJC, when the remaining amount will be paid. COVID-19 stabilization support applications covering anticipated revenue losses and continued operating costs during the period April 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021 will follow this principle: two thirds of the approved grant will be paid when the Community Development grant is approved, and the final amount will be paid following receipt of a Summary Report (for projects) or financial statement (for revenue/income loss) detailing the actual revenues earned and expenditures incurred during the period.

When an application is approved to provide COVID-19 stabilization support for revenues lost and/or costs incurred between January 1, 2021 and March 31, 2021, provided that detailed financial statements were submitted in support of the application, 100% of the grant award will be paid upon approval of the Community Development grant. A Summary report will not be required in such cases.

CDF 2021 Summary Report Form

CDF 2020 Summary Report Form