The Phoenix Foundation encourages potential grant applicants to use this questionnaire as a first step towards determining eligibility. As you answer each question, you will be provided feedback in the following format:
- Indicates your project is eligible for funding.
- Indicates eligibility is questionable or can be improved.
- Indicates your project would not be eligible for funding.
Does your project provide a direct service to the Boundary community?
Projects that serve the Boundary community are excellent candidates for funding.
The Foundation encourages organizations looking for funding to choose projects that provide a direct service to the Boundary community.
Does your project take an innovative approach to community concerns?
Innovative projects that address community concerns are excellent candidates for funding.
Projects that provide innovative solutions to community concerns have the best chances for funding.
Does your project specifically address issues identified in the most recent Vital Signs report?
Projects addressing Vital Signs or Community Conversation issues are excellent candidates for funding.
Projects are encouraged to address issues identified by the Vital Signs Report or Community Conversation.
Do you already have funding in place to cover 50% of your anticipated project costs?
Your project meets one of the prerequisites for grant funding.
By the time you submit your formal Grant Application, your organization should have at least 50% of your project funding in place.
What portion of project costs do you need funded?
The Foundation typically funds 30% of project costs.
While the Foundation may, at it’s discretion fund up to 50% of a project’s costs, it encourages applicants to have funding available to cover 70% of project costs.
While the Foundation may, at it’s discretion fund up to 100% of a project’s costs, it encourages applicants to have funding available to cover 70% of project costs.
Do you require funds to cover capital projects, including construction and equipment purchases?
Capital projects, construction costs and equipment purchases that benefit Boundary community residents are excellent candidates for funding.
Projects that utilize funding to cover capital costs are better candidates for funding.
Is this a program related project that has specific, time-limited activities designed to meet certain goals?
Program related projects that have specific, time limited activities for members of the Boundary community are excellent candidates for funding.
Projects enabling time-limited activities for members of the Boundary community are better candidates for funding.
Will grant funds be used for any of the following?
Activities already supported through government funding are ineligible for Foundation grants.
Which answer best describes your organization type
Grant applications may be submitted by a registered charity or an organization that has a registered charity willing to be the host agency for the project.
If you are not a registered charity, but your project otherwise meets funding criteria, you are encouraged to find a registered charity with a similar mission statement and values who can act as your host agency.
Does your project include any of the following costs of your organization?
Consumables, operational and core expenses are ineligible for grant requests.
Will you require grant funds to cover project expenses incurred prior to grant approval?
Phoenix Foundation grants funds may only be used to cover expenses from the date a grant is awarded.
Project costs incurred after the date a grant is awarded are eligible for funding.
Will you require grant funds for any of the following purposes?
Any project costs incorporating debt retirement, reserves, mortgage pay downs, sabbatical leaves or student exchanges are ineligible for grant funding.
Will grant funds be used to enable your organization’s member activities?
Projects that primarily serve an organization’s membership are ineligible for requests. Projects must show a benefit to a maximum number of people in the Boundary area.
Projects that benefit the maximum number of people in the Boundary area are excellent candidates for funding.
Do you have up to date financials for your organization?
Registered charities will require financial statements to be audited.
Grant applicants must have financial reports available for the formal grant application. Registered charities must have their financial statements audited.
- Address any feedback from the questionnaire that will improve your project eligibility.
- Review the Grant Timeline for an overview of the grant process.
- Attend a Grant Information Session – check the Latest News for announcements.
- Prepare a Letter of Intent for submission during the start of the grant process in March of the upcoming year.