Guidelines For Applying For A Grant On Behalf Of A Charity
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The Million Dollar Round Table Foundation Canada is a public charity, incorporated as a non-profit organization in Canada on November 17th, 1994. It receives gifts mainly, but not exclusively, from the members of the Million Dollar Round Table in Canada and from some foreign countries.
Applications for grants are accepted anytime during the year. All grant requests are submitted to the Grants Committee for review and classification. The Committee then makes recommendations to the Board of Directors, which must act upon all grant requests. Please note that the MDRT Foundation Canada Grants Committee meets once a year, in the Fall, to review grant proposals and make recommendations. Keeping this in mind, please note that applications received after the stated deadline will be held until the following Fall. Updated documents may be required. Please submit your grant request mindful of the time constraints involved.
Be sure to include the documents requested in the “Additional Information Required for Grant Consideration” section.
Regional/Local grants are designed to recognize programs or projects that are regional or local in scope and provide services to people living in Canada.
The Regional/Local grant program provides grants ranging from $500 to a maximum of $5,000 per charitable organization.
Because of the demand for Regional/local grants, grant applications submitted by qualified charitable organizations in which MDRT Foundation Canada Knights are involved, will receive preferential consideration.
Regional/Local grants are limited within the overall MDRT Foundation Canada philanthropic effort and can be reapplied for each year, to a maximum of $5,000 per charitable organization in a three-year period. (A ‘charitable organization’ is defined as an organization with its own distinct charitable registration number.)
Grants must be sponsored by a current Knight of the MDRT Foundation Canada. A Knight is someone who has a current or paid-up pledge with MDRT Foundation Canada. A Knight can sponsor only one grant application per year. Once a Knight receives a grant, they will not be eligible for a grant for 3 years.
The life insurance industry is a major contributor to the health and vitality of the world and its economy. As such, the grant programs of the MDRT Foundation Canada are designed to provide support to organizations that serve to enhance the “Quality of Life.”
Grants are awarded for a wide range of programs and causes. However, grants are only awarded to charitable organizations/programs that are non-sectarian, responsibly managed, and employ appropriate fiscal accounting procedures.
NOTE: Section 110 of the Income Tax Act represents the federally tax-exempt status of the organization. For international organizations, an appropriate document from that country will be acceptable.
Grants are awarded to organizations that provide services designed to help people in need, such as, but not limited to:
Grants may also be made to support business and economic research: to strengthen public interest activities, such as studies of government regulation or business ethics and practices; to encourage major initiatives in the field of health promotion and illness or injury prevention; to foster cooperation between organization and academic institutions that help to increase the knowledge base upon which the financial industry depends; and to fund projects that demonstrate and promote principles which are important to the life insurance industry.
Be sure to include the following with your completed application:
Thank you for your interest in the grant programs of the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation Canada. This information is designed to assist you in preparing your proposal. Like most foundations, MDRT Foundation Canada likes to fund good programs that are run by sound organizations. One of the keys in making this determination is noting whether the organization has a good program idea, but more importantly, a well-organized plan for pursuing that idea.
Before you actually begin preparing your proposal, take a moment to read the application and ask yourself the following questions:
The first item to note with regard to the proposal is appearance. Grant applications are reviewed by many people and are usually considered with a great deal of other applicants. For this reason, it is essential that you:
While funding can be requested for general support, in most cases you will be much better served by requesting funding for a specific program or project. In many cases, it is easier to award funds when the committee can see specifically where the funding will be used. Knowing exactly how a grant will be used by an organization can be a major factor in the approval or denial of a grant request.
The Regional/Local Program awards grants for organizations/programs that are regional or local in scope. Grants range from $500 to $5,000 and can be reapplied for up to a maximum of $5,000 in a three-year period.
The following is an overview of MDRT Foundation Canada's Regional/Local grant application:
When was it formed, why was it formed, what are its goals.
What is the name of the project and what will it try to accomplish? Who will benefit from the project and how?
What area of the country will the program or project serve?
Who will benefit from the program or project?
This amount should coincide with the project budget that you will be submitting.
The MDRT Foundation Canada encourages the matching fund concept and favours conditions wherein other organizations will match, dollar for dollar, funds raised by the charitable organization.
Is the amount requested realistic? Can it be justified by the project and budget that it will be used for? Is it within the guidelines stated for the Regional/Local Grant program?
Who else is currently providing support for this project, or has provided support for it in the past? Note the type and amount of the support given.
What are you setting out to accomplish? What is the specific need you are addressing? How is it unique to similar programs run by other organizations? Be specific.
How will you implement the program? The committee will be looking for an approach that is set forth clearly and logically.
What other types of support are there for this project? This includes support from other charitable organizations, government, companies or individuals.
Can your organization/staff implement this program successfully? Be sure to note staff qualifications and previous successes by the organization for this or similar programs.
Will there be accurate records maintained to demonstrate the success/shortcomings of the program? How will the program be evaluated and what will be done with the evaluation results?
Be specific here because this information will be very important for the Grants Committee in deciding if a program will be able to generate long-term results.
Will there be a measurable improvement if funds are awarded? What will be the effects if the program is not started or fails?
How will this program be funded in the future?
Use this section to include any other pertinent information that you deem necessary. Include an additional sheet of paper if needed, but be brief and focus on the project for which funds are requested. The Committee wants to see organizations that are truly enthusiastic about their proposed projects. If your project is unique or innovative, say so.
When your proposal is completed, re-read it and check for any errors or omissions. Ask yourself if the proposal is clear and concise, and if all of the questions have been answered completely. Now take a moment to make sure that you have all of the supporting documents needed in order to be considered for a grant. Missing or incorrect supporting information can delay the processing of your application and may cause your application to be denied. Please Note: All proposal applications must be sent by mail or courier.
Make sure your proposal is concise and complete. Be sure to demonstrate your enthusiasm for the program or project and point out any unique or special aspects of the project. Be sure that you have all of the required supporting information. Most importantly, be sure to submit your proposal well in advance of the stated deadline. This will allow plenty of time for processing and will give the MDRT Foundation Canada ample opportunity to contact you if there are any questions or concerns. Proposals that are incomplete as of the deadline cannot be considered.
In addition, MDRT Foundation Canada encourages the submission of photographs and videotapes with your grant application
Direct all questions or completed applications to:
Million Dollar Round Table Foundation Canada
794 Burnside Road West Victoria, BC V8Z 1N1
Toll Free: 1-877-289-4159