Community Investment Strategy Review - Community Roundtable Availability

What's the issue?
In Fall 2015, City Council approved a refocussing of the Community Investment Funding programs. The Community Investment Funding programs are time-limited, project-based funding totalling approximately $3 million. The purpose of the review is to:
The City depends on a thriving community-based sector as a key partner in achieving the City’s strategic goals. Over the years, the City strategies have been developed with community sector and resident input with goals to:
  • strengthen neighbourhoods across Toronto;
  • reduce poverty;
  • support a range of equity-seeking groups including newcomers, seniors, undocumented workers, and youth vulnerable to violence and crime;
  • reduce human trafficking; and,
  • increase Toronto residents' wellbeing.
What happens next?
We are bringing community representatives like you together, starting in June, to generate practical ways to strengthen our grant making.
The City is committed to ensuring the refocused grant programs respond to the community sector needs guided by the following core values of the City's grants policy: responsiveness, accessibility, accountability, openness and transparency, and diversity and equity.
We want your ideas on all grants processes – from making it easier for both grassroots and larger groups to apply for funding, to what the City's role might be in providing  resources to help strengthen groups in fulfilling their missions, to what the range of project grant amounts should be and how long projects should be funded for.

Come reshape grant programs with us!
Your input will reshape the current grant programs and processes to make them more accessible, transparent and accountable. A staff report of recommendations gathered from your input will be presented to Council for approval in fall 2016. The new grant programs will be launched in 2017. The grants budget of approxmiately $3 million will not be reduced as a result of the review.
There are three different ways to have your ideas heard:
  1. Online Survey (to be released in June; open to all),
  2. Community Roundtables (beginning in June; limited capacity), and
  3. Community Town Hall (in September; to get your feedback on the draft staff report based on input from the Survey and Roundtables.)

Let us know your availability!
  • Due to limited capacity, there will be a selection process to ensure diversity of participants at each Roundtable. We will be selecting participants from each of the following categories: organization size, role of representative within the organization, funded/not funded groups.
  •  Limited seating. To ensure as much representation as possible, there's a limit of 2 people total from each organization (each person will need to register separately).
If you require accommodation of special needs, please let us know. If you have any questions, please email yglynn@toronto.ca or call us at (416) 392 - 9125.


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