The Mayor's Community Development Fund utilizes net revenue from the Mayor's Golf Tournament and the Mayor's Fundraiser to provide financial support to community groups, events and initiatives that will benefit the community.
Each year the fund supports two lead causes or charities plus provides funding for initiatives benefiting the community, capital projects, community events, and support for individuals in special circumstances.
The Mayor's Community Development Fund supports innovative projects and initiatives that provide direct benefit to Whitby residents. The fund does not focus on providing funding for regular operating expenses of a community organization or charity.
Up to 50% of the proceeds raised by the Mayor's Golf Tournament will be awarded to a lead cause or charity and up to 50% of the proceeds raised by the Mayor's Fundraiser will be awarded to another lead cause or charity. The balance will be awarded in smaller grants of up to $5,000.
Applicants can also request one of the following silent auction item packages:
- Whitby/Brooklin Retailer Gift Basket ($150 value)
- Three month CRC Health Club Gift Certificate ($225 value)
How to Apply
Applicants must fill out the Mayor's Community Development Fund Application Form. Incomplete applications will be returned for completion. Please ensure you complete all sections in detail. Applications will be evaluated by a Grants Review Committee consisting of four members of the public appointed by Council, plus the Mayor and an advisory member from the Town of Whitby.
The Grants Review Committee will meet on a monthly basis. All applications will receive a formal notice of decision within two months of receipt of application.
Lead cause or charity applications for the Mayor's Golf Tournament are due March 31 and lead cause or charity applications for the Mayor's Fundraiser Event are due October 31. Funding for community grants are due at the end of each month.
Please email completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
Staff Advisor, Grants Review Committee
575 Rossland Road East, Whitby, ON L1N 2M8
Funding is available for Whitby based community groups and not-for-profit organizations with a presence in Whitby and Whitby residents in special circumstances.
Applications will be considered by the Committee using criteria such as how the project will benefit the community (scale, inclusivity, direct and indirect benefits), soundness of business plan including resources, own funds and fundraising, the importance of the Town's contribution and how the success of the project will be determined.
The Committee also uses the following Evaluation Guidelines in their review of applications:
- High priority is given to community focused projects, activities and events with a strong local presence;
- High priority is given to projects that promote social inclusion and civic engagement within the Whitby/Brooklin community;
- One time events that promote the Whitby community are supported;
- Capital expenditures may be provided for an established charity that has direct benefit to the Whitby community;
- The purchasing of tables at award ceremonies, galas or fundraising events are given low priority;
- Providing funding for ongoing operating costs of an organization or charity are given low priority;
- Submissions seeking support for a charitable event for another charity are given low priority;
- Initiatives being supported through other sources and programs are given low priority; and,
- The precedent that is set through the support of an application must be considered to ensure equitable funding is sustainable.
Final decisions on all grants rest with the Committee. Successful applicants are requested to provide a photo of their event or project and submit a final report to the Committee.
Grants will only be awarded if funds are available in the Mayor's Community Development Fund. Please note, funding in one year does not guarantee funding for a similar initiative or event in the following year. Grant recipients may be subject to a Town of Whitby audit.
Mayor's Community Development Fund Grants Review Committee
The Grants Review Committee is an independent Committee appointed by Council to review and evaluate applications for the Mayor's Community Development Fund. The criteria used to evaluate grant applications and make recommendations for grant eligibility is based on how the project will benefit the community (scale, inclusivity, direct and indirect benefits), soundness of business plan (including resources, own funds and fundraising), the importance of the Town's contribution, and how the success of the project will be determined.
Four members of the community, the Mayor as a Council representative, and a member of Staff in an advisory role.
The Grants Review Committee shall meet once a month if applications are received by the end of the previous month.
2017 Lead Grant Recipients
- Distress Centre Durham ($25,000)
- Lakeridge Health Foundation ($25,000)
- Grandview Children's Foundation ($25,000)
2017 Community Grants Recipients
- 2nd Brooklin Scouts ($150)
- All Saint's Church ($5,000)
- Art With A Heart ($2,500)
- Boys and Girls Club of Durham Region ($5,000)
- Bridge to a New Home ($5,000)
- Footprints for Autism ($500)
- Navy League of Canada Whitby Branch ($750)
- Parkrun Canada ($2,000)
- Vimy Celebration Concert ($5,000)
- Whitby Ajax Garden Project ($800)
- Whitby Brooklin Block Parent ($1,250)
2016 Lead Grant Recipients
- VON Durham Hospice - Mayor's Fundraiser Lead Grant ($25,000)
- Alzheimer Society of Durham Region - Mayor's Golf Tournament Lead Grant ($25,000)
2016 Community Grants Recipients
- 2nd Brooklin Scouts ($350)
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oshawa-Whitby ($4,515)
- Big Brother Big Sisters of South-West Durham (Silent Auction Package: Gift Basket)
- Boys and Girls Club of Durham ($4,226)
- Brooklin Horticultural Society ($1,000)
- Charles H Best Diabetes Centre ($4,200 and Silent Auction Package: $250 Recreation Gift Certificate)
- Cody DeNoble Golf Tournament (Silent Auction Package: Gift Basket)
- Community Care Durham ($500)
- Community Development Council Durham ($500)
- Driftwood Theatre Group ($250 and a Silent Auction Package: Lunch for 2 with the Mayor)
- Durham Farm Connection ($500)
- Durham Youth Drug Awareness Committee ($1,600)
- Epilepsy Durham Region ($2,800)
- Feed the Need ($3,000)
- Footprints for Autism ($500)
- Girls Incorporated Durham ($5,000)
- Lakeridge Health Whitby Volunteer Services ($2,000)
- Ontario Philharmonic (Silent Auction Package: Lunch for 2 with the Mayor)
- Ontario Regiment Association ($5,000)
- Ontario Shores for Mental Health Science - Mental Health Literacy ($2,000)
- Ontario Shores for Mental Health Science - TAMI ($2,000)
- Rotary Club of Whitby ($500)
- Royal Canadian Legion, Brooklin Branch #152 ($3,000)
- Royal Canadian Legion, Whitby Branch #112 ($3,000)
- Scientists in the School ($3,500)
- Scouts Canada - Whitby Area ($2,500)
- Vintage Whitby ($880)
- Vintage Whitby - Brooklin Project ($1,600)
- Whitby Blues Festival ($500)
- Whitby Village Seniors Program ($5,000)
- Windreach Farm (Silent Auction Package: $250 Recreation Gift Certificate)
Please contact the Staff Advisor at 905-430-4310 or at email@example.com.