How We Make Application Decisions

OTF builds trust through fair and transparent granting processes

Our grants support the work of non-profit organizations across Ontario. The information below provides an overview of how applications are assessed to how grant decisions are made. We are committed to fair, transparent processes for selecting proposals for funding.

  • Each of our grants have customized application questions and requirements.
  • Once submitted, an application is reviewed by an OTF Program Manager to ensure the organization is eligible for funding and fits with our Investment Strategy.
  • Volunteer Grant Review Team (GRT) members assigned to the application then each provide a score independently, using the assessment criteria for that grant.
  • Applications are ranked according to the average of the Program Manager and the volunteers scores.
  • At the GRT meeting, the ranking is reviewed and, as a group, the members recommend a list of applications to be approved by the OTF Board of Directors.
  • All applicants are notified of the final decision approximately 4-5 months from the deadline date. All OTF decisions are final and there is no appeal process.
  • If you are not successful in receiving a grant, you will have the opportunity to book a call with a Program Manager to discuss the application.

We thank all applicants for their interest in applying for an OTF grant, however we are only able to fund a limited number of applications.

If you have any questions about how we make our decisions, please contact us.