What we do

The Fondation Notre Home Foundation raises funds to contribute to efforts by groups and organizations that:

  • Support members of Quebec’s English-speaking community in overcoming barriers to employment, education and economic opportunities, and boosting their entrepreneurialism to foster their success, so that they remain in Quebec;
  • Help young English-speaking Quebecers build ties to Francophones through conferences, recreation, language exchanges, cultural and artistic activities;
  • Develop services to address unmet needs among vulnerable or at-risk English-speaking communities, including groups or individuals such as youth, the elderly, low-income, inner-city, and isolated rural dwellers;
  • Establish partnerships between like-minded organizations—educational, professional, cross-cultural, artistic, in sports and recreation, skills and training, and youth, among others—that meet the needs of English-speaking communities;
  • Strengthen community infrastructure, such as community centres, youth groups, service clubs, libraries and volunteer organizations serving English-speaking communities;
  • Promote Quebec’s English-speaking artists, including musicians, dramatists, performers, writers and painters, as well as those wanting to learn and improve their artistic skills;
  • Foster intercultural and linguistic group exchanges, as well as research and public forums to deepen public understanding of the challenges facing Quebec’s English-speaking communities and open opportunities for new forms of collaboration, especially with the province’s francophone majority.

Criteria for Eligibility

Must be a registered charitable organization listed in good standing with the Canada Revenue Agency, headquartered in Quebec, working in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and social services, youth and/or recreation.

Criteria for Funding Selection

  • Have a history of organizing activities and/or delivering services that benefit English-speaking minority communities
  • Have the greatest potential positive impact reaching a large number of people
  • Have established credentials and expertise in the area of the grant request, and evidence of credibility in the community
  • Have sound governance practices and financial sustainability
  • Have the capacity to carry out the proposal
  • Have submitted a single request per funding year

Ineligible Funding Expenses and Activities

  • General funding requests for an operating budget
  • Identical projects which have been funded by Fondation Notre Home Foundation in the past
  • Multi-year funding requests
  • The purchase of alcohol
  • Travel
  • Mortgage expenses and debts
  • Endowment building
  • Fundraising events and programs as well as salaries in support of them
  • Programming expenses incurred before the grant award
  • Programs that proselytize a religion
  • Programs with a political purpose

How Grants will be Advertised

Starting in 2017, there will be one or two grant cycles per year and they will be announced in local community newspapers, Imagine Canada’s announcements, Red Feather Forum newsletter, the Notre Home website and circulated to Notre Home’s email list.

Process to Select Grant Applicants

Organizations will submit an application form describing their program or project, its location, area to be served, objectives, and expected outcomes. They will also describe how their initiative meets the objectives of Fondation Notre Home Foundation, as well as the proposed process of evaluation to ensure that it meets the stated objectives.

Grants Committee

A subcommittee of the Fondation Notre Home Foundation’s Board will constitute its Grants Committee. Its members, who will be individuals representing diverse elements of the community, will review grant applications and make recommendations to the Board of Directors for grant awards based on the selection criteria.

Funds to be Distributed

Fifty per cent of the net income raised by the Fondation Notre Home Foundation will be distributed no later than the following year.