Keith used Calvin PC’s Charity Detail Page from the Canada Revenue Agency Charities and Giving website to show Calvin PC’s charitable status and charitable registration number. Their most recent T1030 form showed their 2019 revenue, which determined the level of funding they were eligible for.
The congregation’s mission plan and vision statement showed that Calvin PC’s primary activity is to host regular gatherings of religious spiritual or cultural significance.
Finally, to prove that the church “owns land,” Keith found a “Parcel Register for Property Identifier” on the Service Ontario website that showed that the property owner’s name was “The Board of Trustees of Calvin Presbyterian Church.” He also found a document registering a mortgage from 1994 and a document showing that Calvin purchased the lot next door to the church property in the early 1980s. (Every church’s journey to prove land ownership will be different. Most municipalities have registries of deeds that can be searched.)
Using the Grant
By helping Calvin PC cover the cost of the purchase and installation of the doors, the government grant helped free up money for other ministry initiatives. Because it was an attestation grant, the government provided it on the understanding that the congregation would use it for eligible expenses. The project can already be completed before the grant is applied for and approved, as long as it falls within the specified date range and is used for eligible expenses. Calvin PC applied in March of 2021 for doors that were installed in July 2021 but the final approval for the grant didn’t come until March of 2022. If the congregation finds it cannot use the complete grant for eligible expenses, they need to return any unused funds.
The congregation doesn’t have to submit receipts for payment, but must keep them for seven years as they could be audited to prove that the all of the funds were used for eligible expenses. If the audit identifies funds used for any other reason, the congregation has to return any funds used for ineligible expenses to the government.
Congregations that applied for and received money in one grant cycle are eligible to apply for the grant in subsequent years. After the success of the 2020/2021 grant, Calvin PC applied for another $7,500 for the 2022/2023 grant cycle to help cover the cost of new windows.
To find your congregation in the Government of Canada List of Charities, visit https://apps.cra-arc.gc.ca/ebci/hacc/srch/pub/dsplyBscSrch , find your church and click on the link to the Detail page.
The deadline for the 2022/2023 Ontario Grant to Support Anti-Hate Security Measures for Faith-Based and Cultural Organizations 2022/2023 was August 31, 2022. Visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/available-funding-opportunities-ontario-government to see current government grants in Ontario. Congregations in other provinces can search for grants with their respective governments.