Information for curling clubs wishing to participate in the Club Development Fund
BEFORE YOU APPLY: You must contact Rachael Wilson to ensure this program is right for your club. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 613-834-2076 ext. 120.
The following information has been prepared to provide you some information about the Club Development Fund. Please read carefully as it is imperative that the rules and regulations as provided by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) be strictly adhered to in order to remain in good standing and avoid any revocation of Curling Canada’s charitable status.
Overview of the Club Development Fund:
The Club Development Fund (C.D.F.) has been around for several years, helping affiliated clubs to fundraise in support of their capital projects and to assist other affiliated clubs in Canada.
Clubs must first submit a capital project to Curling Canada. Once the grant application is approved, clubs can ask their members to donate to the fund and Curling Canada can issue tax-deductible receipts for donations of $100 or more.
Grants are distributed to affiliated clubs and member associations based on their written C.D.F. applications. Funds are only available through donations made to the C.D.F. by your members. The only way you can ensure that the fund will have any money in it is to encourage your members to make donations to Curling Canada.
Applying and Eligible Projects/Expenses:
Curling clubs that are members of Curling Canada (through their affiliation with their provincial/territorial association) are eligible to apply to the C.D.F. The application consists of a letter, prepared on club letterhead, which outlines the non-operational, special projects being undertaken by the club for which funds are required. Total expenses and a brief description of the planned projects should be provided.
Expenses that are of a special and/or extraordinary nature will be eligible for funding. In other words, programs and initiatives that are both unusual and occur infrequently; they are not part of the regular, day-to-day operation of the club or association.
Tax Deductible Receipts:
As a Registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Association (RCAAA), Curling Canada will issue tax-deductible receipts for donations of $100 or more.
Curling Canada is obliged to use those donations pursuant to our association’s objectives and mission. In keeping with this obligation, Curling Canada’s Board of Governors created the Club Development Fund as a means to assist member curling clubs and member associations.
The Canada Revenue Agency requires all RCAAAs providing this type of program to retain a “significant portion” of the donation to be used for “contingencies or to be redistributed to other clubs” (CRA Policy Statement reference number CPS-007). The CRA further explains; “An administration fee covering the expense of receiving funds raised and issuing receipts is not considered to be a significant amount.”
In order to be in compliance with these CRA regulations and to be able to continue to offer this important program to clubs like yours Curling Canada, retains 25% of every donation. Curling Canada will apply 20% of each donation to support grassroots curling programs across Canada through the Curling Assistance Program (CAP). This will allow clubs all over the country to access much-needed funds to help their clubs. 5% will be used to cover administrative costs of the C.D.F.