Discretionary Fund

Midnight Kitchen Discretionary Fund Guidelines 2017

***Please note: we only decide on discretionary funding twice a month. It may be up to two weeks before we respond to your request.***

The Midnight Kitchen supports and co-sponsors community events and initiatives through our discretionary fund. The amount of money allocated for projects may depend on how many requests there are in a particular discretionary period and doesn’t reflect the value the collective places on the project.

Preferential Funding Criteria

The Midnight Kitchen prioritizes funding projects that:

  • Preference Given To Projects That:
    1. Promote Midnight Kitchen’s mandate.
    1. Support local actions, projects or movements, or local connections to global movements.
    2. Organize around issues of social justice and food justice, particularly on issues that are under represented at McGill University
    3. Will actively create campus-community links and will engage with McGill University undergraduate students.
    4. Are engaged in solidarity organizing that takes leadership and direction from communities with which they work and/or are organized by people who are directly affected or implicated in the group’s mandate.
    5. Need access to Midnight Kitchen’s resources and funding, and might otherwise have difficulty finding support.

    Criteria for Funding:

    1. Reflect Midnight Kitchen’s mandate.
    2. Must have a local component.
    3. For events, event venue must be wheelchair accessible.

Important Notice for Applicants:

Please ensure that you explain clearly in your application the importance of your project and it’s relevance to undergraduate students at McGill University. The reason for this is that SSMU has the final say on all Discretionary Funding Application, and they can reject your application if a project/event is not considered relevant to McGill undergraduates.

Amount

Each year, Midnight Kitchen creates a discretionary fund budget line. In 2017, we will be allocating a total of $500 per month to the projects we choose to fund. The maximum amount we can allocate to a single project is $250.

Non-MonetaryAid/Resource Support

In addition to monetary support, Midnight Kitchen can offer Kitchen Bookings as well as our kitchen equipment. We also provide food to political and community-based events that are in keeping with our mandate in the form of Solidarity Servings.

Selection Process

The decision-making body is the Midnight Kitchen collective — a body made up of volunteers and staff. The discretionary fund form must be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the time that you will need the funding. Retroactive funding for projects is accepted.

Disbursement

All funding will be disbursed once receipts have been provided by the requestee and processed by the Students’ Society of McGill University. Please note that receipts are required in order to receive funding. All funding will be disbursed by cheque within a month of the decision.

2017 Discretionary Fund Application Form

Other sources of discretionary funding

Le Frigo Vert

Maximum Granted Amount: No specified maximum

Deadline: Rolling deadline, though they specify that if you want a response a week before a specified event, you must send in the request three weeks in advance.

Who can apply: Anyone but political parties, including student political parties.

Criteria considered: Mandate of the organization, purpose of the event, and other sources of funding are all considered in applications.

Format of Funding: Cheque or Food.

Accountability required from funding applicants: Funding applicants must pick up the cheque/food donation and include Frigo as a sponsor in promotional materials for the event or group if possible.

Further details and application can be accessed on their donation page: http://www.lefrigovert.com/donation-requestsdemandes-de-dons.html

QPIRG-Concordia

Maximum Granted Amount: $375

Deadline: Rolling deadline, decisions are made at  monthly board meetings.

Who can apply: Anyone but QPIRG cannot fund individual/personal cases, capital expenses (e.g. expensive equipment, building/space purchase), travel expenses (except as relates to accessibility).

Criteria considered: Budget for the project, mandate of the organization, purpose of the project, and other sources of funding are all considered in applications.

Format of Funding: Cheque or photocopies equivalent to amount given in discretionary funding.

Accountability required from funding applicants: We ask that if possible people mention QPIRG somewhere on their event promo, website, etc. or mention that they received funding from QPIRG in some other way, but it’s not a strict requirement.

Further details and application can be accessed on their discretionary funding page: http://www.qpirgconcordia.org/?page_id=21

Association of McGill University Student Employees (AMUSE)

Maximum Granted Amount: $250

Deadline: Rolling deadline, decisions are made at monthly board meetings.

Who can apply: AMUSE considers applications from on-campus and off-campus, but will not give money for stipends or any other individual use.

Criteria considered:

  • Serve to further the aims and principles of AMUSE, unionization at McGill, and the labour movement.
  • Are in line with other social causes with which AMUSE specifically and the labour movement in general maintain bonds of solidarity.
  • Work under a non-oppressive and social justice oriented framework.
  • Positively affect the McGill community, the Montreal community, and/or the wider community of Quebec.
  • Create active labour-campus-community links

Format of Funding: Cheque, or non-financial resources, such as a physical meeting space or office resources such as photocopiers, printers, phones, computer resources, etc.

Accountability required from funding applicants: AMUSE asks that our logo be displayed on promotional materials (i.e. posters, flyers) when possible. We would be happy to display any such promotional materials provided to us as well as make any end result of a project (in the case of a book, video, art project, etc.) available to our membership in our library. In addition, when applicable AMUSE would appreciate the opportunity to table at any relevant events to our mandate.

Further details and application can be accessed on their discretionary funding page: http://www.amusemcgill.org/solidarity/discretionary-fund

GRIP-UQAM

Maximum Granted Amount: $500

Deadline: Rolling deadline, decisions are made once monthly.

Who can apply: NGOs, Students, Organizations

Who cannot apply: For-profit organizations, committees of GRIP-UQAM, political parties, groups with less than 3 people. Funding cannot cover alcohol or salaries (except for honorariums for professionals)

Criteria considered:  Honorarium are for groups who work for social or environmental justice. Considering that UQAM is on stolen land, projects which have an anti-colonial approach are privileged.
Les subventions sont pour des groupes “qui interviennent sur des enjeux de justice sociale et environnementale. Considérant que nous sommes établis sur des terres volées, les projets qui auront une approche anti-coloniale seront également privilégiés.

Format of Funding: Cheque, wired money, and non-financial resources.

Accountability required from funding applicants: The group needs to present all their receipts together as well as proof that the project/event happened to receive the grant.

L’allocation du montant nécessite que le groupe présente l’ensemble de leurs factures ainsi qu’une preuve que l’évènement/projet a bien eu lieu pour recevoir le remboursement.

Further details and application can be accessed on their discretionary funding page: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByG8vc3s01AiQkMzM2VzUWxKc2M/view?usp=sharing

QPIRG-McGill

Maximum Granted Amount: $250

Deadline: Rolling deadline, decisions are made every 2-3 weeks.

Who can apply: Campus and Community groups, priority given to smaller-scale, non-institutional, external projects that cannot find funding from institutional sources (such as the University, NFB, etc)

Format of Funding: Cheque

Further details and application can be accessed on their discretionary funding page: http://qpirgmcgill.org/resources/discretionary-funding/

COCo

COCo does not provide funding itself, however community groups can use the FundTracker funding database. It lists what grants other organisations have received, and from where, but not the grant applications themselves. They also offer fundraising training!

SACOMSS

Maximum Granted Amount: No formal maximum; roughly 10% of their yearly budget, divided by semester

Deadline: Rolling deadline, decisions are made at collective meetings (usually all applications submitted within the first few weeks of the semester will be considered at once & others that come in later will be considered depending on funds left).

Who can apply: SACOMSS offers discretionary funding to external groups for projects, events, or initiatives that are in line with our mandate. Priority will be given to applicants with limited access to other sources of funding.

Criteria considered: In line with their mandate: Pro-Survivor, Pro-feminist, Anti-Oppressive, and Non-Judgemental

Format of Funding: Cheque

Further details and application can be accessed on their discretionary funding page: http://www.sacomss.org/wp/discretionary-funding/

 

Union for Gender Empowerment

Maximum Granted Amount: $150 available per month

Deadline: Rolling deadline, decisions are made at collective meetings.

Who can apply: Funding is given to applicants whose projects align with the Union’s mandate to address systems of oppression which enforce a gender binary and use that binary to privilege some groups and punish those who fall outside it and to welcome queer, two spirited, transgender, transsexual, intersex, and genderqueer people. (view our complete mandate at unionforgenderempowerment.wordpress.com/mandate).

Funding will also be decided based on applicants’ commitment to addressing the McGill community, the Montreal community, and prevalent issues within the province of Quebec, as well as a commitment to education and action.

Format of Funding: Cheque

 

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