FCC Regina Spirit Fund FAQs
What types of programs don’t qualify for the FCC Regina Spirit Fund?
Programs that aren’t eligible:
- Contribute to operating budgets or debt reduction campaign
- Raise funds for a charity through private foundations or third parties (Lion’s Club, Knights of Columbus, etc.)
- Support individual projects/interests
- Benefit members of a religion, political party or social organization who advocate a religious, social, moral, political or economic point of view
- Benefit private schools
- Adversely impacts the environment
- Organizations directed by an elected Federal Official
Why are third party groups ineligible?
FCC prefers to provide funding directly to charitable organizations or beneficiaries. One exception is if funds are directed to a specific capital project for which FCC receives recognition for the donation.
What is debt reduction?
FCC considers debt reduction to be re-payment of any expenses incurred before receiving funding from FCC, which typically occurs in the spring. When you apply for funding, the project or expenses must not be completed before receiving notification of funding or you’ll be ineligible.
Why is the FCC Regina Spirit Fund only awarded to registered non-profit organizations or charities?
Only registered non-profit organizations can receive public funding.
How do I know if my non-profit organization is registered?
I’ve applied for the FCC Regina Spirit Fund before and my application was denied. Why hasn’t my project received funding?
Each application is evaluated based on eligibility and is reviewed against other applications from your area. Projects are awarded funding based on their evaluation score.
We have numerous projects happening in our organization. Can we apply for all of them?
Organizations can apply for more than one project but must apply separately. It’s important to note your projects will be competing against each other.
I’m having trouble submitting the application. What should I do?
Email us and someone will contact you within two business days.
Can I set up a meeting to discuss our project?
We don’t schedule individual meetings. Please include all details of your project in your online application.
Do I need to submit contractor quotes or other financial information with the application?
No quotes are needed with the initial application, but after completion of the project (within two years of being awarded the funds) you’ll need to provide receipts for any expenses paid for with awarded funding.
For the initial application, we only need general information about:
- Organization you serve
- Project/program you’re applying for
- How the funding (if awarded) will be used
- How much funding you’ve already secured for your project/program and where you received the funding from
Can I see the application before the fund opens?
Applications must be completed online, but you can preview a sample version.
Will all projects receive the full amount of requested funding?
No. Funding is often approved for smaller portions of larger projects. For example, funding might cover the cost to install new cupboards in a community centre or supply medical equipment for a new community clinic.
Do we need to raise a portion of the funds on our own before applying to the FCC Regina Spirit Fund?
You don’t need to have any funds raised before applying. You can be in the beginning stages of fundraising or apply for the entire amount.
If we’re awarded funding, do we need to match the amount provided by FCC?
You don’t need to match any funding provided by FCC.