TSNS 2020 NEIGHBOURHOOD IMPROVEMENT AREA INVESTMENT 2014-2018
PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES LEGACY FUND
The City will invest $12 million in Toronto’s neighbourhood improvement areas over the next three years as part of the Toronto Strong Neighbourhood Strategy. This investment will fund new capital projects such as:
- Splash pads
- Basketball courts and or sports pads
- Community gardens
Other capital improvements.
The Partnership Opportunities Legacy 2 Fund (“POL 2 Fund”) will fund capital projects and improvements developed by local community-based partnerships. Through creative and opportunistic partnerships, this fund will leave a lasting legacy by providing sustainable and tangible changes to the Neighbourhood Improvement Areas that would otherwise not be possible.
The Fund has been established with new resources and may be used strategically to accelerate existing or planned future capital projects. This will allow the City to leverage partnership opportunities for the long-term benefit of the neighbourhood.
To be eligible for funding, proposals must demonstrate that funded projects will:
- improve and increase neighbourhood infrastructure; engage residents, and have a resident capacity building component
- further the goals of the Neighbourhood Action teams, local planning tables and partnerships;
- facilitate new community partnerships or strengthen existing ones, and have an articulated community development focus and impact
- be City asset-focused (funds can only spent on City owned or City-leased space);
- have other funding partners on board who will provide additional capital and/or operational funds
- require a minimum of $50k from the POL 2 funds
- require one-time funding only (the same project cannot be funded in multiple years);
- be under construction or will begin construction in the year for which funding is allocated (eg: funding is allocated in 2016, and construction will begin in 2017)
- be located in an identified Neighbourhood Improvement Area
- outline how resulting program and maintenance costs will be managed within existing operating funds or independent of City funding; and be sustainable.
POL 2 Project Application Process:
1. Before completing an application:
- Contact your TSNS 2020 Community Development Officer for questions and clarification
- Work with local community groups and or networks to identify capital project priorities
- Meet with your TSNS 2020 Community Development Officer for advice on developing your project
- Connect with local Councillor for further supports
2.POL 2 Application
- Complete the online application accessible via
- Provide staff with follow up information as needed
3. POL 2 Application Deadline
- In 2017 applications should be received by the final deadline: April 21, 2017
4. What Happens After an Application is Completed?
- City Staff will be in touch if any additional information is needed
- The Capital Work Group will review the submissions and make funding recommendations to the TSNS Steering Committee
- Final funding recommendations will be communicated to groups by the end of August 2016
- Staff will develop financial and operating agreements for funded projects
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What type of capital projects will POL 2 Funds support?
- POL 2 Funds will support capital projects that enhance an existing City asset, often called infrastructure, or create a new City asset. City assets include, but are not limited to: sports pads; room additions to community centres or libraries; community kitchens; cultural spots; community hubs.
- Major equipment (assets) costing over $50,000 or more with a useful life of at least 10 years can also be funded by POL 2. This includes, but is not limited to: computer labs; playground and splash pad equipment; and commercial kitchen equipment.
- Capital projects funded through POL 2 should build neighbourhood capacity and infrastructure, engage residents, and be aligned with the TSNS Domains: Healthy Lives; Economic Opportunities; Physical Surroundings; Participation in Decision Making; and Social Development
2. Where can POL 2 Funds be applied?
POL 2 Funds can only be used on projects that will be on City owned or leased space in Neighbourhood Improvement Areas. City property includes spaces owned or leased by City Divisions such as Parks, Forestry and Recreation and Children's Services; City Boards such as the Toronto Public Library; City Corporations such as Toronto Community Housing Corporation; and City Commissions such as the TTC.
3. Will the POL 2 fund be the sole funder of a project?
Projects should have at least one other funding partner who will provide additional capital and/or operational funds. The application requires applicants to describe how resulting program and maintenance costs will be managed within existing operating funds.
4. How much will POL 2 contribute to each project?
Each project will receive a minimum of $50,000 from the POL 2 Fund. The expectation is that there will be other funding partners on board who can also support capital and operational costs. A maximum project contribution has not been specified. Our goal is to fund a variety of projects across NIAs.
5. Will POL2 funds be distributed evenly across all of the NIAs?
The priority is to support projects in neighbourhoods that did not previously benefit from POL 1 funds. The goal is to fund a variety of projects across the City and all applications will be considered.
6. What criteria will be used to assess POL 2 funding applications?
All applications will be assessed based on their entire application. Application assessment criteria includes:
- Ability to leverage other sources of capital and operating funds
- Addresses a community need and is aligned with TSNS Domains: Healthy Lives; Economic Opportunities; Physical Surroundings; Participation in Decision Making; and Social Development
- Supported by the Neighbourhood Action Partnership (NAP) and/or local planning network
- Local residents are involved in the identification and development of the project
- Facilitates new community partnerships or strengthens existing partnerships
- Support and agreements are in place by the City agency, board, commission, corporation or division that manages the property where the project will be located
- Enhances access to community assets
- Project is able to commence in the year that funding is allocated
7. When do funded projects have to begin construction?
Funded projects must be under construction or will begin construction in the year for which funding is allocated (e.g.: funding is allocated in 2014, and construction will begin in 2015)
8. Our project wasn't funded. What next?
As part of the application process, City staff will follow up with applicants to inform them of the funding decision. Funding decision includes:
- Project be funded.
- Project be funded in a future year after further development work is complete. We will work with you to further develop your project to the appropriate state of readiness.
- Project not be funded because it does not meet POL 2 Fund criteria. In this instance, a new application can be completed for a new project that meets POL 2 Fund criteria.
9. Do POL 2 Funds have to have a community development component?
All POL 2 funded projects must have a community development component. It is expected that all applications will demonstrate how the project will facilitate new community partnerships and/or strengthen existing ones, and have an articulated community development focus and impact. There must be demonstrated need for the project, and local residents must be involved in the project identification and development.
10. We have a project idea. How do we connect with a City staff person?
Attached is a list of Community Development Officers who work in each NIA. Contact the appropriate CDO who can further discuss your idea with you and connect you to other stakeholders who can support project development.
11. Do City staff have to be involved in project development?
We support community generated project ideas. Our role is to support project idea development. Given that projects must occur on City-owned or leased space, we strongly encourage applicants to connect with their local Community Development Officers. CDOs can also connect you to appropriate City staff to confirm use of City property. As well as, the CDO can connect you to community networks and partners who may want to participate in the project development.
12. What is the deadline to submit a POL 2 funding application in 2017?
POL 2 applications will be accepted for the next three years. For projects that will be construction ready in 2016, we encourage you to submit all project information by April 21, 2017. This will allow sufficient time for us to review the applications and make funding recommendations for the 2018 capital budget cycle.
For More Information, Please Contact Your TSNS 2020 Community Development Officer