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Legacy C.H.E.S.T. Fund

The goal of the Legacy C.H.E.S.T. Fund is to provide financial assistance to non-profit, community-based organizations that provide programs, projects, services or activities that enhance the quality of life for residents in the areas of health, arts, culture, leisure, heritage, education and the environment.

There are two Legacy C.H.E.S.T. Fund Committees:

  • Bobcaygeon Legacy C.H.E.S.T. Fund Committee
  • Lindsay Legacy C.H.E.S.T. Fund Committee
Submission deadline for both the Lindsay and Bobcaygeon Legacy C.H.E.S.T. Fund Applications is 4:30pm on the last Friday of October annually.

If you require additional information please E-Mail the Executive Assistant to the Director of Community Services or call 705-324-9411 extension 1300


 What projects are eligible for C.H.E.S.T. Fund Grants?
  • Capital project grants to be used for repairs, renovation or improvements to land or buildings and to purchase equipment to support programs, activities or services that show they have sustainability or lasting impact.
  • Projects that have clear, measurable benefits to the Community.
  • Projects that provide greater accessibility to activities, programs or venues, including geographic area that are promoted as open to the general public.
  • Special Events - a sporting, cultural, or other type of unique activity, occurring for a limited or fixed duration.
  • Startup Funding - for a program/event with the understanding annual funding will not be provided to continue its operations. 
  • Special/Multi-year projects - where the project is exclusively for construction, alterations or renovations, or acquisition of property; and where the award will have a project period of more than 12 months of activity (applicable to the Lindsay Legacy C.H.E.S.T. Fund only).
  • Extenuating Circumstances: In occasional cases, anytime during the year, the fund may honour one-time requests from organizations of importance to the Town of Lindsay in dire need of financial assistance.  The organization must demonstrate a willingness to work with a third party acceptable to the Committee to improve its financial viability (applicable to the Lindsay Legacy C.H.E.S.T Fund only).

Examples of sustainability or lasting impact could include:

  • Added value to community life even after the grant is complete (for example, participants continue to share what they have learned, a permanent change has been achieved in the community or a model has been repeated in another community).
  • A plan for ensuring resources are in place to continue to work after the grant ends (including maintenance for renovation and equipment grants).
 What the Legacy C.H.E.S.T. Fund will not cover

 Grants will not be provided:

  • To individuals without a Sponsor - refer to eligibility criteria for details
  • On a retroactive basis or for a project that is already completed.
  • If duplication of funding received from another funder.
  • To cover budget deficits.
  • Day to day operating costs of an organization (for example, staffing, rent, property taxes etc.).
  • For programs, activities or services outside the relevant geographic area.
  • To support programs or services geared specifically to activities related to ratepayer or tenant/landlord associations, or political parties.
  • For religious activities or instruction, including renovations to a place of worship unless it is also used for community activities or is a significant heritage site used for the general benefit of the community.
  • As donations to charitable causes.
  • To offset capital depreciation costs.
 Eligibility Criteria

 To be eligible for funding applicants must:

  • Be a non-profit incorporated organization, registered charity or be sponsored by an organization that is a non-profit incorporated group or registered charity
  • Have demonstrated sound financial management
  • Be based in the relevant geographic area
  • Be able to show capabilities of providing the proposed service, project or program within identified measurable results
  • Provide a completed application form and other reports as requested

For additional eligibility criteria refer to the Council Policy CP2016-11

 Legacy C.H.E.S.T. Fund Application Form

The Legacy C.H.E.S.T. Fund Application cannot be completed online.

Download the Legacy C.H.E.S.T. Application Form (PDF)

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Application Information:

Each applicant will be required to provide information about the organization and its programs and services; evidence to establish the applicant's eligibility in terms of the evaluation criteria outlined in Council Policy CP2016-011; a description of how the applicant intends to measure the success of the program, service or project if funding request is approved; and specific financial information related to the applicant's revenues and assets.

Wherever practicable, grant applications must include a detailed breakdown and prioritization of component costs, particularly for those applications that comprise a number of smaller projects.  This prioritization will provide a guideline to the Committee(s) in the event that only partial funding can be awarded.

Submission Information:

Submission deadline for both the Lindsay and Bobcaygeon Legacy C.H.E.S.T. Fund Application is 4:30pm on the last Friday of October annually.

It should be noted that the deadline date is absolute and incomplete grant applications will not be considered. If requested by the applicant, City Staff or the Legacy C.H.E.S.T. Fund Grant Committee will provide advice to ensure that the application is completed fully, and that all information requirements are met prior to closing date.


For the Lindsay and Bobcaygeon Legacy C.H.E.S.T. Fund please submit your original and 9 photocopies (for a total of 10 copies), and for All Former Committees please submit your original (for a total of 1 copy) of the application by the deadline date.

As well, as all applications and copies that are found to be either eligible or non-eligible become the property of the City and non-returnable.


Applications and all required copies for this funding should be dropped off or mailed to:

Lindsay Legacy C.H.E.S.T Fund

Community Services Administration

50 Wolfe Street, Lindsay, ON K9V 2J2

Attn: Lindsay Legacy C.H.E.S.T. Fund


Bobcaygeon Legacy C.H.E.S.T Fund

Bobcaygeon Service Centre

123 East Street South, Bobcaygeon, ON K0M 1A0

Attn: Bobcaygeon Legacy C.H.E.S.T. Fund


All other Former Committees

Community Service Administration

50 Wolfe Street, Lindsay, ON K9V 2J2

Attn: Legacy C.H.E.S.T. Fund Grant


All phone inquiries should be made by calling 705-324-9411 extension 1300

50/50 Community Project Capital Funding Program

The 50/50 Community Project Capital Funding Initiative helps community organizations complete capital projects. This program provides for the betterment of City facilities and parks.

The deadline to apply is October 31 for projects and events scheduled for the following calendar year. For example October 31, 2019 is the deadline to apply for 2020 projects and events. You must submit an application form and complete Schedule A and Schedule B.

Please call 705-324-9411 extension 1335 or E-Mail Community Development if you have questions.

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Community Partnership and Development Fund

The Community Partnership and Development Fund provides funding opportunities for Beautification Projects, Culture Funding and Special events.

The deadline to apply is October 31 for projects and events scheduled for the following calendar year.  For example October 31, 2020 is the deadline to apply for 2021 projects and events. You must submit an application form and complete Schedule A and Schedule B.

Please call 705-324-9411 extension 1335 or E-Mail Community Development if you have questions.

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Beautification Projects

These projects benefit the local community or City as a whole. Past projects include:

  • Gardens

  • Hanging baskets

  • Seasonal displays

  • Welcome signs

  • Decorations and banners


This fund is intended to help cultural groups enhance their programs and services. Organizations such as museums, galleries, twinning committees, theatres and artisans are encouraged to apply. 

Special Events

This fund is intended to support events that will attract visitors to Kawartha Lakes. The maximum funding per event is $500.00.

Canada Day Event Funding

The Kawartha Lakes Canada Day Fund grant program consists of municipal Canada Day funding as well as incorporates funding through the Canadian Heritage Celebrate Canada program.

This program is administered by the Community Services Department.

Complete the Kawartha Lakes Canada Day Fund Application Online

The 2021 Kawartha Lakes Canada Day Fund Application deadline is Friday November 6, 2020 at 4:30pm

Program Guidelines and Eligibility

Kawartha Lakes Canada Day Fund Application Program Guidelines and Eligibility:

  • Only events celebrating and promoting Canada Day will be considered eligible to receive funding through this program.
  • Events must take place on July 1, 2021.
  • Events must take place within territorial boundaries of the City of Kawartha Lakes.
  • Events are being hosted with the purpose of provision of a community based celebration for local and seasonal residents.
  • Eligible events must be free of charge (no admission fees or donation required for entry) and; be open to the general public and promoted as such.
  • Total funding allotment for this fund is to be allocated City wide.
  • Commercial/retail activities are not eligible.
  • Events which are being hosted with a purpose to generate a surplus of revenue over expenses are not considered eligible to receive funding through this program.
  • For the 2021 celebratory period, the funding program offers funding recipients the flexibility of holding a virtual event.

Eligible Expenses:

Only project-related expenses are eligible to receive funding through this program. Eligible expenses may include:

  • Promotional and communications expenses;
  • Entertainment (including Fireworks);
  • Event supplies;
  • Event rental equipment;
  • Birthday cake.

The following activities are not eligible for funding through this program:

  • Any events of a primarily religious, political or commercial nature;
  • Activities whose primary purpose is fundraising or contests;
  • Conferences, workshops and other events not intended for the general public;
  • Activities that are (in whole or in part) an extension of regular or permanent programming.

Costs related to major infrastructures; equipment purchases; lobbying activities; advocacy; activities or serves that take place outside of Kawartha Lakes; prizes; fairs and festivals; and liquor permits are not eligible for funding through this program.

Expenses incurred before April 1, 2021 will not be funded through this program.  If you incur expenses for your project prior to receiving written confirmation of your funding approval, you will be doing so at your own risk.

To learn more about Canada Day funding e-mail Courtney Boyd, Community Development Coordinator or call 705-324-9411 extension 1306

Entrepreneurship Programs

For more information about entrepreneurship programs visit the Starting a Business section of our website.

Million Dollar Makeover Funding Program

The Million Dollar Makeover is a funding program available to support property and business owners in improving the visual and functional aspects of their commercial, mixed-use commercial/residential or heritage designated residential buildings.

The City has over one million dollars in financial incentives available through loan and grant programs.

For more information about the Million Dollar Makeover funding programs visit the Million Dollar Makeover page of our website.

Tax Rebates

For more information about tax rebate visit the Taxes page of our website.

Ontario Works

Individuals and families can apply for financial assistance through Ontario Works

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