What is Project Clear Skies?
Since 2004, the Ottawa International Airport Authority has given more than $1,600,000 to support local charitable projects. Through Project Clear Skies, the Authority’s charitable giving program, we provide funding for capital expenditures to Ottawa-Gatineau charities. The community we serve has been instrumental in our success, so it’s only fitting that we return the gesture. 

Funding criteria
The goal is simple: to improve quality of life in the National Capital Region by funding projects that help small charitable organizations. The funding criterion is equally as simple: Project Clear Skies considers proposals for project funding from registered charities within the geographic boundaries of the National Capital Region as defined by the National Capital Commission.

What Project Clear Skies will fund
Project Clear Skies will only consider funding requests for capital projects. A “capital project” is defined as something that is designed to maintain or improve an organization’s (or its user’s) physical assets. 

A “registered charity” is definite as an organization that has applied for and received a charitable registration number from the Canada Revenue Agency for tax purposes and can, therefore, issue tax receipts.

While there is no limit to the amount of funding that can be applied to a single application, commitments will not be made for multi-year funding.

What Project Clear Skies won’t fund
Perhaps as important as what Project Clear Skies will fund is what it will not fund, including:

  • Organizations with dedicated fundraising staff;
  • Organizations with operating budgets that exceed $2.5 million;
  • Organizations that limit access based on religious affiliation;
  • Political organizations;
  • Sports teams;
  • Sponsorships of any kind;
  • Deficit reduction or operating costs; and
  • Programs or services.

Review process
Following the application deadline, applications are forwarded to the Project Clear Skies Evaluation Committee for review. Following this and should it be necessary, applicants may be contacted for further information. Applicants may also be asked to make a presentation to the committee.

Applications will then be assessed and decisions rendered. All applicants will then be informed of the final results of the evaluation.

Should your application be approved, you will have to provide proof of the intent to purchase before a cheque is issued. This proof may come in the form of a receipt or a letter of intent from the supplier. Other proof of intent to purchase will be accepted at the sole discretion of the Evaluation Committee.

What happens if your project is funded
Should your request for funds be approved, you will be required to sign a letter in which you certify the following:

  • that your financial need continues to exist;
  • that alternative funding has not been pledged or received;
  • that funds received will be used only for the purpose(s) indicated on your application and for which the funds were approved;
  • that receipts will be submitted within 4 months of receving the funding; and
  • that funds received will be spent for the stated purpose(s) within 120 days of receiving the funding.

You will be asked, as well, to certify your understanding of the following:

  • that the Ottawa International Airport Authority reserves the right to request receipts and/or audit the expenditures; and
  • that the Ottawa International Airport Authority reserves the right to publicize the gift as it sees fit

Application Deadline
Funding proposals are considered once per year. The deadline for submissions is May 15th of each year.

To apply for funding from Project Clear Skies, a representative from a registered charitable organization must fill out an application form.