FAQ for Unsuccessful Applications

What is the status of my application?

All applicants were informed of the final decision on their application in February 2021. Please check your email, including spam or junk mail folders, or log into SMApply for information on the final decision on your application.

How were applications assessed?

Applications were assessed by an Independent Committee of Grant Reviewers from the Western Region, Atlantic Region, and Ontario. Grant reviewers used a matrix informed by the assessment criteria to score all eligible applications, and focused on organizational mandate, social impact, organizational capacity, innovation, sustainability, and budget. Project scope was also taken into consideration. Applications were shortlisted based on these scores.

Why was my application unsuccessful?

Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications that we received, we are unable to speak about individual applications. However, some of the comments we heard back from our grant reviewers about applications that were not shortlisted include lack of clarity around the proposed project, ineligible expenses, projects not being aligned with this specific fund (e.g., capital-related as opposed to capacity building). We also received a large number of applications and, with a limited amount of money to distribute, the grant reviewers selected applications that most closely matched the priorities of the fund to the extent of available funding.

I would like my application to be reassessed.

Reassessments and resubmissions are not permitted. The next call for proposals will be in the fall of 2021, and we strongly encourage you to reapply at that time. Please monitor our website for more information on this next call for proposals.

I would like more detailed information regarding the assessment of my application.

Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications that we received, we are unable to speak about individual applications. However, we encourage all unsuccessful applicants to go through all SBCCI-related resources available on our website to ensure that they adhere strictly to the guidelines provided so that they can improve their chances of submitting a successful application in the next call for proposals in the fall of 2021.

Where can I access support with grant writing?

The next call for proposals will be in the fall of 2021. Prior to its launch, we will be holding some information sessions on this fund, and will also include information on the application process, required information and documents. This may be beneficial to you should you choose to apply during the next call for proposals, which we strongly encourage you to do. Please monitor our website for more information on the next call for proposals, and information sessions associated with it.

Will I have another opportunity to apply for similar funding under the SBCCI?

Yes, you will. The next call for proposals will be in the fall of 2021, and we strongly encourage you to reapply at that time. Please monitor our website for more information on this next call for proposals.