CORA is hereby issuing an Open Call for Member Clubs to submit 2023 Repair, Maintenance and Equipment (RME) Grant applications. An “Open Call” means that the “once every 2nd year” limitation is removed and Member Clubs who received an RME Grant in the preceding year may apply.
The following rules and conditions apply to the 2023 Open Call:
RME Grant Applications must be submitted on-line through the CORA website’s RME Grant application form: https://www.canadianoutrigger.ca/cora-forms/repair-maintenance-and-equipment-grant-application/ . The eligible expenses for the RME Grants remain the same (see sections 1 and 2 of the Eligibility Criteria on the RME Grant application form). This grant does not apply to the purchase, in whole or in part, of new or used canoes.
The deadline for the submission of 2023 Open Call RME Grant applications is 11:59 pm (Pacific), Sunday, November 19, 2023.
The CORA Board will consider the applications at its pre-AGM board meeting on November 25, 2022 and reserves the right to consider factors other than time/order of receipt (i.e. size of Club, financial need, frequency of previous RME Grants) in awarding grants. Preference may be given to Member Clubs eligible in 2023 but who have not yet submitted an application.
There are 6 grants available and the maximum grant amount remains at $1000.00.
Member Clubs for whom 2023 is their first CORA membership year remain ineligible for an RME Grant until 2024. Ottawa River Canoe Club and Vikki-Lynn Canoe Club are ineligible in 2023.
Member Clubs who have already received, have been approved to receive or already submitted an application for a 2023 RME Grant are also ineligible for the 2023 Open Call (i.e. only 1 RME Grant per year). In 2023, the following Clubs have already received an RME Grant: Aumakua Cub Nautique, Club Bon Accueil, Kelowna Paddle Centre and Vernon Paddling Centre.
A CORA club must (a) have paid its CORA Club membership fee, and (b) have at least 6 paid-up individual CORA members (i.e. an OC6 crew) to be considered “in good standing” for the purposes of RME Grant eligibility.
The following CORA Member Clubs may be eligible for the 2023 Open Call if they have paid their CORA Member Club membership and have 6 paid-up individual CORA members. Beside each Club name is their CORA Member Club status and the number of paid individual CORA members affiliated with that Club as of November 2, 2023. Any deficiency in the requirements must be remedied before an RME Grant application can be approved by the Board.
Successful 2023 Open Call recipients will not be eligible for another RME Grant until 2025 (except through a 2024 Open Call, if applicable).
Neither invoices nor receipts are required with your application, however, successful applicants must submit all receipts (not just invoices) before December 31, 2023. Receipts MUST be dated in 2023.
In your application under “Estimated Expenses”, indicate if your expenses have already been incurred or whether they are future expenses. In the case of repair work or services, preference will be given to applications for reimbursement of costs already incurred. In the case of goods or equipment, preference will be given to goods already purchased or to goods that can be reasonably purchased by the end of the year (ie off the shelf items, not customized items).
If your expenses cannot reasonably be incurred in 2023, you should apply in 2024 for a 2024 RME Grant.
Receipts should name the Member Club to the extent possible (ie excluding retail store cash register receipts).
Payment will be made by e-transfer or by cheque payable to your Club, not individuals.