Last updated: March 2014
The federal government periodically announces a call for proposals that may be of interest to ministries considering accessibility projects. Full details are available at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. Small projects that create or enhance accessibility for people with disabilities may receive up to $50,000 from the federal government. At least 25 percent of the total project costs must come from other, non-federal government sources.
Since the window for applying is often quite short, we recommend you put yourself on the notification list as offered on the government webpage.
The 2011 federal budget affirmed changes for the charitable sector proposed in 2010. These include elimination of the disbursement quota and the new T3010-1 form.
One new wrinkle is that the CRA will require increased due diligence by charity boards in selecting senior staff, board members, and trustees to ensure “ineligible individuals” are screened out—basically, people with a record of financial dishonesty. Background checks are NOT required per se, but a more thorough screening process is required. One option may be to have board members sign a declaration of eligibility.
Increasingly, we are scheduling live webinars on request. Recorded webinars can be viewed any time. However, we will continue to offer national webinars for topics of seasonal interest.
To participate in the webinars, please visit the Momentum website.
To watch previously recorded webinars, visit our Congregational Finance video album on Vimeo.
A revised Registered Charity Information Return has been developed in response to changes announced in the federal budget of March 4, 2010. This new form T3010-1 will be used by charities with fiscal periods ending on or after December 1, 2010, and was mailed to charities early in 2011.
I am hearing from across the country that CRA auditors are getting more concerned with cash payments being given to individuals even for modest sums. Technically a charity shouldn't give money to a non-charity (without demonstrating direction and control of what happens to the money). Modest payments from benevolent funds have not been an issue until now. It is always a good idea to purchase vouchers, or pay actual bills, when administering a benevolent fund.
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