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Grant for hosting free tax clinics

How much money you can receive

The maximum grant funding amount is directly tied to the number of federal income tax returns that your organization files through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) or the Income Tax Assistance – Volunteer Program (ITAVP).

Table 1 – CVITP Grant funding maximums for eligible organizations
Number of returns per organization Funding maximum per organization
10 to 200$ 500
201 to 500$ 1,000
501 to 1000$ 2,000
1001 to 2000$ 4,000
2001 to 3000$ 6,000
3001 to 4000$ 8,000
over 4000$ 10,000

How we calculate your organization’s funding

Grant applications will be given funding on a first come, first served basis, with funding proportionately allocated across Canada.

The CRA uses the following criteria to determine your organization’s potential funding:

  • The number of federal income tax returns electronically filed by volunteers affiliated with your organization
  • Your organization’s reported eligible costs incurred for hosting and administering a free tax clinic
    • We encourage your organization to report all eligible costs
  • Funding escalators, which are subject to change each year
  • Total Government Assistance your organization may have received for the purpose of hosting a free tax clinic
    • Total Government Assistance (TGA) is the total of federal, provincial, municipal and territorial funding received by an organization.
    • In your grant application, your organization must disclose the TGA received for hosting and administering free tax clinics.
    • The TGA will be taken into consideration in the funding calculations by subtracting the TGA from the total reported expenses.

The CRA attributes one return per submission using your organization’s CVITP Organization Identification Number (COIN).

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