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					                     COMMUNITY GAMING REVENUE FUND




                     Applicant Guidebook

The applicant guidebook contains detailed information concerning applicant and
project eligibility to help you complete a Statement of Intent or an Application form.




                            Curve Lake First Nation Community Gaming Revenue Fund
                                22 Winookeedaa Road Curve Lake, ON K0L 1R0
            Phone: (705) 657-8045 Fax: (705) 657-8708 Email: gamingrevenuefund@curvelakefn.com



                                                                               Revised October 2007
    CURVE LAKE COMMUNITY GAMING REVENUE FUND - GUIDEBOOK



                          TABLE OF CONTENTS

Page    Contents


   2.   Organization Chart

   3.   Goals and objectives

   4.   Budget

   5.   Applicant Eligibility

   6.   Project Eligibility & Project Cost Allocation

   7.   Checklist Assessment for Applicant and Project Eligibility

   8.   Application Process

   9.   Approval/Appeals Process/Where to apply

 10.    Frequently Asked Questions

 11.    Glossary of Terms




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                            ORGANIZATION CHART

             Curve Lake First Nation Community On/Off Reserve




                               Chief & Council
             Chief:            Keith Knott
             Councilor:        Mike Allison
                               Vanessa Boudreault
                               Ted Coppaway
                               Jay Johnson
                               Robert Pierson
                               Arnold Taylor
                               Leon Taylor
                               Lorenzo Whetung




              Community Gaming Revenue Fund Committee
Chair:    Mike Allison          (705) 657-1148
Co-Chair: Jay Johnson           (705) 657-9568
Member : Ken Jacobs             (705) 657-2259   jacobsk@inac.gc.ca
          Mike Jacobs           (705) 876-8876   mjacobs@cranemanagement.com
          Ron Ireland           (800) 862-5962   ron@kagitamikam.org
          Kyle Taylor           (705) 657-7658   1ktaylor@personainternet.com
          Michelle Taylor       (705) 657-2800   mplfanette1@msn.com
          Betty O’Brien         (705) 652-6449

Note Taker: Bridget Missabie    (705) 657- 9383 bmissabie@hotmail.com



   Noreen Conway, Gaming Revenue Fund Administrator
   Phone: (706) 657-8045 Email: gamingrevenuefund@curvelakefn.com




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        The Curve Lake Community Gaming Revenue Fund is a grant program providing Curve
Lake First Nation membership with the opportunity to access money allocated from Casino
Rama Revenue in an effort to enhance our community.
        Casino Rama Revenue is provided to Curve Lake First Nation from the Ontario First
Nations Limited Partnership (OFNLP) as “net revenues” plus income derived from investment
of those “net revenues” and “Future Generations Fund revenues”.
        The community projects that will be supported must benefit the Curve Lake Community
and fit one of the five designated areas of health, education, community development, cultural
development, and economic development.




Goal
           To establish and maintain the Curve Lake Community Gaming Revenue Fund as
            a continual means for funding projects/activities that benefit the Curve Lake
            community as a whole.



Objectives
           To financially support community projects/activities that do not have adequate
            sources of funding.
           To ensure funds are approved according to the guidelines of the OFNLP and
            policies and procedures approved by Chief and Council.
           To process funding requests in a consistent, professional and timely manner.
           To ensure the Gaming Revenue Fund application process is simplified to attract
            more projects and more community involvement.
           To report regularly to Chief and Council and the Community of any changes to
            the policy and procedures and of any funding activity or decisions. Annual
            meetings will be scheduled to review previous year end activities and reports, to
            modify the application process (if required), and present proposed financial
            budgets and reports.




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                                                          BUDGET

   The Curve Lake Community Gaming Revenue Fund budget is based on Surplus from previous
year expenditures, plus any OFNLP deposits received in the current year plus any monies remaining
after reinvesting the interest of the investment account considering the Canadian inflation rate at the
end of each fiscal year.




                 2005/06       2006/07       2006/07          2006/07         2007/08        2007/08    2007/08   2008/
                 Budget        Budget        Expenses         Surplus         Budget         Expenses   Surplus   2009
                                                                              Distribution                        Budget
Investment                     $-30,902.05                    $217,396.00
Interest

OFNLP            $504,541.00   $504,541.00                    $193,583.00
Deposits                       (f/y 05/06)                    (f/y 06/07)
Administrative                 $ 23,681.95   $15171.02        $8,510.93       $33,122.35
5%

Individual                     $ 44,995.70   nil              $44,995.70      $66,244.69
10%

Group                          $179,982.80   $7,000.00        $172,982.80     $264,978.77
Committee
40%
Department                     $224,978.50   $200,000.00      $24,978.50      $298,101.12
Corporation
45%
Other: Chief &
Council (Land
Purchase)
Total Budget                   $473,638.95   $222,171.02      $662,446.93     $662.446.93




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                               APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY
Individual Applicant: A single person applying to the fund (also referred to as the Lead applicant)
whom is responsible for all aspects of the project.

Group Applicant: A group of two or more people applying to the fund to achieve a common
goal/benefit to the community must be 75% Curve Lake First Nation status members. The Group
must identify a Lead Applicant who is a status member to be responsible for all aspects of the project.

Department, Committee, Corporation: Must be recognized by the First Nation and requires a letter
of support signed by the General Manager. The Department, Committee or Corporation must identify
a Lead Applicant who is a status member to be responsible for all aspects of the project.

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

    Must be a CLFN status member (unless applying as part of a group) on or off reserve. You will
     need to provide proof of your status by presenting your status card to the Administrator.

    Must be at least 21 years of age

    Must be willing to provide a CPIC (prior to receiving funding). The cost of the CPIC can be
     submitted as part of the total project costs. A CPIC can be waived in the instance where
     payment on behalf of the Applicant can be made directly to the supplier upon presentation of
     an invoice.

    Must be willing to provide a Credit Check. A housing or renovation loan with CLFN is
     acceptable. CLFN Finance Department will be contacted to confirm that any loans with CLFN
     (including Economic Development Small Business Loan), are in good standing and not in
     arrears. A Credit Check may be waived in the instance where payment on behalf of the
     Applicant can be made directly to the supplier upon presentation of an invoice.

    Applicant must invest 5% equity into the total project cost and indicate the source and use of
     the equity. The 5% does not have to be a cash contribution. 5% contribution in kind such as
     donated labor costs can be used as equity. The 5% contribution from the Applicant must be
     identified with the Application and reported in the form of receipts on the Project Report Forms.

    Applicant is allowed to apply more than once per year up to the maximum. Preference will be
     given to first time applicants.

    Applicant must be aware that The Community Gaming Revenue Fund is a Community Fund
     and that regular project reporting to the Community is required.

    Applicant must not be in receipt of any personal gain from the project. Management of the
     project is strictly voluntary




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                               PROJECT ELIGIBILITY
   Project must fit one or more of the 5 eligible categories:
           Health
           Education
           Community Development
           Cultural Development
           Economic Development

   Benefit must last beyond project funding
   Project must be completed within 1 year or reimbursement of funds to the gaming Revenue
    fund is required.
   Project must benefit the community (i.e. beautification, social betterment, improved
    environment)
   Department, Committee or Corporation projects must be unique and not duplicate or extend an
    ongoing project.
   Project must not provide any personal gain to Applicant. Management of funding is voluntary.
   Applicant must demonstrate that other funding sources have been approached and that
    funding for the project is not eligible or already exhausted.
   Eligible costs to be determined on a project by project basis (i.e. materials, capital, travel)




                        PROJECT COST ALLOCATION



                                                                  DEPARTMENT
         INDIVIDUAL                     GROUP                     COMMITTEE
        $500- $10,000                $500 - $50,000               CORPORATION
                                                                  $500 - $50,000




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            CHECKLIST FOR APPLICANT AND PROJECT ELIGIBILITY
(Please review the following criteria before submitting your request for funding. This checklist is used to assess all funding requests to
ensure fairness and accountability. Please note that all project approvals are subject to the availability of funds.)

        Applicant, Lead Applicant and Co-applicant (if applicable) are Curve Lake First Nation band
         members

        Group applications have membership of at least 75% Curve Lake First Nation members

        Applicant and co-applicant (if applicable) is 21 years of age or older

        Applicant is willing to provide a Credit Check

        Applicant is willing to provide a CPIC

        Department, Committee or Corporation is recognized by CLFN and the Applicant has provided
         a letter of support from General Manager.

         Applicant has demonstrated that the project is unique and does not duplicate or extend an
         ongoing project (for a Department, Committee or Corporation request)

        Project/Activity falls under one or more of the 5 eligible categories of Health, Education,
         Community Development, Economic Development, Cultural Development

        Applicant has demonstrated the project/activity will benefit the community as a whole (letters
         of support or petition may be required) i.e. social betterment, beautification, improved
         environment, healthy lifestyle, employment created, etc)

        Applicant has demonstrated that the project/activity will be completed within 1 year.

        Applicant has demonstrated that other funding sources have been approached and/or
         exhausted. If a project is partially funded by an alternate source, the amount of funding must
         be identified.

        Applicant is not in receipt of any personal gain and that management of the project is strictly
         voluntary.

        Applicant is able to identify where to contribute 5% equity into the project

        Budgets have been provided and quotes from at least 3 sources for all project costs. Capital
         costs must be identified as one time; operating and maintenance costs must be identified
         separately.

        Physical assets recommended to be purchased or built must have life-cycle costing projections
         (i.e. illustrate how the value of assets will decline annually.


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                                        APPLICATION PROCESS

                                 Administrator provides documents and reviews
                                application process with Applicant (optional)



                                                                                         Not accepted
                                       Statement of Intent is submitted to
                                       Administrator for review
                                                                                  Administrator advises
                                                                                  Applicant and CGRF
                                               Accepted as Complete               Committee of results.
                                                                                  Applicant can appeal
                                                                                  decision to CGRF
                                       Administrator advises Applicant to         Committee first and then to
                                       proceed with Application                   Chief & Council (if required)


                                       Application is submitted to                      Not accepted
                                       Administrator for review

                                                                                  Administrator advises
                                               Accepted as Complete               CGRF Committee &
                                                                                  Applicant of results.
                                                                                  Applicant may appeal to
Not approved by Community              Application submitted to Community         CGRF Committee first and
Gaming Revenue Fund Committee          Gaming Revenue Committee at which          then to Chief & Council (if
                                       time the applicant presents the project.   required)
     Administrator
     advises Applicant of
     results. Applicant                  Approved by Community Gaming
     has the right to                         Revenue Committee
     appeal the decision
     to Chief & Council.
                                       Approval letter sent out detailing any
                                       additional conditions and full contract
                                       obligations




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APPROVAL REQUIREMENTS
    Administrator notifies Applicant with results of application decision including full contracting
     obligations, reporting forms and applicable deadlines. Project Reporting forms include:
     Progress Status Report: This form reports the progress of your project/activity as it relates to
     the approved budget and schedule of events proposed on your application form. The
     Applicant will be required to submit receipts and report on scheduled purchases or activities
     accomplished to date as well as the impact of unplanned conditions/activities to the project.
     Project Evaluation Report: The final report on the completion of the project/activity. The
     Applicant will describe all activities that were accomplished as per schedule and identify any
     activities not accomplished with follow up action. All receipts for expenditures are to be
     submitted with the final Evaluation Report. Any surplus monies are to be reimbursed to the
     Gaming Revenue Fund with the completed Evaluation Report.
    All Applicants will be requested to submit any concerns or recommendations for improvement
     of our application process to the Administrator.
    The Administrator will ensure all documents have been signed and submitted prior to issuing
     any funds.
    The Administrator will contact the Applicant to come in and sign for cheque issuance.
    The Administrator will ensure that all project progress is reported and that the Community is
     kept current of all project developments.


APPEALS PROCESS
             If the Administrator has refused to fund a project that the Applicant feels is eligible, the
      Applicant has the right to appeal to the Community Gaming Revenue Fund Committee. If the
      Community Gaming Revenue Fund Committee supports the decision of the Administrator and
      also refuses to fund the project, the Applicant can then appeal to Chief and Council at which
      time a final decision will be made. It is the responsibility of the Applicant and the Administrator
      to provide all support documentation to be presented to Chief & Council. The appeals process
      is based on the organizational structure found on Page 2 of the guidebook.



WHERE TO APPLY
Please forward original Statement of Intent or Application forms to:
Gaming Revenue Fund Administrator
Curve Lake Community Gaming Revenue Fund
Curve Lake, Ontario K0L 1R0
Phone: (705) 657-8045       Fax: (705) 657-8078
Email: gamingrevenuefund@curvelakefn.com




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COMMUNITY GAMING REVENUE FUND – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
QUESTION                                                  ANSWER

How do I know my project is eligible?                     We encourage involvement of the Gaming Revenue Fund
                                                          Administrator to ensure documents are accurate and that
                                                          applications are processed in a timely manner. Page 8 of the
                                                          Guidebook provides assessment criteria to help applicants
                                                          determine project eligibility.

How much money do I need to apply?                        5% of the total project cost is required. If you cannot provide the
                                                          5%, you may consider fund raising (bake sale, dance, 50/50
                                                          draw) to help offset the required 5%.

Does the 5% contribution have to be cash?                 No, the 5% contribution can be donated in the form of labor,
                                                          equipment or materials, but must demonstrate that the cost is at
                                                          least equal to 5% of the total project cost.

Where or to whom do we pay the 5% contribution            the 5% equity must be reported as an expense
If we are paying in cash?                                 of the project in the form of a paid receipt.

If the donated labor or material is worth more than       No. One of the rules of the fund is that there be
the 5% required contribution, do I get paid for the       no personal financial gain from the project.
difference?

Do I qualify for funding if I have an outstanding           Yes. You are okay to have a debt with CLFN outstanding debt
with CLFN?                                  (housing or renovation loan), but your account
                                                            needs to be in good standing and not in arrears.

I am a CLFN member, but live outside of                   You can still access funding, but the benefit must
Curve Lake, Can I still apply for funding?                Be within the Curve Lake Community.

Can a group of people or team apply for                   You can apply as a group, but you need one lead
funding?                                                  applicant and 75% of your group must be CLFN status members.
What if my project benefits only a portion                This project would be considered eligible especially
of the Curve Lake Community – for instance                if the project makes our Youth stronger or the Seniors
Youth or Seniors?                                         healthier. The benefit would be a stronger, better
                                                          Community.

How long does the process take?                           Review of the Statement of Intent for your project should
                                                          be completed within one week. The overall process for
                                                          funding a project should not take more than a month
                                                          providing all documents are completed accurately and submitted in a
                                                          timely manner.




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                                          GLOSSARY OF TERMS
Ontario First Nations Limited Partnership (OFNLP): Established by First Nations to monitor the operation of Casino
Rama Revenue.
Gaming Revenue Fund: A Grant program based on net revenue and future generations monies distributed by OFNLP on
behalf of Casino Rama net revenue.
Grant: A grant approved by the Gaming Revenue Fund Committee to an eligible individual for an eligible project that does
not have to be repaid.
Lead Applicant: The person responsible for managing all aspects of the project/activity who will liaise with the
Administrator and the Community Gaming Revenue Fund Committee.
Individual Applicant: A single person applying for project funding to the Gaming Revenue Fund intending to manage
projects fitting within the eligibility criteria of applicants and projects. This person is also referred to as the Lead Applicant,
Group Applicant: A group of two or more people applying to the Gaming Revenue Fund intending to manage projects
fitting within the eligibility criteria applicants and projects. 75% of the Group must be Curve Lake First Nation status
members.
Community Benefit: All approved projects/activities must demonstrate100% benefit to the entire Curve Lake Community.
Letters of support or petitions may be submitted to help demonstrate this benefit of social betterment, beautification,
improved environment, healthy lifestyle, employment created etc.
Statement of Intent: A summary of the project submitted prior to the formal application to assess applicant and project
eligibility.

Application: A summary of the project/activity detailing proposed costs, budgets and financial proposals and forecasted
project completion dates.

CPIC: A criminal reference check obtained from the Anishinabek Police Services in Curve Lake that may be included as
part of the project cost.

Credit Check: Confirmation from CLFN Finance will be requested to see if your debt with CLFN (mortgage or renovation
loan) is current and in good standing (not in arrears).

Life cycle costing projections: A report showing the yearly decline in value of assets either built or purchased (this is
similar to the depreciation of a vehicle).

Capital Costs: One-time costs for purchases of machinery, equipment, and buildings with a value of over $500.00.

5% Equity: the applicant must contribute 5% of the total project costs into the project. This can be contributed in cash,
purchases or labour donated to help offset project costs.




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