Non-profit community organizations contribute to the improvement of the social fabric and living conditions of their community. They complement services provided by the public health and social services organizations. Community based, they are in the best position to understand the needs of their community.
- Acknowledge and promote the activities of community organizations;
- Offer community organizations and their board of directors the support and information they need to accomplish their mission;
- Support the development of their personnel’s competencies;
- Ensure operational funding for community organizations;
- Ensure services and activities are delivered in accordance with good governance practices.
To be eligible for support and funding under the program, a community organization must meet the following criteria:
- It must be a legal entity, constituted under the Québec law governing non-profit organizations;
- It must be administered by a board of directors primarily comprising users of its services, or members of the community it serves, and whose activities are complementary to or in support of the health and social services sector;
- It must follow good governance practices and regulations as set by the Québec government. As such it is governed by general by-laws, duly approved during a general session of its board of directors and reviewed as needed;
- It must carry out activities within the program’s overall objectives and required structure;
- It must comprise a group of persons from a community who are supported by the latter and mobilized around shared objectives.
To receive support and funding, community organizations have to submit activity reports, financial reports and funding applications according to a set calendar.
Reports and funding applications are reviewed by the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services (NRBHSS) Community Organizations Steering Committee each spring.
Once reviewed and adjusted in view of the available funding, a funding scenario is presented to the NRBHSS board of directors in June for approval and recommendation to the Québec government, which then authorizes funding instalments to be made quarterly during the year.