GrantStation Canadian Insider - February 2022

Volume IV| Issue 1

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COVID-19 Funding Opportunities

Current COVID-19 funding opportunities are available on our website.



National Funding Opportunities

Grants and Loans Aim to Build the Capacity of Canadian Nonprofits
Sustainable Capacity Foundation

The Sustainable Capacity Foundation supports the capacity-building efforts of small-shop nonprofit organizations in Canada, with a focus on the environmental sector. Grants are awarded to assist with capacity-building efforts in a range of areas, including governance, board development, fundraising, organizational leadership, training, evaluation, branding and communications, financial development, impact investing, social enterprise development, and dreaming and doing. Support is provided through the following programs: Capacity Grants support capacity-building of small-shop nonprofit organizations. Grants are provided for specific projects that support administration, operations, and other capacity priorities. The Donation Matching Program matches donor contributions toward a specific project or initiative in the community. The Cashflow and Support Loans program offers short- and medium-term loans to assist organizations who have a cashflow issue. Letters of intent (LOIs) may be submitted at any time. Visit the Foundation’s website to access the online LOI form.

Support for School Gardens in Canada and the U.S.
Whole Kids Foundation: Garden Grant Program

The mission of the Whole Kids Foundation is to support schools and inspire families to improve children’s nutrition and wellness. Through the Garden Grant Program, the Foundation provides funding to schools and nonprofit organizations to turn outdoor spaces into powerful hands-on learning gardens that connect kids with food, spark their curiosity, and support classroom curriculum. Grants of $3,000 support new or existing edible educational gardens located at either a K-12 school or a nonprofit organization located in Canada or the United States. Applications must be submitted online by March 11, 2022. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the Frequently Asked Questions and register for an informational webinar.

Financial Literacy Initiatives in Canada Supported
Actuarial Foundation of Canada

The mission of the Actuarial Foundation of Canada is to support youth financial literacy, education, and careers in actuarial and mathematical sciences. The Foundation awards grants to organizations across Canada that aim to advance youth education in financial literacy through the delivery of innovative programming, mentorship, and learning tools and resources. Support is provided for elementary and secondary school programs and activities that promote youth development of mathematical and financial education as well as post-secondary and continuing financial education and literacy programs. Initial inquiries are accepted on an ongoing basis; the deadline to submit an invited proposal is March 31 of each year. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process.

Funding Targets Canadian Children and Youth
Canada Post Community Foundation

The Canada Post Community Foundation awards grants to Canadian schools, charities, and community organizations that make a difference in the lives of children and youth in Canada, up to the age of 21. Grants target the areas of community (including better futures for children through social services, arts, and culture); education (including therapeutic and rehabilitative programs); and health (including health and physical activity of children from vulnerable communities or those with disabilities or illnesses). The Foundation provides funding through the following programs: Grants for Community-Based Projects (up to $25,000) support projects that increase the capacity of an organization and create or expand services. Signature Grants (up to $50,000) aim to contribute to the overall work and mission of national organizations that deliver programs or support to Canadian children and youth. The Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation Signature Grant ($50,000) will be awarded to a national organization offering programming anchored in the principles of Indigenous truth and reconciliation that supports Indigenous children and youth across the country. The 2022 application period will be open from March 7 to March 31, 2022. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the FAQs and apply online when the application period opens. 




Regional Funding Opportunities

Support for Programs Aiding Ontario Communities
The Sifton Family Foundation

The Sifton Family Foundation provides support in communities where Sifton Properties Limited has employees in Ontario, including London and Middlesex County, Guelph, Brantford, Kitchener Waterloo, and Mississauga. The Foundation provides grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 for initiatives targeting children, youth, and their families. Support is provided for programs for school-age children as well as those that address food security for children and youth, encourage youth to stay in school, prevent teen pregnancy, and provide parenting and pre-parenting education, especially for teens. (The Foundation also considers requests in aid of persons with disabilities and seniors on a project-by-project basis.) Initial proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the Guidelines for Applicants.

Funds for Arctic Species Conservation in Northern Canada
World Wildlife Fund Canada: Arctic Species Conservation Fund

World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF-Canada) is dedicated to reversing wildlife decline and combating climate change. The Arctic Species Conservation Fund supports high-quality research and stewardship projects focused on wildlife and habitats in the Canadian Arctic. Grants of up to $25,000 per year support projects that will achieve meaningful outcomes for the conservation of Arctic species and the people who depend on them. Priority areas for 2022 include arctic habitats, arctic marine mammals, barren-ground caribou, and polar bears. Projects can take place anywhere across northern Canada. Applications are accepted from all fields of study and all sectors, including non-governmental organizations, community groups, hunter and trapper organizations, governments, and universities. The deadline to apply is April 8, 2022. Visit the WWF-Canada website to download the 2022 call for proposals in English or Inuktitut.

Efforts to Improve Vancouver’s Communities and Environment Supported
Port of Vancouver Community Investment

The Port of Vancouver Community Investment program supports projects and initiatives that align with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority's vision of making the Port of Vancouver the world's most sustainable port. Applications are accepted in the following focus areas: 1) Thriving Communities, including basic needs, safe neighborhoods, job training, barrier-free opportunities, and public events and arts and culture initiatives that focus on fostering community connections; and 2) Healthy Environment, including air and climate action, biodiversity, land, and water. Grants and sponsorships are provided. Priority is given to projects and initiatives that serve the communities within close proximity to Port operations. The remaining 2022 application deadlines are April 21, July 21, and October 20. Visit the Port’s website to apply online.

Giving Program Benefits Company Communities in Selected Provinces
Giant Tiger Corporate Giving Program

Giant Tiger, a Canadian discount store, provides support in communities served by the store, including locations in Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan. The company provides grants to food banks and in the areas of youth empowerment and family physical and mental health. Sponsorships are also available in the areas of children and youth, education, hospitals and healthcare, and family centric initiatives. Grant applications for over $2,000 must be submitted by April 1, 2022; there is no deadline to apply for smaller grants or sponsorships. Application guidelines and forms for both programs are available on the Giant Tiger website.



Government Funding Opportunities

Grants Aim to Reduce Emissions and Foster Green Growth
Environment and Climate Change Canada

The Low Carbon Economy Challenge aims to leverage Canadian ingenuity to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and generate clean growth in support of Canada’s clean growth and climate action plan. The Champions stream will provide over $200 million in funding for GHG emission-reducing projects. Expressions of Interest must be submitted by March 25, 2022.

Funding Promotes Accessibility for Individuals With Disabilities
Employment and Social Development Canada

The Accessible Canada Partnerships stream under the Social Development Partnerships Program—Disability Component funds projects that increase capacity and enhance leadership within the disability stakeholder community for taking action to remove existing barriers to accessibility and inclusion and prevent future barriers from emerging. Funding also aims to promote partnerships within the disability community as well as collaboration and partnerships between the disability community and other sectors. The deadline to apply is March 25, 2022.



PathFinder: Featured Resource
A library of quality resources designed to help you develop your career path as a grants professional

The Philanthropy 50
In 2021, America's top 50 donors gave over $27 billion to their favorite causes. To find out who these donors are, and where they directed their gifts, check out The Philanthropy 50, created by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. This tool lists America's 50 biggest donors for a given year, with information on past lists going back to the year 2000. Users can sort results by name, amount donated, source of wealth, location, and top cause. Those interested in a deep dive into the most recent results can also check out The Chronicle's analysis of 2021's top donors.



Upcoming Online Education Trainings
Live Webinars

Unless otherwise noted, all Online Education Trainings are webinars,
are 90 minutes in duration, and are scheduled to begin at 2 PM Eastern Time.

Putting Your Plan to Paper
Creating a culture of planning is vital to creating a sustainable and healthy nonprofit organization. Ever heard the phrase . . . "If it's not in writing, it doesn't exist. If it IS in writing, we have to do it." This webinar, presented by Mindy Muller from Community Development Professionals, presents a step-by-step guide to developing effective plans for your organization. Whether you need a strategic plan, program impact plan, image management plan, or resource development plan, you’ll discover how to pull a team together, brainstorm effectively, develop the vision, and articulate a plan that can be implemented. This webinar is appropriate for board members, executive directors, managers, or nonprofit practitioners. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.

Budgeting to Fully Fund Your Overhead
This webinar will identify the building blocks of a strong budget and explain how nonprofits can easily raise the dollars needed to cover overhead costs. Amanda Pearce, of Funding for Good, will discuss how proper budgeting will propel grant proposals to success and how to use messaging to raise these much-needed funds. You’ll see how to accurately describe, budget, and properly package your programs and projects to effectively secure funds from diversified funding streams.

In this session you'll learn

how to write a realistic budget for your organization, programs, and projects;
the three items most budgets are missing;
steps to diversifying your funding streams;
how to express needs to prospective donors in ways that will ignite their passion to support your work; and
the top three metrics you should analyze regularly from your budget. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

The Future of Nonprofit Compensation: Are You Ready?
In this 90-minute webinar, Stephanie Sample will address how the role of compensation packages and salaries has changed leading up to and during the pandemic. Together we will explore tools and strategies for executive and board leadership to increase nonprofit staff compensation. We will also consider strategies for addressing pay equity and designing growth budgets.

Topics covered include

the role of executive leadership in increasing staff compensation;
trends in nonprofit compensation and staff retention;
the role of funders in compensating nonprofit staff; and
what staff want: creative ideas for compensation packages.
Attendees will walk away with

resources for nonprofit performance and compensation practices;
examples of foundations that fund nonprofit salary upgrades; and
strategies for educating boards about budgeting for staff salaries.
This webinar is designed for nonprofit professionals, staff managers, executive directors, and board members. The webinar will be held on Thursday, March 3, 2022.



GrantStation Announcements
The latest updates from GrantStation

Level UP
"A week seldom goes by that I don't get a call for help from a proposal writer needing more information than an article or a webinar provides. The idea behind the Level UP series was born from these conversations. Because we limit the number of participants attending, the instructor can work with each person individually, so they walk away with exactly what they need to move their organizations forward." —Cynthia Adams, GrantStation Founder and CEO

Let's be honest—writing grant proposals can be overwhelming and confusing. If you find yourself stressed out by the process, writing applications that don't get funded, spending too much time writing proposal after proposal, or all of the above, this Level UP course is for you! Over six sessions, Alice Ruhnke, Founder and Owner of The Grant Advantage, will walk you through an entire grant proposal step-by-step, infusing resources to help you integrate the material into your grantseeking efforts. In addition to lecture-based learning, participants will engage with one another through meaningful structured activities and receive feedback on assignments designed to help them develop an organizational background, compelling statement of need, process and outcome evaluation, approach, and budget.

Alice Ruhnke will lead a six-session course, Accelerate Your Proposal Writing Skills, beginning February 23, 2022. Each participant will receive:

  • video documentation of the lectures;
  • expert feedback on a grant proposal;
  • an electronic copy of Mapping the Course: A Practical Approach to Grant Writing;
  • a one-year GrantStation Membership (or a one-year extension of a current Membership); and,
  • a certificate from the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI).

Cynthia Adams will lead a four-session course, One Project: One Strategy, beginning March 11, 2022. Each participant will receive:

  • one-on-one consulting with Cynthia Adams to help develop a funding strategy;
  • a polished letter of inquiry that can be modified for various funders;
  • video documentation of the lectures; and,
  • a one-year GrantStation Membership (or a one-year extension of a current Membership).

Staff Update
GrantStation is pleased to announce the promotion of Juliet Vile to Vice President of Operations and Administration. Juliet will continue with, and expand upon, her responsibilities within GrantStation, including company operations management, business and finance (including accounting and taxation), human resources, partner programs, and The State of Grantseeking.

Funding Alerts

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Editor: Diana Holder
Contributing Writer: Ashlyn Simmons