COVID-19 Funding Opportunities
Current COVID-19 funding opportunities are available on our website.
National Funding Opportunities
Funds to Expand Youth Opportunities and Promote Indigenous Reconciliation
Johansen Larsen Foundation
The Johansen Larsen Foundation is committed to enhancing the lives of those marginalized in Canada's communities (both human and animal), through supporting inclusive initiatives that foster learning and well-being. For 2021, funding will be provided in two focus areas: 1) Reconciliation, with a focus on reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples in Canada; and 2) Marginalized Children & Youth, with a focus on providing opportunities for growth and learning. The deadline to submit a letter of intent is April 15, 2021; invited applications must be submitted by June 15, 2021. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about their focus areas and submit a letter of intent online.
School Meal Programs Supported
President’s Choice Children’s Charity: School Nutrition Grant
The President's Choice Children's Charity is committed to putting the power of food in the hands of Canadian children. The Charity’s School Nutrition Grant program provides funding to publicly funded schools to deliver nutritious food and food-based education programs across Canada. Grants may be used to cover the costs associated with the purchase of food and consumable supplies for daily school meal programs. This grant is intended to supplement the funding of existing programs, allowing for higher quality, more sustainable programing. In order to be eligible, schools must operate a meal program in the school at least four days a week which is universally available and meets nutrition requirements. Applications will be accepted from April 1 to May 14, 2021. Visit the Charity’s website to review the eligibility criteria and apply online when the application period is open.
Giving Program Assists Bank Communities Across Canada
TD Bank Financial Group Corporate Giving Program
The TD Bank Financial Group’s corporate giving program supports nonprofit organizations in communities throughout Canada where the company has a presence. The company's priority areas consist of the following: 1) Better Health, including healthcare access, adolescent health and well-being, health technology, and artificial intelligence research; 2) Connected Communities, including arts/culture and combating social isolation; 3) Financial Security, including early learning, income stability, financial literacy, and affordable housing; and 4) Vibrant Planet, including a low-carbon economy and green spaces. Support is provided in the form of grants, community sponsorships, and fundraising dinner/gala sponsorships. Registered or incorporated charities and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. The remaining application deadlines for this year are April 1, July 2, and October 1, 2021. Additional information on the corporate giving program, as well as other funding opportunities, is available on the TD Bank Financial Group website.
Support for Health and Technology Initiatives Benefiting At-Risk Youth
TELUS Friendly Future Foundation
The TELUS Friendly Future Foundation is dedicated to funding health and technology focused charitable programs in communities across Canada. The Foundation offers two types of grants to registered charities. Community Grants of up to $20,000 are made through TELUS Community Boards for community-based health programs creating opportunities for at-risk youth that demonstrate the use of technology to increase the impact of their programs. Support is provided in selected areas of British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. Application deadlines vary by TELUS Community Board region. National, Provincial and Territorial Grants, which range from $20,000 to $200,000, fund national, territorial, and province-wide programs that enable at-risk youth and other vulnerable Canadians to achieve their full potential through health and technology initiatives. The upcoming application deadlines for National, Provincial and Territorial Grants are May 1 and September 1, 2021. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the funding guidelines.
Regional Funding Opportunities
Ontario Conservation Projects Funded
Ontario Wildlife Foundation
The mission of the Ontario Wildlife Foundation is to raise awareness for the conservation and enhancement of Ontario’s natural resources through research and restoration. The Foundation supports projects that conserve or enhance the natural habitat; promote conservation education; encourage the enjoyment of the healthy outdoors; support scientific research and general investigation of birds, fish, animals, and their habitats; perpetuate abundant stocks of birds, fish, and animals; and cooperate with other organizations in conservation. Applications must be submitted by May 31, 2021. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the application form.
Grants Target the Montreal and Toronto Communities
The Moody's Foundation seeks to empower people with the knowledge, resources, and confidence they need to create a better future—for themselves, their communities, and the environment. In Canada, the Foundation supports organizations based in or serving Montreal, Quebec, and Toronto, Ontario. Support is provided in the following focus areas: opening doors to opportunity for small business owners, activating an environmentally sustainable future, and helping young people reach their potential, with a focus on preparing for careers in technology, economics, and finance. Registered charities are eligible to apply. Letters of interest are accepted on a rolling basis. Visit the Moody’s website to take the online eligibility quiz.
Support for Capital Projects Enhancing Calgary’s Outdoor Spaces
Parks Foundation Calgary: Building Communities Grant
Parks Foundation Calgary aims to enable all Calgarians to enjoy a healthy lifestyle by providing easily accessible and unique sport and green spaces. The Building Communities Grant Program supports community-led initiatives that develop and enhance Calgary’s outdoor spaces. Grants up to $30,000 support the capital costs of a park or playground project, including but not limited to traditional playgrounds, fitness parks, natural playgrounds, park revitalization projects, outdoor classrooms, and community hubs. Eligible applicants include registered nonprofit societies located within the City of Calgary municipal borders with objectives relating to parks, active communities, or childhood well-being. The upcoming application deadline is May 1, 2021. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the Building Communities Guidelines and open a Project Support Program project account.
Funding Available for Law-Related Initiatives in Saskatchewan
Law Foundation of Saskatchewan
The Law Foundation of Saskatchewan supports innovative programs and initiatives promoting accessible justice in Saskatchewan. Support focuses on the following areas: legal education, legal research, legal aid, law reform, and law libraries. Registered charities and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. The remaining application deadlines for this year are May 14, August 20, and November 12, 2021. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the Grant Funding Policies.
Government Funding Opportunities
Grants Enable Artists and Arts Organizations to Reach Virtual Audiences
Canada Council for the Arts
Digital Now is a one-time digital innovation initiative that offers grants to arts groups, collectives, and organizations to adapt existing works or create new ones to be shared virtually with audiences. Funded projects will draw on a breadth of artists and arts workers and reach local, Canada-wide, and international audiences. Eligible applicants include Canadian artistic organizations, groups, and collectives. The application deadlines are March 31 and April 28, 2021.
Funds for Species Protection in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, and the Yukon
Environment and Climate Change Canada
The Community-Nominated Priority Places for Species at Risk program supports multi-partner initiatives in priority places where there are opportunities to protect and recover species at risk and their habitat through multi-species and ecosystem-based conservation action. Community-nominated priority places must be located in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, or the Yukon and have multiple species at risk residing within them. The application period ends on April 15, 2021.
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Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice
Are you looking to strengthen the effectiveness and accountability of your organization? If so, you may want to check out Independent Sector's Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice. This report outlines 33 principles of sound practice for charitable organizations and foundations related to legal compliance and public disclosure, effective governance, financial oversight, and responsible fundraising.
Upcoming Online Education Trainings
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FREE Tour of the GrantStation Website
Join Jeremy Smith, Communications and Technology Director, and Kerry Glauser, Research Specialist, for a quick tour of the GrantStation website. This tour will cover all of the features in GrantStation.com, including navigation, search interfaces, and charitable database search criteria. This tour will provide tips on the most effective way to use all of the valuable resources the website offers, including the extensive funder databases that can help you identify the grantmakers most likely to fund your programs or projects. By using GrantStation's databases and resource tools, you can begin to develop a successful grantseeking strategy for the next 12 to 18 months. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.
FREE Webinar: Event Plans Shelved? Use Capital Campaign Solicitation Strategies to Generate Funds (NEW)
If you canceled events in 2020 and 2021 or if COVID-19 has negatively impacted your annual or project-oriented fundraising, consider capital campaign solicitation strategies to raise the large donations you need. By integrating capital campaign strategies into your fundraising efforts, you will set goals, identify prospects, create materials, and then educate, cultivate, solicit, and steward donor prospects at an appropriate level. CampaignCouncil.org President Kevin Wallace and consultant Melissa Sais will lead you through the process of using capital campaign solicitation strategies to advance your efforts and answer your questions in this free one-hour session. Going through this process may even prepare you, and your staff and board, to enter that capital campaign you have been considering. During the webinar you will learn to translate the steps of a capital campaign into your everyday fundraising, identify the cohesive materials that will carry you through the effort, gain an understanding of the donors on whom to focus using data and research, and learn new strategies to cultivate, ask, and steward those donors at an appropriate level and in a personal way. This webinar is designed to help small to medium-sized nonprofits that do not have major gift ($10,000+) fundraising experience or capital campaign experience. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.
Growing Your Grants Readiness (NEW)
What does it take to be a successful grantseeking organization? Success in grantsmanship involves much more than being able to write a good proposal. As an organization, you must also have the right culture, the right values, the right tools, and the right resources in place to support your grantseeking process and manage your grant-funded programs and services well on behalf of your funder and the community you serve. In this lively, interactive session, Maryn Boess will explain how to lay the groundwork for effective grantsmanship in both your organization's culture and its practices. You'll understand the importance of mission-driven grantsmanship—and why its opposite will undermine your organization's health and success. You'll be able to identify your organization's needs and resources to support a systematic and strategic grantseeking process. You'll gain a clear, powerful, flexible framework for developing and strengthening financial and program accountability. BONUS: You’ll be introduced to GrantsMagic U’s exclusive Grants Readiness Assessment Checklist — a detailed tool to help you identify what vital grants-readiness resources and practices are already working well in your organization, and where changes and improvements need to be made in order to make sure your organization is truly “grants ready”! The webinar will be held on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.
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